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10 Man Friendly Christmas Films

10 Man Friendly Christmas Films

You’ve nearly finished work for the year, the decorations are up, the fire is lit and all that’s left for full satisfaction is a Christmas film and a mince pie. Your other half has probably had Love Actually and Bridget Jones on repeat for weeks but now it’s your turn to pick the movie. We have composed a list of man friendly Christmas films that you can enjoy on a quiet night by your self or with the family. Enjoy!

Home Alone

Is there anyone who doesn't love this 90s classic? If you've never watched it then you're in for a treat; Home Alone is the perfect kids fantasy. The parents go on their Christmas holiday and forget their child Kevin - he eats all the ice cream and treats he can find and watches his favourite movies. Things get hairy when burglars attempt to break in, but Kevin's a tough kid and sets traps to try and catch them - hilarity ensues.

The Night Before

A film only released last year featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. The three guys have spent the last 10 years gathering on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays with a bang. As one of the gang prepare to become a first time father the friends realise their Christmas tradition is coming to an end, so they go on a search for the Nutcracker Ball, the Holy Grail of Christmas Parties in New York.

Batman Returns

This classic directed by Tim Burton sees the monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito), who lives in the sewers beneath Gotham City, join up with the wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck to topple the Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. As snow falls on Gotham City this is the perfect winter action film if you can't stomach reindeers and sleigh bells.

Die Hard 

The iconic action film staring Bruce Willis is set on Christmas Eve, so has Christmas in its soul if not always on the mind. New York City policeman John McClane attends a Christmas Eve party with his wife in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the party is interrupted by a group of terrorists who go on a killing rampage and John McClane soon realises there's no one to save the hostages but him. The famous line from the move “Now I have a machine gun, ho ho ho” is about as festive as it gets.

Scrooged  

In this modern take on Charles Sickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ Frank Cross (Bill Marray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition has driven away the love of his life. After firing a staff member on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him the chance to re-evaluate his past and right the wrongs. Bill Murray now has his own variety show on Netflix called ‘A Very Murray Christmas’.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

This is a typical Tim Burton film that puts a dark spin on Christmas but has plenty of laughs too. Jack Skellington in the anti-hero who decides he has had enough of Halloween, so when he stumbles upon Christmas town, promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. A loveable film for children and adults.

The Grinch

Jim Carey puts on an exuberant display as he plays the grumpy green Grinch of the Dr Seuss books. The Grinch is a hermit who lives in a rubbish dump near Whoville and takes a dim view of the consumerist little town – except for child Cindy-Lou who might just be the one to melt his heart.

About A Boy

Christmas plays a central part in this charming British comedy. Grumpy Will (Hugh Grant) is living off of the proceeds of the Christmas song his father wrote, but hates Christmas. After developing a friendship with isolated kid Marcus, Will is shown the value of family at Christmases. It’s not as soppy as it sounds and it's a multi layered story that bowls along at a good pace.

Elf

It doesn’t get more Christmassy than this. Elf has it all: Santa, the North Pole, flying sleighs and candy canes. Buddy (Will Ferrell) is a naive human raised by elves in the North Pole who ventures to New York in search of his real father. He gets himself into all sorts of chaotic situations whilst he tries to bond with his father who is a cynical businessman and isn’t convinced Buddy could be his son.

It’s A Wonderful Life

Rated Time Out’s No.1 Christmas film, It’s A Wonderful Life follows the life of small-town man George Bailey. This film is a fitting tribute to the power of the individual and it’s as entertaining as it is message driven. Depressed and ready to commit suicide George’s guardian angel appears and makes him see life with fresh eyes. A heart warming and inspiring Christmas movie that feels earned, the complete opposite to all of the clichéd Christmas movies that followed.

 

What to Wear on Christmas Day

What to Wear on Christmas Day

Christmas day is fast approaching, and whether you're staying at home or visiting family it's important to dress appropriately. It may not seem like a big deal but you've got to make a good impression on the in-laws! Here's everything you need to know about dressing for Christmas…

Staying at home with your family

Staying at home with your family can be very relaxing when you're all laid on the sofa watching films together. A cosy knit like Eagan in burgundy is comfy to cook Christmas dinner in and perfect for a cuddle by the fire. Great with jeans or joggers for ultimate relaxation.

