[‘Christmas Movie Countdown’ is a sponsored post, in association with Panasonic]
It’s hard to believe that in just 7 weeks we’ll be sitting around our dinner tables tucking into our Christmas dinner. If it’s anything like the rest of this year, those 7 weeks will fly by. But to make the time pass even more quickly it’s become tradition in our house to do a Christmas Movie Countdown in the weeks running up to to Christmas Day.
We moved into our house 2 years ago and at the time we bought ourselves a mid-size, mid-range flatscreen TV so we could watch all our faves on a big screen. But what I’d love Santa to bring this year is the Panasonic Oled 4K TV so we can see every speck of our Christmas movies in wonderful detail! I’m not sure if I’ve been good enough this year so we’ll have to wait and see… 🙂
Our countdown starts 8 weeks before the big day, with the Harry Potter series. We fell into this tradition accidentally one year when one of the TV channels put one Harry Potter movie on each week, so we ran with it and now we do it every year.
We watch another movie every week as well as the Harry Potter ones. One of my husband’s favourites is Die Hard, but I have the argument every year that this is NOT a Christmas movie, it’s just SET at Christmas (yes, there’s a difference). Yet we’ll still end up watching it in the run up to Christmas and I suppose I’m ok with that now. Yippie-Ki-Yay!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without some comedy – Love Actually and Elf are two of my favourites. I think I can probably quote Love Actually word for word from start to finish at this stage! Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister is one of my favourite characters ever, he’s just too funny. And Elf always cracks me up, I’m not a huge fan of Will Ferrell but he plays the character brilliantly.
I always throw in a good old kids move too, and you can’t really do better than Home Alone. I’m going out on a limb and saying I prefer the second movie to the first one, but they’re both so good and really get you in the mood for Christmas. I also discovered Arthur Christmas recently and it’s such a feel-good Christmas movie, I have to watch it every year now. If you haven’t seen it give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.
Lastly, we save one movie for the day itself, and that has to be It’s A Wonderful Life. What a classic. We watch this on Christmas morning, after the gifts have been opened, while we’re tucking into our selection boxes, and the fire is roaring – bliss! Maybe this year it’ll be even better and we’ll be watching George Bailey’s Christmas on a fab Panasonic TV!
What are your favourite Christmas movies and which one really marks the start of the Christmas season for you? Let’s chat in the comments!