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Our Favourite Vintage Christmas Movies

One of our favourite things to do on the run up to Christmas is to snuggle up on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate and indulge in a few vintage Christmas movies to wind down on the dark nights.

There’s something about the almost sickly sweetness of the perfect Hollywood Christmas that really warms the heart, and it gives us another excuse to watch our favourite ladies and gents of the silver screen work their magic right from the comfort of our own homes.

If you really fancy a vintage Christmas movie night but you’re not sure where to start, check out our top five heartwarming Christmas movies to enjoy this festive season…

  1. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

One of the best loved Christmas movies of all time, It’s A Wonderful Life was based on a story called The Greatest Gift. It follows lead character George Bailey who, after a series of failures considers taking his own life. An angel, Clarence, appears to show him just what life would be like if he didn’t exist. Though the movie has its dark moments, there’s a sentimental ending for all and a Christmas message that you’re never a failure among true friends.

  1. Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

Considered a Christmas classic by many, Miracle on 34th Street tells the tale of an old man named Kris Kringle who ends up filling in for a drunken Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. He turns out to be so good at his job that he’s hired full time, but when Kringle starts claiming that he’s the real Santa, an investigation into his authenticity begins. With a Christmas message that promotes kindness and understanding over the cynicism of the average consumer, this movie will get you believing in the magic of Christmas in no time.

  1. It Happened On 5th Avenue (1947)

A rich businessman leaves his luxury townhouse in New York City vacant while living in his second home in Virginia. Drifter Mac has been staying there and invites unemployed veteran Jim over to stay with him without revealing to Jim that he’s squatting. When the rich businessman’s daughter shows up, she falls in love with Jim and tries to help him back on his feet. It’s a movie made with the Christmas spirit of charity, sharing and giving in mind.

  1. White Christmas (1954)

Singers Bob and Phil (played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) join singing sisters Betty and Judy (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in Vermont. When they learn that Bob & Phil’s former WWII commander’s country inn is going bankrupt, the foursome plan a huge musical extravaganza to help the business back on its feet! Another great film about the charitable Christmas spirit and doing what you can to help those in need, White Christmas is a fun packed movie filled with famous musical moments.

  1. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1951)

Inspired by the Dickens classic novel, this adaptation of A Christmas Carol sees the miserly Scrooge visited by three ghosts determined to change his ways and help him invite the giving spirit of Christmas into his heart. If you haven’t watched an adaptation of A Christmas Carol before, where have you been?! It’s been done plenty of times throughout the years by modern day Hollywood animators to The Muppets themselves, but for the most authentically vintage version, 1951’s Scrooge is the version for you.

Looking for something to cosy up in for your movie marathon? Take a look at our collection of vintage inspired knitwear at Collectif for some cuddly winter warmers that will have you snuggled up in style ready for the festive season. Take a look at our top seasonal vintage styles at Collectif for more seasonal inspiration for your vintage wardrobe this Christmas!

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