It’s currently December and Christmas is almost here. It’s a time for eating great food, giving and receiving presents, and – most importantly – spending time with your family. And what better way to spend time with your loved ones than sitting down to watch some classic Christmas movies? Listed below are four fabulous films that will make you laugh, cry or both this Yuletide. Of course, they are all in English which means you can enjoy yourself and improve your language skills at the same time.
1. The Grinch (2000)
This is a Christmas must-watch and one of Jim Carrey’s best performances. It was also originally a children’s book written by Dr Seuss, which I would recommend reading! It’s the story of a green monster who wants to ruin Christmas but who in the end discovers the power of love and generosity. It sounds cheesy and cliché, but I promise it’s a great film with plenty of laughs along the way.
2. Love Actually (2003)
While this is not a personal favourite of mine, people in the UK absolutely love this film. It has a star-studded cast, featuring actors and actresses such as Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman (who plays Professor Snape in Harry Potter), to name but a few. It might be a little difficult to follow as there are lots of different sub-plots, so I recommend watching a dubbed version or enabling subtitles in your native language. However, the heart-warming elements of the film make it worth watching.
3. Home Alone (1990)
This hilarious blockbuster is one of my favourite films of all time and I would watch it all year round if I could. It tells the story of a boy, Kevin, who is left alone in his house when his large family forget to take him on vacation with them. While the family are away, burglars try to rob the house and Kevin must protect his home by setting traps. The trips, falls and traps will have you laughing out loud as you watch a 10-year-old boy outsmart two grown men.
4. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
You can’t have Christmas in an English-speaking country without watching this film. It’s not funny like Home Alone or The Grinch, but it is incredibly touching. It’s about a man who claims to be Santa, but nobody believes him except a lawyer and a little girl (who is played by Mara Wilson, the same actress who plays Matilda). The storyline may seem a little childish but you can enjoy it at any age. I cry every time I watch it and I’m 21!
Happy holidays to you all!
Have you seen any Christmas films? What’s your favourite?