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I could watch Christmas movies all day...in fact, I think that's what I'll do


The Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz.

Last week I got my RTE Guide, I got my pen, I plonked myself on the sofa in front of the fire and got down to some serious highlighting.

Christmas movies are one of the more enjoyable things about this time of year. I would watch telly for ten hours a day if I could.

There are the movies I loved as a child and then there are the grown up movies that I know I should watch, like Argo. But I know on the day, I will pick ET over Argo anytime.

When I was a child, I remember seeing The Wizard of Oz for the first time. It was magic. The transition from black and white to colour was mesmerising.

The munchkins welcoming Dorothy was utter happiness.

When that cowardly lion ran away from the Wizard and jumped off that corridor, I laughed so much I nearly died.


I had never laughed at something on the television before, and that memory made sure that I would watch that movie every Christmas.

The other childhood Christmas classic that I search out each year is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Again there was a first for me in this movie: I had never seen baddies on the telly.

I couldn't believe that someone would turn up and offer a child an amount of money for an everlasting gob stopper.

I couldn't believe that Willy Wonka could be so cruel and turf Charlie out because he drank the soda pop that made you fly. But then of course, it all made sense at the end.

Christmas films are filled with words of wisdom and lessons in life.

So I have them all underlined, categorised and reminder linked on my television. I will while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, as I watch my favourite films this year.