This list, as befitting the season, is unashamedly compiled of the feel-good films I spent the majority of my Christmases indulging in with my family.
Home Alone (1990)
Macaulay Culkin will forever be synonymous with his youthful incarnation Kevin McCallister, the young boy whose family forget to take him on holiday. Employing cartoon violence towards the opportunist, hapless burglars, Chris Columbus’ film is just as enjoyable today. Kevin’s reunion with his mother, whilst certainly manipulative, is nevertheless moving.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
For me, it’s the definitive Christmas Carol adaptation. It’s Michael Caine and the Muppets, need I say more?
The Santa Clause (1994)
Spawning a series of sub-par sequels best left unmentioned, the original film, starring Tim Allen, whilst still eminently enjoyable, has lost some of the sheen it once held. Its underpinning tinge of sadness seeps through in Scott’s desperate attempts to see his son.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Before Taylor Momsen joined Gossip Girl she was the cute, caring Cindy Lou Who, who in believing no one should be alone at Christmas seeks to reunite the Grinch with the people of Whoville. Starring Jim Carrey as the titular Grinch, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a delight, genuinely funny and affecting, carefully balancing the saccharine with the Carrey comedy.