My best friend in Missouri will read this title and cringe. She hates Hallmark movies--calls them corny. How is it we are friends? Maybe a lot of you feel the same way, and that's fine; but, since it's "the season," just indulge me for a couple of minutes. First off, this blog post is for women, because I don't know one man who likes Hallmark movies. My husband watches every one of them with me. Because he loves me and likes hanging out with me, he will sit next to me and look at his phone. Just when I think he's not paying attention, he will say something like, "I already know how this is going to end" or (every time) "he's handing her an empty cup of hot cocoa again." To which I will reply, "I know. Why can't they put some water in that cup and at least make it look real?" It's all worth it though, and here's why:
1. The setting. There's nothing like a Hallmark movie set in NYC, Chicago or Colorado. The Christmas song intros, the lights and decor and all the people walking around in their winter wear gets everything going in the right direction. I'm not, however, a fan of the fake snow--like one of last year's movies was set in Memphis. Fake snow galore. I spent 10 years in Memphis. No snow that blankets anything. 2. The plot. The same every time, right? Ok, yes, the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies have about 4 to 5 plots that they rotate and rewrite into every movie. It must revolve around a baking competition, an old estate re-do, an ice skating injury, pet training, a failed ski lodge or some other family business that is going south. Here's my take. At least you know that in the end, everything will work out! In unpredictable movie plots, someone may get hurt, lose everything or die. I'm a big-time fan of happy endings. Seriously, if you want a bit more of a plot, watch the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. They will surprise you every once in awhile. 3. The characters. I love seeing the same faces year after year. I have my favorites and my not-so-favorites. It's sort of like watching a TV series because you see the same people in these movies year after year (Lori Loughlin...WHY?). I especially like it when a "couple" just seems to have really good on-stage chemistry. What can I say? I'm a hope-filled romantic. 4. The atmosphere. I totally love a movie that's family-friendly, positive and uplifting. I never have to worry that I may have to change the channel after the first few lines are spoken. 5. The culmination. The ending is always the best. Why? Because I cry. Yep, I have a super tender heart. I love that love wins. I will always root for the underdog, the hurt or brokenhearted. Hallmark movies promote overcoming the odds, winning and most of all, hope. People say that's not realistic. I don't care. I would always rather hope against all hope. In every Hallmark movie, the guy gets the girl, what is broken gets fixed, and miracles happen. What's wrong with that? And that's why I love and defend Hallmark movies. Anyone else a fan?