by Lachlan Anderson
Christmas is a truly great time of year. A time to stop and reflect on the great gift we have in Jesus and his love for us. We get to show that same love to our friends, family and those in our community. Not to mention eat copious amounts of food.
But when the feasting is done and you feel like walking just isn’t an option there’s no better way to unwind with your loved ones than with a movie on the couch. Here are five films we reckon are worth checking out if you don’t already have a go-to flick this December 25.
Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the elf, well – actually, Buddy the human who thinks he’s an elf. Raised by Santa’s pointy-eared helpers in the North Pole, Buddy sets out to find his real father in very uncheery Manhattan. It’s Ferrell at his over-the-top best and is a really heart-warming reminder of the power of joy. There’s also some pretty handy life advice, like not eating gum off the street. It isn’t free candy.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Frank Capra’s Christmas classic has been mandatory holiday viewing for families for decades. If you like a sappy feel-good film then this tale of a life redeemed from the point of despair will be just right. It features acting legend Jimmy Stewart in one of his stand out performances and serves as a good reminder of the value of our lives.
Die Hard (1998)
Die Hard is a Christmas film? Yes, yes it is. Perhaps the best, depending on who you ask. New York police officer John McClane just wanted a quiet holiday in LA to visit his wife and daughters. But when some German terrorists show up to his wife’s office Christmas party things go a little haywire. This is the perfect choice if you want an edgier alternative for your Christmas viewing. The late Alan Rickman also makes his feature film debut as the slick villain Hans Gruber.
Home Alone (1990)
Who doesn’t love some time with the house all to themselves? Macaulay Culkin goes head to head with Joe Pesci in this Christmas set comedy about eight-year-old Kevin McAllister who is accidentally left behind by his holidaying family and must defend his house against two inept robbers. It’s got plenty of Christmas cheer as Kevin decorates the house with booby traps. It’s a whacky family friendly flick from Chris Columbus (Harry Potter) and John Hughes (Ferris Bueller).
A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
It’s got singing, Victorian costumes, feel good Christmas cheer. And Muppets! Kermit and co. star in this retelling of the Charles Dickens classic story of redemption and generosity. Michael Caine also stars as Scrooge. Like It’s a Wonderful Life this is a great reminder of the importance of selflessness and compassion, particularly at this festive time of year.
What’s your go-to Christmas film? We would love you to comment below and let us know!