Off the back of a global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, Christmas this year may well be filled with even more inactivity than usual. But in place of drunken snogs with coworkers and the sheer joy of stumbling across a Christmas sandwich in the reduced section, there’s now ample opportunity to watch Christmas films.
While you’d probably have spent the following day doing that hungover anyway, COVID-19 – as much of a bastard as it is – enables you to do so with the clear head and critical eye of someone not at legal drinking age.
A Christmas miracle via Netflix, we guess. You can start with the selection below.
Given the fact that a donation from the woman herself partly funded the development of the coronavirus vaccine, it would be downright disrespectful not to watch Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square. It also features Christine Baranski, who has starred in at least one other Christmas film (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and therefore definitely knows what she’s doing with such a role.
A horror film? For Christmas? Indeed, if Krampus – the anthropomorphic figure in Central European folklore who punishes naughty children at Christmas – has anything to do with it.
We will be watching this to hear the voice of Ricky Martin as a ‘sentient matador doll’ alone.
A Christmas film list would be incomplete without a romantic comedy. This one is particularly useful, however, since it covers holidays throughout the year.
Cheating men! Transatlantic home exchanges! Christmas! Everyone loves The Holiday, don't they?
Fans of The Grinch will be delighted to discover that it was also made into a 3D computer-animated film in addition to the live-action offering from 2000.
If you wish to siphon the cosiness of a Christmas film without having to put yourself through the utter agony – as you would describe it – of watching one, we recommend this.