It’s time for some festive film magic

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At this time of year, when it’s cold outside, there’s not a quicker way to get the festive feeling than by getting comfy on the sofa with a big duvet, a few snacks and a Christmas film.

Of course I’m not on my own under that duvet – I’m normally joined by my two daughters who like to share my snacks while I introduce them to a movie they’ll probably be watching every December for many years to come.

One Christmas film we enjoy watching as a family is Polar Express. It’s about a little boy who doubts the authenticity of Father Christmas until on Christmas Eve, a magical train arrives outside his house which takes him to see Santa in the North Pole.

It stars the excellent Tom Hanks, one of my favourite actors, and is something the whole family can enjoy.

The story is as Christmassy as it could possibly be and always works as the switch for me from not feeling at all in the mood for this time of year to wanting to roast chestnuts on an open fire while listening to Slade.

If you haven’t seen it, whether you are four years old or 94, I highly recommend you give it a go, especially if you have children in the family.

Another film we enjoy watching is Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin.

I’ve probably watched this every year since I was a child and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it.

Just in case you haven’t seen it, it’s about a boy called Kevin who finds he has been left at home when his large family have gone on holiday.

To make matters worse, two crooks try to burgle the seemingly empty property and it’s up to Kevin to protect his home.

The best thing about this film, apart from its funny and highly entertaining storyline, is it’s jam-packed with Christmas songs and I’ve long wanted to get hold of the soundtrack but never got round to it.

I’m pleased to report four-year-old Caitlin really enjoyed the film, so it still has a prominent place on the DVD shelf.

There is one Christmas film that simply must get a mention and that is Santa Claus: The Movie starring Dudley Moore.

I believe every child should have the opportunity to watch this as it answers all those questions children ask at this time of year, such as ‘how do Santa’s reindeer fly?’ ‘how does Santa get down the chimney?’ and ‘where does Santa store all the toys?’

An online review calls it ‘the best Christmas movie ever’ and I agree.

If you have any Christmas movie recommendations please contact me on twitter @warrenhayden. I’d love to hear them.

From myself and my family I wish you a very merry Christmas.