Dec 052012

Nothing says Christmas like a Hallmark Channel movie. Cuddle up and catch these flicks for some cozy family time! Bring the wrapping paper to multi-task!I love Hallmark movies.  Let me clarify: I love Hallmark Christmas movies.  I’ve learned from experience that things can get a little dicey on this channel come St. Patrick’s Day.  Stories about villagers trying to figure out who the magical secret leprechaun in their midst is are a bit odd.  But somehow, the questionable quality of these programs is blissfully overlooked come the holiday season.  Oh wait.  We’re talking about the Hallmark Channel here; the Christmas movies start rolling immediately upon midnight hitting on Halloween.  So the free pass for crappy story lines started on November 1.  Count me in.

Listen, I know it’s frustrating if the darn kids, dishes or the festivities of Christmas keep you from tuning into a whole show on the every-2 hr. mark.  Let me just breakdown the universal story-line for you so you don’t get lost.  In fact, you don’t even really have to watch the movies or tune in at all to assimilate the experience. This the beauty of the Hallmark Channel.


In our house, there are many Christmas traditions. Not the least of which is the too-fun delight of tuning into a family-friendly Hallmark movie. Check out what we're watching!

General gist:

Lonely woman moves to new town.

She is poor and needs a job.  Often, she has kids.  (They may not be hers, but she has the weighty responsibility of caring for them through a set of bizarre circumstances)

She finds a job.

Strange man starts coming into her place of employment and seeing her.  (Usually said place of employment is a coffee shop or cake shop)

Shock!  Man and woman have a connection.

She has a crisis of some sort, which usually involves Christmas lights and a holiday pageant at a nursing home.

The man and woman discover that, in fact, they have been deeply in love with each other for the whole 2 hr. length of the movie.

In epic climax of the movie, the couple shares a sweet holiday kiss.

The glow of a Christmas shines in the background and a child (not necessarily one of the kids mysteriously under her charge) beams in gratitude for the blessing of Christmas miracles.

I know.  I KNOW.  Exactly.  Pass the wrapping paper, mountain of gifts and queue up the next one.  I’m so in.

No really, even Santa Claus is tuning in--watch these Christmas movies now! And enjoy :)



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Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time. When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with Legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers. She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.

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  33 Responses to “Nothing Says Christmas Like a Hallmark Channel Movie”


    Perfect description of the Hallmark movie and couldn’t have said it better if I tried. Will definitely be checking back for more linkups to this. Thanks Meredith :)


    My DVR is set at at 24/7 recording of the Hallmark Channel this month. I don’t want to miss a single one! I like the ones where the mom with mysterious children is driving home for Christmas, and her car breaks down. And for some reason it’s such a small town, that it takes 2 weeks to repair her car, and she’s stuck in the small town for Christmas. Then enter the pageant that she somehow gets sucked into, and the man that she “connects” with – who is sometimes Santa… :)


      The car breakdown! How did I forget this?! Creepy how often the guy is Santa. The big guy really stays busy this time of year ;)


    AHAHAHAHA!!! This is so spot-on!! Hilarious! My mom doesn’t miss ONE of them, and then inevitably calls to tell me about them. I’ll be able to predict the endings from now on–thanks ;-)


    Oh my goodness. It’s like how all those Love Comes Softly books had the exact same plot but just a new heroine who would get to fall in love with a farmhand for each one.


    Add a murder and you have a Lifetime movie. :) I do love a sweet romance. Can I confess something? The Christmas movie with Jaclyn Smith traveling with her family to the North Pole is my favorite Hallmark movie.


    Oh I just can’t wait to watch every. single. one of them!! You should have put “SPOILER ALERT” in your post title. You ruined it for me…


    It’s so sad how true this is! Hahaha! Love it. :)


    So hilarious. And so true. All the plots are just like you listed. This is crazy, but in our home, my husband is the one who always finds a sappy Hallmark movie to watch.


    Oh I love hallmark movies. My family always giggles at me because I sit and end up crying and have a rudolph nose when done watching. Thanks for visiting Dedicated 2 Life. I appreciate your company. = )

    Irish Carter
    “Promoting Passionate People”


    Oh, you’ve described it so well! For me these usually go really well with a lot of ice cream -;)


    I like the Hallmark movies too. I’m just sad that Little House gets bumped until the New Year. My kids like watching that. : )


    I have Hallmart taped all month. I love their daily shoes! You described it to a T!!


    Oh yay- so glad you’re a host for #MTMMixer this week- I love you!
    (I meant that in a non-creepy way. It looks weird now that I look at it… more of an “I love your blog, not I am in love with you personally way”. Sorry, just getting weirder.


    Should I admit that I’ve never seen one? Now I have to check them out!


    Haha love it! I’m following you via twitter from the blog hop. I hope you have a great Friday!


    LOL. What? There’s a Hallmark Channel? Sounds kind of amazing.


    Love that I’m reading this now. Last night I walked downstairs after putting the kids to bed and found my husband watching a Hallmark movie by himself. He’s not living this one down.

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