In fact – we’re pretty sure it harks back to Bethlehem, when the wise men popped their frankincense down for an hour or so before Jesus was born to watch it.
(We weren’t there, but we’re pretty sure that’s exactly how it went down – if you believe it happened at all, of course).
These days, it puts us in the festive spirit almost as much as Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ blasting through the office on repeat.
…But there’s one scene that, despite the fact we’ve watched it many times over, never fails to grind our gears.
It makes us mad.
Mad at one man in particular:
The late Alan Rickman’s character Harry, who strikes up an emotional affair with his flirty colleague Mia while married to Emma Thompson’s character Karen, is not our friend.
But it’s the heartbreaking scene in which Karen discovers the affair which makes us despise him most.
It sees Harry gift his wife a Joni Mitchell CD, her favourite artist, and not the gold necklace she had found in his coat pocket; a gift he had instead bought for Mia.
Yes – she got a CD, and Mia got a shiny and very expensive necklace.
If you didn’t shed a tear during this scene, you’re a monster:
Shame on you, Harry.
Well. There’s a tweet circulating the internet this week that has Love Actually and Jodi Mitchell fans at war, surrounding a potential plot hole in this very scene.
A war no one, not even the Octopus that correctly predicted the Soccer World Cup results in previous years, could have seen coming.
Ahh, the internet. It never ceases to amaze us.
It all started with this tweet exposing said plot hole:
the worst part of Love Actually is when he gives Emma Thompson who has clearly been a fan of Joni Mitchell for at least 20 years Both Sides Now as if she would not already own that record
— salt (@heyspacebones) December 17, 2018