There might presents, and singing and drinking aplenty, but one of the great traditions of Christmas is the gut-busting dinner. There’s a lot of pressure from popular culture to make this the most perfect meal of the year but we think it’s the mishaps that make it more of on occasion. If you needed further evidence, just look at these festive feasts in film – the memorable ones all go a little against the grain, which should make you feel a little bit better about your burnt roasties, squabbling relatives and sprout side-effects at your own gathering…
So once the Christmas dinner is consumed, put your feet up and binge on these festive films, which will no doubt get you reaching for the cheeseboard later in the evening…
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
‘I told you we put it in too early,’ sobs Cousin Catherine as Clark carves up a turkey that deflates into nothingness the moment the knife touches it. Don’t worry, Catherine, we’ve all been there.
Home Alone 2
Mini bar snacks, Champagne flutes of soda, a sundae taller than a nine-year-old… Sure beats dry turkey and sprouts. It’s just a shame Mr McCallister wasn’t feeling the joys of the season when he discovered Kevin’s $967 room service bill. Argh.
A Christmas Story
After the Parker family’s turkey is eaten by a neighbour’s pesky dog, and they resort to having their Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant. That’s one way to avoid fighting over who does the dishes.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mmmm, roast beast… The Grinch is given the honour of carving this festive dish after redeeming himself and admitting the error of his way. Apparently it tastes like chicken.
We know it’s tough coordinating turkey and the trimmings but don’t be tempted to trade it all in for a liquid lunch… Just look at what happened to Bad Santa’s Willie. You at least need some chocs to line your stomach anyway…
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