Christmas is just around the corner, and another year gone in a flash, too quick to comprehend. Whether you’re getting ready to spend Christmas with your local and distant family, or with your nine cats, here are some classic Christmas characters over the years to bring some laughs and nostalgia to your festive season:
#1 Tim Allen as Santa Claus
Even though Tim Allen’s main character in the 1994 film The Santa Clause may have accidentally killed Santa Clause on his stop off at their home, we all know he did the right thing in putting on the baggy oversized red and white threads so that he could protect his son’s imagination on the concept of Christmas. A true father.
#2 Cindy Lou
If you were born in the mid to late nineties, you will most certainly remember Jim Carrey playing Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch who Stole Christmas, this hairy, green, angry beast who is set on destroying Christmas and stealing the presents off the fictious town of Whoville. But Cindy Lou, Taylor Momsen before her coming of age, was adorability personified. Being a child and watching this movie, you were possibly scared of this sad hairy man stealing this one day a year you look towards off you, but now, as an adult, you see the sublimal story of someone with a rough childhood who finally gets introduced to the festive spirit who the power of love and acceptance for who you are.
#3 Buddy The Elf
Will Ferrell brings yet another different perspective on Christmas in the 2003 film Elf, where its not just Santa Clause and his reindeer taking centre stage. He plays a human sized elf named Buddy who is different from all the other elves on the North Pole because of his size. Read: He’s ginormous, but it hasn’t alarmed him until now. But Buddy teaches us that even though we can be different from everyone else, doesn’t mean we don’t have something extraordinary to share with the world.
#4 Billy Mack
The classic that is Love Actually is a mess of intertwining storylines, but Billy Mack the washed up popstar trying to take the holiday countdown is brilliant. He’s wonderfully ambivalent, like Keith Richards reigned it in a little or Mick Jagger cleaned up. Not only did the song when in the film, but it still holds a steady spot on our Christmas playlist easy.
#5 John McClane
I don’t want to hear that Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie. John McClane is the Christmas hero we all deserved. It’s a battle of good and evil over an office Christmas party and making that storyline alone work is a holiday miracle. Sure there’s less mistletoe moments and less sappy tropes, but that’s what makes it so brilliant. Yippee Ki Yay.
Special mention to Rudolph
Lastly, but certainly not least, we have Rudolph, Santa’s red nose reindeer and partner in crime…well…they do break into houses while delivering these presents, so partner in crime does kind of fit the bill…The 1998 animation centreing on Rudolph’s life before he meets Santa takes us way back to those times we wanted an reindeer as a kid, or wanted to be a red nose reindeer…either one.
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