THE CHRISTMAS DECCIES ARE UP, THE PRESSIES ARE WRAPPED AND UNDER THE TREE - EXCEPT FOR THE LAST FEW WHICH ALWAYS SEEM TO NECESSITATE A TRIP TO THE SHOPS ON CHRISTMAS EVE. ARGH!
The menus are finalised and now it's a matter of waiting for the clock to tick over to Christmas Day.
Then there's Boxing Day which sees the country split between checking in on the cricket or the Sydney to Hobart, playing endless board games, charades or Celebrity Heads, a spot of backyard footy or cricket, swims in the pool or the surf, or seeing who can go fastest down the Slip 'n Slide. And then it's time to indulge in some guiltless holiday movie binge-watching.
We all have our favs but Love Actually is pretty high on our list, and almost 20 years on we still haven't forgiven Alan Rickman for giving the office girl the necklace for Christmas and breaking Emma Thompson's heart. So why not make yourself a cuppa or pour a glass of wine, cosy up on the couch and see which movies the team at Bed Threads put in your Christmas queue.
Duh. How can anyone even celebrate Christmas without Hugh Grant? He’s basically Santa in my house. This cheesy British rom-com featuring an all-star cast will make you laugh, cry, and add Billy Mack’s ‘Christmas is All Around’ to every playlist.
Christmas can get stressful—be it financially, emotionally, or logistically (why can’t the in-laws come here for once, though?). Let Will Ferrell inject some absurd humour into your life as Buddy, a man raised by Santa who travels to NYC to find his biological dad. It’s as silly and sweet as it sounds.
This might not seem like a traditional festive flick, but its message of compassion is full of Christmas spirit. Plus, the scene where Johnny Depp gives Winona Rider the gift of snow as he chisels an ice angel in the yard? Are there tears in this eggnog?
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
This movie adaptation of the cartoon owes everything to Jim Carrey, whose improvisation and incredible comic timing as the Grinch makes this film so entertaining to watch. Might make you look at cheese differently forever, though.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Like I said, the holiday season isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, and no one knows that better than our friend Charlie Brown. Here, Charlie dons a director’s cap and attempts to put together a Christmas play. Of course, like every CB cartoon before it, the film delivers a deeper moral message.