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How to have a Love Actually Christmas

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.

Celebrity Wedding Gowns ♥ Queen Elizabeth

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Now, don’t laugh but Queen Elizabeth II was a style icon once upon a time with her lovely wedding gown made of ivory duchess satin and studded with 10,000 imported white pearls and decorated with silver thread and tulle embroidery.

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Famous Love Stories ♥ Elizabeth Bennett & Mr Darcy

Jane Austen personified two attributes of human nature – pride and prejudice in Darcy and Elizabeth. Darcy comes from a very high social hierarchy and typifies the educated aristocracy while on the other hand, Elizabeth is the second daughter of a gentleman of modest means. Mr. Bennett has five daughters who have been allowed to grow up the way they wanted – no school education or any governess at home. Elizabeth’s very indulgent mother and irresponsible father never gave any thought to the future of the daughters as it is always taken for granted they will “do well” for themselves. To a woman of Mrs. Bennett’s understanding, doing well exclusively means finding a rich, well-to-do husband. For a man of Darcy’s social stature, these were very serious failings of the family and totally unacceptable to his polished, educated and refined mind. Darcy adores his family estate and the future mistress of that estate must be just as polished and refined and from an equally prestigious family. He however falls in love with Elizabeth only to be refused by her initially, and then much later she realized that she can love no one but Darcy. How they become united and understand the love for each other makes a very interesting read.

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Famous Love Stories ♥ Napoleon & Josephine

A marriage of convenience at age 26 Napoleon took a fancy to Josephine. An older, prominent and most importantly wealthy woman. As time progressed Napoleon fell deeply in love with Josephine and she with him, but that didn’t deter the adultery on both sides. It was their mutual respect for one another which kept them together and the burning passion between them didn’t falter. They eventually split as Josephine could not give Napoleon an heir, parting ways with both bearing the love and passion in their hearts, for all eternity.

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Famous Love Stories ♥ Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice story is an ancient greek tale of desperate love. Orpheus fell deeply in love with and married Eurydice, a beautiful nymph. They were very much in love and very happy together. Aristaeus, a Greek god of the land and agriculture, became quite fond of Eurydice and actively pursued her. While fleeing from Aristaeus Eurydice ran into a nest of snakes which bit her fatally on her legs. Distraught, Orpheus played such sad songs and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. In his anxiety he forgot that both needed to be in the upper world and he turned to look at her, and she vanished for the second time – forever.

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Famous Love Stories ♥ Paris & Helen of Troy

Helen of Sparta was perhaps the most inspired character in all literature, ancient or modern. A whole war, one which lasted for ten years, was fought over her. In Greek mythology Helen of Troy also known as Helen of Sparta, or simply Helen, was the daughter of Zeus and Leda. In Greek myths, she was considered the most beautiful woman in the world. By marriage she was Queen of Laconia, a province within Homeric Greece, the wife of King Menelaus. However, Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, fell in love with Helen and they launched an affair where she run away to Troy with him, starting the major war.

 

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Famous Love Stories ♥ Tristan & Isolde

The tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde has been told and retold through various stories and manuscripts. It takes place during medieval times during the reign of King Arthur. Isolde of Ireland was the daughter of the King of Ireland. She was betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. King Mark sent his nephew, Tristan, to Ireland to escort Isolde back to Cornwall. During the voyage, Isolde and Tristan fell forever in love. Isolde did marry Mark of Cornwall, but could not help but love Tristan and the love affair continued after the marriage. When King Mark finally learned of the affair, he forgave Isolde, but Tristan was banned from Cornwall and he went to Brittany. There he met Iseult of Brittany and was presumably attracted to her because of the similarity of her name to his true love. He married her, but did not consummate the marriage because of his love for the “true” Isolde. After falling ill, he sent for Isolde in hopes that she would be able to cure him. If she agreed to come, the returning ship’s sails would be white, or the sails would be black if she did not agree. Iseult, seeing the white sails, lied to Tristan and told him that the sails were black. He died of grief before Isolde could reach him and Isolde died soon after of a broken heart.

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Soulmates

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From the author of Eat, Pray, Love.

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Famous Love Stories ♥ Lancelot & Guinevere

The tragic love story of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere is probably one of the best-known stories of Arthurian Legend. Lancelot fell in love with Queen Guinevere, King Arthur’s wife and as much as Guinevere resisted her love and passion overpowered her and the pair became lovers. One night, their secret affair was discovered – Sir Lancelot made a fighting escape, but poor Guinevere was not so lucky. She was seized and condemned to burn to death for her adultery. Fear not. Sir Lancelot returned several days later to rescue his beloved Guinevere from the fire. This whole sad affair divided the Knights of the Round Table and weakened Arthur’s kingdom. Poor Lancelot ended his days as a lowly hermit and Guinevere became a nun at Amesbury where she died.

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I know who I’m voting for!! How can you beat Vanessa and Stephen’s love story??!! Spanning two countries and a few decades their story will culminate in a beautiful wedding including their children!!! How cool is that??!!