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Favourite Christmas movies

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'Tis the week before Christmas and all through the house people are slumped in end-of-year heaps of exhaustion. So we thought we'd showcase a few classic Christmas movies for you to unwind with - some more child-friendly than others. We've got cheese, classics, cult favourites, and even a bit of action. If your favourite isn't here, apologies in advance, but feel free to add your say in the comments below.

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

A 1993 musical comedy retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, this version stars the muppets and Michael Caine. Kermit is Bob Cratchit, while Caine is the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge.

SCROOGED

If you'd rather take your Dickens' remakes muppet-free, then  check out this 1988 version, Scrooged. Bill Murray stars as TV executive Frank Cross, who is producing a live TV version of A Christmas Carol for Christmas Eve. Before long his life starts mirroring the Christmas tale.

HOME ALONE

The film that made Macauly Culkin famous. He  played 8 year-old Kevin McCallister, who is left behind when his family fly off to Paris for Christmas. When two bungling burglars try to get into his house madness ensues.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

It's not a feature film, but this 25 minute 1965 classic cartoon shows Charlie Brown depressed by the commercialisation of Christmas, so he tries to find the true meaning of the festive season.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

A classic 1946 film, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. No ghosts in this one, just a slightly inept guardian angel who steps in to show a depressed man how different the lives of his friends and family would have turned out without him.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

A 1947 Oscar-winning classic, about an old man (called Kris Kringle) who insists he's Santa and a sceptical young girl who doesn't believe.

WHITE CHRISTMAS

A 1954 musical starring Bing Crosby and George's aunt, Rosemary Clooney. It featuring the classic Christmas tune

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweenland, stumbles into Christmastown and decides to take over Christmas. Made in 1993 by the quirky genius Tim Burton.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

A 2004 motion capture movie, The Polar Express tells the story of a boy desperate to believe in Christmas, who boards the Polar Express train on Christmas Eve, headed to see Santa at the North Pole.

DIE HARD

The first, and the best, in the Die Hard franchise. Not exactly full of the joys of the season, there is still plenty of tinsel, the odd carol and lots of yippee-kayees as New York cop John McLane fights the bad guys and tries to save his estranged wife during a Christmas party hostage drama.

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