Yuletide favourites

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David Ahern

David is the editor of The Majellan

Christmas is a fun time of the year. For most people it represents time off work to spend with families and an opportunity to watch your favourite movies. You are free to disagree, but this is my list of the best Christmas movies, carols and books to grace our homes.

Top 10 Christmas movies

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946 with James Stewart and Donna Reed)
  2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947 John Payne and Maureen O’Hara)
  3. White Christmas (1954 with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye)
  4. A Christmas Carol (1951 with Alistair Sim and Kathleen Harrison)
  5. Love Actually (2003 with Kiera Knightley and Colin Firth)
  6. Holiday Inn (1942 with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire)
  7. The Santa Clause (1994 with Tim Allen and Judge Reinhold)
  8. Meet me in St Louis (1942 with Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien)
  9. The Family Stone (2005 with Diane Keaton and Claire Danes)
  10. Elf (2003 with Will Ferrell and James Caan)


Top 10 Christmas carols

1.     Silent Night

2.      Away in a Manger

3.      O Holy Night

4.      Joy to the World

5.      Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

6.      Come All Ye Faithful

7.      The First Nowell

8.      Three Kings

9.      Once in Royal David’s City

10.   Ding Dong! Merrily on High


Top 10 Christmas books

1. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

2. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

3. Letters From Father Christmas (J R R Tolkien)

4. Twas the Night Before Christmas (Clement Clarke Moore)

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Dr Seuss)

6. The Night Before Christmas (Nikolai Gogol)

7. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Susan Wojciechowski)

8. A Christmas Memory (Truman Capote)

9. The Elves and the Shoemaker (the Brothers Grimm)

10. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Robert L May)


Footnote: Many other titles were worthy of a top 10 placing in each of these categories and this is just the editor’s personal opinion. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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