I sit here at my keyboard on the verge of tears—not because Carrie Fisher and George Michael passed away just days apart, but because we’re nearing the end of the Hallmark Channel’s holiday movie season.
The phenomenon began back in October with a new movie released nearly every week. October 29th was the first installment, with the film A Wish For Christmas starring Hallmark Channel mainstay Lacey Chabert and her co-star, and fellow Hallmark regular, Paul Greene. The synopsis might sound sub-par, but this movie is well-worth your leisure time:
“Sara Shaw is the type of woman who prefers to sit on the sidelines at work, but when her big idea for a Christmas initiative is stolen, she makes a wish to Santa that she’ll finally have the courage to stand up for herself.” … So on and so forth. As is the ultimate resolution in all of these movies, she finds a guy who causes her to realize her true self-fulfillment—which of course is to live in the suburbs with him happily ever after, and it seems to snow everyday.
Another classic was My Christmas Dream, which came out in November and has since aired many times (because it rocks). In this scintillating tale, the lead actress plays a mall manager who is overworked but is seeking a promotion that would send her to Paris. In the thick of the holiday season, she is required to construct a nativity scene inside of the store, when she meets a guy who can help her do it. He just happens to be an out of work painter who she had fired once before—guess she changed her mind. Anyway, he makes the nativity exhibit extra special with his artsy prowess, causing the mall’s owner to be impressed. The female lead gets offered a position at the mall in Paris but, of course, she turns it down in order to stay local and marry the humble painter.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it over and over again, these movies are fantastic. To people who think I’m using sarcasm, I’m not. When I say they are fantastic, I’m not saying they are the second coming of Annie Hall or Love Actually. I’m saying they are fantastic in a tragic sort of way—the quality of these movies is so bad it makes them hilarious, and amazing.
With that, we say farewell to 2016 and another exciting holiday season of Hallmark Channel movies. Stay tuned, there’s always Valentine’s Day.