There are of course certain food stuffs that occur around Christmas that I can totally do without, one of those is Christmas pudding - never got it, never will - BLAH! Also, the humble pavlova, just done to death really and no amount of great fruit toppings is gonna help that sticky meringue mess as far I am concerned. And hold the mince pies please, nil interest there, but now that I am gluten free I have a way of politely refusing these offerings without appearing ungrateful.
I do like the grog bit though, getting three parts sozzled over lunch is quite nice, and nobody ever judges you for finishing all the bubbles at Christmas. I think I may have peaked a little early this year though, as I felt my post champers headache kicking in just before dinner at the in-laws. Never mind, just opened up another bottle and added insult to injury - 'tis the season!
One other thing that I do find unavoidable on Christmas Day is the corny Christmas music. I mean when, aside of Christmas, do you listen to Boney M and Wham? Never, and there is a good reason for that. Suddenly, Mariah Carey's 'All I want for Christmas' and Buble's rendition of 'Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas' not only seem acceptable, they seem like great music choices! How? It must be the magic of Christmas I think, it has to be because for some reason I know every word to 'Last Christmas' and I know I never bought that album!
But for all of it's weird tradition and crazy consumerism, Christmas really is fun. Just plain good fun and a chance to be with the one's you love and to celebrate another year coming to a close. And if Christmas means that you find yourself half pissed singing along to Jingle Bell Rock and stacking on a couple of extra pounds, then so be it, who would want it any other way?
Release Date: 1984
Running Time: 106 mins
Director Joe Dante who brought us the great kids classic Small Soldiers, pushes the envelop between children's cinema and the supernatural with his tale about mischievous little creatures called Gremlins.
Billy's father purchases a mysterious new pet 'Mogwai' for Billy's early Christmas gift. Gizmo, as Billy names him, must be carefully taken of. He cannot be exposed to bright light, he cannot get wet and he must never EVER be fed after midnight. Unfortunately, Billy inadvertently breaks all of the rules and unleashes a gang of Gremlin's that are determined to tear up the entire town on Christmas Eve.
This is a fabulous pre-Christmas watch for older kids and teens because it is exciting and funny, and even though those '80's effects are getting a bit outdated, Gizmo is still utterly adorable.
FINAL SAY: I want a Mogwai for Christmas!
3.5 Chili Peppers