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Im­age: 20th Cen­tury Fox THE ma­jor­ity of Christ­mas movies are like a pizza; usu­ally cheesy, mostly un­com­pli­cated and mind­lessly en­joy­able.

There are the crit­i­cally ac­claimed among them (as with piz­zas too), but we know we don’t watch a Christ­mas movie (or eat a pizza) ex­pect­ing some kind of thought-pro­vok­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Or to put it in terms of dessert, if the fes­tive sea­son is a plum pud­ding of guilty plea­sures, then Christ­mas movies are prob­a­bly a cherry or sul­tana in said pud­ding.

They are an in­dul­gence in nostal­gia, which ex­plains why we will blindly de­fend the virtue of our favourites with vig­or­ous in­tent.

A Christ­mas movie ar­gu­ment can’t be won, which we soon

learnt at Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group when try­ing to de­cide on a list of our hol­i­day favourites.

Af­ter much heated dis­cus­sion, we be­grudg­ingly broke it down to 12 ‘faves’ that can be watched over the 12 days of Christ­mas.

Was the Bruce Wil­lis ac­tion romp Die Hard the best?

How about that peren­nial Bri­tish romcom Love Ac­tu­ally?

And surely the vin­tage clas­sic White Christ­mas from 1954 with the dul­cet tones of Bing Crosby can’t be de­nied?

Th­ese three and an­other nine made our list, which we hope will give you some in­spi­ra­tion for a Christ­mas movie marathon this year.

Ma­caulay Culkin in HomeAlone, which re­mains a Christ­mas sta­ple 25 years on from its release.

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