Christmas is still an opportunity to chill and get your feet up, but this year more than ever, it’s going to look a bit more insular than average.
That’s OK because contemporary culture has brought us all kinds of subscription platforms, each with unique collections of festive material to delve into.
It’s A Wonderful Life
Beautifully asserting at the best of times. It’s A Beautiful Life comes into its own during the festive season when its story of a man whose impending suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel takes on extra poignancy.
The film starring James Stewart as George Bailey reveals how he has touched others’ lives and how different life would have been for his wife Mary and his Bedford Falls group had he not been born.
Miracle on 34th StreetAnother Academy Award-nominated Christmas movie (winning three), Miracle on 34th Street, stars Edmund Gwenn as Santa’s department store who appears to be the true Santa’s father.
His story takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day in New York City and is a long-standing favourite of Christmas. If you can’t stream it this year, be assured that it will be on TV at least once during the festive season.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s Christmas classic needs to be seen to be believed, with a beautiful stop-motion animation that’s impressive, whatever the time of year you want to watch.
It tells the story of Jack Skellington, King of “Halloween Town” who stumbles through the gateway to “Christmas Town” and becomes obsessed with enjoying the holidays.
Christmas almost takes a back seat in this classic action that tells the story of Nakatomi Plaza, a Los Angeles skyscraper in the middle of a jihadist invasion on Christmas Eve.
‘Almost’ – Die Hard has been retroactively named one of the greatest Christmas movies ever, and if the holiday setting were to be omitted, it’s doubtful that the film will have the same scale as it does.
Aardman Animation (of Wallace and Gromit fame) is approaching 3D CG territories with this modern-day classic that imagines the Santa Claus industry and portrays distribution as a kind of super-efficient manufacturing operation through which Santa has become the benign CEO of a global company.
However, it’s more romantic than that because when Arthur, the incompetent but good-hearted son of Father Christmas, learns that Santa’s high-tech ship has failed to produce a girl’s gift, he embarks on a mission to save her Christmas.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Combining live-action scenes with stop-motion and CGI animation, Netflix’s 2020 Christmas offering has already received critical acclaim and looks poised to be a holiday staple for years to come.
The fact that shot it in modest Norwich does not negate the heart-stringed idea in which Jeronicus Jangle, inventor and toymaker, creates Don Juan Diego, a sentient matador doll.