Seasons greetings, dear friends, and welcome back to the most wonderful time of the year. Incoming: pop covers of classic carols to accompany you around the supermarket, extortionately expensive small mugs of boiling red wine with a slice of orange thrown in, and a plethora of straight-to-TV Christmas films waiting for your attention.
It truly is a joy, though. An underrated blessing, in fact, that we have these films to retreat to after a truly tough year. They're comforting, reliable and do well to remind us of the real meaning of Christmas (spoiler: it tends to be something to do with love, forgiveness or family).
But where to start on your next cosy night in with your laptop propped on your duvet? We've anticipated the stress of scrolling through Netflix's offerings and done the hard work for you. Ahead you'll find a breakdown of the streaming service's best (and cheesiest) original Christmas films, as defined by classic tropes, plot predictability and those heartwarming clichés we've grown to secretly enjoy watching. In a very particular order, here's your festive viewing directory.