So you thought we were just experts on homewares, interior styling and vintage?
What you may not have known is that we’re also experts on Christmas. That’s why we’ve taken a step away from style in this month’s blog to instead help you get into the Christmas spirit! (No Wham music required thank you very much!).
Let’s face it, it’s been a massive year! If you’re struggling to get into the Christmas spirit (perhaps you are only being released from your employer’s clutches about 4.55pm on Christmas Eve – very generous) you need to spend this weekend emerging yourself in Christmas cheer so you can sail through your last four days of work with a grin as big as Will Ferrell’s character in Elf.
So, we thought we’d start with our remedies for how you can get into the Christmas spirit! Firstly, we’ll provide our top 10 Christmas movie list, followed by our top 10 Christmas eats or activities. Let’s see how we go!
If you have anything to add, please feel free to comment! Let’s get into the Christmas spirit one rum ball at a time!
Vintage Stash recommends…. our top 10 Christmas movies…these are in no particular order by the way:
- Elf (2003): Starring Will Ferrell. “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favourite colour?” Best scene is probably when Will Ferrell tries to put the star on the Christmas tree. HAHAHA!
2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947 or 1994): Well this is just a gorgeous film about a little girl who tries to convince everyone that Santa is real. Watch the original or the newer version – I won’t judge!
3. Love Actually (2003): Argh. No matter how many times you watch this, you can’t get enough of Hugh Grant’s dancing! Count the number of times they say ‘Actually’…I dare you.
4. Prancer (1989): This is an oldie but a goodie. The little girl is adorable. For a while you’ll be thinking to yourself, ‘Where do I know her blonde little friend from?’. I’ll spare you the agony. She’s from Jurassic Park…and still has the fluffy eighties fridge.
5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1947): Featuring James Stewart, this movie is just marvellous. If you’re feeling down in the dumps in the lead up to Christmas this will really bring home how important it is to appreciate the small things in life. And that’s about how mushy this blog will get.
6. The Holiday (2006): Another ‘grass is greener’ type movie – however, the grass isn’t greener in this movie – it’s platinum. It’s a great feel good movie and if you don’t enjoy the plot, you can always drool over Jude Law’s dulcet tones.
7. Home Alone 1 (1990): ‘KEVINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!’ Good movie this one and is equally followed by Home Alone 2 (1992) when the family ventures to New York and Kevin befriends an old bird lady. I’d steer clear of Home Alone 3 though….
8. A Mum for Christmas (1990): Olivia Newton John is in her heyday in this one. A little girl wants a mum for Christmas and a store mannequin comes to life to take the role. Actually….this movie is rather creepy upon reflection of its themes. I may extract this recommendation.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): “Are you serious Clark?’. This movie is just downright hilarious as you’d expect. Some very memorial scenes as the Griswolds try to have the best Christmas ever, however, it is ruined by relatives, christmas lights and all things Chevy Chase.
10. The Santa Clause (1994): Tim Allen’s character suddenly becomes Santa Clause…that’s pretty much it.
And if these movies don’t help, you can either cook or shop your way into the mood. Here are some suggestions:
- Make rum balls! There usually ends up being about five different versions at Christmas lunch – you may as well be in the mix to talk about what you did differently (“I decided to use cake crumbs instead of weet-bix this year…the result is extraordinary.”)
- Apricot ball making.
- Wrapping Christmas presents while watching Christmas movies next to the Christmas tree.
- Buy the above Christmas presents (stop via Vintage Stash if you’re having any difficulties).
- Set yourself an enormous task of creating a gingerbread mansion.
- Re-neg on the above goal when it starts looking like a beach shack.
- Take your adult friend, husband or girlfriend to see Santa at the local shopping centre and make Christmas cards for every person you’ve ever met with a picture of the two of you with Santa. Make sure you wear tacky Christmas jumpers…even in the 30 degree Australian heat. Your commitment to the season will be very much appreciated.
- Listen to ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey on repeat.
- Try and make eggnog.
- Drink eggnog…and then if things get bad you have only one last thing to try:
Got an idea on how we can get into the Christmas mood? Let us know by commenting below.