Telly Christ­mas

IT’S the most won­der­ful (TV) time of the year.

People (South Africa) - - Contents - BY AN­GELA BEKIARIS

YOU might not be crazy about the Christ­mas car­ols in ev­ery shop­ping cen­tre, or even the fact that the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions were up from Oc­to­ber, but as the fes­tive sea­son kicks in so do your feet: you take a seat on that comfy couch, kick your feet up, and keep that re­mote con­trol close by! With our favourite Christ­mas movies on re­peat, there’s no bet­ter way to get into the Christ­mas mood with the whole fam­ily. Here we share some of our all-time favourites so make a note!

A Christ­mas Carol

JIM CAR­REY’S voice keeps us glued to the screen as al­ways in this an­i­mated retelling of Charles Dick­ens' clas­sic novel about a Vic­to­rian-era miser taken on a jour­ney of self-re­demp­tion. REESE WITHERSPOON and Vince Vaughn in one film about a cou­ple who strug­gle to visit all four of their di­vorced par­ents on Christ­mas — just hi­lar­i­ous!


ALL ‘80s ba­bies grew up watch­ing this one. The 1984 film about a trou­bled boy who dives into a won­drous fan­tasy world through the pages of a mys­te­ri­ous book re­mains a hit over three decades later. WILL FER­RELL and Zooey Deschanel will keep you en­ter­tained in this movie about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who is sent to the US in search of his true iden­tity. CATCH Jim Car­rey in an­other Xmas hit — on the out­skirts of Whoville, there lives a green, re­venge-seek­ing Grinch who plans on ru­in­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day for all the town’s peo­ple.

BILL NIGHY and James McAvoy star in this film about Santa's clumsy son Arthur, who sets out on a mis­sion with St Nick’s fa­ther to give out a present they mis­placed to a young girl in less than two hours.

The Mup­pet Christ­mas Carol

WE all love us some Mup­pets — here the Mup­pet char­ac­ters tell their ver­sion of the clas­sic tale of an old and bit­ter miser’s re­demp­tion on Christ­mas Eve.

The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas

EN­JOY this mu­si­cal an­i­ma­tion fan­tasy about

Jack Skelling­ton, king of Hal­loween Town, who dis­cov­er­ing Christ­mas, at­tempts to pull off his own ver­sion of the hol­i­day... with dis­as­trous re­sults!

Home Alone 1 & 2

IT doesn’t mat­ter which one you watch — in fact, watch both. But there’s no doubt you’ll en­joy Ma­caulay Culkin’s role as an eight-year-old trou­ble­maker who must pro­tect him­self from a pair of bur­glars when he is ac­ci­den­tally left alone by his fam­ily dur­ing Christ­mas va­ca­tion.

The Hol­i­day

JUDE LAW, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz star in this ro­man­tic com­edy about two women trou­bled with guy-prob­lems who swap homes in each other's coun­tries dur­ing Christ­mas; each meet a lo­cal guy and fall in love.


AN­OTHER Christ­mas Carol in­spired movie. Let’s go back to 1988 when Bill

Mur­ray played a self­ish, cyn­i­cal tele­vi­sion ex­ec­u­tive who is haunt-ed by three spir­its bear­ing lessons on Christ­mas Eve. A favourite on most peo­ple’s list, for sure.

The Fam­ily Stone

SARAH JES­SICA PARKER stars as an up­tight, con­ser­va­tive busi­ness­woman who ac­com­pa­nies her boyfriend to his ec­cen­tric and out­go­ing fam­ily's an­nual Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion and finds that she’s a fish out of wa­ter in their free-spir­ited way of life.

Mir­a­cle On 34th Street


Dy­lan Mc­Der­mott and Mara Wil­son star in this Christ­mas film about a lawyer and a lit­tle girl who must prove that a man claim­ing to be Santa Claus is the real thing.

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