Christmas Film Countdown – 2

It. Is. Christmas. Eve. I. Repeat. Christmas. Eve.

I can’t belive it. I’M SO EXCITED!

Like I honestly feel like a little kid again, it’s great.

 

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This is literally me now

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I’m a jumping, excited adult child.

Like Buddy the Elf (who unlike me actually lived with Father Christmas 😩 very sad times).

My family and I have so much to do to prepare – we have to get the turkey, finish getting the house ready (my parents also have to go to a work do, and weirdly enough, go to Nandos on a date afterwards? Bless them).

I, on the other hand, have to get the yule log ready, make some more mince pies (because they have mysteriously disappeared. . .); make some gingerbread AND shortbread, plus I  got to make the almond paste and icing for the Christmas cake; and also give the Christmas pudding some more alcohol.

Because yes, Christmas cake and Christmas pudding are two separate things, and yes my family needs both.

I have a long list, let’s hope there’s enough hours in the day.

Although at the same time, I’m hoping that today will fly by so that I can wake up early tomorrow (and I mean early) to start the Christmas Day celebrations.

Although, I probably won’t be going till bed till late anyway. Mainly because at 10 tonight, my sister, dad and I will go to the local pub and drink until about 11:30, where we shall proceed to our local church for midnight mass, once that is over we will return to the pub for another hour.

This is a tradition which is very important in our family. To not go to the pub would be disastrous, and to not make it to the church on time, well that would be even worse. We’re not hugely religious as a family, but we like the sense of community when we join the church and the rest of the villiage people.

Also I’m a sucker for some good Christmas songs.

Also did I mention that at my local pub there’s a puppy dog? I don’t know what breed of dog it is, but she’s called Millie or Mollie (I’m terrible with names, just ask my flatmate). Anyway, she’s a fully grown adult dog BUT she still looks like a puppy.

I want one. Is it to late to ask for one for Christmas?

Actually, it’s probably not a good idea, because my flat in London doesn’t allow pets 😩

On that sad note, it is quite clear that I now need a film to cheer me up, so I give you one of my favourite Christmas films (which is also my family’s favourite as well, so you know it’s a good one).

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Title: Love Actuallyimages.jpeg

Age: 15

Released: 21st November 2003

Director: Richard Curtis

Genre: Family, Romance, Drama, Comedy

Rating: ***** (5/5 stars)

About: Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

Review: I mean what can I say, without mentioning how much I love this film – I was going to do a joke about how much I actually love this film.

Anway, moving on. What I love about this film is that all the character are actually linked together somehow – it just shows that a lot of thought and planning had gone into this film.

I mean it’s not all happy when you think about it because Alan Rickman almost has an affair, Keira Knightley kisses her (new!) husband’s best friend (although I must admit I love Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead). It’s not that brilliant really.

Well it is, because I love this film.

And besides there are some happy moments, and can I just say how surprising Rodrigo Santoro’s (who plays Karl) body is.

I have two favourite relationships in this film, the first is Colin Firth and LĂșcia Moniz – they learn each other’s langauge so they can be together – So cute!

And then the second one I love is Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon’s relationship, I mean he goes down the whole street to find her, and even ends up singing Christmas carols (to which his driver/body guard? has an absolutely suprising amazing voice for Christmas carols).

And let’s not forget Hugh Grants awesome dance moves.

This film just makes me happy, and it always gets me in the Christmas spirit.

It’s perfect if you feeling a little down about the day, or are in the bestest of moods already.

Besides the slightly raunchy scenes between Martin Freeman and Joanna Page this film is great for all – even as a child I still watched it, and I got away with it because my every time a slightly racy scene came on my mum use to just cover my eyes. Besides I’m pretty sure I would have no clue to what was going on anyway.

And if you want to really know just how great this film is, it has the famous British figure ‘Ant or Dec’ (as a direct quote from the film – I love that scene).

All in all, this film is actually pretty perfect.

It’s the perfect film to watch the night before Christmas.

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