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THE CHRISTMAS DECCIES ARE UP, THE PRESSIES ARE WRAPPED AND UNDER THE TREE - EXCEPT FOR THE LAST FEW WHICH ALWAYS SEEM TO NECESSITATE A TRIP TO THE SHOPS ON CHRISTMAS EVE. ARGH!

The menus are finalised and now it's a matter of waiting for the clock to tick over to Christmas Day.

Then there's Boxing Day which sees the country split between checking in on the cricket or the Sydney to Hobart, playing endless board games, charades or Celebrity Heads, a spot of backyard footy or cricket, swims in the pool or the surf, or seeing who can go fastest down the Slip 'n Slide.  And then it's time to indulge in some guiltless holiday movie binge-watching.

We all have our favs but Love Actually is pretty high on our list, and almost 20 years on we still haven't forgiven Alan Rickman for giving the office girl the necklace for Christmas and breaking Emma Thompson's heart.  So why not make yourself a cuppa or pour a glass of wine, cosy up on the couch and see which movies the team at Bed Threads put in your Christmas queue.  


LOVE ACTUALLY

Duh. How can anyone even celebrate Christmas without Hugh Grant? He’s basically Santa in my house. This cheesy British rom-com featuring an all-star cast will make you laugh, cry, and add Billy Mack’s ‘Christmas is All Around’ to every playlist.

ELF

Christmas can get stressful—be it financially, emotionally, or logistically (why can’t the in-laws come here for once, though?). Let Will Ferrell inject some absurd humour into your life as Buddy, a man raised by Santa who travels to NYC to find his biological dad. It’s as silly and sweet as it sounds.

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

This might not seem like a traditional festive flick, but its message of compassion is full of Christmas spirit. Plus, the scene where Johnny Depp gives Winona Rider the gift of snow as he chisels an ice angel in the yard? Are there tears in this eggnog?

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

This movie adaptation of the cartoon owes everything to Jim Carrey, whose improvisation and incredible comic timing as the Grinch makes this film so entertaining to watch. Might make you look at cheese differently forever, though.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

Like I said, the holiday season isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, and no one knows that better than our friend Charlie Brown. Here, Charlie dons a director’s cap and attempts to put together a Christmas play. Of course, like every CB cartoon before it, the film delivers a deeper moral message.

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION

Speaking of spiritual lessons…just kidding. The third instalment of Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon series is about as frivolous and light-hearted as a Christmas movie comes, but it’s the perfect dose of nostalgia mixed with cornball comedy.

THE PREACHER'S WIFE

Denzel Washington shines as an angel on a mission to play cupid in this 90’s rom-com, but the whole thing is worth watching just for Whitney Houston’s gospel rendition of ‘Joy to the world’. Honestly gives you the chills.

ABOUT A BOY

I wasn’t kidding when I said Hugh Grant was Santa around these parts. About a Boy is a little less Christmassy (and a lot less cheesy) than Love Actually, but it’s still full of Christmas spirit soundtracked by yet another catchy carol. Alexa, play ‘Santa’s Super Sleigh’ on repeat.

HOME ALONE

If you don’t hear Catherine O'Hara screaming ‘KEVIN!’ on an airplane, is it even Christmas? Home Alone isn’t just a classic holiday film, it’s a classic film in general. Featuring a ten-year-old Macaulay Culkin, boobie traps, dumb burglars and one of the most famous lines of all time—keep the change, ya filthy animal.

THE FAMILY STONE

Think your family is crazy? Okay, they probably are. But so is everyone else’s. And if you’re looking for proof, watch The Family Stone. Starring Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Luke Wilson, it’s the perfect example of why families should never spend too long seated around a dinner table—especially when wine’s involved.

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

This one might call for a little explanation. Released in 1996, Jingle All the Way follows Arnold Schwarzenegger as he races around New York City trying to get his hands on the sold-out Turboman doll he promised his kid for Christmas. Sinbad (remember him?!) plays his archenemy, and the whole thing is so cheesy and bad that it ends up being really good. Enter with low expectations and exit thoroughly entertained.

LET IT SNOW

This is the only Christmas film released this year that has made the list, and it’s mostly thanks to Kiernan Shipka (forever little Sally Draper in our hearts). Whilst it’s got all the ingredients to become just another forgetful, sappy rom-com, the cast really nails their performances, making the script feel relatable and honest. Once again, Father Netflix delivers.