Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Anyone who knows me will know how much I love Christmas films! From October onwards, there will be nothing else on my TV until New Year! There’s something so special about movies that we only get to watch once a year and they are absolutely the thing I look forward to most about the festive season! Here are my Top 5, although I could go on for days about how much I love Christmas movies!
1 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
My number one favourite Christmas movie of all time! A year is not complete without watching this at least once over the holidays! The third one of the National Lampoon ‘Vacation’ series and easily the best, this time Chevy Chase tries to make Christmas perfect for his extended family who are visiting for the festive season. Obviously, it’s slapstick comedy so things go wrong. Everything goes wrong, really. It’s quite old now, made in 1989 I think, and I still don’t think there’s been a better Christmas movie since!
2 – Elf
Will Ferrell is just amazing as the human raised by elves who goes to New York to find his real father. There he meets quirky Zooey Deschanel and spreads Christmas cheer. I love this movie so much, it has a brilliant soundtrack, and is absolutely hilarious. I’ve just written a scene (in next year’s Christmas book!) where the characters are watching it and it’s made me all excited to watch it again this year. Thankfully it’s on TV next weekend to save me digging out my DVD!
3 – It’s a Wonderful Life
Fun fact: I always used to think I hated this movie, and then I had an idea for a book and as I was plotting it out, I realised how well it tied into It’s A Wonderful Life so I rewatched the film and discovered that it was actually amazing!
The book became It’s A Wonderful Night, and while I was writing it, I watched the film another six times (and some more times while I was editing it in July. July!) so it’s a good job I fell in love with it!
It’s such a powerful story that shows George Bailey the difference he’s made to so many people’s lives by transporting him to a world where he didn’t exist to show him how different things would’ve been without him and making him want to live again. It really shows how important we all are, no matter how small our lives are, we all have an impact on the world around us.
4 – The Santa Clause
Tim Allen accidentally knocks Santa Claus off his roof and puts his jacket on, and unwittingly becomes the next Santa. Then follows the year in which he unavoidably transforms into an old, fat, bearded St Nick! I absolutely love Tim Allen in anything, and he’s just brilliant in this! Hilarious, quick-witted, and sarcastic. What more could you want in a Santa?!
5 – I’m cheating and saying – Hallmark movies! All of them!
I love made-for-TV Christmas movies. I am so incredibly grateful to the Christmas24 TV channel and Channel 5 here in the UK for providing me with a never-ending stream of them from October onwards! I can’t get enough of them. I actually wish I’d kept track of how many I’ve watched this year because it’s probably an impressive number. And let’s not talk about the approx 28593 still recorded on the Sky box!
I think there’s no better way to escape than to curl up in front of a Hallmark movie with a steaming mug of hot chocolate! They’re romantic fairytales that are just perfect to lose yourself in idealistic snowy towns and happily-ever-after romance. All right, they’re predictable, but that’s the beauty of them – you know you’re guaranteed an ending that’s going to put a smile on your face! What more do you want at Christmas?
Some old favourites:
A Christmas Kiss, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, A Fairytale Christmas, The Spirit of Christmas, Window Wonderland, Instant Message.
And of the ones I’ve seen this year so far:
A Very Nutty Christmas, Christmas Coincidence, Christmas Pen Pals, A Gift To Remember.
Thank you so much for your post, Jaimie! I hope you’ve managed to find time to enjoy your favourite films and maybe discover some more during Christmas and will find even more in the New Year!
Here’s some information about two of her festive books that I’ve really enjoyed reading and about Jaimie:
The first one is ‘It’s a Wonderful Night‘ . . .
One night will change their lives forever…
Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.
Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.
The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…
A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!
My review for this lovely festive read is here!
The second one is ‘Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm‘
It is one of my favourite 5* festive reads from stories published this year that I’ve read!
All she wants for Christmas…
Leah Griffiths has woken up after a few too many glasses of Prosecco with a hangover – and discovers she’s accidentally bought a little Christmas tree farm in Scotland!
At first she’s horrified, but perhaps it’s the perfect way to forget all about her cheating ex.
And when she meets grumpy (but ridiculously gorgeous) pumpkin farmer Noel underneath the mistletoe, Leah begins to believe that at Christmas time, anything can happen…
You can read my review of it here.
About Jaimie Admans. . .
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
Many thanks to Jaimie Admans for writing this festive guest post!