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We Watched An Entire Day Of Christmas Movies To Try To Find The Christmas Spirit

One day, two grinches, three movies, and a hell of a lot of eye-rolling.

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As the two office Grinches, we decided to attempt the impossible: find the Christmas spirit in a single day.

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Mat: I'm a Scrooge. Christmas to me just means everyone gets really stressed, and then you visit family who are equally as stressed. The hardest thing about spending the day talking about Christmas is that, more than anything, I'll be hella bored.

Tahlia: All you do on Christmas is grossly overeat, unwrap presents that get less and less festive and more like, "thanks Aunt Mildred for that second food processor in a row from Kmart," and everyone's just stressed AF. Like who gives a fuck if the roast isn't done by 1pm on the dot?

But the truth is, no one likes a Scrooge, and this year we wanted to see if it was possible to get into the Christmas spirit of things... or if this would backfire and we'd burn a Christmas tree out of spite.

So naturally, we locked ourselves in a room with three Christmas movies recommended to us by our Christmas-crazy coworkers and a bunch of what we assumed to be Christmassy decorations.

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We ran to the nearest dollar store to grab the cheapest, smallest tree we could find, handfuls of tinsel and some candy canes. We decked our halls with Christmas hats, Christmas sunglasses... basically our Christmas cups ranneth over.

Movie one: The Santa Clause.

Mat: Tim Allen is a bad father in this movie. He is very bad. He badmouths his ex-wife's new partner, Neil, while his son is like, "Neil treats me with mutual respect and listens to me!" Tim Allen's response is just a series of guttural hooting noises.

Tahlia: This whole family set-up reaffirms my desire to (probably) never have children. You spend your life trying to bond with a little twerp and find out he only loves you when you become Santa? Ugh. No thanks.

Mat: When they witness the actual death of the most recognisable cultural figure ever, the kid is just like, "you did it! You killed him. He's dead. Put on the coat. Put on the dead man's pants." That kid is cold. Ice cold.

So far The Santa Clause is about a mom who is so desperate to sex her boyfriend she leaves her kid with her incompetent ex-husband for Xmas.

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Mat: Also, I was 900% done with this movie during the scene where Tim Allen and Judy the elf are weirdly flirty???? I get that she's supposed to be ~over 1200 years old~ but nope. This is a very strange and awkward scene. I was uncomfortable.

Tahlia: Then he was hitting on that random woman on the street... then he kidnaps Charlie after a judge revoked custody?

Mat: I forgot a LOT of what happens in this movie. Charlie has to break his Santa dad out of JAIL?! WHAT?! Also, all Neil ever wanted for Christmas was a "Weenie Whistle", which coincidentally is my Grindr bio.

Thoughts on The Santa Clause:

Mat: I don't know, there was a lot of stuff in this movie that was strangely dark? Tim Allen is so unlikeable for most of the movie. I just feel bad for his kid? I'm going to give it one Santa.

Tahlia: So he just settled for a life in the North Pole like it's no big deal? That's all I got from this. I'm giving it two out of five Santas.

Movie two: The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Mat: You need to explain to me why you hate The Muppets.

Tahlia: I just find their voices and faces annoying. I mean, same, but like I don't go flaunting it in people's faces... often.

Mat: Do you think we're Scrooges? And is there a problem with that?

Tahlia: Sure, we may be seen as "Scroogey" but let's get to the benefits of it. We are less stressed around Christmas time because we DGAF and our expectations are lower so we're never actually disappointed.


Kermit wouldn't get very far on The X-Factor with that grating singing voice.

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Thoughts on The Muppets Christmas Carol:

Mat: We got super bored in this one. Both of us definitely stopped paying attention.

Tahlia: About 25 minutes into the movie, Mat did an uncanny Melissa George impression and I got distracted and lost the entire storyline.

Mat: Tahlia did a fist-pump into the air when "The End" appeared on the screen... I didn't think this was as bad as The Santa Clause but I did not love it. The actor that played middle-aged Scrooge was hot tho. Two out of five Santas for that alone.

Tahlia: I was like a fidgety kid by the end of this. Like "MUUUM, I'm bored, I wanna go outside!" except Mat was either a) ignoring me or b) telling me to stop calling him mum. 10/10 would not watch again... it only deserves half a Santa.


Movie three: Miracle on 34th Street.

Mat: I didn't realise Richard Attenborough was in this movie!! I'm just kind of expecting him to send Sam Neil to an island off Costa Rica where he has managed to successfully clone wild, prehistoric Santas.

Tahlia: So I don't get the relationship between Mr Bedford and Celia from Weeds. He hangs out with her child and gives Celia some suggestive eyes but I don't think they're actually together? They obvs will be by the end though.

Mat: More importantly can we talk about how dark Celia's eyebrows are?! They're so dark!!! She needs to get that shit sorted out. It's distracting!

Mat: Um. OK. The scene where Attenborough meets the young deaf girl and sings "Jingle Bells" with her in sign language... we both fell silent and had a real ~moment~.

Tahlia: "That was nice," Mat said. "That was super cute," I agreed. We both paused and instantly thought... IS THIS WHAT CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FEELS LIKE?!

Mat: Oh god, I'm not ready to grow a heart.


I had no idea the longest trial of all time was hidden in "Miracle on 34th Street"

I was not expecting to like Miracle on 34th Street - and I was DEFINITELY not expecting it to be "Legally Blonde: Ho Ho H-objection"

Thoughts on Miracle on 34th Street:

Mat: This one got me. Richard Attenborough is a great Santa, Mara Wilson is impeccably adorable and the entire cast is CHOCK-FULL of amazing cameos (ALLISON JANNEY!!!). Out of the entire day this is the one time I'd say I really saw what these movies aim to do. They make you realise that Christmas is about... being kind to each other? And that's nice... I mean, we should do it year-round but still. Four Santas from me.

Tahlia: This movie was far more enjoyable than the rest. For one, the singing muppets aren't present and Santa isn't a... well... dickhead (*cough* Tim Allen *cough*). He's super sweet and lovely and you just want the family in it to find happiness. WHICH MAKES YOU HAPPY! Four Santas also.

Mat: My favourite part was definitely when Dylan McDermott walks into the living room in a dressing gown like "I just fucked Celia from Weeds!" and Mara Wilson is like "FINALLY!!! A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!"

Tahlia: I believe now in the Christmas spirit... Santa where's my new house?!

Final thoughts:

Mat: While my heart didn't grow three sizes today, I will say I know what it means to be a Scrooge, and I've seen what the affect a Scrooge can have on other people. I don't know if I've found the Christmas spirit, but I've definitely realised no good comes from being a Grinch.

Tahlia: I don't think I'll be enthusiastically tearing open presents or willingly going along to go look at Christmas lights anytime soon, but I now know the odd Christmas movie doesn't hurt. Unless it's The Muppets. Then it hurts a little.