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It’s the holiday season and the perfect time for family bonding and making memories. After a busy year, Christmas provides families with the opportunity to spend quality time together. What’s better than watching classic Christmas movies with loved ones?

Below is a list of thirteen (13) must-watch films to make your festive season merry and memorable. The movies on this list span different genres such as evergreen tales, romance, and even horror to provide lasting memories for you and your family.

1. Home Alone (1990): This slapstick classic comedy follows the story of a mischievous eight-year-old defending his home from burglars during Christmas break. Macaulay Culkin’s iconic performance and the hilarious traps make it a laugh-out-loud favorite for the whole family.

2. Last Christmas (2019): Emilia Clarke stars as Kate, a cynical young woman working as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. When she meets Tom (Henry Golding), a charming and mysterious stranger, her life takes a magical turn. This heartwarming and bittersweet tale is a reminder that love can bloom unexpectedly, even at Christmas.

3. Family Switch (2023): A family comedy about a rare cosmic event causing a family to swap bodies with each other. The film follows the Walkers, a seemingly normal suburban family struggling to connect with each other.

4. The Christmas Chronicles (2018): Starring Kurt Russell as a charming and slightly mischievous Santa Claus, this Netflix film takes two siblings on a magical adventure to save Christmas after they accidentally crash his sleigh. Full of wonder, humor, and heart, it’s sure to become a new holiday classic.

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5. A Christmas Prince (2018):This Netflix rom-com follows a journalist who poses as a royal tutor to get the scoop on a soon-to-be queen. But she soon finds herself falling for the handsome prince himself. This light and fluffy movie is perfect for a cozy night with your favorite holiday treats.

6. Silent Night (2023): A group of people gather at a remote estate for a Christmas dinner party, but as the night goes on, it becomes clear that something sinister is at play. The movie is a suspenseful and thrilling take on the classic Christmas story, perfect for those who like their holiday movies with a bit of edge.

7. The Princess Switch (2018): Vanessa Hudgens stars as a Chicago baker who switches places with a look-alike duchess for the holidays. This charming romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, royal intrigue, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer.

8. Holidate (2020): Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey team up in this hilarious and heartwarming rom-com about two singles who agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones for every holiday throughout the year. As they spend more time together, they start to develop real feelings for each other. This movie is full of laugh-out-loud moments and a sweet holiday romance.

9. Falling for Christmas (2022): Lindsay Lohan makes her rom-com comeback in this Netflix film about a spoiled hotel heiress who loses her memory after a skiing accident and ends up in the care of a charming lodge owner. This feel-good movie is full of holiday magic and second chances.

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10. Christmas with You (2022): This heartwarming and hilarious film follows a pop star who heads to a small town to find inspiration for her next Christmas song. But she ends up finding love and a renewed appreciation for the simple things in life.

11. A Naija Christmas (2021): This Netflix film is a sweet and heartwarming story about a Nigerian family who emigrates to the United States just before Christmas. As they try to adjust to their new life and culture, they learn the importance of family and tradition.

12. A California Christmas (2021): This Netflix romantic comedy follows a Los Angeles chef who travels to a charming small town for the holidays and ends up falling for a local farmer. This film is full of festive cheer, delicious food, and a swoon-worthy romance.

13. Christmas as Usual (2023): A single mother must navigate the challenges of Christmas while dealing with her ex-husband, her new boyfriend, and her teenage daughter. The movie is a heartwarming and funny take on the challenges faced by blended families during the holidays. It’s also a great reminder that family is always there for you, no matter what.

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ASUU NEC HOLDS MEETING,MAY TAKE ‘FUNDAMENTAL’ DECISIONS AT ONGOING NEC MEETING

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The National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) kicked off on Saturday at the Niger Delta University (NDU), Wilberforce Island, in Bayelsa State.

According to multiple sources among the union members, the two-day meeting, which is expected to end on Saturday evening or early Monday morning, will take some fundamental decision on key issues such as the rising cost of living, withheld members’ salaries, delayed payment of January salary, and the continued use of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for the salary payment of its members.

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PRESIDENT TINUBU WARNS UNIVERSITIES AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE AWARD OF DEGREES

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President Bola Tinubu has tasked Nigerian Universities against indiscriminate award of Honorary Doctorate Degrees.

