Christmas Movies with Emma Hannigan!

I’ve got a special author post for you today! As part of her blog tour, Emma Hannigan, author of the new release; The Heart of Winter, is here talking about her favourite Christmas movies that get her in the spirit. Personally, I’ll be watching festive films all December so if you want to know some great options, look no further…


Christmas means different things to different people. Some loath it, finding all the fuss and expenditure infinitely stressful. I can appreciate that line of thinking, but I’m afraid I’m one of those annoying people who gets excited from October onwards!

I also like to be organised. I never do all my shopping in one swoop. I begin picking up bits and bobs from September. I know, feel free to groan. I’m an unashamed Christmas smug. If it makes you feel any better, I still tear off to the shops on the 23rd and panic buy. Why? Because I suddenly think the things I’ve bought aren’t good enough! Agh!

As I write this with full on excited Christmas anticipation I would like to share with you, the things that give me that magical feeling. I wonder if any of you have the same little triggers?

I know there are a load of new movies with Christmas themes, but I tend to fall back on the ones I grew up with. Yule tide wouldn’t be the same without The Wizard of Oz. I know I’m free to watch it at any time of the year, but for some reason I never do. The ruby slippers, Munchkins and dulcet tones of Judy Garland take me back to Christmases past, when I counted down the days to Santa Clause’s arrival.

Home Alone was another stalwart in our house. It’s one of those fabulously violent yet hilarious movies that appeals to all ages.

My daughter is utterly obsessed with The Grinch so it’s been added to the list. Even in her teens she still lights up when it’s on. Her word-for-word recitation alongside the actors can be slightly annoying after half an hour. So she’s been instructed to say the words on the inside now!

I have a confession to make. I’ve never seen It’s a Wonderful Life. I have heard so much about it and for some reason I cannot fathom, I haven’t managed to watch it. Now that I’ve made this confession, I’ll make it my business to rectify the situation before the dawn of 2016.

Needless to say, the movies all must be accompanied by treats. I’ve never been a crisps or savouries type of gal. So it’s chocolate all the way. I still get giddy with excitement at the sight of a selection box. Tins of Roses, Quality Street or Heros are my idea of heaven. The only down side is that it’s impossible to step away from the tin once it’s open. Those divine jewel coloured wrappers seems to call out to me in high-pitched tinny voices saying “eat me”. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

After all, what good would January be if I wasn’t feeling over-fed and slovenly? My post chocolate binge is the best reason in the world to get myself back to the swimming pool. Herbie my dog is the world’s biggest January fan. Our walks increase and he never needs to sit at my feet with those please-bring-me-for-a-walk eyes. Movies with chocolate guilt kick start my year with a splash and a strut.

I hope you watch all the movies that warm the cockles of your heart. I hope you are surrounded by the people you love and most of all, I hope there’s chocolate – and lots of it! 

Thank you to Emma for this post! You should definitely watch It’s a Wonderful Life, it’s a great film and on Netflix! Don’t forget to check out The Heart of Winter and look for my review coming next week.


What are your favourite Christmas movies?
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Fiction Friday: Valentine’s Day Picks.

Well another year has passed and we find ourselves on the bitchiest holiday of all. Valentine’s Day. The day when those in couples are either being sickeningly cute or trying to prove that they’re not like ‘every other couple’, the day those that are single either become cynical and obtuse or cynical and obtuse about those who are being cynical and obtuse about the day. Me, I spend my evening curled up reading and watching appropriate books, television and movies. So…

Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Please don’t judge me. I know I should, I know it’s a classic, but I just really have no urge to read it. I know classics are classics for a reason but so are clichés. However, since the book has been the inspiration behind not one- but two zombie parodies and one vampire one, as a horror lover I am intrigued and am going to read the classic before delving into ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ and ‘Mr Darcy, Vampyre.”

Movie: My Bloody Valentine!
Nothing says romance more than a murderous killer with a pick-axe, am I right? Valentine’s Day is the only day I can watch this movie because that’s pretty much what it’s made for. It’s set on Valentine’s, the whole theme is Valentine’s and murder, and it really is just a movie that was designed to be watched on Valentine’s day either alone or in a couple. I will be watching it tonight with some friends and eating copious chocolate because it’s Valentine’s and no other reason is needed.

Television: Miranda, Season 1, Episode 5. “Excuse.”
I am going to be watching this once I finish this blog post while I tidy my desk. Miranda is one of my favourite shows and is just- great. This episode is set around Valentine’s Day and has my favourite quote: “I don’t know who St. Valentine was but I hope he died alone surrounded my couples!” 

So those are my Valentine’s Day picks! What are yours?
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