Top 10 Christmas films matched with my fave Christmas recipes
I love Christmas! Who doesn’t really? You get presents, piles of food and everyone is eventually in a good mood, right?! In the middle of November, I like to settle myself into the Christmas spirit, bit by bit, savouring every festive moment and one of the best way to do this is with Christmas films and Christmas food! Yummo. So below I’ve listed my favourite festive movies with my favourite festive food to inspire you to watch, eat and enjoy this joyful Christmas season.
Top 10 Christmas films matched with my fave Christmas recipes
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
What a beautiful film. It’s not super-Christmassy but it begins and ends on Christmas Eve so it’s festive enough. The acting is brilliant, the storyline rich and deep and the whole movie ultimately joyful. George Bailey dreams of a BIG life but when circumstances keep him in his small home town his life falls apart. On the brink of suicide, George calls out for help, and gets it in the most confronting but beautiful way. Check out my full review here: It’s a Wonderful Life movie paired with a home cooked meal.
2. Elf (2003)
I know I had this one my Top 10 Christmas kids’ films matched with festive flavours, but I don’t care, I just LOVE it! It’s so funny. Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf who grew up in the North Pole with Santy Claus. When he finds out he’s adopted and not really a super-tall elf, he heads to New York City to meet his real dad. Hilarious! Check out my full review here: Elf movie matched with super-sweet sugary elvish food.
3. Holiday Inn (1942)
This classic film is full of love, betrayal, croony songs and of course Christmas! It stars the incredible Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire who constantly compete for heart of a couple of fair maidens, with mixed results. They are a couple of talented performers, trying to make it big while trying to get the gal. It all revolves around the Holiday Inn, an entertainment hub that used to be a farm. If you haven’t seen it, watch it… NOW!
Being an Aussie, one of my favourite things to eat on Christmas day are prawns. We usually just cook them quickly on the BBQ but this year, I think I’ll do something like this… Salt and Pepper Tiger Prawns from SBS Food.
4. The Nativity Story (2006)
Let’s get back to the real meaning of Christmas with this modern version of this epic Biblical story. Keisha Castle-Hughes stars as young and sweet Mary who is engaged to Joseph. When she finds herself impregnated by the spirit of God, she struggles to convince her family and especially Joseph. As her pregnancy progresses the government of the day makes each citizen return to their birth place for the census. So Mary and Jo head off to Bethlehem, as do Shepherds and Wise Men. Well, you know the rest. It’s a beautiful movie – very authentic-looking. Here’s my comprehensive review: The Nativity Story movie matched with traditional dishes.
5. Joyeux Noel (2005)
From Biblical to the battlefields of France. It’s a French movie but hang in there, it’s awesome. It’s World War I. Scottish troops face off with their German counterparts but when the Scots start singing Christmas tunes, a truce is sparked with the enemy. They crawl out of their trenches, share photographs of loved ones and enjoy a short mass together. Then they have a game of soccer/football game. But when they head back to the trenches both commanders are not happy campers.
6. White Christmas (1954)
Ooo another classic. Are you a fan of these oldies? This one stars Bing Crosby and George’s aunty, Rosemary Clooney. Post-WWII, two buddies make it big in the entertainment industry, first as performers then as producers. But things go from bad to worse when the fellas get a tad money hungry, they fall in and out of love with their respective gals and an old boss returns with devastating results. Check it out here…
What do you like to eat on Christmas day? The biggest meal of the day is usually lunch then we just eat leftovers for an easy dinner. And one of my fave things to munch on for lunch and dinner is fresh slices of yummy ham. Check this amazing recipe out: Apple Glazed Christmas Ham from Essential Ingredient.
To go with this luscious ham, I think I’ll add some super-crunchy potatoes with heaps of salt! Indulgence, that’s what Christmas is all about, sort of! Check out these Crispy Roast Potatoes with Thyme from Real Living.
And finally, a touch of Aussie hot Christmas goodness with a simple salad to cleanse the palate. It’s Caprese Bruschetta Salad from Taste.com.au .
7. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Another oldie but a goodie but I’ve gotta say this one is looong but lovely. Kris Kringle, a sweet old man with a white beard (wink, wink) somehow finds himself playing Santa at the big Macy’s store in New York City. But when he starts claiming that he is in fact the real Santa Claus, things get tricky. He’s eventually taken to court and is told to prove to the judge that he is who he says he is. A great, classic Chrissy film. Here’s my full review: Miracle on 34th Street film paired with NYC Christmas Recipes.
8. Surviving Christmas (2004)
This may be a controversial choice as it’s pretty commercial but I’ve gotta say, I liked it. Ben Affleck stars as a rich, cocky fella who pays a family to let him spend Christmas with them, in a traditional kinda way. They all ham it up until everything falls apart, he falls in love and it starts to snow. It’s a light, funny Christmas Rom Com. I think you’ll like it. Check it out!
9. The Santa Claus (1994)
Yep, it’s another lighthearted Christmas movie but you’ve got to love Tim Allen. He plays Scott Calvin a deadbeat dad who accidentally kills Santa Claus and then becomes the big man himself. Trying to convince his family and himself who he has become is a pretty hard task and a funny one. Watch him transform as a bit of a loser into the happiest, jolliest man on Earth. It’s pretty cool.
Do you have time for sweets? Always! One of the most popular Aussie Christmas desserts is the humble pavlova – a meringue base filled with cream and topped with yummy tropical fruit. Here’s a delish recipe to try… Summer Berry Pavlova from Jamie Oliver.
10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Now we’re really getting silly but Christmas is called the ‘silly season’ so let’s embrace that with our last movie. If you’ve seen National Lampoons’ movies you’ll know what to expect. Chevy Chase doing a whole lot of weird, funny, slightly inappropriate things with his silly family not far behind him in the silly stakes. Did I mention it’s silly? Sit back and enjoy a bit of nonsense this Christmas with this fantastic funny and, yes, silly movie.
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
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