Scrooge it Up
By Dulce Balandran
Tis’ the season to be jolly—Fa bla bla bla, bla bla bla blah. Christmas time is here and people have been gearing up for it since October, when Halloween is not even over yet and stores will already have Christmas decorations out. Don’t forget about Black Friday—crazy sales day after Thanksgiving that seems to become a tradition or even a holiday of its own. It seems that every year the Christmas preparation starts a little earlier—quite unfair to all other holidays I’d say.
We now live in a time in which Christmas is constantly being commercialized—yes giving on Christmas is a nice tradition but over time the idea of giving a sincere and thoughtful gift has turned into buying the latest and greatest gadgets and toys out there. Of course, for retailers this time of year is heaven. Xboxes and PlayStations sell out in a matter of a couple hours and people trample over each other on Black Friday over a sound bar or flat screen.
And it doesn’t come cheap either these days. Kids don’t wish for toy truck or dolls as much anymore. No, they want the latest video game console or the ‘smartest’ phone. Not even so much a computer anymore but a smart tablet will do the trick. Let’s not blame the children though. After all, it’s the parents that buy, buy and buy, indulging their kids with whatever they want.
Maybe you feel like a Scrooge this year or you don’t celebrate Christmas. Whatever the case, holidays are not mandatory and I purpose getting together with other fellow Grinches and steal Christmas once and for all. Yeah, burn down a Christmas tree to make a bonfire and have a happy Halloween instead!
Ok, ok that might be a little extreme and maybe impossible but you can still all get together for an Anti-Christmas Movie Night, order some Chinese food or pizza, make it a pot luck and have everyone bring something delicious to share and feast with. Here’s a handful of movie recommendation for a very merry anti-Christmas movie night.
Bad Santa – Yes, it is Christmas-related but it’s a movie for the Grinch in all of us, this hilarious dark comedy follows a drunken, rude, raunchy mall santa who plans to rob stores blind with his sidekick elf.
Tim Burton Movie Marathon – The obvious Nightmare Before Christmas, or The Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd or take it back for the classics like Batman and Batman Returns, Edward Scissorshands, Beetle Juice, Mars Attacks— so many to choose from!
Tarantino Fest – Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill vol. 1&2, Death Proof, Planet Terror. Grindhouse, Jackie Brown and many more, all Tarantino greats.
Rob Zombie Horror Flick Fest – House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, Halloween and Halloween II, Werewolf Women of the SS or his latest The Lords of Salem, all guaranteed to get you out of that Christmas spirit funk.