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All Time Favourite! 10 Must Watch Christmas Movies To Share With Your Families!

All Time Favourite! 10 Must Watch Christmas Movies To Share With Your Families!

With the long holiday approaching, it is time to sit back and have a grand family time. Schools are over, universities are on break, offices are in holiday mode, and to top it off, it is Christmas! The warmth in your home, the smell of all the roasting, pies and custards, your life seems like as if taken from a movie plot. And talking about movie, this long holiday is the perfect time to watch movies together with your family.

Here is the list of 10 must watch all time favorite Christmas movies that you can share with your family!

1. Home Alone

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    “You guys give up, or are you thirsty for more?”

    Home Alone is a traditional movie that has been watched hundreds of times by everyone. The trilogy is a good option to have continuous laughs for three consecutive days, if you are willing to watch them on separate days, or all at once if you’re brave. The first two parts are the best and the most loved, starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCullister, while the third part has a different protagonist named Alex D. Linz as Alex Pruitt. All three parts have the naughty boy left behind by family during the Christmas Eve, and how this boy overcome two burglars and save their house.

    2. A Christmas Carol (2009)

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      “Nephew! Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine.”

      A Christmas Carol is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous novella by the same name. There have been multiple adaptations over the last century but this movie was from 2009 has been made into 3D animation starring Jim Carrey. The story is about about a miserly man who thinks everyone and everything is a humbug. One day, he is taken out on a journey to his past, present, and future life by three ghosts, that may change his bitterness towards life.

      3. A Christmas Story

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        “Oh my God! I shot my eye out!”

        A Christmas Story talks about a young boy with glasses (and hopes) trying to get rid of a bully boy, and wanting a “Red Rider Air Rifle” as his ultimate Christmas gift. This hilarious movie was set back in 1983, and it shows how this boy survives his Christmas holiday!

        4. Arthur Christmas

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          “You were right, Arthur! It doesn’t matter how Santa’s gift gets there! It doesn’t matter if it is Mr. Postman in his spaceship!”

          A 2011 film, Arthur Christmas, Santa’s youngest son, is out there to save the day. How? Santa, using very high-tech system to deliver gifts to every child on Earth, forgets about one child. It is up to Arthur now to make that child happy before it is Christmas dawn!

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          5. Elf

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            “You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa!”

            Elf is a hilarious mix up of a young child who was accidentally transported to North Pole, and raised among Santa’s elves. Since he could not fit into their world, he travelled to New York, an adult in Elf’s clothes, and searched for his true identity.

            6. Gremlins

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              “Tell me something, Billy. How come a cute guy like this can turn into a thousand ugly monsters?”

              This is one of the Christmas movies that you should watch only if your family members are in to watching horror movies. This is a comedy-horror to be more exact. And if any one of you get scared you can always tease each other about it. Gremlins is about a “Mogwai” that gets sold to a father who bought it as a Christmas present for his son. The duo go exactly opposite to the warnings provided and unleash a gang of gremlins who bring terror to the city.

              7. The Nightmare Before Christmas

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                “I am the shadow of the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright.”

                The Nightmare Before Christmas is a dark fantasy musical film about a “Pumpkin King” from “Halloweentown” and how he gets bored of scaring people every day. What we can see next throughout the movie is his misadventures and what he does to overcome them.

                8. Miracle on 34th Street

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                  “This guy ain’t dangerous. He may be off his rails a bit, but he ain’t nothing. And if he wants to call himself Santa Claus, then God bless him.”

                  Miracle on 34th Street involves a young girl who has doubt regarding Santa. As Christmas is nearing, Macy’s wants to hire a man who would pose as Santa. The story then talks about a man with a weird name, and how the young girl comes to his defence. It is a lovely Christmas fantasy that will awe you and your family.

                  9. Scrooged

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                    “I never liked a girl enough to give her twelve sharp knives.”

                    Scrooged is a modern version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but here, we see a highly successful television executive whose aspiration and bad temper has made him a lonely man. It’s then that three ghosts take him on a life journey so that he can amend himself.

                    10. The Santa Clause

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                      “Charlie, stay away from those things. They are reindeer, you don’t know where they have been. They all look they have got key lime disease.”

                      This family comedy / Christmas fantasy movie, The Santa Clause, has it all. The comedy involves how a divorced dad kills a man on Christmas eve, right after getting his son’s custody, and whatever follows the event will surely make you laugh for days.

