I’m one of those people that Christmas isn’t the same unless I get my annual fix of both My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. As I’ve aged I’ve added Love Actually to the list, and funnily enough it’s one of Maxine Morrey’s favourites too.
Maxine’s Top Five Christmas Films
Christmas is one of those times when you (hopefully!) get the chance to flop on the sofa, surround yourself with enough supplies to prevent you having to move from your comfy position for several hours and just veg out. When the opportunity arises, what better way to enjoy it than to indulge in some fabulous festive filmic fare?
Here are my top five choices:
• Love Actually
This DVD has been played so many times that it may well need replacing before too long. There are so many things I love about this film, from the clever writing, to the interwoven characters to the way it highlights that not everyone’s Christmas will fit into the expected ‘traditional’ mould – because life is a lot more complicated than that, actually. It also has one of my favourite scenes ever – that of Hugh Grant dancing through Number 10 to ‘Jump’ by The Pointer Sisters. Hard to beat.
If Will Ferrell’s man child portrayal of Buddy the Elf doesn’t warm you, then your heart must be as cold as a snowball! Seriously, it’s a 6’3” man in an elf costume who’s completely, and uninhibitedly, bonkers about Christmas. What more do you need?
• White Christmas
The film that launched what is probably now the most famous Christmas song ever. It’s perfect for snuggling under a blanket and indulging in. It’s snowy, funny, has amazing song and dance routines and is topped with that innocence of a time gone by.
• The Muppets’ Christmas Carol
Take a well loved, classic Christmas tale by Dickens. Add The Muppets. Spend an hour and half indulging in pure, simple uncomplicated enjoyment. Done.
• The Holiday
I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t the best film in the world but it does have its charms, and for me, they’re enough to overlook the slightly dodgy bits and some ‘interesting’ cast choices. It has snow (and sun), relationships, and Eli Wallach, as Kate Winslet’s new temporary neighbour – an ageing scriptwriter from Hollywood’s Golden Age – totally steals the show. It’s not meant to be deep – and it isn’t. It’s fun and fluffy and just right for Christmassy relaxation.
Christmas Project, Maxine’s latest book is released on 14 th November, my wedding anniversary lol and is available here
Professional organiser Kate Stone has never – NEVER – been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O’Farrell is the most obnoxious – and heart-stoppingly gorgeous – man she has ever met. If he weren’t her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour.
About the author
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!
As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities. In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words, can be found tackling her To Be Read pile, sewing, listening to podcasts, and walking.
I’m a book lover first, falling into writing by accident. I love all books and read cross genre with usually 2-3 book on the go at any one time getting through about 300 a year. Being a NetGalley reviewer is essential to my wallet! I also love travelling, this photo was taken in France, but not by me rather a good friend of mine.