Monday, December 4, 2023

The Rock Singing in a Xmas Onsie & Five Other Feel-Good Festive Moments You Didn’t Know You Needed to See…

Okay, I know we say it a lot, but 2021 has really been one for the books. Even if we cast that aside for a moment, it’s December, which everyone knows can be one of the most stressful months of the year (trying to just get a car park at Sylvia park this month is enough alone to test your patience). This month, it’s only natural if you’re feeling a bit (or a lot) strung out, so let’s take a moment out to take the edge off.

During the rest of the year, I’d recommend great and adorable videos of little baby goats wearing pyjamas jumping around, but it’s December, so let’s have a moment to unwind and destress by watching great and adorable festive videos instead. (But please, do just watch the goats here if anything Christmassy makes you feel antsy).

The Rock Sings Christmas Songs in a Festive Onesie…

Unfortunately his movies are nearly always trash (if you have ever tried to sit through Skyscraper I feel confident you won’t come at me for saying this) but there is something so loveable about The Rock, that I will (nearly) always try to get on board with what he’s doing.

And after seeing this video of him singing on Kelly and Michael on Christmas Eve in 2014, I vote we just give the man his own talkshow. Please enjoy…

WestJet’s Christmas Miracle

Feel like having a little Christmas cry? In 2013 Canadian airline WestJet made this little video that quickly went viral and has now been viewed nearly 50 million times.

The company got into the festive spirit by installing a booth at the gate for two very lucky flights. The 250 passengers thought they just had a direct link to tell Santa what was on their wish list that year, until they touched down and went to baggage claim…

SNL’s ‘Best Christmas Ever’

Oh Christmas, it’s always just like something out of a Hallmark Christmas Movie, isn’t it?? Alas, in actual fact, many Christmases instead involve an outrageously early start, an unrelenting headache and a full-on day in the kitchen, on the road, and holding it together until you can have a glass of wine in your pjs.
This 2018 SNL skit with Matt Damon and Cecily Strong captures the feeling perfectly (and hilariously)…

Love, Actually‘s Arrivals Gate Scene

This movie gets me every damn time, straight away, with this arrivals gate scene.

It was shot at Heathrow Airport using real life folks greeting their loved ones, and in every survey about the film most people say it’s the absolute best bit (of what is a really great film). In 2017 Heathrow even ran a special promotion where if you were unable to pick up your loved one from the airport in the days before Christmas, you could nominate for Martine McCutcheon (who played Natalie in the film) to instead run up and give them a hug to welcome them home. It’s worth a watch here .

But, nothing beats the Love, Actually original. If you don’t have time to watch the whole movie, here’s the scene below!

Excitable Edgar

OTT Christmas ads are basically the UK’s equivalent of Super Bowl ads in the US. They’re of epic proportions, and choosing just one to watch is damn near impossible, because there are SO many good ones.

If you haven’t seen Monty The Penguin (2014) give that a whirl, The Long Wait (2011) or Man on The Moon (2015) – all for retailer John Lewis, start there.

Otherwise, jump to their 2019 ad, ‘Excitable Edgar’

Christmas Carpool Karaoke

This one is slightly controversial because it’s a festive singalong with James Cordon and SO many of his guests (Adele, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani and more) to Mariah’s hit, All I Want For Christmas. This is controversial stuff on Capsule, where our biggest argument is around whether The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York or Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is the best festive song of all time.

I respect we have our differences, but also, could you ever do this with The Pogues’ song and feel good about it?


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