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About a Boy and Love, Actually: Two of my Favourite Christmas Movies

Updated on November 5, 2011

I love Christmas. I am not religious in any way but I love the feeling of Christmas; the togetherness, the peaceful feelings, the music, and the movies. My favourite part of going to church around Christmastime as a child was the music. I was in the school choir from the time I was 7 and our Christmas pageants were held at the local church, one of my fondest memories was being an angel in the Christmas concert.

I don’t look forward to the over commercialization of Christmas and I’m getting better at ignoring it. I look forward to the Christmas specials on television and the new Christmas CDs that come out every year. I also look forward to watching my favourite Christmas movies on DVD.


About a Boy

My current favourite Christmas movies both star Hugh Grant. The first one, About a Boy from 2002, is not really a Christmas movie but it does have Christmas themes and it ends on Christmas Eve. The main character in the movie lives off the residuals of a Christmas song that his father wrote. He is befriended by a boy who changes his life for the better. This was the first movie in which I actually found Hugh Grant sexy. I had enjoyed his other movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral but I did not find him overly appealing It wasn’t until About a Boy that I started to be interested in him as an actor and as a leading man; he has aged well. The soundtrack for the movie was written and performed by Badly Drawn Boy; it is one of my most played albums on my iPod.

Love, Actually

The second movie, Love, Actually (released in 2003) does take place a Christmastime. It follows the stories of several characters, most of whom intersect at one time or another. Hugh Grant plays the newly elected Prime Minister of Britain who falls for his secretary, Emma Thompson is married to Alan Rickman, and she is the Prime Minister’s sister. Another favourite actor of mine is in this film; Colin Firth plays a writer who flees to France after discovering his wife is having an affair with his brother. There are several characters in this film that are unique and wonderfully written; Bill Nighy plays washed up singer Billy Mack who records a novelty Christmas record, and Kris Marshall plays Colin who decides he has to go to America to find a woman to love him . This is one of those movies that make me smile; I always feel better after watching it. It was written by Richard Curtis, who I have a huge crush on.

Other Favourites

I also have a few other films that I always make a point of watching over Christmas. Here is a short list:

  • Jack Frost (Michael Keaton is reincarnated as a snowman)
  • A Christmas Story (A classic…and I love that leg lamp)
  • The Bishop’s Wife (Cary Grant as an angel)
  • Peter’s Friends (actually takes place just after Christmas)
  • In the Bleak Midwinter (a group of English actors puts on Hamlet over Christmas)


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  • carol3san profile image

    Carolyn Sands 

    7 years ago from Hollywood Florida

    I love christmas too, especially the good will towards all men theam. I seldom go out to the movies but I love watching the christmas movies on T.V. Some of them I must have seen more than a dozzen times.

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    Simone Haruko Smith 

    7 years ago from San Francisco

    Gyah! Both of these are such good movies! I want to watch them right now!! Thanks for the reminder. I'll have to add them to my queue straight away :D

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    7 years ago from Michigan

    I must admit that I have never seen either movie and so they are now on my of list of "to sees." I am in love with the comedy movies at Christmas time and as mainstream as it may seem, my favorites are Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. I can really relate to your love of the music at Christmas time. I'm a singing fool around the holidays but I refuse to begin it until AFTER Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

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    Denise Handlon 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    uninvited writer-I love your opening paragraph. Like you, I love Christmas for the family togetherness and the feeling of kindness that seems to prevail during this time of year above any other season. Could it be that people really take the teachings of Jesus to heart? Or, is it that we are ALL kids at heart and maybe...just maybe there really is a Santa who is checking his list...

    Regardless, we seem to take care of each other a bit better during the Christmas holidays, despite its commercialism. Thanks for sharing the awesome video of the reindeer!

    As for Mr. Grant(s) I love them both and enjoyed the movies you mentioned.

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    Yvonne Spence 

    7 years ago from UK

    Thank you for drawing my attention to these films and to that great song by Badly Drawn Boy. I am British so it really is time I saw those Hugh Grant films you review.

    "The Bishop’s Wife” must be one of very few Cary Grant films I’ve never seen, I love Cary Grant. (In fact I’m in the middle of revising a short story for the contest that pays homage to Mr Leach.)

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    7 years ago

    Not really a big fan of hugh grant, but i had to give a thumb up for about a boy. It's a very good movie and I enjoyed it very much.

  • Lisa HW profile image

    Lisa HW 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts

    I (and the others I watched "About A Boy" with) loved that movie. There were lots of little things that made us laugh, and it was a nice story with a good (and believable) ending. :)


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