The Christmas season is upon us. Throughout December people will be frantically searching the stores for that perfect gift, preparing for the entire family to visit and of course, cuddling up on the sofa to watch TV.
This time of year you’ll find Christmas TV specials and festive films galore. Most families have their must-watch, favorite film. We’ve created a Christmas movie Bingo game for you, to make sure you’re ticking off the best movies this year.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
This film is more commonly known as ‘the Grinch’, a Christmas classic that takes us into the fictional town of Whoville. Written by Dr. Seuss, this film is full of quirky scripture, as you’d expect. Although the plot of the story is that the Grinch steals Christmas and terrifies the entire town, many regard it as one of their favorite Christmas films.
Voted in 2018 as the second-best Christmas movie by the British public, Elf is a uniquely festive film. The story tells of Buddy, a human baby who grows up believing he is an abnormally large elf in the North Pole. After learning he is ‘different’, he tries to find his biological father, who lives in New York City. Filled with hilarious moments where Buddy eats candy for breakfast and struggles to be normal in the city, Elf will have everyone laughing out of their seats this season.
Home Alone (1990)
A classic Christmas Eve tale, Home Alone will be playing around the clock on terrestrial television channels throughout December. When his family travels away for a festive vacation, they end up leaving youngest Kevin behind in the family home. He wakes up feeling like the King of his castle, but then thieves try to break in. Filled with slap-stick comedy, Kevin sets up multiple traps to prevent the thieves from entering his home.
Love Actually (2003)
This film is filled with famous faces, starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightly, Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Emma Thomson, Colin Firth and of course, the late Alan Rickman. The characters are incredible with multiple storylines that all intertwine with one another. Filled with love stories that will make you feel fuzzy on the inside but also leave you weeping over your cup of tea. Love Actually has become a Christmas classic, a rollercoaster of emotion that reminds us of what is important at this time of year.
The Holiday (2006)
Another love story is The Holiday. It starts with two heartbroken women, longing to get away from the festivities and be secluded somewhere else across the world. When Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) swap homes between Los Angeles and Surrey, they were hoping to let Christmas slip past them, without the awful reminder that they are alone. But when Jude Law enters the picture, there’s only room for new relationships to blossom.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Released just one year after the end of World War II, this Christmas movie brought hope to many families still feeling the effect of the war. With George going through the turmoil of current life, he stands on a bridge contemplating suicide. Until the angel Clarence reminds him of all the good he has done, showing what life would be like without him. A heartfelt story that shows us how important it is to love our neighbors and help one another in what can be a very lonely time of year for some.
Of course, there are plenty of other Christmas movie classics out there: The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol, Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street to name a few. Each one with their own unique way to convey the message, that Christmas, is a time for caring about one another.
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