by Brandy D. Anderson
“Christmas time is here…Happiness and cheer”… who can resist Charlie Brown? Watching the right movies, finding the right pictures, and listening to the right songs are all part of getting yourself into the holiday mood! Another important piece of finding that Yuletide spirit is making sure you’re following the right Christmas Twitter accounts! We’ve got accounts full of countdowns, quotes, gifs, recipes, pictures, references, you’ll find a great sampling of pretty much everything here!
About: “Twitter’s Christmas Countdown! Follow for countdown updates, photos, contests, trivia, and more! Business/Ad: firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: North Pole”
This Christmas page probably has the most user engagement, with followers constantly leaving funny comments or gifs on tweets. For instance, this morning’s tweet asks, “How many days until Christmas?” and there’s an amusing gif of a woman anxiously munching on a waffle (with both hands, no fork, she means business). Most user comments are excited about the holiday season, but you’ll always find at least one funny dissension from the popular vote – case in point, someone commented with a gif of Rupaul saying, “Please Stop Immediately”.
There are a lot of giveaway posts here as well, such as this one: “#Win a £20 Amazon Gift Card from @CustomLogoShop! Simply click this link to enter: customlogoshop.com/competition. #24DaysOfChristmasDay14”. You’ll find fun Christmas polls, like this retweet from Christmas Quotes!: “Which of these 2 #Christmas movies would you rather watch? Home Alone 2: Lost in New York or Miracle on 34th Street (1947)?”: there are already more than 3,217 votes cast (Home Alone 2 is winning by a landslide with 73% of the votes so far – however, Miracle won against White Christmas last week). There are really cute countdown gifs like a recent one counting down “270 Hours Left Until Christmas” and it’s surrounded by gifs of Santa heads, Christmas trees, stars, and gift boxes. For twelve days of Christmas, there was a gif with columns of stars and gift boxes, with the boxes ‘spelling’ out ’12’. Another contest: “Win the 12 Beers of Christmas pack! Simply RT and follow @BeersofEurope & @ChristmasCount to Win!”.
About: “The official Twitter handle for Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas.”
25 Days of Christmas is a great page for those of you who love lists, pictures, and blogs. This is the official Twitter for Freeform channel, the blogs are hosted on their channel webpage, and they feature whimsical gif-fueled list articles. One such blog is titled “Here are the top 10 absolute Best things about #Christmas! #25DaysOfChristmas”. These things include: “Dancing to cheesy Christmas music” (with a cool gif of a joyful, dancing CGI Scrooge), “Finding that perfect present for someone” (with an enthusiastic gif of Will Ferrell’s Elf), and “Eating a lot more chocolate than at any other time of the year” (Frozen gif, Anna and Elsa sharing a snack).
There are fun ‘fill in the blank’ tweets: “Fill in the blank, #25DaysOfChristmas fans! #MyBestHolidayMemory is _____!” The fun answers include: “writing a really terrible song about Christmas and having to perform it for my family” and “waking up as a child seeing the tree lit w/all r gifts underneath…I never felt so cozy or filled w/joy like that until that nite”. If you’re a fan of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you’ll love their tweet of the movie’s poster art: “Have the hap-hap-happiest #Christmas with the Griswolds during #NationalLampoons #ChristmasVacation NOW, West Coast! #25DaysOfChristmas ”. They often tweet lots of gifs, pictures, and quotes for the popular holiday movies they show, but they seem to really love Christmas Vacation, because there are a plethora of tweets surrounding that comedy. Elf is another of the movies which recently received big coverage: “Spread the #Christmas cheer by watching #Elf starting NOW during #25DaysOfChristmas, West Coast!” You can laugh at the gif of a feverish Buddy decorating the mall, complete with paper snowflakes: “Christmas wrap up! #Elf #25DaysOfChristmas ”.
About: “Christmas news, songs, holiday decor and more! Merry Christmas!”
This account features a lot of Christmas songs, and there’s a good mix of old and new here. Here’s one recent tweet: “Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon star in SNL‘s ‘Bring it on Down to Wrappinville’ skit”, the picture and link lead you to a short skit summary and an embedded video. Another tweet talks about Shakira and her 2009 performance of ‘Santa Baby’ at Rockefeller Center. There’s also a link for Idina Menzel and Michael Buble’s 2014 video for ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’.
Another song shared is Ariana Grande’s cover of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’. There are blog entries for many of the songs featured, such as this one: “Katharine McPhee has a music video out for her song, ‘It’s Not Christmas Without You’. It’s Christmas and Katharine is having to spend it all alone, without her boyfriend. Actor Joel David Moore plays the male lead in the video. The song is from Kat’s Christmas album, ‘Christmas Is The Time…(To Say I Love You)’. Katharine starts decorating by herself when she learns her boyfriend is not coming home for Christmas”. Not all of the tweets are song related, though; for instance, you’ll find a link showing you how to make Christmas Tree Cupcakes the Martha Stewart way. You can see awesome Christmas decorations, such as the photo of a “Giant Inflatable Olaf [that] stands eight feet tall”. There are also other product tweets, like a book review for “The Man Who Invented Christmas [which] takes a close look at Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol”.
About: “Celebrating the best Christmas movies of all time! Location: Hollywood/North Pole”
If you can’t get enough of holiday cheer and Christmas movies, this is definitely the account for you to follow! There are “Christmas Movie Showdowns” where two movies are compared in a poll, then voted on by users, ending in the ultimate showdown between the two most popular movies (by user votes). Right now, Home Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas are going head to head.
There are other fun movie-related polls: “All I want for Christmas is a…” and the options are, “Red Ryder BB Gun [Christmas Story], TurboMan Doll [Jingle All the Way], TalkBoy from Home Alone2, Bell From Santa’s Sleigh [Polar Express]” (the bell won). And, as the name suggests, there are certainly lots of Christmas movie quotes to be found here! Sometimes the quotes are done through picture sets, like one originating from Love, Actually featuring the romantic gesture with the signs, “But for now, Let me say, Just because it’s Christmas, To me, You are perfect”. Some quotes are presented in typical text format, but they’re nonetheless awesome, like this classic movie moment: “’I know nobody likes me. Why do we need a holiday season to emphasize it?’ #CharlieBrown”. You’ll also see some quotes done through gifs: “TV is my life” – Home Alone2.