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Have Yourself A Very She & Him Christmas

December 12, 2011

By John C.

Directed by Jon Favreau and starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole, Elf is is a heartwarming Christmas classic and one of my personal favourites to watch every December.  It will be honoured later this week as part of our Christmas Countdown.

It is undeniable that Elf is one of the essential classics of the season, and it’s also the film that made me a fan of Zooey Deschanel.  Although she already had supporting roles in several films including the great Almost Famous, this was the first time that I really took note of the actress and singer.  And 2011 has proven to be a very big year for her, indeed.

With a role in Your Highness, and a supporting part as one of the three sisters to the title sibling in the hilarious Our Idiot Brother, Zooey Deschanel also found time to write music for this summer’s wonderful Winnie the Pooh.  Not only did she perform the original theme song and several other numbers throughout the Disney movie, but also the excellent end credits track titled “So Long” which has just been honoured with a much deserved Grammy nomination.  On top of all that, she also launched her hit TV show New Girl, and released A Very She & Him Christmas.

Since it premiered in September, New Girl has proven to be one of the funniest and most endearing shows on television.  Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess, an “adorkable” teacher who moves in with three single guys.  First there’s the womanizing Schmidt (Max Greenfield), the smooth Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Nick (Jake M. Johnson), who sometimes has trouble expressing his true feelings.  Written by Elizabeth Meriwether, each of the characters have their own personalities and traits, making this a pitch-perfect look at the interactions between men and women.  Here is a show that doesn’t waste a second of the 22-minute running time, always building with hilarious exchanges of dialogue towards a satisfying final scene.  The Christmas episode, titled December 23rd, airs tomorrow night.

Released at the end of October to critical acclaim, A Very She & Him Christmas is a wonderful collection of twelve holiday classics from the musical duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel.  A delightfully retro album that immediately takes its place among the classics, this is a perfect collection of songs that feel like they could have easily been recorded in your own living room around the fireplace.  With Michael Bublé’s excellent and aptly titled Christmas sitting atop the charts, this is a big year for newly recorded holiday music.  And A Very She & Him Christmas has become one of my personal favourites.  It proves a bit hard to find in some stores, but the search certainly pays off.  Zooey Deschanel’s wonderful voice makes everything on the album worth hearing.

Some of my favourite tracks include “The Christmas Waltz” and “Christmas Day” which are the two tracks that open the album, the soulful take on the Elvis classic “Blue Christmas” as well as the appealing upbeat pace of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”  Another one of my favourites has to be “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”  Deschanel is no stranger to the song, already having recorded it as a duet with Leon Redbone for the closing credits of Elf, but She & Him still manages to do something unique with the track.  The way they sing the song, it is about a seductress trying to get her boyfriend to stay the night, rather than the other way around.  Whether your buy it on CD or Vinyl, A Very She & Him Christmas is an excellent album that would make a great gift.

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