Zeit bites: If you’re lack­ing the Christmas spirit...

Sunday Star-Times - - Escape Entertainment - – Kylie Klein-Nixon

It’s been a tough old year. Peace, love and hope seem im­pos­si­ble dreams when we can’t even agree that Santa can look how­ever we want. (Hon­estly, New Zealand. What are you like?) You’d be for­given for not feel­ing the rea­son for the sea­son. Thank­fully, pop cul­ture is ready and wait­ing to deck your halls, jin­gle your bells, and make this Yule cool... well, cooler than that rhyme.

Hop over to Net­flix and drown your sor­rows in the gi­ant vat of rom-com flavoured eggnog it has brew­ing. There’s The Hol­i­day Cal­en­dar, Christmas In­her­i­tance, The Christmas Wed­ding Plan­ner, Once Upon a Hol­i­day and Merry Kiss­mas – which de­serves a watch just for the glo­ri­ously cheesy pun

ti­tle. Shout out to How Sarah Got Her Wings, for turn­ing this lump-of-coal-hearted Grinch into a gooey pud­dle. Swoon­tas­tic.

The great­est of all the rom-com of­fer­ings is A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wed­ding.

Earn­ing the imag­i­nary tagline: ‘‘Noth­ing In The World Works The Way It Does In This Film And We Don’t Care’’, first be­stowed on 2017’s cheese­tas­tic A Christmas Prince, it stars Kiwi Rose McIvor as the ‘‘jour­nal­ist’’ who ac­ci­den­tally ends up en­gaged to the King of Al­dovia. Be­cause why the hell not, right?

If you pre­fer some­thing more tra­di­tional, The Flix’s The Christmas Chron­i­cles, star­ring Kurt Rus­sell as Old St Nick, is tra­di­tional enough to ap­pease an an­gry Hamil­to­nian at a Christmas Pa­rade.

For the ultimate in tra­di­tional Christmas vibes, Net­flix has Mir­a­cle on 34th Street and White Christmas, while iTunes has the best of the best: It’s A Won­der­ful Life, a film that should be com­pul­sory an­nual view­ing.

For some­thing slightly darker, but no less tra­di­tional, pop over to You Tube for Sir Christo­pher Lee read­ing Ghost Sto­ries For Christmas.

If you’re still strug­gling after that lot, you’re prob­a­bly a lost claus. I rec­om­mend watch­ing Elf – also on Net­flix – un­til you’re back on the ‘‘nice’’ list.

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