Welcome to the 20th day of Eva Advent!
We’re well into the thick of it now. How many times has Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ played? Who do we still need to buy gifts for? How long does it take to roast potatoes? We don’t know the answer to any of those questions. But we do know it’s time to unwind from the seasonal stress with a good old Christmas movie.
These are our recommendations for the moments when you need them most. Head over to our Tiktok to hear why these movies were chosen!
For the post-lunch slump : Home Alone (1990)
It’s a classic for a reason. Home Alone is just the right level of wholesome and funny to see you through the post-lunch blood sugar crash. And let’s face it, Christmas can’t go by without a Home Alone viewing!
For the night before Christmas - The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This is another one for the whole family. When the Christmas Eve excitement is hitting an all-time high and a movie is needed just to calm everyone down. Grab the popcorn, cuddle on the couch and sing along to this animated masterpiece.
For those who need a laugh - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
If you’re having a hard time these holidays, or just need a giggle, this one’s for you. Following a father’s disastrous quest to host the perfect family Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is downright silly at times, but sometimes that’s just what you need.
Heads up: this one isn’t for young children.
For when you can’t decide on a movie - Love Actually (2003)
Family arguments can be a common occurrence at Christmas. To avoid the argument over what film to watch, just put on Love Actually. Then sit back as everyone enjoys 129 minutes of pure joy. You’re welcome.
For the horror fans - Misery (1990)
Enough of the niceties. If you’re one of those anti-Christmas Christmas revellers and you love a horror flick, then Misery is our recommendation. Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same title, a super fan of an author pulls him from the wreckage of a car accident and nurses him back to health - almost.
Heads up: this one isn’t for the faint of heart.
BONUS FILM: Die Hard (1988)
Arguably the most un-Christmassy Christmas film ever made, we didn’t want to exclude Die Hard from your watch list. Watch it when you need an adrenaline boost, or a healthy dose of Alan Rickman, or a reminder of what Bruce Willis looked like with hair. Whatever floats your boat.