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Safiq Ali Patel's Top Ten Favorite Films At Christmas Time

Updated on November 28, 2012

Safiq Ali Patel is a writer, publisher and broadcaster. These are his top 10 favorite films at Christmas.

,1, Mary Poppins is my number one Christmas film. It’s that tale of an English Nanny, played by Julie Andrews, who arrives by flying umbrella over the city of London. A host of magical tricks, inspirational songs, and some of the most wondrous friends and places, that’s the magic that is in store when Mary Poppins comes to town. A must see film over the Christmas period for me.

2, The Wizard of Oz, Is my second most favorite film at Christmas. It is the tale of Dorothy from Kansas city, who must follow the yellow brick road to see the wizard of Oz in the Emerald City, to find a way of getting home to Kansas city, to family. It’s a colorful film, with songs, whit, and humor. Also starring in the Wizard of Oz is the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion. The Wizard of Oz is a beautiful film with some inspiration themes like home, brains, heart, and courage. Christmas isn't complete without the Wizard of Oz.

3, All the Harry Potter Films based on the novels by J.K. Rowling are my number 3 favorite collection of films to watch at Christmas. Harry Potter is invited to wizard school. The Entrance to Wizard school is at platform 9 and 3 quarters at Kings Cross railway station in London. Harry Potter embarks on a journey of learning magic and fighting cruel and evil magic and magicians. Every single one of the Harry Potter films is worth watching at Christmas they are a real treat the whole family love to watch.

4, A tale of Two Kitty’s, starring Garfield the my 4th most favorite film at Christmas. Well this is a tale of kitty confusion. Garfield the Cat conspires his way out of a cattery while his owner John is going on vacation to London with his girlfriend. Garfield hides in Jon’s luggage and travels to London. By a number of accidents Garfield gets lost and mistaken for a missing Aristocratic cat from a wealthy Lord's Estate. Garfield is taken to live like a King. Eventually Jon catches up with Garfield and Garfield has to admit he is American and not the missing Aristocratic cat. While posing as the other cat, Garfield almost ends up killed by rivals who want the Aristocratic cat's Estate. A colorful and humor filled adventure story set in England.

5, The Body Guard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is my number 5 most favorite film at Christmas. This is a snowy, winter film that is a classic to watch at Christmas. It is a love story in which singer and pop music queen Rachel played by the late singer and movie star Whitney Houston is surviving a killer on the loose who is trying to kill her. Rachel falls in love with her body guard who is hired to protect her. The film features romantic hits performed by Whitney Houston including the classic Christmas number 1 I will always love you and many more songs.

6, Camelot, The saga of Kings and their magic in the legendary place called Camelot. Camelot is a film featuring King Authur and the magic sword Excalibur. A real fantasy favorite of mine at number 6 on my list of favorite films at Christmas time.

7, War Horse, the Steven Spielberg classic is my 7th favorite film to watch at Christmas. It is the tale of one man and his horse. This film is a wartime love story and an enduring saga in its own right made by epic Hollywood producer and director Steven Spielberg.

8, William and Kate, The movie. Is my 8th most favorite film at Christmas time. It is another love story. But it is no ordinary love story. William and Kate The Movie tells the story of the future King of England’s relationship and marriage to Kate Middleton, now wife to Prince William. Prince William is the Son of Prince Charles and grandson of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom. The film offers a close look at the private relationship between the future monarch and his then University girlfriend Kate Middleton.

9, Great Expectations, is number 9 on my list of favorite films at Christmas. It is a film based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. Pip the boy inherits a legacy. But who was the wealthy benefactor who left Pip a mystery in a last will and testament. A tale of poverty and privilege, of riches and wealthy people's woven mysteries. An intriguing film to watch on a cold Christmas night.

