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It's that time of year again. It's cold, work is nearly over for another year and it is finally time to break out the spiced drinks and shortbread. Put on your Santa hat and wrap up warm - these six musical movies will give you a spring in your step and that all-important festive feeling.

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6. Auld Lang Syne – 'It’s A Wonderful Life'

It's A Wonderful Life is a truly life-affirming classic with morals that, seventy years after its release, is still relevant today - especially during the festive season. This scene shows community spirit and the true meaning of Christmas – when times get hard, you can always rely on the people around you to pull together and help.

5. Sparkle and Shine – 'Nativity!'

Nativity! exudes Christmas joy and, with the lines from the cast apparently improvised for most scenes, the organic hilarity a small army of child actors can generate. Concluding the film and sending St Bernadette’s straight to Hollywood, the final song is guaranteed to have you singing and smiling all the way to the 25th.

4. It Feels Like Christmas – 'The Muppets Christmas Carol'

Since 1992, Kermit, Miss Piggy and Gonzo, teaming up with the one and only Michael Caine, has been a December staple in family households. What could be better than seeing out the past year with an uplifting musical finale, reaffirming the importance of kindness, family and all of the important things we tend to forget? This is one for kids and adults alike so put on your most shocking Christmas sweater and enjoy. Merry Christmas, everyone.

3. All I Want For Christmas is You – 'Love Actually'

Love Actually pulled out all of the stops to become a memorable and distinctive Christmas film - the characters of different generations, and the (mostly) realistic outlook on individual family life, makes it more relatable and, at times, both heartbreaking and hilarious. The story of little Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and his crush on Joanna (Olivia Olson) is one of the highlights - her performance of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is the pinnacle moment to declaring his undying love. Just look at the way his eyes lit up when she acknowledged him! It has recently been revealed the performance was so flawless when recorded, it had to be edited to seem more childlike. Check it out!

2. White Christmas – 'Home Alone'

Arguably the best festive film to watch whilst cramming in a final mince pie, this iconic scene sees Kevin give us his 1990 reprise of ‘White Christmas.’ One question springs to mind whilst watching this film - how did Kevin’s family afford that stupendous house? I’m moving in.

1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – 'Elf'

Zooey Deschanel duetting with Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell, does not fail to disappoint with hilarity and vocal talent. This would have to be one of my favorite films of all time. Remembering the hope, wonder, and idyllic beauty of Christmas that you had as a child, and briefly putting the tedious tasks of adulthood aside with your family and friends, is what Christmas is all about.

What is your favorite Christmas film? Which song will be stuck in your head until the start of the new year? Let us know in the comments!

This post has been inspired from a past article on my personal blog.

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