December – it’s the month that brings the magic! It’s also the month that makes us wish work days were shorter, if only to rush home and binge watch every Christmas TV movie ever made. Sure there are the classic holiday films – Home Alone, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street (the Mara Wilson one of course)…in fact, just check out our 15 Movies to Get You in the Christmas Spirit! But TV Christmas movies (typically Hallmark, occasionally Lifetime and now Netflix) are on a level of their own. Words you might hear to describe these movies: lame, predictable, cliché and unwatchable. Words I might use to describe them: delightful, festive, fun and heart-warming. Whether you watch them to have a laugh or genuinely enjoy their Christmas spirit, they’re good festive season value.
To help elevate the fun, we’ve created a game of bingo for you to play while watching! You can either print off the table below or do the modern day thing and screenshot it and play on your phone. Each box contains a typical Christmas TV movie cliché (e.g. The movie stars a child star from the 90s – keep your eyes peeled for Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar!). Make yourself some hot chocolate, throw on a Christmas TV movie and see how many you can cross off!
Is there any better time of the year than Christmas? Did you say, “Absolutely not!”? Correct answer. December is for spending quality time with friends and family, exchanging a thoughtful gift or two, and decorating every available surface with all things festive. If you love this time as much as we do, you’re going to love this list of 25 festive things to do in the lead up to Christmas.
After Greendale’s obnoxious glee club is institutionalised, their instructor Mr. Rad must convince the unwilling study group to be stand ins for the upcoming Christmas pageant. One by one they perform amazing little holiday ditties to persuade each other to participate. Highlights include Troy and Abed’s “Baby Boomer Santa” variety number, Shirley’s children’s choir-accompanied “Happy Birthday, Jesus” and Britta’s (awkward) heart’s song.
Ever wonder what kind of Christmas tree your favourite celebrity has in their living room? No? That’s not a thought that’s ever crossed your mind? Well anyway, it’s nice to see how the other half live, especially at Christmas! Maybe you can scoff at the gaudiness. Maybe you can steal some style tips. Maybe you can roll your eyes at the height of some of these trees.
Take a stroll through this celebrity forest of twinkle lights, tinsel and enormous ornaments.
There is nothing better than a good book. Especially over summer, when you’re (hopefully) on break from work. You’re on the beach, you’re sitting in a park, you’re camped out on the couch in front of the air conditioner (at least in the southern hemisphere, you are!). And you’ve got something amazing to read to make you forget you have to go back to work soon. Can you tell we’re ready for Christmas holidays? So below are some bookish stocking stuffers we are hoping to appear on Christmas morning:
I’m not particularly crafty so when we decided to do a Christmas origami class last year I wasn’t really optimistic about my talents. But luckily we learnt how to make some simple creations which even I could put together. The easiest was the Christmas wreath, so if you’re interested in making some to decorate your house or to give away to friends, family or even colleagues, read on!
With Christmas fast approaching it’s time to start making our Christmas wish list and checking it twice. Check out the 2015 Cactus Pop Christmas wish list to see some things that we are hoping to find under the Christmas Tree this year. Hopefully, you can get some ideas for your very own wish list. Because really, who wouldn’t want personalised Nutella or the Official Harry Potter Colouring Book 🙂
I normally can’t stand ads. I mute the tv whenever commercials come on. However, there is one time of the year where I will happily watch ads. Christmas. Christmas ads are in a class of their own. Every year all the major department stores release their Christmas ad and I will eagerly watch them all. Most of the best ones come from the UK, because those guys know how to do Christmas. Even though I have no idea what half of the stores sell, they are still entertaining to watch. Here are some of the best (and sappiest) Christmas ads released in 2015: