Top 5 Christmas Movies of All Time

20 Dec

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year. I LIVE for things that give me the warm fuzzies, and there are a handful of movies I have to break out during the holidays, or else I can’t truly celebrate Christmas :). Here is my list of the top 5 Christmas movies of all time:

1) Love Actually 

I could watch Love Actually every single day of the year! The music is beautiful, I love how all the stories are connected, and the sweet, touching moments are endless. Favourites: The wedding scene when a surprise orchestra plays “All You Need is Love”, the flashcard ending with “to me, you are perfect”, when the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) says his kick ass speech, the scene where Karen (Emma Thompson) realizes her husband bought a necklace for another woman and “Both Sides Now” plays while she cries, and when Jamie (Colin Firth) proposes to Aurelia in front of her entire village.

2) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Home Alone was okay, but since Home Alone 2 combines my love of New York and Christmas, it’s the ultimate in great movies. I love this movie so much, my parents finally bought it for me last Christmas since I always complained bitterly when I missed seeing it on TV during the holidays. Kevin McCallister is hilarious and such a smart kid! Plus, he lives out every kid’s dream of ordering room service in the Plaza Hotel and taking a limo (with a pizza!) to the best toy store in NYC. The movie also has a sweet message, with his new friendship with the pigeon lady, and his commitment to making sure the donations made it to the sick kids.

3) Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version)

I love this version of Miracle on 34th Street, despite hating both female characters (the kid and the mom). The kid is precocious and annoying, and her mom is just plain evil! However, Richard Attenborough is amazing as Santa, and the whole “we believe” storyline and courtroom hearing gets me every time.

4) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 1966 TV version)

This isn’t technically a “movie” but I’m still including it as a Christmas must-see! I grew up watching this on TV before Christmas ever since I can remember, and it’s definitely a classic. My favourite scene is the end when all the Who’s sing ‘Welcome Christmas” and the Grinch realizes it’s not all about the presents and decorations. As cheesy as it sounds, the scene always warms my heart and reminds me to Christmas isn’t about the material things.

5) The Nutcracker Prince

Sadly, I haven’t seen this movie since I was about 8 years old but it’s pretty amazing. I grew up listening to The Nutcracker songs and loved them. This cartoon version is great — I basically wanted to be Clara so badly! Added bonus: Kiefer Sutherland voices the Nutcracker Prince.

Honourable mentions:


The Friend Purge: when to make the cut?

20 Dec

Although it’s not the most uplifting topic to start off a new blog, but I’ve had a “bad week in friends” and wanted to write my thoughts down to get this off my chest.

I’m sure quite a few of us have been here before – you have one or two “friends” that you’ve been buds with forever, but you realize that you don’t actually like them. You know the type–that “friend” of yours who always bails on plans, the one who gives backhanded compliments, the one who claims to be your friend but is actually never there for you when you need them the most?

I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather that’s making me take a clear, hard look at who my true friends are, but this week I’ve experienced four different letdowns from my so-called “friends.” Now, granted, these people aren’t my best friends whom I see regularly. These are people I’ve known for years, through soccer, work, high school and so on. I’ve always liked to make an effort to see these people often to keep up our friendship, but lately I’ve noticed it’s not worth the effort.

I don’t want to call anyone out (in case they happen to read this and get offended), but to sum it up, this is what happened this week:

1) My oldest friend from high school (who I’m friends with on FB, BBM, and we play in a soccer league together), has not invited me to her February wedding

2) My other friend (who I have driven everywhere in the last few years since she doesn’t have drive), left me alone at a GO station at 1am while her BF picked her up and drove her home (10 minutes from where I live), without offering a ride.

Overall, pretty bad week! At this point, I think I just need to stand up for myself. I hate confrontations and love everyone to get along, so often times I will let things slide. But I think that certain people’s behaviour this week has been quite unacceptable.

As my wonderful friend G points out: “it’s really hard to tell the difference between a real friend, and someone you have good times with.” A real, good friend is ALWAYS there for you, no matter what. They won’t stand you up without an explanation, or not offer common courtesies to you, or make you feel guilty about anything. Too often I get the two confused–I excuse shitty behaviour with the the reasoning that “oh but when we go out, we have such a good time.”

My best gals

My bottom line is, I’m done with fairweather friends. I’ve put up with it for awhile, but truthfully I don’t think anyone should have to settle for less than great. If it means having a small group of friends you can actually count on, that’s more valuable and important than having a bunch of people around who you can’t rely on.