Have a Merry Hallmark Christmas

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas is on the way.
Hallmark movie
You know what that means? More Hallmark movies. That’s not what you thought it meant? Let me enlighten you.

My husband LOVES Hallmark movies, and Christmas Hallmark movies are apparent the best of all Hallmark movies. He DVRs every one of them, and we watch them together. He likes them because there’s no explicit sex and no cursing. The endings are always happy, the love stories are sappy, and people are either wonderful or terrible – very little gray area there.

“A Very Merry Mix-Up” is sort of a take-off on “While You Were Sleeping.” She goes to the wrong house for Christmas. It’s a good movie. Not very original, you know what’s going to happen, but it’s good.

Two of them were so bad last night that he actually deleted them. When Larry deletes a Hallmark movie, you know that it stinkith much.

Hallmark Countdown

I’m beginning to think that the Hallmark movies may be why one daughter lives in Japan and the other in California. Really, I’m teasing. It’s sort of fun to watch and think about how I would change the plot or rewrite the scene so that it isn’t so predictable. I’m practically on a first name basis with the actors now. It’s like the BBC. They recycle the same actors and actresses over and over.

Hallmark Christmas collage

Do you see what I mean? Look at the two collages. You might think the movies are the same because of the actors and actresses. Read the titles. Some of them are the same, but others are different movies with the same people. It’s a little disorienting.

I actually like most of the movies. The actors look like real people. Most of the actresses are not the stick figures in Hollywood movies. They look like us and our friends. The men are not impossibly handsome, either, though they’re good looking enough.

If you don’t see Lacey Chabert at least four times, it isn’t a Hallmark Christmas.

If you want clean Christmas movies on  TV,  here’s your guide. Watch with your family and guests. You won’t have to worry about being embarrassed by bad language or sex scenes.

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About Robin Helm

Robin Helm's latest work is Understanding Elizabeth, a stand-alone Regency Romance. She joined three other JAFF authors for a best selling Christmas anthology - A Very Austen Christmas. After publishing all three volumes of The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy, she published the Yours by Design Series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours. She and her husband have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, a grandson, and a Yorkie Poo named Toby.

10 thoughts on “Have a Merry Hallmark Christmas

  1. Susan Kaye

    I wonder what it says about my husband that his favorite Christmas movie–viewed Thanksgiving night–is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

    Probably that Cousin Eddie and his “rolling tenement” fits comfortably in our cultural cave.

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    1. Robin Helm Post author

      We watch that one, too. We also watch the Christmas section of Jesus of Nazareth every Christmas morning. This year for the first time, we’ll be doing that alone.


  2. janashe

    I sooooo agree. And I have to watch every version of A Christmas Carol at least once, and the Nutcracker ballet, and true Santa movies – not hollywood hype ones – like Miracle on 34th Street and Santa Claus The Movie… can you telll I’M OBSESSED …… oh, and did I mention the classic Rudolph and Frosty and Misfit Toys cartoons?

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    1. Robin Helm Post author

      We love all those, too, Jan. Larry’s favorite A Christmas Carol is the really old black-and-white one. I like both the Patrick Stewart and the George C. Scott versions. The Disney version is fun, too. We also have two versions of Miracle on 34th Street, and we like Elf.


  3. Laura Hile

    My favorite Christmas movie–I’ve made my family watch it every year after Christmas Eve service to the point that they now insist–is The Shop Around the Corner.

    I also watch Hallmark movies with an analytical eye, Robin. Why did this story get optioned, then greenlighted? What is the appeal? Could I write something like this? Last year’s surprise was One Christmas Eve, where everything goes wrong for a newly divorced mom and her kids…and for those who befriend them.

    My mom’s favorite Christmas movie is the musical Scrooge. We watch it together every year when I’m there for a visit.

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