Merry Christmas in July, friends!
Today’s holiday has two entries today. The first comes from no stranger to blogathons around these parts. I am of course talking about Kim from Tranquil Dreams, my Ultimate Decades Blogathon co-host. Kim reviews multiple genres of films and television series, specializing in Asian cinema and series. She also has a love of food, having several features relating to cooking on her site. For her entry for the 2021 Christmas in July Blogathon combines that love for food and another favorite of hers, making lists, for a unique list of memorable Christmas foods in movies.
Christmas in July Blogathon is here again! Coincidentally, Montreal just went through a heat wave and as deconfinement is actually happening while still living in the pandemic, Christmas seems almost hopeful to think that maybe this year it will have some form of normalcy…like seeing the family in person for a meal. With that said, there’s nothing like sharing a quick list on Christmas Foods in Movies. As someone who loves to talk about food and eat, this seems like a perfect chance to share some quick thoughts on some fun moments, after all, food in movies is fun to talk about. Of course, these are my choices from my limited memory and film viewing history, if you have any of your own, you can share them in the comments!
Christmas Feast – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Let’s start off a little mild! Harry Potter isn’t a Christmas movie but from what I remember, Christmas is a pretty big event at Hogwarts, further emphasized later on in the film franchise in the Goblet of Fire when they have Christmas and Yule Ball together. However, the Christmas feast that they have in the first year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is pretty epic as it shows the incredible amount of different foods they get.
Maple Syrup Pasta – Elf (2003)
It’s really hard to imagine that Elf was released almost 20 years ago. Buddy is one odd character but while others focus on Santa, this film focuses on a Human growing up as an Elf and sharing Elf habits with the human world aka other people. Nothing like watching Buddy pour sweet stuff over his food whether its his maple syrup pasta or even the breakfast scene where he makes this sugar bomb breakfast pasta that actually looked pretty gross. I just wonder whether children who watched this tried selling to their parents that they “stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup”.
Hot Chocolate – Polar Express
Polar Express is a super fun movie full of music and great animation and seeing a million versions of Tom Hanks in various roles. Perhaps what makes it a ton of fun is the roller coaster ride that the kids go through and it all starts on the train. Now, hot chocolate in Christmas movies or movies with winter scenes or even movies with Christmas celebrations is fairly plentiful. I actually went through a few choices before thinking this being a Christmas film felt more suitable. A close second being the hot chocolate in The Holiday but I wasn’t sure how popular of a scene that was seeing as that film never gets talked about enough. BUT, we’re here to talk about The Polar Express and that wonderful Hot Chocolate musical number as the waiters waltz in and pull off a dance number while serving hot chocolate to the kids on the train. How magical!
Elsie’s Eggnog – While You Were Sleeping (1995)
I’m not sure whether While You Were Sleeping is popular or not as a Christmas movie choice. For myself, it is one that I watch quite a bit for the holidays. It’s a sweet little romantic comedy set during Christmas with some great family moments. One of the best moments of the film is the Christmas family meeting together. While the eggnog is mostly mentioned a lot in the scene about how strong it is and not exactly shown, I’ve always wondered what it tastes like.
Gingerbread Cookies – Krampus (2015)
Krampus honestly doesn’t get enough recognition as a Christmas movie. Sure, it’s kind of alternate Christmas since it’s a horror comedy but it has a ton of Christmas elements and its set during Christmas. I know this is kind of an odd choice seeing as the gingerbread cookies is alive and trying to attack everyone with staple guns and even fire isn’t enough to slow it down. Plus, they look downright creepy. While I might not want to eat them while they are alive and murderous, gingerbread cookies are pretty awesome.
Roast Beast – How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
The original How The Grinch Stole Christmas is the Christmas movies of Christmas movies in my opinion. It’s short and sweet. The narrator is fantastic and the movie is reading out a Dr. Seuss book with all creative words and rhymes. The music is great. I never give up a chance to share how much I love it. It also brings up a bunch of imaginary food that I’ve always wondered as a kid until now what it would be like as an equivalent to real food, from Who Hash to the final scene with the epic Roast Beast. What is a roast beast, right? Is it some kind of boneless poultry or some type of ham? I never figured out what it is and I’m sure you’re probably not meant to since Dr. Seuss is all about his imagination but then, I can’t help to wonder what Who Beast tastes like.
That’s it for this food list from mostly Christmas movies. It’s really only the tip of the iceberg and I’m sure there’s a lot more other choices as I had a few other ones as well.
A huge thanks to Drew for putting together another fantastic Christmas in July Blogathon!
As for my guest, I’d love to invite Jackson Wang, an ex-GOT7 member, founder of record label Team Wang and all around rapper, singer and dancer from Hong Kong.
Great to have you for this blogathon again, Kim! My mouth is watering now after all this talk about food. 😋
Later today, I wrap up the eighth annual Christmas in July Blogathon with a classic 90s Christmas film.
Until next time, cheers!