Ho, Ho, Ho, Holiday Dating Tips from Classic Holiday Movies

Love Actually

Probably no list of holiday movies would be complete without Love Actually. This holiday-themed rom-com set in Christmastime London follows nine intertwining love stories including a guy who is in love with his best friend’s wife (Keira Knightley). Among some of the several lessons in dating and relationships we might take from this flick, probably the best comes from the famous scene between Mark and Juliet. Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who is desperately in love with his best friend’s new wife, Juliet (Keira Knightly), comes to her house on Christmas Eve with a cue card slideshow spelling out all the reasons he loves her. Even if it’s an unrequited love, it goes to show that a big gesture can go a long way. After that scene, guys, you have a lot to live up to.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

There will probably… no, there will definitelybe a Grinch in your life this holiday season. And I’m not just talking about the grumpy after-4 a.m.-Black-Friday-shopping kind of Grinch–maybe your boy just has a case of the holiday blues. December is stressful–all those weekends of gift wrapping, decorating, and traveling from house to house to visit grandparents and cousins in the weeks up until the big day. Maybe your boyfriend is stressed from finals or from all the festivities that come with the holiday season. Maybe you’veeven had a Grinch moment when you felt that way. Try to offer him a helping hand or just let him know you care. Don't be too hard on the Grinch in your life. It’s this Dr. Seuss story of the Grinch and the Whos of Whoville that reminds us to love even the not-so-loveable people in our lives.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Move over, Charles Dickens. There’s a new scrooge in town (and he’s much more of a hunk)! It seems like women are constantly drooling over Matthew McConaughey, so why not make a holiday movie loosely based on that fact? In Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past,Matthew McConaughey is a playboy who gets haunted by the girlfriends of his past Scrooge-style, which in the end makes him realize the one true love of his life. It’s an old lesson from other takes on A Christmas Carol, but it still rings true, especially in this holiday rom-com– about appreciating the person you’ve got rather than constantly looking for something better (which may not actually exist).

The Holiday

While this rom-com isn't all about the holidays, it follows two unlikely couples who just happen to fall in love over the winter season. It follows the lives of Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) – two women who temporarily exchange homes across the Atlantic to escape heartbreak during the holiday season. To their surprise, Amanda falls for Iris’s brother (Jude Law) and Iris for Miles (Jack Black) who is Amanda's ex-boyfriend's friend. There are a lot of lessons in The Holiday(like, who knew Kate Winslet and Jack Black could make such a cute couple?), but one of the most important things to take away from this movie is to think about how you can better yourself this holiday season.Iris and Amanda both jet off intending to have intercontinental pity parties, dwelling on the ex-boyfriends who betrayed them, but both women realize their own power. Don’t spend the holidays holding a grudge over the people who wronged you. Instead, use opportunities (like devastating break-ups) to grow and improve your life.