10, Oliver Twist, is a British made television film based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same title Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens was a writer and a social reformer based in England over 100 years ago. Oliver Twist, the film tells the story of a young boy, Oliver, taken to an Orphanage and eventually sold for labor. Oliver escapes the sentence he is given for asking for more food at the Orphanage. He arrives in Victorian London and is rescued by the artful dodger from Fagin’s Den. Fagin is a thief who beats and feeds the boys and trains them to steal. The film is a musical with songs like Food Glorious food, Consider Yourself, and Who will buy my beautiful roses. Oliver meets and is used by the dangerous Bill Sykes, and the slippery Nancy. Oliver is eventually rescued form the corrupt hands of Victorian gangs by an Uncle who takes him home. It seems in the end that Oliver was a boy from wealth kidnapped and lost in the cold culture of Victorian children's homes. He is eventually re-united with his roots but kidnapped again by the evil Bill Sykes. A wonderful film with plot and some catchy musical tunes. Another true Christmas time delight I enjoy each time Christmas comes round.

These are my top ten favorite films that I will settling in to watch over Christmas. Please add your favorite Christmas films in the comments box. I’d love to read and know what your favorite films at Christmas are.....

Happy Christmas to you. From Safiq Ali Patel.


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      safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

      Deb Welch thank you for reading this hub and for taking the time to comment. Happy Holidays to you too.

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      You have different and very good choices for the holiday season. The Polar Express, Scrooged, Unaccompanied Minors/2006 and others are really excellent too. Useful and Interesting - Happy Holidays.

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      safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

      Visionandfocus thank you for taking the time to read this and hub and thank you to for letting me know what your Christmas favorites are. I like My Fair Lady and the Sound of Music. And yes this list is more my 16 top favorites films if we count the six harry potter films. Merry Christmas and thank you once again for reading and commenting here. From Safiq Ali Patel.

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      visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

      I had to smile when you included all the Harry Potter films at no. 3. I see you are a true believer. :) I also like your Dickens choices. To your list, I would add My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music, and anything with Jimmy Stewart.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I love all these films, Safiq. Thanks for sharing!! WIll catch them this holiday season!

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      mizjo 5 years ago from New York City, NY

      'It's a Wonderful Life'. It is compulsory Christmas watching. The most meaningful movie of the Season, bar none, just as 'The Quiet Man' is for St. Patrick's Day.

      You have two Charles Dickens' movies on your list, but I think you forgot 'A Christmas Carol'.

      You have a nice list compiled, though, and I hope you get to watch some of them over Christmas.

      Thanks for sharing, and for your Follow.

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      safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

      Kashmir56 thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Glad you liked the hub. A peaceful Christmas to you.

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      safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

      Delighted that you enjoyed the hub. It's great to be appreciated. Thank you and merry Christmas.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this great hub really enjoyed reading it !

      Hope you have a very Merry Christmas !

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful list of great all time movies. At Christmas I enjoy all of the Santa Claus movies with Tim Allen, all of the variations of Scrooge and A Christmas Carol movies and old time favorites like Miracle on 34th St. and It's a Wonderful Life. Hope your Christmas is merry and bright.

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      safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

      inguidenetwork thank you too for reading the hub and posting your comments. Mary Poppins is a classic childrens films that is full of mysterious tricks and some of the happiest songs. Have a good Christmas. From Safiq Ali Patel.

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      safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

      Honey BB thank your kindly for taking the time to read and comment. I'm glad you liked the hub. Christmas is not complete without the television and some great films. Have a good Christmas 2012. Best wishes from Safiq Alli Patel.

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      I haven't watched all of the films mentioned above, but I really want to see the classics like "Mary Poppins" and "The Wizard of Oz", but haven't found DVD's of them yet. Only "It's A Wonderful Life", so far. Thanks for sharing, your list is also a recommendation for me. :)

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      Helen Laxner 5 years ago from Illinois

      Wow...I thought I would open this hub and see 10 of my most loved Christmas movies. Little did I know that there were so many other great ones out there to see. I am amazed that I haven't seen some of these and I will certainly be watching out for them in the weeks to come. Mary Poppins is one of my favs, along with Miracle on 34th Street, and What a Wonderful Life. I love Christmas movies. Thanks for sharing. Voted+++

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      safiq ali patel 5 years ago from United States Of America

      Deborah Brooks thank you for your comment. I'm glad you liked the hub. I'm going to try looking for Miracle on 34 Street. Merry Christmas to you too. Film and music are a big part of my Christmas.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Miracle on 34th street is one of the best and Jimmy Stewart It's a wonderful Life.. wonderful Christmas movies I watch every year. I do like Mary Poppins.. great movie..

      voted up and sharing

      Merry Christmas

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