What I'm Watching: Trashy Christmas Films!

Happy first of December! Now that we can open the first door on our advent calendars (yes, I still get one - don't judge me) we can properly begin to enter into the Christmas spirit. Although I'd still argue that watching the 'proper' Christmas films (It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Muppet's Christmas Carol) would be a bit premature, it's never too early for a bit of Christmas trash. Bring on your Sony Christmas channel, True Christmas, your Channel 5 afternoon movies and best of all, Christmas 24. They're cute, they're Christmassy, they're totally predictable, hugely cheesy and the acting is dubious. And I love them.

These are films made for settling down to with a duvet, following a bit of Christmas shopping or whatever manic Christmas activity you've been busy with. Here's a few of the best corny Christmas movies to look out for!

The Nine Lives of Christmas

Where you'll find it: Christmas24

What's it about? A handsome fireman with commitment issues takes in a stray cat and is thrown into the path of veterinary student Marilee, who doesn't want to date until she graduates.

Why I loved it: Likeable leads with good chemistry and an adorable ensemble of fireman who have massively un-realistic but cute conversations about the protagonist's love life. Plus, this was clearly written by a cat lover, which I appreciated. And the kiss is great!

Naughty or Nice

Where you'll find it: Channel 5, usually

What's it about?  Krissy Kringle is sick of Christmas. Sacked from her job and working as an elf at the mall, she is accidentally sent Santa's 'Naughty or Nice' list, at her address on Candy Cane lane. The list has the power to expose those around her, but will she use it as a force for good?

Why I loved it:  Surprisingly smart and funny (for this kind of film), a great message about seeing the best in people and a show stealing performance from Gabriel Tigerman, as Krissy's work friend, Marco.

A Christmas Kiss

Where you'll find it: Christmas24

What's it about?  After a spontaneous kiss in a lift, nice-girl designer Wendy finds herself falling in love with her mean boss's boyfriend. Decorating his house for Christmas (with designs she's not allowed to take credit for) proves an exercise in hiding her feelings.

Why I loved it: Soo cheesy, with a likeable heroine and a nicely hate-able villain - even if the leading man is a bit bland. And I liked Wendy's two friends - one was the lovely Jane from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the other one (Jerrika Hinton) was waaay too good an actress to be in a Christmas24 film. Seriously, she stuck out like a sore thumb.

Instant Message (Christmas in Boston)

Where you'll find it: Christmas24

What's it about: Gina and Seth are childhood pen-pals who've never met. When they finally arrange to meet up there's only one problem - the pictures they have of each other are actually of their best friends. Basically they've been catfish-ing each other. They each send their friends to meet (with what seems like no long-term plan) and chaos ensues.

Why I loved it: The story was cute, if ridiculous, and for once the male lead had a bit of personality. I already recognised Gina from Scents and Sensibility - a Movies24 classic! - and it's always good to see a familiar face. This was good fun, with a lovely Christmassy feel.


  1. Haha, I totally know what you mean about cheesy Christmas movies, though I've never seen any of these ;)

    1. You're missing out! I'm going to miss the Christmas movie channels, haha - thanks for stopping by :)


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