                      Now that you have your list of Christmas movies, hopefully, some of your times will be spend having good laughs with your family at home, without boringly killing your time!

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                      Last Updated on June 18, 2018

                      What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                      What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

                      Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my participation award. I know how it feels like to step out of bed and barely being able to put on your socks. Having lower back pain sucks. But 9 out of 10 patients that suffer from lower back pain don’t even know the primary cause of it.

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                      Back Pain? Blame Our Evolution

                      Once upon a time in our fairly recent past, our ancestors felt the urgency to stand up and leave our quadruped neighbors behind. Habitual bipedalism, fancy word for regularly walking on two legs, came with a lot of advantages. With two rear limbs instead of four, we were able to more efficiently use our hands and create tools with them.

                      Sadly, life on two legs also brought along its disadvantages. Our spine had four supporting pillars previously, but now it only got two. The back is therefore naturally one of the weak links of our human anatomy. Our spine needs constant support from its supporting muscles to minimize the load on the spine. With no muscle support (tested on dead bodies) the back can only bear loads up to 5 pounds without collapsing [reference Panjabi 1989]. With well-developed torso muscles, the spine can take loads up to 2000 pounds. That’s a 400-fold increase.

                      Most people that come to me with a history of a herniated disc (that’s when the discs between the vertebral bodies are fully collapsed, really severe incident), tell me the ‘story of the pencil’. The injury with the following severe pain usually gets triggered by picking up a small, everyday object. Such as a pencil. Not as you may think by trying to lift 100 pounds – no, but by a simple thing – such as a pencil.

                      This tells us that damage in your back adds up over time, it’s a so called cumulative trauma disorder. Meaning back pain is a result of your daily habits.

                      Sitting Is the New Smoking

                      Whenever I sit for too long, my back hurts. In fact, 54% of Americans who experience lower back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting. But isn’t sitting something that should reduce the stress of your back? No, just the opposite.

                      The joints between the bones of the spine are not directly linked to the blood supply. These joints instead get nourished through a process called diffusion. Diffusion works because molecules (such as oxygen, important for cells) are constantly moving and try to get as much space for themselves as they can. A key element for diffusion therefore is a pressure difference. In the image below the left room contains more moving molecules than the right, that’s why the molecules from the left are moving to the right. This way nutrition gets transformed into the joints, whereas toxins are transported out of the joints.

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                      Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your spinal chord. The diffusion process therefore can’t function as efficiently. Nutrition and toxins can’t be properly transported, the joints get damaged.

                        Sit Properly

                        If sitting can play such a huge part in the creation of your lower back pain, how do you sit properly then?

                        Is it better to sit with a straight back or should you rather lay back in your chair? Can I cross my legs when I’m sitting or should I have a symmetrical position with my feet? These are questions that I hear on a daily basis. The answer might shock you – according to recent science – all of them are right. The best sitting position is an ever-changing one. An ever-changing position minimizes the pressure on certain points of your spine and spreads it on the whole part.

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                          Stand Up More

                          Even better than a sitting position is a stand up position. Standing dramatically reduces the pressure on your spine. If you’re forced to work on a desk the whole day though, you have two options.

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                          Take breaks every hour of about 2-3 minutes.

                          Set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour! In that time you stand up and reach to the ceiling, on your toe tips with fully extended arms. You’re inhaling during the whole process. You do this activity for 20 seconds. Afterwards you’re walking through the office for the next 2 minutes. You might grab a healthy snack or some water in that time. The exercise relieves the pressure on your spine, while the walking makes sure that the joints on your spine are properly used.

                          Or get a standing desk.

                          One of the best companies on the market for Standing Desks, according to my research, is Autonomous. Autonomous offers a rather cheap Standing Desk, with the ability to change the height. Which means you can start the day standing and switch to sitting if you’re tired.

                          Exercise for Lower Back Pain

                          Sitting is an immobile position. Your joints are made for movement and therefore need movement to function properly. If humans are moving, all moving parts: e.g. the joints, bones and muscles get strengthened. If you’re in a rested position for too long, your tissues start to deteriorate. You have to get the right amount of activity in.

