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Merry and Bright — Influential Women in Today’s Pop Culture Holiday Scene

Sadie Eichenberger, sophomore photographer, shares a few of her favorite women that have impacted the holiday scene in a variety of ways.

Rachel McAdams

Most commonly known for her role as Regina George in Mean Girls, Rachel McAdams stands out to me, not only as a fashion icon, but as an icon of Christmas as well. If you’ve never seen the movie Mean Girls, there is a famous scene where the film’s four main girls do a holiday dance routine to “Jingle Bell Rock.” The character might be a major bully, but it can’t be denied that she has an unbeatable fashion sense. Throughout the scene, McAdams is wearing a sleek and modern Santa outfit, complete with a matching hat. After witnessing the number, I can’t stop myself from recreating the dance routine anytime I hear the song. 

 

Zooe Deschanel

Regardless of the fact that she became popular from the show New Girl, Zooe Deschanel stands out to me because of her role as Jovie in the movie Elf. My family has a long standing tradition to watch this movie at Christmas time, so naturally, it’s a holiday favorite. Speaking as an actress myself, Deschanel’s performance in this film is really inspiring, as she brings so much spirit and depth to the character. My family has watched this movie so many times that we have the tendency to quote the film not only in December, but also in the middle of the summer time. In short, I love the movie Elf, and it wouldn’t be Elf without her.

 

Taylor Swift

Many would argue that Taylor Swift is as far from a Christmas artist as you can get. That assumption would be wrong. It may not be the only thing she does, but she has released a fair amount of holiday tunes. This includes an entire holiday EP that she released in 2008, that’s home to covers of White Christmas, Santa Baby, Silent Night, and more. My favorite however, does not reside on that album, but is a single from 2019 called Christmas Tree Farm. The song has so much holiday spirit, and just makes me want to build a snowman and drink hot cocoa by the fire. 

 

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is undoubtedly a Christmas staple, with her song All I Want For Christmas is You. While it would be a crime for me to not include her, she also has a place in my heart. Growing up, my mom would blast her music in the house everyday of the year, and belt along with it. She would make jokes about how she could sing just as good as Mariah, and would fill the entire house with joy. I knew Mariah through the holidays first, but she soon became a staple for me in every section of my playlist. 

 

In the end, I wish all of our readers a happy holidays and a reminder to snuggle up with your loved ones and watch a holiday movie or put on a Christmas album.

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Sadie Eichenberger, Photographer
Sadie Eichenberger is a sophomore and a photographer for On The Record. This is Sadie’s first year on staff and she is super excited to get a chance to work with such great people and have the opportunity to express her love for photos. Sadie is involved in various clubs in and outside of school, and enjoys spending her free time crocheting and listening to Taylor Swift.
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