10 Years Later And The Holiday Still Gives Us Life Envy

11th December 2016

The Holiday turned 10 this week. 10 years later and we’re still jealous.

This post contains some serious spoilers, so if you’re yet to bask in the perfection of Iris and Amanda’s lives Christmas, look away now.

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know exactly what I’m on about.

Exhibit A- the homes. Iris lives in a cute-as-a-button cottage in the heart of Surrey. It was built in a matter of weeks out of wood and fiberglass before being torn down after filming had ended. Even though the idyllic Rosehill Cottage wasn’t exactly real, it will keep us inspired by the interior for years to come.

At the other side of the world in the glitz and glam of Los Angeles, Amanda’s home is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, complete with a swimming pool and gym.

The romances are the definition of relationship goals. The perfect chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Jude Law is envious and you’ll find yourself rooting for them the whole way through the film.

The character’s careers are those of dreams. Iris writes for a newspaper while Amanda owns a company that produces movie trailers. It was obvious they had good jobs, because who else could afford to jet off half way across the world on a day’s notice?

For Amanda, it’s crisp, white snow the English countryside. Surrey has the weather we all lust after on Christmas Day. In reality, it’s all fog, wind and drizzle.

Even though she’s missing out on the snow while in LA, Iris doesn’t have a problem making friends with her neighbour, Arthur, portrayed by the late Eli Wallach. Arthur is a humble screenwriter from the Golden Age of Hollywood. He helps Iris get over Jasper, while Iris convinces him to accept an award and attend a ceremony, dedicated to his life and career held by the Screenwriters’ Guild.


The Christmas classic may have turned 10 and still be making us jealous, but it will forever be one of the best rom-coms around.


Have you seen The Holiday?






Comments (2)

  • Yasmin

    14th December 2016 at 1:29 am

    The Holiday is seriously fantasy but that’s what makes it so perfect and Christmassyyy! It’s definitely my fave Christmas film, I’m so in the mood to watch it right now!!

    Y x | The Sweet Seven Five

    1. Emma Kershaw

      14th December 2016 at 10:40 am

      I love it so much, it always used to be my dream to live in a little cute cottage in Surrey!! Thanks for reading xx

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