The President stated this at the combined convocation ceremony for the 6th, 7th, and 8th graduates of the students of Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) on Saturday in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The President represented by Mr Chris Maiyaki, Acting Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), said degrees were being awarded for candidates found worthy in character and learning.

He said that academic competence and professional training represent just a fraction of the qualifications needed to build a strong and prosperous nation.

“Moral training and ethical standards must be coupled with the best form of academic development for universities to fulfill its purpose.

“Therefore, universities management and the general environments of teaching and learning must model the highest standard of integrity, probity and moral discipline.

“In this connection, I must draw your attention to the tendency of some institutions to devalue the quality of their degrees by given out honorary Doctorate Degrees indiscriminately against the common universities community practice,” he added.

The President said the habit of those given award of degrees indiscriminately is a sabotage which undermines the very core of academic integrity and must be discontinued.

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He explained that honorary degrees should be given to only deserving Nigerians who have contributed immensely to the development of the society.

President Tinubu has also promised to always respond positivity to needs of universities and its communities in order to reposition things for better outputs.

He, therefore, promised to do everything possible to tackle the infrastructural deficit in Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions in the country.

In his goodwill message, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State commended the management of the institution for putting in effort to train students for four and five years as the case may be.

Gov. Sule also promised to train all the 50 First Class graduates of FULafia from the three sets in different entrepreneur skills and give each of them N500, 000 at the end of the one month training.

Sule promised to continue to support the university to enable it achieve its mandate of training the manpower needed for the development of the country.

Earlier, Prof. Shehu Abdul-Rahman, Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university said the convocation was the first in his third year as VC of the institution.

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He explained that convocation ceremonies is where those who had received instructions from senior scholars and had passed prescribed examination are adjudged worthy in learning and character to receive their degrees and is part of the tradition of all universities in the world.

The VC said that the combined convocation was for 6, 499 students from 53 departments of 12 faculties, 48 PhD graduates as well as other post-graduates.

He further explained that the institution that started with few departments in 2011, currently has a College of Medicine, School of Basic and Remedial Studies as well as School of Postgraduate Studies.

He said that they were currently running 17 courses at Post-graduation level and nine other courses were awaiting commencement.

The Vice Chancellor said that the institution has 14 Resourced Centres and Academic Directorates responsible for research, retraining and consulting.

Abdul-Rahman said that he has been building on the formidable foundation and core values of integrity, innovation and excellence put on ground by his predecessors.

He therefore, commended the President, governor of Nasarawa State and other partners for their support to the institution. (NAN).

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NDLEA arrests insurgents drug supplier, intercepts 7.6 tons of illicit drugs in Borno, Nasarawa NDLEA arrests insurgents drug supplier, intercepts 7.6 tons of illicit drugs in Borno, Nasarawa

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEAA, reported the arrest of 24 suspected drug traffickers and dealers. One of the suspects, a 42-year-old man, was caught transporting thousands of concealed opioid pills to insurgents in the Banki area of Borno state. The seizure included over 7,609 kilograms of various illicit drugs in eight states. NDLEA stated that most of the seizures occurred in Nasarawa State, where operatives intercepted a truck carrying 367 jumbo bags of cannabis sativa weighing 4,037 kilograms.

According to Femi Babafemi, the NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, the agency arrested three suspects in connection with the Nasarawa seizure. In a separate operation in Abuja, FCT, two individuals were apprehended with compressed cannabis sativa concealed in a truck. Another suspect was arrested with psychoactive substances loaded in his truck in Owo, Ondo state.

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Further operations led to the interception of illicit drugs in Ondo state and the arrest of suspects in Edo, Kano, Anambra, and Lagos. Notably, a 42-year-old suspected supplier of illicit drugs to insurgents was apprehended at the Bama checkpoint in Borno state. NDLEA also seized over 6 kilograms of cannabis, tramadol, diazepam, and codeine syrup in Anambra state.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), praised the efforts of the agency’s commands across Nasarawa, FCT, Ondo, Kano, Borno, Edo, Anambra, and Lagos. He urged them to continue surpassing past feats in their drug supply and demand reduction efforts.

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