Every year around Christmas time there's a spate of articles recommending alternative Christmas movies as an antidote to the usual offerings of The Snowman, Elf and Miracle on 34th Street to name but a few perennial favourites. We all know that Die Hard is set at an office Christmas party or that Home Alone is about a kid accidentally left behind when he family go on holiday for Christmas. But are these really Christmas movies? After reading a lot of these articles and thinking about the criteria that make a movie into a Christmas movie (for me it's a focus on family, references to either Santa or less often the Nativity, and of course a wintery setting). But a Christmas setting does not a Christmas movie make. In these movies you're more likely to find death and depression than fellowship and festive cheer and even the ones that take a more optimistic tone could easily be relocated to Thanksgiving, or July without losing any of their meaning. Here is a list of the twelve movies most commonly misdescribed "Christmas movies" which all lack the basic building blocks of what you'd expect to find in a film about (as opposed to just set at) Christmas.