Jumper - Eagan Burgundy £45.00 

Going to your parents house

Going to your parents' means you have to leave the jogging bottoms at home and make a bit of an effort. Parents are guaranteed to love novelty Christmas dressing but if that’s not your style, a nice festive shirt like Mein will do just the trick. It’s bright, cheerful and striking enough to make you the centre of attention.

Shirt - Mein Red £45.00

Going to your partner's parents house

This is a tough one because you need to make a good impression on the in-laws and probably don’t want to stand out in that Santa jumper your partner is telling you to wear. We recommend the classic Robbins shirt with a hint of red for that Christmassy touch.

Shirt - Robbins Navy £30.00 £40.00

Spending it with friends

Christmas spent with friends makes a nice change and is much less stressful than cramming all your family into one house with all the kids and your sister's dog under your feet. Let’s face it, there's going to be a lot of booze so we recommend the Beal polo shirt in red to get everyone in the festive spirit. It’s casual but not too casual, and it's less likely to show up any stains from dropping your Christmas dinner.

Polo Shirt - Beal Red £30.00

On your own

And if you're spending Christmas with number one you won't need anything more than a pair of novelty boxers for sitting on the sofa, eating food and watching Christmas films!

Christmas Boxer Shorts - Next £8.00

Sweater and Jumper Styles and How to Wear Them

Every man needs a good collection of sweaters and jumpers to keep him warm during the winter months. When layered with shirts and jackets a jumper can be an extremely stylish way to finish off your outfit. We are here to give you the ultimate guide on what jumpers you need and how to wear them.

Roll Neck Jumpers... 

The roll neck jumper was originally seen on pop legends such as Elvis, Steve McQueen and Robert Redford, but they fell out of favour and became the worst jumper to be seen wearing in the early 2000s. Luckily they are back on trend now and when worn correctly roll necks can be on of the best pieces in a man’s wardrobe.  

To wear this style casually we recommend light grey jeans to complement the black jumper. A casual jacket like a denim or bomber adds warmth and a pair of battered old trainers give an edge to your look.

For a more formal look a roll neck is a great alternative to a shirt under a suit. Wear your black roll neck like David Gandy here with a grey suit or go all black for a slick and simple look.


Roll neck jumper - Cheal Black £40.00

Crew Neck Sweaters…

This is the most traditional jumper style; with the classic round neck it can be worn with pretty much anything. The design allows it to sit around the base of your neck and give a clean finish that suits all body shapes.  

For a casual look wear a crew neck with skinny jeans or fitted joggers and a pair of suede lace up boots. For a preppy look, a leather satchel will finish the outfit off nicely.

For work, layer a shirt underneath your sweater and wear with tailored trousers. This will look great with a fitted blazer or smart wool coat over the top too.

Crew neck jumper - Skelter Navy £22.50

Knitted Jumper…

A good knitted jumper is worth investing in; it will last you for years and come out every winter. The cable knits will keep you extra cosy and are great for layering with other items. 

To wear casually try styling your knitted jumper with a padded gillet. This will give you extra warmth and make you look like the super stylish guy you are.

For work, wear a shirt under your jumper, preferably in a lighter colour to make the collar stand out. A pair of chinos with look smart in either beige or navy and compliment the texture of the jumper.

Knitted Jumper - Stanton Charcoal Marl £45.00

Zip Collar Jumper…

Made famous by the iconic Ralph Lauren Polo Pullover, the zip collar jumper is a timeless classic for any gentleman. This style is great for winter at it is ideal for layering, and don't stint on quality; a zip collar jumper should be hardy enough to last you for years to come.

To wear casually, layer it over a high neck t-shirt to add a subtle and slick look to your outfit. This style of jumper looks great with bootleg jeans and a smart brogue shoe.  

For a smarter look, layer a smart shirt and tie underneath. Patterned or checked shirts will add a nice pop of colour, but it should be a completely different colour to that of the jumper. Wear tailored trousers but avoid wearing with a blazer as this can look too bulky.

Zip Collar Jumper - Berger Navy £55.00

 

(All images taken from Pinterest)

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