Ah, Boxing Day sales. The only reason anyone has an early night on Christmas. Even if your willingness to bag a bargain didn’t see you rising at four in the morning to start queuing up, I’m guessing some of you braved the crowds and hit the sales for some heavily-discounted retail therapy. I find that it’s best to head into Boxing Day sales armed with a plan, but you’re still bound to come out with new buys if you go with the flow. I also see the sales as a good time to stock up on random things I always need that look more appealing to buy at a slashed price. (And if you’ve been bad with your present-buying, you can usually find something for the people you don’t see until after Christmas . . .) So it’s time to spill — what did you spend your cash on at the Boxing Day sales?
As you've probably realised by now, we're suckers for holiday movies here at PopSugar. So to help celebrate the season, we've concocted a fun quiz on this very topic. Some of the films have quotable one-liners, while others boast memorably sweet messages. Just match the line with the movie it comes from.
Ah, Christmas movies. There's nothing better this time of year for that warm, fuzzy feeling. But what would any heartwarming tale be without a dastardly character (or two) making trouble along the way? (Frankly, they'd be pretty boring.) So let's pay homage to the under-appreciated heroes of the season: the villains!
Yesterday we were discussing the holiday movies that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but now let's examine the flip side. I've said it before and I'll say it again: not every Christmas or Hanukkah movie is an instant classic, and yet somehow that doesn't keep networks from airing almost all of them each year. There are at least a handful of holiday movies that I just can't bring myself to watch.
Take for example Jingle All the Way, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad on a quest to score the most popular toy of the year for their sons. Everything about this movie bugs me, but it's definitely not the only irritating film of its genre. Your turn to spill: which holiday movies get under your skin?
For those of you who have been scarred by Boxing Day sales — perhaps due to experiences that involve pushing and shoving, bouts of claustrophobia and violent shoppers (we can all get a bit crazy when we see next-to-nothing prices) — it might be time to re-think your strategy. In fact it might be time to do your bargain-hunting from the comfort of your own home. Yep, sale fever has hit the web in a big way, and last month David Jones announced their plans to hold their famous Boxing Day sale online as well as in stores. The appeal obviously lies in avoiding the crowds because it’s highly unlikely the online price will be any lower than the in-store price. And with a whole bunch of online retailers — local and international — at your fingertips, you’ll get through way more stores than if you shopped in person. So will you indulge in some e-tail therapy this Boxing Day?
For a moment let’s just ignore the fact that Glee’s Christmas-themed episode won’t air here until next year. At Sugar HQ we’ve been blasting the Glee Christmas album to get into the mood (why not give it to someone this year?) and seeing the first pics from the episode really got us longing for trees, presents and carolling — we pretty much want to sing anything the Gleeks cover! Get another taste of their holiday spirit with this clip — don’t worry, it’s spoiler-free. Just enjoy the kids in their festive gear and the soundtrack! (One more sleep!)
Obviously it’s very hard for us Aussies to relate to the Christmas song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — we pretty much have it the other way around. And when it comes to getting into the festive spirit by spinning some Christmas tunes, this one doesn’t usually make my playlist. But obviously I’d be more inclined to listen to it if it’s sung by two of my favourite Glee stars, Kurt and Blaine. (OK, they pretty much are my favourites!) It’s traditionally sung by a man and a woman, but we know Glee doesn’t always do things the traditional way. And Chris Colfer and Darren Criss’ smooth vocals make for some easy listening — if either of these two were to sing this to me, I’d definitely wish it was cold outside!
Guh! Tomorrow is Xmas Eve — can you believe it? That means no time for online shopping for last minute Christmas presents. Uh-uh. So we've put together a gaggle of gifts that you can run in store and grab now. Catering for the less than organized (um, that might be me!), lots of shopping centres are open reeeeally late leading up to the 25th — so you can make an in store appearance and cross off those last names from your list. Click through to do your research and sort your shopping plan of attack!
Christmas-themed movies have the potential to be family favourites that are revisited year after year, or not-so-great films that tend to focus on the cringe-worthy aspects and clichés of the holiday season. But let’s not talk about the duds — let’s talk about the ones that give you a warm and fuzzy feeling; the ones you actually look forward to watching when the TV stations decide they’re going to screen three Christmas movies each weekend.
Among my favourites are Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Santa Clause, Love Actually and Home Alone. Yeah, some are kind of on the cheesy side and one takes the gothic animation route, but overall these flicks put a smile on my face come Christmas time. What about you?
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la! We're in full Christmas spirit here at Fab HQ, and the presents are fast piling but there's still room begging in the Santa sack. We've found ten teeny tiny presents that are small on size, but big on love. With only three shopping days left (eek!) all of our gift options are Aussie based, so you won't be waiting on slow coach international shipping. Yup, we're considerate like that. Click on through and fill that Christmas stocking ASAP.