Xmas soldiers
28 Nov

My Top Ten Christmas Films

Tonight marks the beginning of Christmas for the Boggio-Derbyshire clan. James and I are about to cuddle up on the sofa and watch our first holiday film of the season: Love, Actually.

It’s always the first one we watch because it sets us up perfectly for getting into the Christmas spirit. And it has Hugh Grant doing a funny dance. I’ve only ever had one problem with this film and that’s the Martine McCutcheon character; I hate that everyone keeps calling her fat, when she’s not, and I hate how much she swears in the film. Other than that, it’s a delightful piece of cinema and another Richard Curtis masterpiece.

Without further adieu, my favourite Christmas films are:

10. The Holiday
9. Bridget Jones’ Diary
8. Gremlins
7. Die Hard
6. Miracle on 34th Street
5. A Christmas Story
4. It’s a Wonderful Life
3. Love, Actually
2. Lord of the Rings
1. The Bishop’s Wife

You may question whether some of these are, indeed, Christmas films. But Lord of the Rings always used to come out around Christmas and, for the first four or five years that James and I knew each other, we’d watch a LOTR film on DVD on Christmas Day. So it’s a Christmas film.

And as a complete aside, does anybody else out there always try to tap out the beats on the Universal signature at the beginning of films? James and I tap it out on each other’s legs to see who gets it right. I only ever get it right on the last one of the three. It’s harder than it seems! Give it a try here if you don’t believe me.

Anyway, I’d love to hear what your favourites are in the comments.



  1. 29 Nov

    Ali Harper

    Hate to be a pedant but there is no comma in Love Actually – even though you are grammatically correct in putting one in!

    And YES we do tap out the Universal theme… as well as the Fringe theme too :)

  2. 30 Nov


    …you forgot Scrooged with Bill Murray!! I think I will have to watch this soon given we have our XMAS tree being delivered this Thur.

  3. 30 Nov


    As Michelle mentioned, I have to recommend Scrooged if you haven’t seen it – it’s one of my favourites. Love Actually is one of those films that I like bits of – some of it is very funny.

    I love that you mentioned Gremlins and Die Hard – two non-traditional Christmas films that are so enjoyable.

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