Macaulay Culkin in a still from Home Alone (1990).
For so many people, Christmas movies are a link with a happy and safe childhood home.
A modern Christmas Carol.
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We have an innate desire to be reminded of darkness and mortality during the festive season.
It’s often sold as the ‘happiest time of year’ – but not in classic Christmas tales.
Most modern Christmas films angle for comedy with a touch of schmaltz, but literary Christmases frequently tap into the anxiety and sadness that can accompany the "happiest time of year".
“No crackers, Gromit! We’ve forgotten the crackers!”
Christmas is a time for nostalgia, a time where even the most hardened cynics among us might reflect on our Christmases past with a certain warmth. And there’s no better way to set aside the slings and…