What does your go-to Christmas film say about you?

If it’s the Grinch… sorry x

The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching, and there is no better time than to sit down and really think about the all-important question – what does your go-to Christmas film say about you?

Whether you’re more into The Grinch or The Holiday, there is an option for everyone, and believe it or not, it says more about you than you think!

The Polar Express

You’re the type of person that persistently claims that you are going to walk into town or stroll to the library, yet secretly runs to get the Metro every time. I mean who can blame you?

When you’re running ten minutes late to your library booking (the joys of Covid) or don’t fancy the walk in the baltic Newcastle weather, you divert immediately and waste more of your student loan on the Metro. It’s hard to know whether you make this decision because you’re just lazy, or you find catching the train into uni incredibly thrilling.

It’s probably the latter and this is why The Polar Express is your go-to. Unfortunately for you, the Metro does not come with Tom Hanks, free hot chocolate, or the North Pole as your destination. I think it’s fair to say Newcastle City Council need to get their act together and make this an option.

The Holiday

If you’re itching to watch The Holiday this Christmas, then I presume the only logical explanation is that you’ve become rather acquainted with heartbreak.

You’re the kind of person that would be spending your weekends in Market Shaker, drowning your sorrows with your girlfriends, iconic 80s classics, and an abundance of trebs. It’s no surprise that The Holiday is your go-to.

Two words. Jude Law. I could end there, but I’ll continue. I’d say the closest alternative you will get to watch The Holiday would be an enormous hug. So dry your eyes and indulge in two hours of Jack Black winning over Kate Winslet. I know, I know… miracles really can happen at Christmas.

The Grinch

We get it, we get it. You’re that one person that constantly denies going out for one or two cheeky pints never fancies an unorganised Swingers Thursday, and doesn’t tend to vibe well with spontaneity.

Why? The simple explanation is that you’d rather spend your spare time having mental breakdowns in the Robbo over the assignments you should have completed weeks ago. I am sorry to say this, but you share several major personality traits with The Grinch.

Who actually turns down going out, or proclaims that they’re not going because they cannot find anything to wear? I mean, most of us say we have too much on, but the minute we receive the iconic ‘pub?’ text, you can guarantee that we will be running down Osborne Road before you can say ‘Th- Th- Th- The Grinch!’.

Love Actually

If you can’t wait to watch Love Actually, you love nothing more than spending your weekends in Market Shaker or Soho, scouting out the rugby boys and hoping to find your one true love.

You’re an absolute hopeless romantic at heart and will do anything to find your very own Hugh Grant or Colin Firth. I hate to break it to you, but the person of your dreams will most certainly not be found on the third floor of Soho.

Nevertheless, nothing says Christmas more than an overly exposed Bill Nighy singing ‘Christmas Is All Around’ on national television, Hugh Grant dancing around 10 Downing Street, or Severus Snape cheating on Nanny McPhee. It’s the kind of film that will leave anyone believing that love actually is all around – just maybe not in Soho.


You’re an absolute child at heart.

You’re the one friend that everyone has to look after on every single night out. Whether it is carrying you out of Soho after too many Jägerbombs, or getting kicked out of Greys for stealing the decorations – you’re the one to cause havoc when left to your own devices.

It wouldn’t be harsh to say have the mental age of a five-year-old when under the influence, and you probably study Geography because you love nothing more than colouring in. It is guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Oh, and if you don’t already know all the lyrics to ‘Sparkle and Shine’ you seriously need to grow up.


If your go-to film is Elf, then you are the life and soul of every Christmas gathering.

You’ll always be down for a Christmas bar crawl, whether it be down Osborne Road or a Covid-safe room to room night. It’s an obvious choice and I can confidently say it is not officially Christmas until you’ve decked your house out with decorations, you’re sat in front of the fire, and you’ve put Elf on the telly.

Nothing beats Will Ferrell running around New York City in an elf costume. I can’t lie, I think I even believed in Santa by the end of it. So if your fave film is Elf… all we can say is we love you.

Whether you’re snuggled up by the fire watching Elf, or watching Nativity for the millionth time just to nail the lyrics to each and every song, there really is something for everyone to watch during what is the most wonderful time of the year.

After an undoubtedly enjoyable, but somewhat different, semester this year, I think I can speak for everyone when I say some normality in the simplest form of Christmas films will be very much welcomed.

We might not be able to enjoy the Christmas markets, get merry in the pub with our friends, or partake in all our usual Christmas festivities, but at least we can always rely on Buddy the Elf to lift our spirits.

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