Yay! It’s time to occupy the sofa with intent and a TV clicker. I asked around family and friends for their favourite family Christmas films and here is what they said. How many have you seen?
Elf – Will Ferrell’s endearing performance as a man brought up by elves is a real family favourite. Lots of heart warming carol singing, love and laughs. Rated PG. Favourite quote: “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”
It’s A Wonderful Life – Jimmy Stewart stars as suicidal George Bailey. Just at the point where poor old George cannot take anymore, his guardian angel steps in. An absolute classic from 1946. Favourite quote: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” It’s on at 1.10pm, Channel4 this Christmas Eve.
Trading Places – Eddie Murphy, Dan Ackroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this satirical take on the American dream from 1983. Favourite quote: “It ain’t cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving.”
Home Alone – in the film that made him, Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin, a young boy accidentally left home alone when his family go on vacation. Kevin finds himself having to fend off a pair of bumbling burglars. Lots of slapstick! Favourite quote: “Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.”
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – The Griswald family embark on a disastrous Christmas vacation. Starring Chevy Chase, this classic from 1989 is a proper family giggle-fest, perfect for Christmas. favourite quote: “Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What am I saying, nipple?”
Muppet Christmas Carol – in this muppet version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge. If you love Henson’s furry puppets, this is a must film that all the family will love. Favourite quote: “There are two things in this life I hate: heights, and jumping from them.”
Love Actually – Richard Curtis’ smash romantic comedy follows eight couples in the frantic days leading up to Christmas. Favourite quote: “All I want for Christmas is you.”