Our Top 10 Christmas Films

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“What’s your favourite Christmas film” I asked our Woodhouse team and unbeknown to me I had opened a debate that may rage until Christmas Day itself. Everyone has a favourite film that they watch religiously at Christmas and I was going to go as far ranking them from 1-10 but that may have left me dealing with Christmas fuelled colleagues berating me for not putting their film at the top but I have been able to collect 10 of the favourite Christmas films from the Woodhouse team. Take a look below and see if yours is there.

Home Alone

This one was picked by over half the office so was a shoe in for the list. The story of one young boy who was left alone at Christmas, without his families knowledge and ended up defending his family home from two rather hopeless burglars is one of the staples of the Christmas period. The film launched the career of Macaulay Culkin and spawned 3 sequels. There was some debate about whether Home Alone or Home Alone 2 should feature in the list but I’ve gone with the original due to the fact that it is the original.

The Grinch

This was sent over to me by Stephen, our Buying Support and is quite fitting as it fits his personality perfectly. I’m joking, I’m sure Stephen will find his holiday spirit soon enough but it is a great Christmas flick. Adapted from the Dr. Seuss book, it’s the story of redemption after being shunned by society and finding a place that you can celebrate the holidays with those who care. There is also a remake being made so it fits in nicely with the upcoming holiday season.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Ben, our Front End Developer’s pick for his favourite Christmas film. From the mind of critically acclaimed Tim Burton, the film is a stop motion mass up of Halloween and Christmas. The film tells the story of the Pumpkin King’s journey to the fantasy world of Christmas Town and his miss-guided attempts to bring Christmas to Halloween Town, including replacing Santa with himself with disastrous consequences . Originally released in 1993, the film has also been re-released in 3D in 2006. The film also features a soundtrack, so you can have a family sing-a-long this Christmas.

White Christmas

Suggested by Mike, our Customer Service Supervisor, White Christmas is a more traditional Christmas film. A romantic comedy following the post war period, filled with heartwarming stories and good old fashioned Christmas themes throughout. Staring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney Vera-Ellen, it was the perfectly timed film to capture the hearts of the American public before going on to be a success all around the world. With a soundtrack that features the lead track “White Christmas” you can’t go wrong with this film over the holidays.

Love Actually

Pick by our Visual Merchandiser, Sophie, Love Actually follows the story of numerous people whose lives intertwine in the run up to Christmas. Filled with a star studded cast, with the likes of Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly and Colin Firth, showing that the true meaning of Christmas is being around friends and loved ones. This is a heartfelt film that will fill you with the Christmas spirit.

Miracle on 34th Street

 There have been multiple remakes of this classic Christmas story with the original being released in 1947. The story is based around the last minute  Santa replacement at a department store, Kris Kringle, who over the holiday period is a huge success. He is then caught up in a legal dispute but is exonerated after his team are able to prove that he is in fact the real Santa Claus, which he turns out to be. Whichever version of the film you watch this year you will not be disappointed.

Elf

The Christmas comedy with Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf is a light-hearted option this Christmas. This was picked by our Customer Service Manager, Laura. The film follows Buddy the Elf who is actually a human, as he goes in search of his father in New York city in the hopes of getting him off Santa’s naughty list. Buddy ends up causing all sorts of shenanigans whilst in the real world but is eventually accepted by his father, as well as finding love. The ending of the film leads Buddy to save Christmas by helping Santa gain enough Christmas cheer to fuel his sledge.

The Santa Clause

Picked by our Email Wiz, Nicola, The Santa Clause is a timeless classic of one mans transformation from a normal guy to Santa Claus. Staring Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, who inadvertently kills Santa Claus. He then puts on Santa’s suit becoming Santa and has 11 months to get his affairs in order. Scott then spends the next 11 months convincing his family he is Santa, which is easier said than done. The is another great family film and also has 2 sequels just in case you can’t get enough.

The Muppet Christmas Carol 

This one is my pick and is a classic re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a money lender, who is visited by a trio of ghosts, Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future in order to get him to change his ways and embrace his Christmas cheer. Micheal Caine plays Scrooge and is joined by all your favourite Muppet characters for a fun filled take on a Christmas classic.

 The Polar Express

Picked by our M.D. David, the Polar Express is a much watch in his household for Christmas. The story follows the Polar Express on it’s journey to the North Pole and a sceptical young boy finding his belief in Santa Claus again. With a Grammy winning soundtrack and Tom Hanks in 6 different roles there is much to love about this fun-filled family adventure.

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