On An Alternative Christmas

‘At this time of year, you likely see the same things as me. There are special holiday screenings of Home Alone (and, indeed, a remake now available on Disney+) and gifs of Will Ferrell dressed as an oversized elf screaming about Santa. There’s many an ad campaign utilising the recognisable (but incredibly creepy) note card scene in Love, Actually and many many many images of Jim Carrey as The Grinch exercising “self-care” appearing on all forms of social media. These movies are debated about, not in terms of their quality, but in terms of when it’s acceptable to begin watching them. How early is too early to put on The Polar Express and be creeped out by its animation? Is it too soon for Dickens’ classic tale as retold by Muppets? ‘

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