Hello, beautiful people! 👋🏽 We have blissfully managed to survive this year, and there’s only one month left of 2020. And what a month! The best month of them all, December! Which means, it’s time for Christmas classic movies and gingerbread lattes. 😍
I’m launching a new series for this Christmas period called “All Things Festive“. Festive posts will go live every Friday until Christmas Day! You can expect Christmas films, festive recipes, holiday books and much more! 🎄
For our first festive post, I have a list of all the Christmas favourite movies. 🍿I love spending December (and November if I’m being honest 😬) watching all kinds of Christmas films -from classics like Home Alone and Scrooged to seasonal Hallmark holiday specials. So what a better way to kick start my series, than giving you 25 Days of Christmas Classics: What to Watch This December. 🙃
I’ve included the trailers for all of the suggestions, because one thing I hate about movie recommendations blog posts, is having to search the depths of world wide web to find the movie plot and trailer. Admittedly, it doesn’t take that great of an effort but still, if I can make life easier, then why the hell not. 😇
*One note I do want to make, is that most of these films lack BAME actors, which is not very okay with me. So, I have tried to include movies that feature actors from all ethnic groups.
December 1st: Nativity
Synopsis: This holiday season, elementary school teacher Paul Maddens is charged with producing the school’s musical nativity play. Competing against the fancy rival private school and his arch rival Gordon Shakespeare for the honour of best reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is – they haven’t spoken in years. With one “little white lie” escalating events out of control he becomes a local celebrity and at the center of quarreling parents and over-excited children desperate in their bid for fame and fortune. Maddens’ only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.
December 2nd: The Christmas Train
Synopsis: From Hallmark Hall of Fame, a journalist embarks on a cross-country train ride at Christmas having no idea this journey will take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart. Stars Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, Joan Cusack.
December 3rd: The Holiday
Synopsis: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
December 4th: The Spirit of Christmas
Synopsis: Just before Christmas Kate is supposed to broker the sale of the Hollygrove Inn, but finds that her appraiser has left because of the ghost. Determined, Kate stays and soon meets Daniel, a man claims to have died 95 years ago. The two strike a deal – if she can help him discover the truth of his death, he will leave so Kate can finish her job. But as they work together, Kate begins falling for this dashing Christmas spirit, and a romance develops that will alter the course of both their lives.
December 5th: The Holiday Calendar
Synopsis: What if a present could unwrap your future? This festive season join Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, and Ethan Peck as they uncover the magic of The Holiday Calendar.
December 6th: A Christmas Prince
Synopsis: Royalty. Romance. And a really handsome prince. He’s her most important assignment to date.
December 7th: Noelle
Synopsis: In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over from their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.
December 8th: Deck The Halls
Synopsis: Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito star in this hilarious holiday comedy as two competitive neighbors who try to put the “win” in “winter!” Determined to unseat Steve Finch (Broderick) as the town’s holiday season king, Buddy Hall (DeVito) plasters his house with so many decorative lights that it’ll be visible from space! When their wives (Kristin Davis and Kristin Chenoweth) bond, and their kids follow suit, the two men only escalate their rivalry, and their decorating. It’s anybody’s guess whether the holidays will wind up jolly or jostled in this wild laugh-fest the whole family will love!
December 9th: The Family Stone
Synopsis: Join the eccentric Stone family for a holiday gathering filled with unexpected surprises. Before the festivities are over, love affairs will unravel, new ones will form, outrageous secrets will be revealed and the family will come together like never before.
December 10th: Scrooged
Synopsis: In this modern take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.
December 11th: Love the Coopers
Synopsis: When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
December 12th: Christmas with the Kranks
Synopsis: With their daughter away, the Kranks decide to skip Christmas altogether until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate the holiday at the last minute.
December 13th: Office Christmas Party
Synopsis: In Office Christmas Party, when the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.
December 14th: The Christmas Cottage
Synopsis: Inspired by the picturesque paintings of Thomas Kinkade, Christmas Cottage tells the semi-autobiographical tale of how a young boy is propelled to launch a career as an artist after he learns that his mother is in danger of losing the family home. Michael Campus directs a film written by Ken LaZebnik and co-produced by painter Kinkade. Jared Padalecki takes on the lead role, while Peter O’Toole plays his mentor, Glen Weissler.
December 15th: The Knight Before Christmas
Synopsis: After a sorceress transports medieval knight Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) to present-day Ohio during the holiday season, he befriends Brooke (Vanessa Hudgens), a clever and kind science teacher who’s been disillusioned by love. Brooke helps Sir Cole navigate the modern world as he tries to discover how to fulfill his mysterious one true quest — the only act that will return him home. But as Sir Cole and Brooke grow closer, so do their feelings for each other. Can their love overcome all the odds?
December 16th: A Bad Mom’s Christmas
Synopsis: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.
December 17th: Just Friends
Synopsis: While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with — a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.
December 18th: Jack Frost
Synopsis: A heartwarming story for the whole family! Following the death of his father, a young boy is befriended by a magical snowman who turns out to be his reincarnated father. Christmas fantasy-adventure stars Michael Keaton (“Batman,” “Jackie Brown”), Kelly Preston (“Jerry Maguire”), Mark Addy (“The Full Monty”), Henry Rollins (“Heat”) and pop-personality, Dweezil Zappa.
December 19th: Elf
Synopsis: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
December 20th: Miracle on 34h Street
Synopsis: An elderly gentleman named Kris Kringle creates a stir when he’s hired as Macy’s in store Santa Claus for the holiday season.
December 21st: Call me Claus
Synopsis: CALL ME CLAUS is a hysterically delightful and touching story. An instant holiday classic from executive producer Whoopi Goldberg and the executive producing team of Lisa Sanderson and Garth Brooks. Starring Academy Award(r) winner Whoopi Goldberg and featuring the impressive talent of Nigel Hawthorne as Santa Claus. Lucy Cullins (Goldberg) is a cranky, volatile producer at a home shopping network in charge of hiring the station’s on-air Santa Claus. Nigel Hawthorne is the real Santa Claus, who, finding himself at the end of his 200-year contract, must convince Lucy that she is the perfect candidate to fill his shoes. A funny, moving and enlightening look at the true spirit of the Christmas season.
December 22nd: Home Alone
Synopsis: When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
December 23rd: Home alone 2
Synopsis: After snarky youth Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City — while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man’s toy store just before Christmas.
December 24th: Home Alone 3
Synopsis: A band of international crooks has hidden a military computer chip inside a toy car, but an airport mix-up lands it in the hands of whiz-kid Alex Pruitt (Alex D. Linz) who’s home alone with the chicken pox in a quiet Chicago suburb. When the criminals zero in on Alex’s house with their high-tech gadgetry, madness and mayhem kick into high gear as the pint-sized hero defends himself against the bumbling bad guys – armed with an outrageous array of ambushes and booby traps!
December 25th: A Christmas Carol
Synopsis: A miserable, greedy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge (George C. Scott, Patton) can’t tolerate the revelry of Christmas, much less comprehend its meaning. But visits from his former business partner’s ghost and three cautionary specters from the past (Angela Pleasence), present (Edward Woodward) and future the man to soul-search. Grappling with his own losses, Scrooge recognizes the repercussions of heartlessness.
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I hope you enjoyed this little entry to December favourites!
What is your favourite Christmas film ? ? ? Let me know in the comments!! 👇🏽
Mine is without a doubt, A Christmas Carol! 😊
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*Synopsis taken from IMDB. Trailers embed via YouTube.