New excuse to watch Christmas classics

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It’s December and there’s no getting away from the fact that Christmas is coming and there is no quicker way to get the festive feeling then by getting comfy on the sofa with a big duvet, a few snacks and a Christmas film on TV.

But these days I’m not on my own under that duvet.

I’m usually 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 when on Christmas Eve a magical train arrives outside his house which takes him to see Santa at the North Pole.

It stars one of my favourite actors, Tom Hanks, and really 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 Christmas to wanting to roast chestnuts on an open fire while listening to Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody.

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

Another film we enjoy is Home Alone which stars Macaulay Culkin.

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

It’s about a boy called Kevin who finds he has been left at home when his large family has 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 that it is jam-packed with Christmas songs.

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?

In fact recently my four-year-old daughter Alyssa asked how Father Christmas gets into our house to deliver the presents and this film answered her question.

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

I’m just so pleased the films that I enjoyed as a child continue to entertain my children.

And now I’ve got a legitimate excuse to continue watching them over and over again.