Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.

Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone.

"This house is so full of people it makes me sick. When I grow up and get married, I'm living alone. Did you hear me? I'm living alone! I'm living alone!''

Poor Kevin didn't really know what he was getting himself in for. As much as you wish for something, it doesn't always turn out the way you would like it.

Settle back on Christmas Eve for Home Alone (Ten, 7.30pm), the 1990 blockbuster that made golden-haired Macaulay Culkin a massive star.

It really is every parent's nightmare to leave a child behind - particularly at Christmas - but of course, if Mr and Mrs McCallister were as rigorous as they should have been when leaving for their Christmas flight to Paris, it would be quite a dull 103 minutes of film.

The 103 minutes of film becomes 125 on television but the bumbling burglars are no less entertaining, regardless of the viewer's age. It's remarkable how well this film, 23 years old, holds up. Culkin himself is something else entirely - the curse of the stupidly rich Hollywood child actor well and truly bit. At least he got a Golden Globe nomination out of this film. Now it's work as a voice actor for the oddly-named animated series Robot Chicken.

There's really not many ways to escape Christmas on television apart from switching it off altogether (don't even think about getting into the DVD box sets just yet, there's still more than a month before the ratings season begins) but always worth a look is Carols by Candlelight (Nine, 8pm) - in its 76th year.

Today host Karl Stefanovic has been jettisoned in favour of Mornings host David Campbell, joining Lisa Wilkinson as presenter. The usual Carols favourites are all there: Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino, Anthony Callea and David Hobson, as well as a sprinkling of former stars from The Voice.

The proceeds, as always, are donated to Vision Australia to ensure service provision for vision-impaired children. At the end of a busy Christmas period, when the shops are finally shut and there's really no opportunity - thank goodness - to shop any more (at least until Boxing Day), it's a chance to reflect and relax.

And for night owls, there's a final Christmas offering: classic Australian film Bush Christmas (ABC1, 11.29pm). Starring a much younger Nicole Kidman and John Howard, this 1983 film also features a couple of bandits, but in this case, they steal a family's potentially champion horse. This sparks a spirited quest by Kidman's Helen, her brother and cousin on their own horses to find Prince. Heart-warming stuff.

Have a very merry and safe Christmas.

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