It’s Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Well that is because they are all huddled around the television, because with the best time of the year, come the best genre of film, Christmas movies!

There are rules to making the perfect Christmas movie but the main one is this – it must be cheesy. I’m talking a cliché filled, happy ending, music filled extravaganza that only serves to make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Over the years there have been a pretty steady growth of Christmas movies, and today we are completely spoilt for choice. But we can’t forget where we come from, so I as an avid Christmas movie super fan who watches my movies on DStv, have put together a list of flicks you need to start watching!

1 – ELF

Quite possibly my favorite movie about a human orphan who ends up in Santa’s bag and ends up growing up with the elves in the North Pole. After finding out that he is adopted he travels to New York to find his real father and then Christmas adventures and hijinks ensue, culminating in a city wide sing along to help Santa’s sleigh fly!

Elf-Will Ferrel
Elf-Will Ferrel

Why I love it: Will Ferrel is a star! He carries this show and it honestly may be one of my favorite roles he has done! While this is fun for the entire family, I love watching it by myself throughout the year for a guaranteed pick me up.

2 – Last holiday

Queen Latifah deserves all of the awards for this movie! In it, after being misdiagnosed and told she has 6 months to live, she decided to do all the things she has always wanted to do and travel to Europe to stay in her dream hotel.

Last Holiday - Queen Latifah
Last Holiday – Queen Latifah

Why I love it: Queen Latifah kills this role! While on paper the premise sounds heavy and dark, it is such a joy to watch! And LL Cool J is in it too, plus one of the most beautiful sets ever! For those who enjoy food-based movies, you will love every second of it and start planning your dream trip.

3 – Home alone

Everyone knows this movie. Everyone loves this movie and if you didn’t grow up watching it, something is missing from your life.  Whether you binge watch the entire series, or just stick to the first one – because lets face it they go kind of downhill from there, Home Alone is a Christmas staple.

Home Alone
Home Alone

Why I love it: Honestly watching it today, there definitely are some problematic areas, but you cannot beat the classics, so it deserves a mention.

4 – It’s a wonderful life

Quite possibly the first Christmas movie, this list would not exist without it! Made in 1946, most of today’s kids wont have watch it, but I strongly suggest you give it a watch. It teaches a lot more than stories about Santa and presents.

5 – Love Actually

Today the general consensus is that Love Actually, really is – a flawed movie, filled with problematic characters and slightly annoying story lines, but it still is one of the best Christmas movies out there.

Love Actually
Love Actually

It has love, it has a musical number, it has children laughing, multiple happy endings and even Mr. Bean. While it may not be entirely suitable for the entire family, it should definitely still be on your Christmas watch list.

There are so many more movies out there and we couldn’t possibly begin to try and list them all, but if you want to get into the Christmas mood, make sure you check out DSTV’s awesome selection.

After a tumultuous year, filled with some uncertainty, this Christmas after a large meal with my family, I want to spend the rest of it binging this entire list and so so much more.

Merry Christmas, and a happy new year!