Christmas Film Favourites

Christmas movies are, without a doubt, my favourite.  While living in Australia means that we miss out on the picturesque “sitting by the fire drinking hot chocolate in matching cable-knit cardigans” thing, it seems that everyone has a favourite Christmas film that features in their festive traditions.

For example, every year on Christmas Eve, my sister and I settle in to watch Love, Actually together. We eat a ton of chocolate and ice-cream and we swoon over a charmingly awkward Colin Firth stuttering his way through a Portuguese proposal. Then, depending on mood and the amount of remaining junk food, we move on to The Holiday and The Grinch.

As a cinema studies Major, I spend a lot of time watching movies and have come up with this list of the best Christmas scenes from movies.

When Rick Grimes was a softie... aww...

When Rick Grimes was a softie… aww…

“To me, you are perfect”- Love, Actually

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7u6bMBlCXw

Right in the feels. Every. Single. Time.

“Have yourself A Merry Little Christmas”- Meet Me in St. Louis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yudgy30Dd68

Judy Garland is perfect. This film is perfect.

“I Hate Christmas”- The Grinch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lq1JIWQSlc

Saddest, cutest scene in  Christmas film ever.

“It’s A Bit Nipply Out”- Christmas Vacation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxGkcC1VrhU#t=32

There’s a little bit of Clark Griswold in all of us…

“The Three Musketeers!”- The Holiday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjhUKCJYdFg

Christmas is all about being with family, finding family and loving one another. This scene just hits the nail on the head. So beautiful.

“Beth’s Christmas Wish”- Little Women

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Shxwot06qU

You can’t watch this without crying. It’s scientifically impossible.

“I’ve Got Presents?”- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCa9VTs8NIU

Harry’s first taste of family. Too cute!!

“‘Course I do”- Love, Actually (Yes, it gets a second scene.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m-bJa2pw6Q

Most adorable thing ever.

“Wait For What?”- It’s A Wonderful Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4ne13Zft9Q

Such a beautiful speech that is still relevant to society 63 years on… An amazing film that you simply must see if you you haven’t already.

“Jingle Bell Rock”- Mean Girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dw7GE_BYjI

Back before Rachel McAdams was Hollywood’s Sweetheart and Lindsay Lohan was a trainwreck. Ah, the good ol’ days…

And of course,

“This IS Christmas Music”- Die Hard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEJ5yuu7JiI

Fifteen seconds of the second best Christmas film ever.

Now that you’ve had a sample of the best Christmas films out there, it’s time to stock up on snacks and watch your favourite ones start to finish!

– by Blaire Gillies

Are you a Grinch or a Scrooge?

The number six is commonly associated with evil and malice due to its devilish nature, so it’s only fitting that the sixth day of Christmas is solely dedicated to the fun-drainers of the festive season.

The Scrooge

Bah humbug.

Bah humbug.

“The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, made his eyes red, his thin lips blue, and he spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice…”

Good ol’ Ebenezer Scrooge; his last name is synonymous with being bitter and full of hatred. Literally. That gives you a fair idea of just how unhappy this man was. It only took him an intense supernatural journey to turn him into… well, I won’t spoil it for you just in case, but let’s just say there is still hope for you if you are anything like this man.

Scrooge qualities:
[x] You despise Christmas carols and Christmas decorations. Fair enough, if the same song gets played in your head, you would want to cause grievous harm to a plant, but come on – it’s a happy, festive holiday season for everyone! Smile!
[x] You get annoyed at Christmas lights on houses. How someone could NOT love Christmas lights on houses is beyond me!
[x] You have no sympathy for the poor and homeless on Christmas. Aww, c’mon…
[x] You would reveal the secret of Santa to those who don’t know it. That is just cold… North Pole cold.

The Grinch

Dem eyelashes tho.

Dem eyelashes tho.

A very similar character to the Scrooge, the Grinch is a green creature (colourless in the original version) who absolutely despises Christmas and is greedy and selfish, to the point of literally stealing Christmas from other people. Seriously, who wants to steal candy from a baby?

Like the Scrooge, however, he had a different ending to how he started, but you should all know that.

Grinch qualities:
[x] You feel it necessary to steal  from someone else during the festive season. I repeat: who wants to steal candy from a baby?
[x] When a random group of people knock on your door to sing Christmas carols to you, you shut the door in their face. Shame on you.
[x] You despise people who put antlers on their car. I am of the small percentage that thinks it’s quite cute; if people want to celebrate Christmas that way, let them, no matter how tacky or deluded it may seem.
[x] You have some sort of bitter retort for those who wish you “Merry Christmas”. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, that’s totally fine, but don’t be a sourpuss about it.

Now, the Scrooge and the Grinch bot had happy endings, so if you’re like either of them, don’t worry – there is still hope for you. I just implore you to be happy and optimistic during the holiday season and embrace the joy that usually comes around this time of the year.

Alternatively, if you still behave like a Scrooge or Grinch, seek a counsellor. Get that shit fixed.

– by The Black Widow