Last night, the Mr. and I were invited to the preview of The Man Who Invented Christmas. The screening was hosted at the Scotia Theatre which used to be my old stomping ground. It’s fun to be back in the city. The old-fashioned carollers and presence of the screenwriter and producers added a celebratory touch! It’s been a while since I attended a pre-screening.
The movie is an imagining of how Charles Dickens was inspired to write A Christmas Carol after a series of flops. The actor who played Matthew Crawley on Downton plays Charles Dickens and Christopher Plummer plays Scrooge. It’s light and pretty and is the perfect Christmas movie. Ever year I rewatch Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women and this movie reminded me a bit of that. It’s Victoria magazine come to life! Plus, who does not love the story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim? I highly recommend it as a counter-balance to the less-than-pretty world.
I’m not alone in craving a return to old fashioned sweet entertainment. This article talks about the boosted interest in the Hallmark Channel during these crazy times. I allow myself to engage in social activism for a certain percentage of the day, and then go full Hallmark. Thankfully, my work is filled with positive people and stories, so I get a boost there too.
US friends, are you done preparing for Thanksgiving? I’ve been enjoying all of the pie and table setting photos on Instagram.
I’ve done a little pre-Black Friday shopping at J. Crew. I’m a tartan fanatic and could not resist the medium tartan leather pouch at 40% off. Things like this tend to sell out, I find.