Christmas Eve already!
Once the shopping and wrapping and peeling and preparing's done, there's nothing like settling down with the family to watch a wonderful Christmassy film.
Here's my Top Ten:
Miracle on 34th Street
The wonderful story of a little girl who comes to believe in Santa in the most unusual way - through a court case! Both versions are great, but Mara Wilson and Richard Attenborough swing it for me.
Love at Christmas, this is a chocolate box full of stories, with romance, heartbreak, pathos and happy endings (mostly) all round.
Needs no introduction - a classic.
Briggs' more humorous take on grumpy old Santa
While You Were Sleeping/Meet Me in St Louis
Bundled together, as neither are specifically Christmas films, but Judy's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is just divine, while lonely Sandra Bullock's tale of the joy of finding a family at Christmas - in the most unusual way - is full of the Christmas spirit.
Santa Claus the Movie
A favourite from my childhood, Dudley Moore's elf tries to beat Santa at his own game - with disastrous consequences.
The Santa Clause
One little accident means that Tim Allen's Christmases will never be he same again!
A new favourite from the Aardman team - The Claus family have handed down the title of Santa throughout their generations - but who will be next? Super-organised Steve, or hapless Arthur, who takes it upon himself to deliver the one gift that got left behind...?
When little Macaulay Culkin is left alone at Christmas in a massive house it's easy pickings for a couple of crooks, right? Think again. Let the games begin!
And I'll leave you with my all-time favourite Christmas film - The Muppets Christmas Carol. After all, there's only one more sleep till Christmas!
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