There is no better love story than a Christmas love story. Something about the holidays brings out the romance and provides people the perfect opportunity to follow their hearts. After all, “If you can’t say it at Christmas, when can you?”
That quote comes from one of my favorite holiday films, Love Actually (2003). The movie follows eight different couples through the holidays – some face cheating husbands, hidden crushes, and the pains of enduring one’s first love. It is nearly impossible to choose your favorite couple but I have narrowed it down to my top three. (Get the scoop on the other couples here.)
#3: Sam (Thomas Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson)
At their age I was still playing with Barbies and generally avoiding boys. But I can’t help sympathize with Sam as he attempts to impress the love of his life, Joanna. I admire that Sam won’t let anything stand in his way including the Heathrow Airport security guards. And in the end, he’s happy just because she knew his name, and sometimes that’s really all it takes.
#2: Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz)
Falling in love when you’ve barely exchanged 10 words. How unrealistic, but how romantic! And when they both learn each other’s language “just in cases” – swoon.
#1: David (Hugh Grant) and Natalie (Martine McCutcheon)
I could say that Hugh Grant’s accent and general sexiness raises this couple’s love story to the top of this list but it’s actually all about Natalie for me. She’s got a normal figure (screw her ex-boyfriend that called her fat), sometimes forgets to use her filter (and drops the f-word on her first day of work) and comes from a big, crazy family (who annoys her, but deep down she loves). Bring these two individuals together and you’ve got what I claim is one of the greatest love stories of all (Christmas)time.
Another holiday favorite is, The Holiday (2006). Can you tell I might have a thing for cute boys with British accents? In this film, Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) are each facing boy troubles and decide to swap homes for the Holidays. Amanda finds herself in a little country cottage in England and Iris spends the holidays in a Beverly Hills mansion. Amanda, reeling from a breakup, is convinced to stay in England by the prospect of a new flame, Graham (Jude Law), who happens to be Iris’s brother. Meanwhile, Iris unexpectedly finds love in a new friend, Miles (Jack Black).
Though I love every second of this movie I have singled out a few favorite scenes.
The night Amanda first meets Graham’s daughters Olivia and Sophie. So many great one liners and the infamous Mr. Napkin head performance and that precious tent scene.
Arthur’s gala scene gets me every time. I’m talking major waterworks. And this scene also happens to be when Iris and Miles finally admit their love for each other!!
And, last but not least, Amanda’s first night in the little cottage – channel surfing, singing and dancing alone to rock music, lounging in pajamas, taking bubble baths – looks a lot like the majority of my Saturday nights. If only Jude Law would come knocking on my door sometime soon…