Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. It is the one time you can expect kindness and love from your neighbour even when they know your parents wouldn’t allow you eat the food they give you. There’s something really special about Christmas. Asides the birth of Jesus, there’s a feeling it brings which goes beyond the street decorations and Christmas carols we attend; It is the feeling that for once, we Lagosians and Nigerians in general can take life slow and enjoy life and what it’s worth with family and people we hold dear.
For some reason, over the years, it hasn’t been as it used to be. Every December feels less Christmas-sy than the previous so much so if you ask me what time of the year it was, my guess will be somewhere between May and August.
Usually, when this feeling comes around, I attend carols but those aren’t until next week so I tried to invoke the spirit of Christmas passed – Which worked for me btw, so I’m sharing with you the same recipe of classic Christmas movies that will definitely bring back some of the spark you’ve lost.
A Christmas Story (1983)
Follow young and witty Ralphie Parker on his amazing Christmas quest dodging his neighbourhood bully and daydreaming about his ideal Christmas present a "Red Ryder air rifle". Always at odds with his cranky Dad and loving Mum, Ralphie tries to secure his ideal Christmas present in a freezing December full of love and hope.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Classic Christmastime play for peanuts fans. Charlie Brown just like most Nigerians is suffering from the Yuletide blues so he takes Lucy’s advice and decides to direct the school Christmas play. Needing a Christmas tree, Charlie sets out to find his ideal tree and on getting back, everyone laughed at the short, spindly “thing” he brought until the true meaning of Christmas found its way into the hearts of the little children.
Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally taken to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Feeling out of place amongst elves, Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform to find his real father (Walter) whom he finds. After a DNA test proves this, Walter tries to start a relationship with his long-lost son who hasn’t done much growing in the North pole.
Holiday Inn (1942)
The Holy Grail of Christmas musicals staring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds. Overshadowed by its overrated and needless remake, the 1942 original musical which is responsible for the popular term “White Christmas” holds a special place in my heart.
Home Alone 1 (1999)
I don’t need to give a narrative, yes? We all watched this and we all should… EVERY SINGLE CHRISTMAS.
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
George Bailey, a small-town resident of Bedford Falls lives a life so tragic he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrificed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes; showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived.
Love Actually (2003)
How complex is love? This movie tells nine intertwined stories which show how a single act of love can cause a ripple of effects.
Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
The remake of the 1947 Christmas Classic which follows the life of Dorey Walker and her daughter Susan neither of whom believes in the spirit of Christmas until Dorey who is charged with hiring the mall Santa as Macy’s found old man named Kriss Kringle. He does a remarkably convincing job, and he soon reveals that he actually believes himself to be Santa Claus. Authorities threaten to place the old man in an insane asylum, but a young lawyer comes to his defense.
Not your conventional Christmas movie but spell-binding nonetheless, Tangerine follows the life of a transgender sex worker who discovers her boyfriend and pimp have been cheating on her. The movie was shot with three iPhone 5s smartphones.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas, also known as Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a 1993 American stop-motion animated dark fantasy musical film directed by Henry Selick, and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.
Did I miss anything? Let me know about your favorite Christmas movies so I can watch them.