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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published December 14th 2013
Films for Christmas Couch Potatoes
Sitting snuggled up in the living room watching an evening movie feels extra special around Christmas time. Maybe it is because of the shared experience. I don't know about you though, but I sometimes find Christmas films aren't always as good as a standard movie.

I have therefore devised a list of films that have nothing to do with Christmas but have a very Christmassy feel when watched in December. I have a rather specific criteria of what makes a good Non-Christmas Christmas movie. It must:

Be a family film - Christmas is all about spending time with the family, so only films with a 12 rating or lower.

Have a happy ending - I don't want to be left feeling disparaged at Christmas. I want a happy ever after.

Sentimental - While the fire warms my hands, a Christmas movie should warm my heart.

Make me laugh - It doesn't have to be a comedy, but it needs to have a few funny moments.

That said, let's look at twelve films you can watch over the twelve days of Christmas.

1. Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers

Wallace & Gromit
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This short film is the second in the series. Wallace invents a pair of mechanical trousers to do the house chores, but things go very wrong when a penguin hijacks them (and Wallace) to steal a precious jewel.

2. Shrek 2

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Fairy tales take another twisted turn in this Shrek sequel. Princess Fiona's parents aren't impressed that she's married an ogre, and even lees so that she's become one. Shrek decides to become human so that they can live happily ever after, but is that really the answer?

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Before all the death and horcruxes, the first Harry Potter movie offers all the excitement and danger, but with a little less weight to it. Harry Potter lives a bullied existence with his uncle and aunt, until one day a giant barges through the door and tells him he's a wizard. From there it is magic all the way - oh, plus an evil wizard hell bent on destroying him.

4. The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, dorothy, judy garland
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Dorothy's life on the farm changes dramatically when her house is picked up by a tornado and sent hurtling far away to the land of Oz. The house accidentally lands on a a wicked witch, and her sister is not too pleased. The Wicked With of the West is now out to get Dorothy, and her only hope is to ask the Great Wizard of Oz to send her back home.

5. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

After battling Khan, losing Spock (and getting him back again), and fighting Klingons, it is now time for a bit of fun. The Enterprise crew must travel back in time to the 1960s in order to save the whales and earth itself.

6. Chicken Run

chicken run
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You may never be able to eat a chicken pie again, but it is well worth it. Ginger is the leader of a group of chickens on Mr. Tweedy's chicken farm. When threatened with being turned into a pie, it is up to her and lone ranger Rocky to plan a great escape.

7. Mary Poppins

Everyone's favourite nanny, Mary Poppins, takes children Jane and Michael Banks for trips inside countryside paintings, dancing lessons on the roof, and afternoon tea on the ceiling.

8. Toy Story

toy story
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Woody is Andy's favourite toy until Buzz Light Year comes along. Jealous, Woody tries to get rid of him, but things go wrong when they both end up getting left behind on moving day and are held captive by Andy's Frankenstein next door neighbour, Sid.

9. Lilo & Stitch

Hawaii couldn't be further away from snowballs and snow men, but this movie is very family oriented. Lilo is a troubled little girl who is being raised by her older sister after the death of her parents. The only friend she has is Stitch, and alien from out of space that was created for one purpose. Mass destruction.

10. Matilda

Matilda is a gifted child with a horrid family and awful headmistress, but she gets her own back with smarts and a few magical abilities.

11. Madeline

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Madeline is an orphan girl who attend a boarding school run by a nun called Miss Clavel. She and her friends are very happy there, but when the school is threatened with closure, Madeline will have nowhere to go. She runs away to the circus, but after witnessing a kidnapping, her own life is in danger.

12. The Rescuers

Bernard and Bianca go to rescue an orphan called Penny, who has been kidnapped by two thieves who need her to find a precious diamond. Did I mention Bernard and Bianca are mice?
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