                          But not too much activity. There’s a chance that going to the gym may even increase your risk of lower back pain. I know plenty of friends with chiseled bodies that suffer from pain in the spine regularly. Huge muscles do not prevent you from back pain. In your training you should focus on building up the muscles that are stabilizing your back and relieve pressure. Squats with 400 pounds don’t do the trick.

                          The more weight you carry around, the more weight your spinal chord has to bear on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons why huge, muscular guys can suffer from back pain too. One of the most important goals of your exercise regimen should therefore be weight loss.

                          Here are some important tips for you to consider when starting an exercise regimen:

                          Make sure you implement cardiovascular training in your workout routine.

                          This will not only help you lose weight, it will also make sure that your arteries, which flow to the tissue next to your spinal discs, are free of placque and can therefore transport nutrients properly.

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                          Important: If you have rather strong back pain, maybe even an herniated disc, don’t start running on a threadmill. Running is an high-impact exercise. Which means there are continuous, reocurring high pressure points on your spine. Your endurance training should therefore either be fast-paced walking or a training on the elliptical trainer for the beginning, because both have little to no stressful impact on your backbone.

                          Focus on developing your whole core if you want to minimize your pain.

                          There are some people that do hundreds of sit ups a day. While sit ups are a good exercise for your abdomen, it also puts pressure on your spine due to the bending movement. A sixpack workout routine is one-sided. Your abs may become overdeveloped in comparison to your back muscles. You’ve created an imbalance. A great way to train your abdominal muscles and back muscles simultaneously, is holding the plank position.

                          Stretch only if you have tight muscles.

                          I remember stretching every morning after I woke up. I took 10 minutes out of my day to just work on my flexibility and prevent injuries. Little did I know that I was actually promoting an injury, by doing so.

                          Contrary to common belief, stretching is only partially beneficial to treating lower back pain. Stretching makes sense if tight muscles (such as the hamstrings) are forcing you to constantly bend your back. Stretching to treat pain doesn’t make sense if you’re already on a good level of flexibility. Hyper-mobility may even enforce back pain.

                          If you found out that you had tight muscles that you need to stretch, try to stretch them at least three times a week. Don’t stretch your muscles right after you wake up in the morning. This is because your spinal discs soak themselves up in fluid over the nighttime. Every bending and excessive loads on your spine is much worse in that soaked-up state. Postpone your stretching regime to two-to three hours after you’ve woken up.

                          Where to Start

                          The key to improving your habits is awareness. Try to get aware of your back while you’re sitting down, laying down or lifting an object next time. This awareness of your body is called proprioception. For example, you have to be aware whether your back is bended or straight in this very second. Trust me, it is harder than you might think. You may need to ask a friend for the first few tries. But the change that this awareness can make in your back pain is absolutely fascinating. This consciousness of your body is one of the most important things in your recovery or prevention.

                          Here are a few behavioural tactics that you need to be considering:

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                          If you’re leaning forward more than 30 degrees with your upper body, support your spine with your arms.

                          Ever tried to show a colleague of yours a complex issue and found yourself awkwardly leaning forward on their desk, pointing with your fingers to his paper? If that ever happens again, make sure you’re using the not-pointing arm to support yourself on the desk.

                          Keep a straight back.

                          Be it while exercising, stretching or standing. If you’re bending your back you’re putting stress on small areas of your spinal chord. A straight back redistributes the force to a bigger area. You’re minimizing the pressure. Remember this whenever you’re at the gym and reracking your weights, focus on having a neutral spine.

                          Put symmetrical loads on your spine.

                          I used to play the trumpet when I was a child. The instrument is pretty heavy. The trumpet gets transported in a big, metallic suitcase – with no wheels. Being the nature of suitcases, you only carry it with one arm, on one side of your body. This forced me to constantly lean on the other side with my upper body, while transporting the instrument from A to B. Not really the healthiest activity for your spine as you can imagine.

                          If you have to carry heavy objects, carry them with both arms. Put the object in the middle of your body and keep it as close to your mass of gravity as you can. If this is not possible, try to carry the same amount on the left side than you do on the right side. This puts the stress vertically on a fully extended spine. The load is much better bearable for your spine.

                          Stay Away From the Back Pain League

                          Our world is getting more sedentary. We will continue to develop faster transportation, more comfortable houses and easier lives. While our technological progress definitely has its amazing benefits, it sadly has its downsides too. The danger for back pain will continue to rise on our ever-increasing motionless planet. It’s time to raise awareness.

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