Heidi Rice asks the ultimate Yuletide question of Pink Heart Society readers... What's the movie that means Christmas to you?
We've all got them, films we love to watch over and over come Christmas time. Most of them have Christmas settings, some are Christmas classics, others might just remind us of great Christmas viewing experiences of old. Here's a few of the obvious contenders, but feel free to enlighten me if I've missed a hidden gem, or a classic corker that is you (or your family's) big must-watch movie over the festive season.
It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas classic with bells on (literally) when suicidal savings-and-loan man Jimmy Stewart re-discovers the meaning of life (and Christmas) courtesy of a trainee angel who's obviously been reading too much Dickens.
An all-star cast of great British luvvies turn the festive season into a kaleidoscope of love, laughs, sweat, tears and really rubbish pop songs!
The Polar Express
The children's picture book brought to glittering, gloriously animated life with a cast of characters that all look and sound (a bit creepily) like Tom Hanks.
Bing croons, Danny prats about and they both do a sing-song in a Vermont snow lodge while wearing sparkly Santa suits. Proof positive that there's no such thing as overkill come Christmastime.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton's spook-tacular festive animated fable as weird as it is wonderful.
The Sound of Music
Because nothing says Christmas to me like Julie Andrews singing her heart out to the Swiss Alps and managing to upstage not one but SEVEN far-too-cute child performers.
Jim Carrey in green-face as Dr Seuss's Christmas grump with a heart two sizes too small - and a potent message to deliver about Christmas consumerism that will probably go right over the heads of most wee-ones.
Scrooge - A Christmas Carol
The creakily good 1951 version of Dickens's much-filmed cautionary tale with Alastair Sim as the definitive miser...
A Muppet Christmas Carol
What the Dickens! Michael Caine joins Kermit, Piggy and the gang and vies for top spot with the 1951 Brit film (see above) for the best movie version of Charles's yuletide yarn... IMHO.
A fine romance unfolds as lonely hearts Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine get together over the Christmas season in 60s New York.
Is there anything funnier than Will Ferrell in his over-sized leprechaun outfit playing it totally straight as the biggest (sweetest) Santa's Little Helper who ever lived? I don't think so.
A movie I hate, but my sons think is hilarious - which I suspect has something to do with all the extra-curricular assault and battery masquerading as slapstick comedy.
The Wizard of Oz
Just because... There's no place like home in the holidays, and the BBC used to play this sparkling musical fantasy on a loop every Christmas Day for yonks.
So there are a few of the festive films that we will be watching this Christmas... What about you?
Heidi is currently working on her first big book, but she has a Christmas anthology out called Misbehaving Under the Mistletoe with Charlotte Phillips and Nina Harrington:
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