Your nominations have been counted up and we can now reveal your top five favourite Christmas movies.
It’s quite an eclectic selection, from a black and white classic to an off-duty cop having a very, very bad Christmas Eve.
We have to give honourable mentions to Miracle of 34th Street, Gremlins, A Muppet’s Christmas Carols and The Santa Clause, who all just missed out on a top five place.
You can now vote for the ultimate winner online at www. rutherglenreformer.com to make sure your favourite wins.
So, in no particular order... Die Hard (1988)
There was some debate as to whether this counted as a Christmas film, but so many of you nominated it we found it hard to ignore.
A classic action-movie of the late 80’s, Die Hard features Bruce Willis in his best- loved role as off- duty cop, John McClane.
On Christmas Eve, John is trying to reconcile with his wife when his plans go awry and he’s left trying to thwart a bunch of international terrorists.
Still, beats Christmas dinner at your mother-in-law’s... right... am I right? Home Alone (1990)
A delightful Christmas tale about a family who forget all about their son, leaving him behind to deal with two wicked criminals while they head to Paris for the festive season.
Yup, that’s pretty much the premise of this early-90’s effort starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister.
After a fight with his folks, young Kevin wakes one morning to find his family gone. His initial joy turns to fear though when his house is targeted by bungling burglars ‘The Wet Bandits’.
Inevitably, Home Alone spawned a sequel which was (surprisingly) every bit as good as the original, prompting one Reformer reporter to hail it as “the Godfather of the Christmas- comedy genre.” Quite. Elf (2003)
A modern-day festive classic, Elf has become as much a part of Christmas as turkey, decorations and having to loosen your belt after dinner.
Manchild Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, who grows up in the North Pole alongside Santa and the Elves but leaves to find his biological father, who stays in New York City.
Sadly, not everyone is as taken with the Christmas spirit as Buddy and he finds himself an outcast in a cynical world.
Can he overcome their doubts and save Christmas? Well, I think we know the answer, but it’s great fun finding out. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
It’s hard to believe now, but It’s a Wonderful Life was actually a major disappointment on its release, only becoming thought of as a classic in future years.
James Stewart stars as everyman George Bailey, who finds himself suicidal on Christmas Eve in his home town of Bedford Falls.
After looking back on the events that led George to where he is, he jumps in the river but instead of drowning, he “saves” angel, Clarence, and is shown what his life would have been like if he’d never been born. The ending is true lump in the throat stuff, and remember, “no man is a failure who had friends.” Love Actually (2003)
Ludicrously sickly, this Brit rom- com hides a cruel, dark centre as it follows the love lives of some thoroughly unlikeable characters.
Let’s see, there’s the young boy seemingly unmoved by his mother’s death, the man in love with his best mate’s wife, the Prime Minister who makes foreign policy decisions based on fancying his maid. The list goes on.
Love Actually also spawned a series of dreadful movies featuring ensemble casts based around a holiday or big day.
But, it does feature a winning turn from Bill Nighy whose performance as an ageing rocker makes the whole thing worthwhile, particularly his scene featuring “Ant or Dec”.
It’s a Wonderful Life