What am I watching THIS CHRISTMAS!

Everyone has a favourite Christmas movie don’t they?  But, when I first thought about it I drew a blank. 

What is my favourite? 

All I could think of was Home Alone.  Is it really my favourite?  Yes and No.  I asked my husband and he just likes watching movies, usually Marvel ones and not necessarily Christmas specific films.  

So, I gave it some thought…

My Christmas movie list in date order:

The Snowman (1982)

The first Christmas movie I ever loved has got to be The Snowman.  A lovely tale of a little boy’s snowman coming to life and taking him on an adventure.  


Home Alone (1990)

I find Home Alone a little cheesy today and the humour is very slapstick, however, it brings back memories of watching it as a kid and remember how much I loved it.  It also seems to be on every year so it has become a Christmas classic.


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This animated Christmas movie is a different tale from the rest with Jack trying to take on Christmas and stars Sally (a redhead) ragdoll that is in love with Jack. 


 How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

This is new on the list and the love for this film has blossomed through my son’s love of the Dr Seuss books.  The Grinch is one of his favourites for the line “Pooh Pooh to the Whos” which sadly isn’t in the movie.  But, he still love the film adptation and now so do I.


I haven’t yet been to see the new Grinch movie but looking forward to watching that tool.

The Holiday (2006)

Talking about Christmas films that bring back lots of good nostalgia, I do love the holiday.  It is an amazing feel good romance about two women who swap houses for the Christmas holiday.  Although, I still wonder why anyone would leave that gorgeous home in America to live in a tiny English cottage?


Frozen (2013)

Whilst we are on the topic of animation, I think most familys will be watching this popular disney movie that is set in a snowy Scandinavian lanscape.  A loving tale about the love of two sisters, one of which has a dangerous power.


New films I’m looking forward to watching this year…

Absolutley Fabulous:  The Movie (2016)

I have loved Edina and Patsy since they first hit our TVs in the 90s and still find the episodes funny now.  I’ve not seen the movie and hoping to catch it this year.  Apparently Patsy kills Kate Moss at a party and the two BFFs are on the run.  I am going to piss myself laughing when she falls out the cab. I always do.  I love it.


Angela’s Christmas (2018)

This film features a little redhead girl (I love how cartoonists love using their red pen for the main character) so I have to check it out.  It looks really good and is about a little girl that steals baby Jesus from a churches nativity scene.  And, that’s all I know…


I’ve already watched Arthur Christmas, Nativity!, The Princess Switch and The Christmas Chronicles.  

This year I have loved watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and now there is a holiday special called Chapter 11: A Midwinters Tale. I can’t wait to watch it!

As I have Netflix, I will also give the following codes a try:

  • 1474017 – Christmas Children & Family Films
  • 1394527 – Romantic Christmas Films
  • 1394522 – Family-friendly Christmas Films
  • 1475066 – Feel-good Christmas Children & Family Films
  • 1475071 – Goofy Christmas Children & Family Films
  • 1527064 – British Christmas Children & Family Films

Age related:

  • 1477201 – Christmas Children & Family Films for ages 5 to 7
  • 1477204 – Christmas Children & Family Films for ages 8 to 10
  • 1477206 – Christmas Children & Family Films for ages 11 to 12
  • 1476024 – Christmas Children & Family Films from the 1990s

More codes here.

What will you be watching over the holidays?  Do you have a favourite Christmas movie?  Let me know in the comments.  

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The Best Children’s Books for Christmas

One of the best things about having kids is the children’s books.  I am a huge fan! What started out as one shelf in our front room for children’s books quickly turned into three shelves and a bookcase upstairs!

I find it really hard to persuade Father Christmas not to buy more books becuase he loves them as much as I do! Today, I am going to share the books that I enjoy sharing with my son, the most, at Christmas time.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margarey Williams

Be warned that this famous beloved tale isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. At the end the boy has to get rid of his rabbit but because he loved it so much, it becomes real.

The Snowman And The Snowdog (pop up & light up book)

This beloved tale about a boys Snowman coming to life and taking him on adventure is available in lots of formats but the pop up and light up book is a real treasure.  There is something facinating about pages that jump off the page but at the end of this book, the stars twinkle due to a built in sensor and built in tiny lights


The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet Ahlberg

All the Jolly Postman books are amazing.  Children love the little envolpes (from and to fairy tale characters) and finding out what is inside.  The letters sometimes contain a gift like a puzzle or a comic.  This book makes a lovely gift (thank you aunty Heather) and the snowy variation of this book is great to share over the winter months.

Stickman by Julia Donaldson

I don’t own this book, we borrowed it from the library.  Borrowing books is a great way to discover new books for free.  Stickman is about a stick that gets seperated from his family.  He ends up on a dangerous adventure as he tries to get home to his family.  On his adventure he helps Santa who in return helps him get home.

Another, wintery tale by Julia Donaldson is The Gruffalo’s Child.  The sequel to the popular Gruffalo.  The brave Gruffalo Child sneaks out of the cave on a dark snowy night to find the Big Bad Mouse.  Once again, the quick witted mouse out smarts this little Gruffalo.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

My son absolutley loved the Grinch.  This descpicable character feelings towards Christmas is quoted as “hate, hate, double hate, loathe entirely”.  His hate for Christmas is very entertaining and when he says “Poo poo to the whos” my son laughs and makes me read that line over and over again.  Don’t worry, in the end, the Grinch learns that there is more to Christmas than giving gifts.

My Rhyme Time Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

This is an all year favourite for bedtime but when I was asking my son to help me pick the books for this post, he inisited on this one as he like the twinkle star nursery rhyme and at Christmas time we change the words to “Twinke twinkle Christmas star”.  The book is filled with traditional nursery rhymes and illustrated beautifully by Miles Kelly.

The Christmas Show by Rebecca Patterson

This book was a gift from my son’s nursery.  He isn’t the easiest kid to keep in line so I am not sure if this book was chosen especially for him in mind or just a lucky chance that he got it.  It is all about the children preparing for the nativity play, the main little boy doesn’t really pay attention and on the big day he gets it all wrong but his performance is still loved by his family and he is told to ignore the mean words of the head angel.  

Thank you for reading

Are any of the above your favourites?  Can you recommend any more that I should add to my collection?

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy:

My top 5 Pop Up Books

Happy Roald Dahl Month – My Childhood Memories of his books

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If you love the Gruffalo, you may enjoy my review of Good Bubble, The Gruffalo skincare range.

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