Just the other day at work, I was chatting with a newly single male co-worker who had recently (and reluctantly) joined a dating website. Since his divorce he hadn’t dated much, and hated the fact that online dating was the new way to meet fellow singles.
“Why can’t I just meet someone the old-fashioned way, like at the grocery store or something?”, he lamented.
I smiled and agreed, telling him he shouldn’t give up on that notion. That someday he’ll have his meet-cute.
“What’s a meet-cute?” he asked.
“A meet-cute is a way in which two characters in a story are introduced,” I explained.
“Are you talking about The Holiday?” immediately chimed another male co-worker.
I was shocked that this co-worker knew what I was talking about; it made me smile and giggle.
“My wife watches that movie a lot,” he huffed. “So that means, I’ve watched it… a lot.”
For the past 7 years, I’ve had this unofficial tradition of watching The Holiday around Christmastime. If you haven’t already seen it, the film is actually a great story with a stellar cast playing relatable, sympathetic characters. (Eli Wallach’s Arthur Abbott steals every scene he’s in. And you can’t help but sympathize with Kate Winslet’s character Iris Simpkins, who deals with the heartbreak that comes with loving a man who will never love you back.) The characters’ interwoven story lines, teamed with the sentimentality of the holiday season, are a joy to watch every year. But what’s also really great are the scenes where food is the common thread for comfort and togetherness during the holidays. Because of that, I was inspired to create a menu dedicated to the movie.
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(Editor’s Note: All movie screenshots in this story are property of Sony Pictures.)