One incredibly vital part of any Christmas celebration is the amount of food you get to have. This is why in Christmas films there is always a special significance to the Christmas meals. Naturally as every depiction of Christmas varies from film to film, the scenes of Christmas feasts reflect the individuality of each film’s plot.

Here’s a sample of Christmas meals, each of them unique.

 

Arthur Christmas (2011)

This is a more recent Christmas film, where we get to meet Santa’s family and especially his son Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy). He is the only one in the whole bunch, who still thinks of Christmas as of a festive season of celebration, bringing joy, peace and toys to children. While some of the characters see it as a massive military campaign/franchise like Arthur’s brother Steve (speaking with Hugh Laurie’s voice) or incredibly boring like Santa himself (Jim Broadbent), Arthur to have a traditional Christmas meal with all the jokes and games.

 

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Ok, that’s not particularly innovative in terms of plot except for the fact that Michael Caine’s Scrooge is having his Christmas day meal with a group of Muppets. This 1992 Brian Henson film is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel ‘A Christmas Carol’. However, probably the reason for its success over the numerous other adaptations of the book is the presence of the Muppets themselves. They re-enact all the characters with the exception of Scrooge himself. There is even a narration provided by Gonzo as Charles Dickens accompanied by Rizzo the Rat and his comments. And of course, with songs like the final song ‘When Love is Found It Feels Like Christmas’ no wonder this film has turned into a Christmas must-see.

 

 

The Family Stone (2005)

Yes, Christmas spent with the future in-laws can be a recipe for a potential disaster. This is exactly what happens when Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) turns up at the home of her fiancé-to-be Everett (Dermot Mulroney). While there she manages to do and say all the wrong things to almost all members of the Stone family. When finally this culminates at the Christmas dinner, she realises she is not wanted there. As Everett’s younger brother Ben (Luke Wilson) explains she doesn’t know how to fly her ‘freak wing’. Although the outcome of this Christmas dinner is the complete confusion of the entire Stone family, there is still a happy ending, though with a slightly bitter aftertaste.  

 

 

The Polar Express (2004)

This Robert Zemeckis film entirely filmed in motion capture doesn’t present a proper traditional Christmas meal. An energetic scene where all the passengers of the Polar Express are served hot chocolate replaces the conventional Christmas meal. Accompanied by Tom Hanks’ voice as the Conductor, a group of waiters and chefs perform the most amazing acrobatic tricks seen in a moving train. Actually, the scene is so quick that it seems too short but it is still one of the most enjoyable parts of the film.  After all who doesn’t want to be served amazing hot chocolate by waiters doing somersaults on their way to see Santa Claus?

 

 

Home Alone (1990)

It is not particularly funny when your entire family goes off for the holidays and leaves you at home. The plus side of this situation, however, is that when it does happen you are entitled to do anything you want including going through your brother’s private possessions, having gigantic bowls of ice cream and watching films you are not usually allowed to watch. The dinner Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) has in this 1990 Christmas film classic consists of milk and microwavable macaroni and cheese, which although modest seems to be perfect for an evening of pulling pranks at the ‘Wet Bandits’ (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern).

 

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