Have yourself a cosy little Christmas! What to read and watch over the holiday break

I love Christmas. I love waiting for it every year, I love our family traditions and saying ‘Merry Christmas!’ to every person I meet around that time.

This is also the time when I put my phone away and meet friends. I prefer to stay offline and I like to cuddle up with my dog and watch films with my family or catch up on reading.

Although I do love Christmas film classics such as Love Actually or Holiday, I like to mix it up a little. If, like me, you are looking for a dose of inspiration this Christmas, have a look at my favourite titles below.

 

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Patti Smith, Just Kids

Books:

 

 

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Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in Brooklyn (2015)

Films:

  • Into the Wild – A tragic tale of one man’s yearning for nature. Raw, deep, brave and beautiful. Based on the great book by Jon Krakauer.
  • On the Road – Another film based on a book, this time on the cult novel written by Jack Kerouac. A cinematic take on the writer’s stream of consciousness storytelling style.
  • A Summer in Genoa – a touching story of a family dealing with grief and loss trying to start over again in the city of secrets.
  • Samsara – a breathtakingly beautiful journey through 25 countries.
  • Roman Holiday -a definite mood-lightener, plus Audrey Hepburn’s outfit is just #whiteshirtgoals.
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona – as the title suggests, Barcelona is one of the main characters of this Woody Allen’s film. You won’t be able to stop humming the theme song for days.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – You’ll either love it or hate it, but you should definitely give Wes Anderson a chance to take you on his crazy journey.
  • Brooklyn – every person who moved to a new country can relate to the main character’s struggles. It’s such a simple, yet touching story of finding oneself in the world.
  • Yves Saint Laurent – I find all biographical films about artists fascinating, this one is a visual masterpiece.
  • The September Issue – Behind-the-scenes documentary covering the production of the legendary fashion magazine’s September 2007 issue. To be honest, Anna Wintour is quite intimidating even when you watch her on the screen.
  • Bill Cunningham New York – sometimes the person behind the camera is more important than the one in the picture. As Bill Cunningham passed away in June this year, let’s have a look at his amazing career.

 

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Louvre, Paris  Photo: France Tourisme Paris

And…

If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not take a virtual tour of one of the best museums in the world? Here are a few of my favourites:

Have a wonderful Christmas! 

 

 

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