The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966)
Addled Italian fantasy frolic in which Father Christmas appeals to an attorney to pay off the Scroogey landlord who’s threatening to evict him from his North Pole den. The comedy-unspecial effects reflect the micro-budget. Ace rooftop-leaping opening sequence, mind.
The Christmas Tree (1969)
Bond director Terence Young delivers the strangely uplifting story of a father showing his terminally ill son a fine time. A stark anti-nuke message, wolf attacks and a gutsy gut-punch of a Christmas Eve finale.
Comfort And Joy (1984)
A bereft radio host is drawn into the struggle between rival ice-cream sellers in Glasgow. Directed by Bill ‘Gregory’s Girl’/’Local Hero’ Forsyth, it’s the kind of likable, undemanding Brit-com you’ll happily sit through when weighed down by mince-pies.