So it’s freezing. It’s the first of December, acceptable to play Christmas music and resolve to change your ways in January (sure, whats the point when Christmas is around the corner and you can just make them New Years resolutions soon?). It’s also now acceptable to call a Giveaway a Christmas Giveaway (see more information below!)
In our house we’ve been having more days in – with the weather taking a turn for the colder and wetter, and the evenings getting dark much earlier, it’s become a nicer thing to settle down in front of a show or a movie, with tea and let the hours drift by. And now that it’s officially December and the shops have decided to belt out Mariah Carey, it’s okay to watch Christmas specials!
Some of our favourites this month have been:
Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special
Not unlike much of the rest of the series, this is filled with hilarious moments and has a feel-good buzz to it. As everyone spends Christmas together, Gavin and Stacey have a startling announcement. It’s even got a singalong! Essential viewing for any Christmas, and perfect for with a cup of tea and a mince pie. To make matters even better, theres also a behind-the-scenes episode directly following it on Netflix which is well worth a look – James Corden and Ruth Jones do fantastic work!
Mickey Mouse Twice Upon A Christmas
Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse? This is a great family feature – five stories containing the main Disney kids characters, each retelling a Christmas tale. I remembered the Once Upon a Christmas film from my own childhood and loved it, so was happy to find that this one measured up! Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a hit in our house anyway, so E had his attention held for a few minutes, and the storylines were good for the adults to watch too – something definitely appreciated! Really liked a Mission Impossible style feature with Donald Duck’s nephews attempting to get onto Santa’s Good List – great for a family day curled up watching!
Bob the Builder: Snowed Under
We’ve become big Bob the Builder people in this house: it keeps E quiet, and us adults are laughing at poor Wendy and her mooning over Bob who doesn’t seem to notice that she’s madly in love with him.. This is the Winter Olympics, Bob the Builder style. Where diggers can ski. Because, yeah, realism. Not a bad way to spend half an hour – can we take it? Yes we can.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Okay, so technically this one isn’t a Christmas film, but its quite likely to be shown on a lot of channels as a feature film over the Christmas holidays. The second of the The Hobbit Trilogy, this one is a long one, but well worth an afternoon with some microwave popcorn on the sofa! Some incredible graphics and fantastic storytelling as Thorin and his band of dwarves flee the Orcs, pushing Bilbo toward a confrontation with the dragon Smaug in the second installment of the Hobbit saga.
As the weather remains cold, I’m happy to be having an excuse to settle down infront of some much-loved oldies, and some new stuff as well!
In the Christmas Spirit, as promised in the title, there is indeed a giveaway! Thanks to Netflix who have offered very generous prizes, hopefully one of you will have an even cheerier start to Christmas!
Everyone’s favourite lemur is back in “All Hail King Julien!” And Netflix would like to give you chance to win family passes to his coronation party at The Odeon Cinema at The Point Village on Sunday, 14 December as well as a year’s Netflix subscription! There will be dancing and chance to see how this self-proclaimed “Lord of Lemurs” went from party prince to party king! #KingJulien
King Julien is here to party, and no one can stop him from ruling with an iron fist … in the air, wavin’ like he just doesn’t care! All Hail King Julien brings the wild world of Madagascar to a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane television series in which the king takes on the craziest adventures the jungle has to offer.
A new cast of fantastic, colourful characters joins King Julien himself, along with his second-in-command Maurice, and the eternally devoted Mort. It’s a riot of colour — not to mention a laugh riot — when viewers All Hail King Julien, premiering on 19 December, only on Netflix!
On top of this, as well as a pass for a family of 4 to the premiere, I’ve also got a One Year Subscription to Netflix for one of my lucky readers to win! To enter, just follow the link below – you get multiple chances to enter, so best of luck!
This competition is only open to Republic of Ireland readers.
As a member of the Netflix Ireland Stream Team I have received a complimentary one year Netflix membership along with an Apple Tv. I will in turn be featuring Netflix related blog posts. All opinions are my own!