Christmas 2014

Sir Patrick Stewart Wins at Christmas

Okay, fine - technically Christmas is over. However, thanks to the internet, we're able to keep the holiday spirit alive and well for days after the presents are opened and the egg nog consumed. Which, thank goodness, becuase otherwise we'd miss out on utter gems like this video, which is basically the best present that the web could possibly provide for us this holiday season.

It is, basically, watching acting legend Sir Patrick Stewart crack up while wearing a dancing, musical Christmas elf hat. His reaction to the antics of his hat is so great, you'll be hard pressed to keep yourself from smiling as well. (And also you may start wondering where on earth such a horrific energetic Christmas accessory came from. No, seriously. Where?)

Happy Christmas: Let’s Celebrate with Tom Hiddleston and a Puppy

Happy Christmas, Telly Visions readers! (Or Happy Thursday and generally Winter-ish season, if this holiday’s not your particular thing.) The point is – today’s a day to appreciate and celebrate the people we care about, and we’re grateful that you all choose to stop by and read the blog regularly and comment and chat with us, today and every day. Y’all are awesome, and the best present a girl could ask for.

So, how best to celebrate such a special day? How about a cute video featuring The Avengers and The Hollow Crown star Tom Hiddleston? There’s really no way to go wrong with that combination, yeah?

So get yourself in the proper holiday spirit – or soothe your irritation that Santa didn’t bring you the properly British gear you were hoping for - by watching the Internet’s Other Boyfriend (Who Isn’t Benedict Cumberbatch) team up with iconic Nashville singer Rodney Crowell to celebrate Christmas in song.

Oh, yeah, and he’s holding a puppy through all of this, in case you didn’t think that the cuteness level was cranked up high enough already.

Christmas Telly: A British Holiday Tradition

In America we get plenty of holiday TV programming. There’s usually one musical variety effort each year be it Michael Buble, Kelly Clarkson or the hottest country artist at the moment. ABC Family broadcasts the 25 Days of Christmas, the Hallmark Channel features heartwarming Christmas fare (non-stop for weeks) and of course no one should forget the 24 hour A Christmas Story marathon. Say it with me, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

In my youth you had three networks and one chance to see A Charlie Brown Christmas. Miss it and you were out of luck; there was certainly no DVR, let alone VHS! They were called “specials” for a reason. Am I starting to sound like a cantankerous old lady because I’m really not? I’m on Twitter and everything.

Let’s meander back to the subject at hand - Christmas telly. Despite the volume of shows out there intended to keep our spirits merry and bright (or perhaps because of that very fact) Americans might get nostalgic, but they don’t seem to get too excited about the Christmas TV schedules. In the UK, however, it’s a whole different animal – a tradition in and of itself.

Watch Sainsbury’s Tear-Jerker of a Holiday Ad

Remember this adorable, sniffle-inducing John Lewis holiday advert featuring a boy, his penguin and a lesson on the meaning of friendship? Remember how it seemed like there was no way that any other Christmas commercial could possibly top its heartwarming perfection?

Well, it turns out that prediction might have been a bit premature. It would seem that UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has decided to also go for the emotional jugular this year, with an five-Kleenex-alarm holiday ad built around the Christmas Truce of 1914 , a series of unofficial cessations of hostilities that occurred along portions of the Western Front during World War I. German and Allied soldiers, hearing Christmas hymns being sung, both stepped out of the trenches and met in no man’s land that day to exchange gifts, take pictures, sing hymns and, supposedly, play football (soccer, to us Americans).

Fair warning: You probably want to make sure you have some tissues handy before you push play.