It’s Christmas and what a different kind of Christmas it is. This will be a solitary one for myself and so many others. In some gesture of neighbourliness (or even madness) I invited my two solitary neighbours to join me for a ‘socially distanced’ Christmas lunch. This will be a vegetarian feast cooked in a toaster oven and served with enough wine to drown out any complaints about the stuffing or bread sauce. I will do my best to deliver a dinner that saves us from solitary ready meals and hope that it’s enough to make them smile.
In the run up to Christmas, I’ve kept myself company by watching familiar movies, the type of films you know so well that you actually know the script.
Without further ado, I present to you ‘Emma’s Top Ten Christmas Movies‘.
10. Die Hard (1988 John McTiernan)
This may not be the Christmas choice of many people but it takes place at Christmas and it’s humorous and action packed so I include it.
9. The Holiday (2006 Nancy Myers)
The fantasy that Kate Winslet can work in publishing and afford a beautiful cottage in the countryside and have the time to look after a dog… is a whole new level of escapism.
8.Home Alone (Chris Columbus 1990)
This was such a great comedy caper and I still love all the tricks and traps set by Kevin.
7. Muppet Christmas Carol (Brian Henson 1992)
Michael Caine is the best Scrooge by far and the supporting cast of muppets do all they can to keep up with him. Brilliantly adapted from the Dickens classic and it sticks to the key elements of the story very well.
6. Miracle on 34th Street (Les Mayfield 1994)
Richard Attenborough is the best Santa, a classic.
5. It’s a Wonderful Life ( )
The classic of all classic Christmas films, but I’m English so I prefer ‘The Bishop’s Wife’, number 2.
4. The Family Man (Brett Ratner 2000)
This has been a tradition for me since my Dad visited me in London many years ago and we started to watch it on TV only to realise we had to leave to get him to the airport before the end.
3. Love Actually
It’s not Christmas until Colin Frizzell goes to Wisconsin and several other Londoners have their own Christmas dilemmas to sort out. It’s my go to for wrapping gifts and sipping a Baileys a few days before Christmas.
2. The Bishops Wife (Henry Koster 1947)
I’m a huge fan of Cary Grant and this is an absolute gem of a movie to watch at Christmas. As Dudley, Grant has some amazing encounters, the scene with the choir is one that takes my breath away every time I see it.
1. Elf ( Jon Favreau 2003)
This is my favourite because of the sheer ridiculousness of Will Ferrell in an elf suit and oblivious of any inappropriate behaviour. Comedy genius.
Wishing you all a very safe, healthy and happy Christmas wherever you are. Please let me know your favourites in the comment box. Much love Emma xx