Music

My Listening Ear Christmas Film Edition

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It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrr! How exciting is it that it’s nearly Christmas. Very exciting however, I am not quite done yet. I’ve done most of my shopping online, which does make me feel a bit guilty, with how many stores have closed over the last few years, but I still have tired to support as many small businesses and big ones too as I can. Truth is though, I am just too busy at the moment to go out Christmas shopping which is why I’ve done a lot of it online. I did think about going out for the day somewhere to get it done, but I can’t fit it in. Anyways last week I had told you all I was going to do a Christmas themed post. and here it is. I thought it would be really fun to do a Christmas film song post, where I share all my favourite songs from Christmas films. Typing this post up, has now really made me want to watch more Christmas films, so far I’ve only seen two this year, so I have a lot still to watch, and there’s still a few I am yet to see, like It’s A Wonderful Life, I’ve never heard of it until recently.

Baby It’s Cold Outside – From ELF

How could I not include a song from the very popular Christmas film Elf. Elf is a much loved Christmas film, that seems to be a lot of people’s favourites and one that never seems to lose popularity, Elf was probably my favourite film for a long time as a child, but then I started to watch the more “adult” films if that’s what you call them, and so then my favourite changed, and I am still undecided which is my favourite. This particular song is from the shower scene, and the version brings a lovely classic cover of this song. Elf would have been amazing to see at the theater, I saw Nativity the other year and that was really good, I can’t wait to go to the theater again.

Christmas Is All Around – From Love Actually

It is so hard to choose just one song from Love Actually as there are so many great songs from the film. I would go as far as saying this is the best soundtrack out of all the Christmas films. It has music to cater all the different moods and emotions throughout the whole film. It’s a very clever soundtrack, and one you can definitely reminisce to all of the tracks you may of forgotten about, not to mention a film where we can remember the ever so talented actor Alan Rickman. If it’s that cringey scene of when Keira Knightley realizes that all the wedding footage is of her and Dido “Here With Me” starts playing, or if its when Emma Thompson’s character unwraps the CD she wasn’t expecting and Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” starts playing, oh that gets me every time! To then the more chirpy S Club Juniors “Puppy Love” or Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. It really is a tough choice, but I guess there’s one that shines through throughout the film, and that is “Christmas Is All Around”. This version is definitely like marmite, or one that you hate to love, however makes you smile when you hear it. It’s definitely one that never gets old and when you think of the song, you probably think of some of the hilarious things that Billy comes out with.

What’s This?! – From The Nightmare Before Christmas

Now I don’t know if people actually count this as a Christmas film, I mean it pretty much is, I love it because of how creepy and funny it is. It’s just really not your typical Christmas film. I actually can’t believe how old this film is but this song never gets old, and its so catchy, once it’s in your head, it’s very hard to get it out of your head.

Believe – From The Polar Express

I think The Polar Express is quite an underrated Christmas film and I don’t know if they still do but there was somewhere in the UK where you could go on a train and it would be set up just like the film. You would be encouraged to come in your pyjamas, you get hot chocolate, and collect your silver sleigh bell. What a magical idea. Anyways “Believe” is a really lovely song, and the words are quite heartwarming if you listen to them Christmas really does give us that feeling of being a child again.

You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch – From Dr.Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

You just can’t beat The Grinch. I do like the original rather than the animated version, not that it was bad, because I still enjoyed it, but I think it comes down to The Grinch on this one. Both Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch are really great actors, but Jim Carrey plays the part so well, and really gets into the character, but I guess it’s harder for Benedict because he’s doing a voice over. He did a great job, but I feel like anything like that, you have a lot to live up to, like when they made the live action Aladdin, and Will Smith played the genie, however again Will did an amazing job of that. Anyways I am going slightly off subject, but I do really like this particular song from The Grinch as the beat is so catchy, and it’s just such a perfectly written and orchestrated song to go with the character.

Last Christmas – From The Holiday

How could you not include a bit of Wham. I actually forgot this was on The Holiday until I watched it the other day, so I couldn’t not include it, plus The Holiday is one of the best Christmas films, so it felt right to end the post on this one. Last Christmas isn’t exactly one of the happiest of Christmas songs, but we are all guilty of belting it out in the car and knowing all of the words to it, and who doesn’t like Wham?!

Is there anything you would add? Let me know in the comments below!

A x

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