When December swings around, many of us indulge in one holiday tradition or another. For some it’s setting up a Christmas tree just so, for others it’s to go on a wild gingerbread house-baking spree.
One thing that everyone seems to hold dear is a go-to holiday film they screen every year – and one of those is Love Actually. Octopus costumes! Dancing Hugh Grant! First love! Emma Thomson bawling her eyes out to Joni Mitchell. Personally, I have to say I am not a Love Actually fan, but I know alot of you are – and for those of you who are not but believe in love, here’s how to have a lucky in love Xmas Love Actually style…
♥ Dance like nobody’s watching: CC: Hugh Grant The Prime Minister. And Sarah when she (nearly) bags Karl (sob).
♥ Create a new swearword: Go on, get creative and make something Billy Mack would be proud of. Someone is bound to piss you off royally during the silly season.
♥ Seduce a politician: Or two, if you’re a bit of a Natalie.
♥ Learn a musical instrument to impress your true love: If it worked for young Sam, and countless nerds who have gone on to become rock stars, you’ve got a shot.
♥ Go skinny-dipping: We have the good fortune of our Christmas being in Summer, plus glorious beaches – so no need to dive head first into a conspicuous lake.
♥ Spend Christmas in a foreign country: If the geeky awkward guy managed to bag a bunch of babes via his cheeky accent, perhaps you will too.
♥ Embrace the emotive female-driven pop: Dido, SugarBabes, Girls Aloud, Mariah… need we go on?
♥ Tell someone you love them: Holding up giant cards declaring, “Just because it’s Christmas” “(and at Christmas you tell the truth)” :’(
♥ Spend some quality time with a close mate: Christmas doesn’t have to be all about family, you know. Bring over a bottle of something and reminisce about the years gone by.
♥ Christmas wrap like a BOSS: Who would have thought Mr Bean was such a precise prezzie wrapper?
♥ Perform your favourite Christmas song with ‘new and improved’ lyrics: Performance must include saucy back-up dancers.
♥ Throw a dress up party: We hear lobsters and octopi make great costumes, even if eight is a lot of legs.
♥ Stand up for yourself: Prime Minister Hugh was not going to just stand there and let President Billy Bob violate “Britain”, so if you’ve got something to say, now’s your chance.
♥ Flirt in a strange situation: It will make for a great story later – and after all, it panned out for John and Judy.
♥ Embrace the PDA: Go on, propose to your partner with a whole Portuguese village watching, or launch yourself onto your lover at the airport, we won’t judge.
♥ Surrender to the total agony of being in love. Sam may be young, but he knows what’s up.