I admit it. I’m a Christmas movie junkie. Giving up the NFL makes it even worse. I have even more time for Christmas movies.

Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life are great but how can they compare with the sappy, not ready for prime time acting that you’ll see on every Hallmark Christmas movie.

The Plot?

Plot? What plot? Hallmark movie plots are all the same. A woman, always single or widowed, finds herself at the end of her rope and definitely not in the Christmas spirit.

She meets a man by accident he tells her he’s something that he’s not. She finds out what he really is and hates him.

He spends the rest of the movie trying to get her back. In the meantime, good things happen, her life turns around, thanks to some romantic thing he did and they all live happily ever after basking in twinkling lights and Christmas melodies.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

The Scenery

Hallmark saves big by using the same aerial shots of town, and Main Street in almost every movie. They are always in small towns where everyone, and I mean everyone, knows everyone else.

Almost everything is within walking distance. The entire town is comprised of about 20 people and 10 Hollywood wannabe extras.

Some Final Thoughts

Why watch something so sappy and sweet when every movie is a slight variation of the same story?

I guess the short answer is that you always feel good at the end. The Christmas spirit lives on through the commercials until the next movie starts.

It really is a wonderful life.

I always remember Christmas as a kid and I guess these movies are a way to go back to that simpler life.

But two months is probably enough of anything.

Gotta go — the next movie is starting. I wonder what this one will be about?

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