The Baron’s essential multi-media guide to getting in the holiday spirit

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It’s that time of year again, folks! No, not exams – the holidays! After a stressful semester, you might need some help to start feeling festive. We’ve got you covered with an awesome playlist filled with essential holiday bops (and some fun surprises), including:

The Undisputable Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey

Because is it really the holidays if you haven’t heard “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at least 50 times?

 

 

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The Undisputable Queen of Everything, Beyoncé

Remember when Destiny’s Child covered Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Because listening to it definitely brings us Christmas joy.

 

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A Song for Someone SPECIAAAAAAAL

There just isn’t allowed to be a holiday playlist that doesn’t include “Last Christmas”. We don’t make the rules.
(RIP George Michael. Gone but not forgotten.)

 

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Childhood Throwbacks

Alvin and the Chipmunks, anyone? (Update: I still want a hula hoop.)

 

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A Plethora of Kelly Clarkson

Wrapped In Red honestly had so many bops. We couldn’t include just one.

 

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If you want to get into the holiday spirit fast, have a listen!

Of course, if you have a bit more time to spare, the best way to start feeling festive is to binge a bunch of holiday movies. Here is our ranking of the top ten that you’ll find on Netflix this year:

#10: Casper’s Haunted Christmas

You guys. It features “state of the art animation”. (Everyone knows that holiday sequels of ’90s movies are notoriously awful, but you’ll at least get a chuckle out of how bad this one is.)

#9: 12 Dog Days Till Christmas

It’s basically the plot of Free Willy, but Christmas-y. Also, there’s puppies. Need I say more?

#8: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Remember all of the Beethoven movies from the ’90s? Well, now there’s a Christmas special – and it features none other than Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven, Cory in the House) and Munro Chambers (Degrassi). I mean, it isn’t great, but it’s pretty funny. Isn’t that how one would describe all of the Beethoven movies?

#7: Arthur Christmas

Sure, Netflix doesn’t have all of our favourite animated holiday classics, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman, but you can find the next best thing in Arthur Christmas. It tells the story of one of Santa’s sons who saves Christmas when a single child is missed on Christmas Eve – and isn’t saving Christmas ultimately what every animated holiday movie is about?

#6: Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas

That’s right, folks; the Undisputed Queen of Christmas has a Christmas movie. Sure, it’s just her singing Christmas songs, but what more can you ask for? (Note: She’s probably lip syncing, but she looks fabulous, so does it really matter? You be the judge.)

#5: Four Christmases

Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star in this 2008 holiday comedy, along with a supporting cast filled with other familiar faces, and it’s overall a pretty darn fun time. It will get you feeling festive for sure.

#4: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sure, we all know that the live-action version wasn’t quite as good as the original cartoon, but it’s still a classic and funny in its own right. Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch, and he’ll manage to kindle your Christmas spirit whilst he tries to destroy everyone else’s.

#3: A Christmas Prince

We can’t have a list of the top holiday movies on Netflix without including a Netflix Original Film, can we? They released A Christmas Prince last month and, trust us, it’s an adventure. Full of feel-good holiday moments, laughs, and a new twist on a classic fairytale love story, it’s the ultimate choice if you’re looking to watch something new this holiday season. After all, what’s more festive than an undercover journalist trying to get an expose on a playboy prince?

#2: Office Christmas Party

Forget Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve – if you’re looking for an ensemble cast comedy this month, Office Christmas Party is the way to go. It’s like every sitcom, episode of Saturday Night Live, and recent comedic film all got tossed together and this movie was the result. It’s utterly ridiculous – but in the best possible way.

#1: Love Actually

Behold: literally the ultimate romantic comedy. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll probably do both at the same time. When it comes to holiday movies, Love Actually is a cut above the rest – and not just when it comes to the movies available on Netflix. Whether or not you have a Netflix subscription, it’s the way to go this holiday season. You can never go wrong with a classic.

 

We guarantee that you’ll be donning a Santa Claus hat and anxiously waiting for snow after you dance to our holiday jams and/or watch some of these movies – and if not, then you’re a total Scrooge and that’s your problem, not ours.

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