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As time goes by, we tend to forget about the true meaning of Christmas. We stand at the top of Grafton Street to take photos of the Christmas lights and instantly post it to Instagram, failing to appreciate just how beautiful Dublin can be during this time of the year.

We rush around crowded shopping centres, fretting about whether you bought enough for your best friend or if you should pick up the Soap and Glory gift set in Boots. It is half price after all.

We obsess over what to wear to the office Christmas party. Will I look better in this Topshop sequin dress or opt for a Christmas jumper? But what if the jumper makes me look frumpy? What if someone else has the same one? 

Christmas movies help me remember that the holidays aren’t about the overpriced gifts that’ll get tossed in the back of your wardrobe by February or that perfect shot of the Christmas tree for Instagram.

One that really opened my eyes and taught me some valuable lessons is Last Christmas.

The new festive film has been slated by critics, but they failed to see that a movie can still be magical without a flawless script, arty cinematography or Oscar-award worthy performances (even though the cast are stellar)

Last Christmas does more than that. Here’s what it taught me and why I think it is one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

  1. You will always find someone to lean on

Life can be cruel. We all experience those dark moments where things feel like they’re never going to improve. Kate run out of friends to lean on and sofas to sleep on at the beginning of the movie, but Tom helped her see that even in your darkest hour, you’ll always find somebody to wipe away your tears and sing ear-piercing songs to you before you sleep.

The scene when Kate returns home to her mum, played by the legendary Emma Thompson, proved that she wasn't as alone as she felt. 

  1. Stop feeling so sorry for yourself

I am the queen of pity parties, but Last Christmas gave me a much-needed wake up call. The scenes set in the homeless shelter reminded me that Christmas isn’t a merry time of year for everyone.

When you’re curled up by the fire with a hot chocolate and Home Alone is playing on the TV, it is important to remember that there are thousands of people curled up on a soaked piece of cardboard and the cup in front of them isn’t full of cocoa but copper coins.

Kate’s charitable acts and kind heart reminded me that Christmas isn’t all about your celebrations and festivities. It’s about helping those who struggle during the holidays and helping them experience even the smallest bit of joy.

  1. Become an organ donor

If you have yet to see Last Christmas I would stop reading here because there’s a major spoiler ahead.

I couldn’t hold back the tears when Kate discovered that Tom was the organ donor who saved her life last Christmas. She had his heart, literally. I should have seen this twist coming considering the movie is inspired by Wham’s Last Christmas– “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart”- but I got so wrapped up in Kate and Tom’s charming love story. I was convinced they’d live happily ever after.

I blubbered like a baby when I realised that Tom was a ghost but his ending reminded me of how important organ donation is. If it wasn’t for him, Kate wouldn’t be alive. She wouldn’t have a second chance at life if it wasn’t for the card he carried around in his wallet, like so many of us do. 

Critics can call Last Christmas the worst movie of the year, but this touching tale has opened my eyes and taught me valuable lessons that I will hold close to my heart this Christmas.

Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, is in cinemas now.

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Emma Thompson has written a Christmas movie inspired by the music of George Michael and it is everything we needed and more.

Universal has released the joyous trailer for Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding and it has mended our cold, miserable hearts.

The festive flick is directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and written by Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The film follows Kate as she harrumphs around London, ‘a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop.’

Tom arrives into her life during the most wonderful time of the year, but Kate can’t help but think he is too good to be true. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He eventually encourages Kate to open up about her past and she reveals she nearly died when she was younger.

She confesses, “I'm just scared all the time. They just expect me to be normal and get on with life.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Wham, Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Christmas in London- it really is the perfect recipe for a Christmas movie.

Last Christmas will be released on November 8, 2019

You can watch the full trailer below:

 

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Look, I know it is only September, but I can’t help but feel excited about Christmas. Is it too early? Maybe… Do I care? Nope.

I am already embracing the holiday spirit and this latest movie news has my heart feeling full and festive.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clark and Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding are set to star in a Christmas film together written by none other than Emma Thompson.

The Hollywood goddess is no stranger to festive films, having starred in Love Actually in 2003. Emma’s portrayal of the heartbroken Karen is by far one of her best performances *listens to Joni Mitchell and sobs*

The Pride and Prejudice actress has penned the screenplay for upcoming Christmas flick Last Christmas, with the help of Bryony Kimmings.

The writer revealed the movie is based on the popular Wham! hit Last Christmas. The late George Michael even gave the movie his blessing before his untimely passing on Christmas Day 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bridesmaids director Paul Feig will take over directing duties for the romantic comedy.

Lead actor Henry Golding couldn’t help but express his excitement about Last Christmas: “Finally I can start getting excited and share the news… @paulfeig and I will be back to business in London at the end of the year.”

It is believed filming will take place in London later this year, which unfortunately means it won’t be released in time for Christmas 2018.

I guess we’ll just have to stick with the classics for now. If anybody needs me I’ll be watching Home Alone for the 1000th time.

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