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The most wonderful time of the year is here and all we I want to do is eat our weight in Celebrations and watch The Holiday on repeat.

We can finally watch our favourite Christmas movies without being judged so we gathered up our top festive films that you need to watch.

Christmas just doesn’t feel right until you’ve watched all of these merry movies.

  1. Home Alone

Did we watch this John Hughes classic when it was on Film4 in July? Maybe… Home Alone is one of the most beloved Christmas movies and we’re not surprised. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin, who is accidentally left home alone and must protect his house from thieves Harry and Marv- our favourite movie villains.

  1. Elf

“Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite colour?”

We recently re-watched Elf and completely forgot just how hilarious it is. Will Ferrell plays the hopeless Buddy Elf who leaves the North Pole and heads to the Big Apple to find his birth father. This movie is bound to leave you grinning from ear to ear.

  1. Love Actually

Hugh Grant’s dancing scene. Emma Thompson sobbing in her bedroom to THAT Joni Mitchell CD. Mr Bean taking a decade to wrap the necklace. Colin Firth’s sweaters. The race through the airport. Bill Nighy singing.

This movie is everything. A timeless classic we’ll never get tired of.

  1. The Muppet Christmas Carol

This movie always reminds us of childhood and fills us with nostalgic feelings. It is the ideal film to watch on Christmas Eve, no matter how old you are. Kermit and co. will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas.

  1. The Holiday

Jude Law in his prime. The Holiday is relatable and heartbreaking and absolutely charming. It also makes us dream about moving to a cottage in the English countryside (pre-Brexit, obviously.)

  1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

It ain’t Christmas without the 2000 version of this Dr. Seuss’ tale. Who knew a movie with Gossip Girl’s Jenny Humphrey and Tanya from Mamma Mia could make us feel so festive?

  1. The Santa Clause

Look we only ever watch this movie to find out if anyone else fancied Bernard the Elf because he was the light of our lives in 1994. In all seriousness, this Tim Allen movie is a childhood favourite and always makes us feel super merry.

  1. Miracle on 34th Street

The 1994 version, obviously. We just can’t get enough of this heartfelt remake of the 1947 Christmas movie. Starring Matilda herself, Mara Wilson and the late Richard Attenborough, this is another Christmas hit by John Hughes so make sure it’s on your list this December.

 

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Actress Maureen O'Hara was yesterday laid to rest after passing away aged 95 last month.

The Dublin native, who moved to Hollywood aged just 19, had a film career spanning over fifty years including roles in The Quiet Man, The Parent Trap and Miracle On 34th Street.

Maureen's grandson Conor Fitzsimons spoke to the gathered mourners before she was buried next to her husband, US Air Force Brig Gen Charles Blair. 

Blair, who was Maureen's third and last husband, was killed in a plane crash in 1978, just ten years after the couple married.

"One thing my grandmother taught me was, ‘when the times get tough, that’s when the Irish get going,'" Conor said of the late actress, adding that she always held Ireland as home in her heart.

"The one thing that I think my grandmother was proud of most was being Irish because that meant to her something that nobody could take from her. It was in her soul. It was in her spirit. Ireland was her heart."

Born in Ranelagh in 1920, Maureen was the eldest of six children and grew up in a tight-knit conservative Catholic family.

After joining the Abbey Theatre School in her early teens, the flame-haired beauty moved to Hollywood in 1939.

Her first film role was as Esmerelda in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, but she found real fame with How Green Is My Valley two years later – a film which went on to win five Oscars. 

Although Maureen never won an Academy Award at the peak of her career, she was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2014.

Confirming her death in a statement on October 24, the Fitzsimons family described Maureen's fitting last moments – "surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favourite movie, The Quiet Man."

The statement continued: "As much as Maureen cherished her privacy, she always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

"She especially loved it when children recognised her from her role in Miracle on 34th Street and asked her: 'Are you the lady who knows Santa Claus?'

"She always answered: 'Yes I am. What would you like me to tell him?'"

A true Irish legend.

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Star of the likes of Miracle On 34th Street, and The Quiet Man, actress Maureen O'Hara has died in her sleep at her Beverly Hills home.

Often described as one of the last remaining members of the Golden Age Of Hollywood, Ms O'Hara, the second of six children, was born on Beachwood Ave in Ranelagh in Dublin.

She joined the Rathmines Theatre Club aged 10 and later trained with the Abbey Theatre.

Also a firm fan of Shamrock Rovers until her death, Maureen had homes in Bantry in Cork and St Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Just last year she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar by the Academy, and is especially fondly remembered for her half a dozen on-screen partnerships with John Wayne.

"Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. 

"She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favourite movie, The Quiet Man," said a statement from her family earlier today.

Still a teenager, she arrived in Hollywood in 1939 to star in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, but found real fame with How Green Is My Valley two years later – a film which went on to win five Oscars. 

Maureen also often starred in colourful pirate adventures such as The Black Swan with Tyrone Power, The Spanish Main with Paul Henreid, and Sinbad The Sailor with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

One of her earliest movies was Alfred Hitchcock's maritime-tinged Jamaica Inn.

Indeed, she often spoke highly of the iconic director recalling that she "never experienced the strange feeling of detachment with Hitchcock that many other actors claimed to have felt while working with him".

She is furthermore much-loved for her part in 1961's The Parent Trap alongside Hayley Mills. Her final performance was in The Last Dance, a 2000 TV movie. 

Her manager said she had “a wicked sense of humour and never took her good fortunes for granted.” Johnny Nicoletti added: “She was a classy, warm, feisty, funny woman and she was always so proudly Irish.”

Ms O’Hara will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC, next to her husband, the US Navy pilot General Charles Blair who died in a plane crash in 1978.

She had been married twice before she met Charles, and had one child – a daughter, Bronwyn, whose father was the director William Houston Price.

She died without ever revealing, even to her closest friends and family, one of Hollywood’s most famous secrets: what she whispered in John Wayne’s ear at the end of The Quiet Man to elicit the shocked reaction that director John Ford had sought from the star.

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