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