Let’s get this blogathon started! This is the sixth year I’ve hosted this blogathon so many of you should be familiar with it. If you aren’t familiar with it, firstly, where have you been! And secondly, I hope you enjoy Christmas because you will be getting a lot of it between now and July 25th. There are some cool and unique entries this year (as always!) so I hope you find something you like and maybe even some new blogs worth following by the time this is all finished. To get us started is none other than the veteran Christmas in July Blogathon-er, Allie from Often Off Topic. Allie reviews a variety of films on her site, gives updates on her life as a mom of a little daughter, shares lists, and is a frequent participant in the Thursday Movie Picks. Make sure to go check her site out if you aren’t familiar with it. In the mean time, to kick off the blogathon, here are Allie’s Top 5 non-Christmassy Christmas movies.
You try saying that title after a few cups of eggnog! Does anyone actually drink eggnog? I’ve heard it in Christmas songs I’ve seen it in Christmas movies…but I’ve never actually had any! I guess there’s a first time for everything. Speaking of which, this is certainly not the first time I’ve taken part in Drew’s Christmas in July Blogathon, but it IS the first time I’ve sent my post to him on time! For…any actual Blogathon he’s hosted, actually. I’m so sorry Drew!
It’s getting tougher each year to pick a topic for my post, but after last year when I defended Die Hard’s status as a Christmas movie my theme for this year has picked itself out. I’m going to list my Top 5 Non-Christmassy Christmas movies! You know, those movies you find yourself watching in October or November when the festive vibes are kicking in, but it’s not socially acceptable to be in the festive spirit yet!
#5 Die Hard (1988)
Defending Die Hard’s Christmasy status is difficult enough, but last year Bruce Willis himself declared that it wasn’t a Christmas movie. C’mon, man! When the winter months are filled with sickly sweet family movies, sometimes you need to see Bruce Willis kick some ass whilst still feeling festive.
#4 Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
I love a good rom com, and Bridget Jones’s Diary is up there with the best of the very best. Bridget is just so relatable, and the scene with her and Mark Darcy with his ugly Christmas jumper is brilliant!
#3 The Harry Potter Series (2001 – 2011)
Christmas features very sporadically in all of the Harry Potter movies but for years now, the main UK TV channels feature them heavily in December, and so for that reason, it’s sort of become a tradition to watch them annually at that time of year.
#2 Shazam! (2019)
This year has actually brought a new movie to my annual Christmas watch list! (I’m going to have to START in July at this rate). Shazam! has it all, it’s a cool and funny superhero movie, it has some touching family moments…and it takes place at Christmas! Winner winner, turkey dinner.
#1 Just Friends (2005)
I’m a huuuge Ryan Reynolds fan, and Just Friends features Ryan Reynolds at what I consider one of the best moments in his career. Embarrassingly, I could probably recite the entire movie to you, I’ve watched it that often!
Now, as part of Drew’s blogathon, he hosts a huge celebrity party (ever the hostess with the most-ess) and we’re allowed to bring any guest we choose. I seem to have worked my way through the entire male Star Wars cast…but I don’t think you need more than one guess as to who I’m bringing this year…
Keanu, we are going to have a most excellent time!
Great list, Allie. After your post from last year, I’m definitely not surprised to see Die Hard on your list. I approve of your invite. If any trouble goes down, I know Baba Yaga himself will protect us.
Come back tomorrow for more Christmassy fun with a review from the longest active participant in the Christmas in July Blogathon.
Until next time, cheers!
Thanks so much for letting me kick the Blogathon off! You know how much fun I have doing this. I have no idea what I’ll be writing for next year but for now if you’ll excuse me, Keanu and I have a date at the punch bowl!
You’re welcome, Allie! Of course I know, and that’s why I gave the honor to you. 😘 That’s ok if you don’t have an idea yet, you have a whole year to figure it out! My only request is you don’t make too big of a mess by the punch bowl, please. 😜
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