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Twin Passions - Christmas And Movies!

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

As you might by now have detected, I love the Christmas holiday season, and the thought of nestling down for a movie, as night-time draws in, makes me feel so contented.

I always make sure to schedule some classics, say a David Lean or a Casablanca, but my guilty pleasure is a Christmas movie.

Here are my 10 recommendations…

The Polar Express (2004)

A magical adventure awaits a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. Full of thrills and spills, this film always makes me smile!

The Snowman (1982)

This memorable short film is a Christmas staple - a moving tale, incredible animation, this is a film you won’t forget!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Chevy Chase tries his best to smile through adversity and disaster, this has the catchiest title song and the biggest laughs!

Scrooge (1951)

Alistair Sim is magical in this cautionary tale about a curmudgeon turned good. Legendary.

Home Alone (1990)

The McAllister family accidentally leave their son behind when they fly to Paris. I love seeing Joe Pesci as a (foiled) would-be burglar!

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Kris Kringle claims to be the real Santa, and plays the role to perfection at Macy’s. A heart-warming tale that wards against cynicism. One of the greats.

Scrooged (1988)

Bill Murray was born to play Frank Cross, a selfish misanthrope given a chance at redemption. This warms me and fills me with joy.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Ok, so this isn’t a Christmas film, but it certainly might be. The chemistry between John Candy and Steve Martin is magnificent, with Martin eventually melting, as do I, at the conclusion, every time. My final John Hughes classic, this is one of my favourite films!

Trading Places (1983)

I love the 80s vibe in this iconic Christmas movie, and the film is full of favourite actors. Are there two more shocking people than Duke and Duke?

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

A film that emphasises the importance of treating everyone well, this life-affirming tale of second chances teaches us to cherish that which is truly important in life.

Now, movie night is not complete for me without the perfect ambience – I want to create a cosy and relaxing experience. Comfortable pyjamas, aromas and a classic movie snack. At Christmas, it must be indulgent. Here are a few of my favourite things for the ultimate Christmas movie marathon.

Polo Ralph Lauren

Logo-embroidered checked cotton-flannel pyjama set.

Folium Scented Candle

And Objects Murano glass candle with notes of green leaf, ylang ylang and neroli. A new candle recently launched by this gorgeous brand which I can’t wait to light over Christmas.

Joe & Sephs Gourmet Popcorn Maker

Cinema grade popcorn at home in minutes. Yes please!

Santa Maria Novella Melograno Bath Salts

There’s nothing quite like a long, relaxing soak aided by the heavenly scent of Melograno (pomegranate). My favourite bath salts!

Dr. Hauschka Lavendar and Sandalwood Body Cream

I first tried this body cream on the recommendation of a friend after mentioning that I was experiencing some trouble sleeping. The soothing notes of lavender bring me peacefulness, with a revitalising hit from the sandalwood.

Tony’s Chocolonely Milk Chocolate Gingerbread

Movie night wouldn’t be complete without chocolate. I ordered directly from the Tony’s website when I heard that they had released some Christmas treats. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t eaten 2 bars of this before I had to place a second order!

- Ahmer x

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