If you have read some of my blogs, you know that I am a HUGE fan of the Hallmark Channel. Countdown to Christmas and Fall Harvest are my two favorite movie series on the channel…but let’s be real…they all are! I never miss a movie. I am so excited about this year’s holiday movies.
The biggest difference that everyone can notice this year is the diversity. I’ve never been prouder that Hallmarke is finally introducing an even more diverse group of actors and actresses to the line up. Don’t get me wrong, I love my staples such as Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Danica McKeller, Wes Brown, Victor Webster, Tyler Hynes and more but a newbie I have been enjoying is Chaley Rose. I’ve enjoyed both movies she has been in and even though I don’t think she has a Christmas movie this year, hopefully she gets a chance next year. So bring it on Hallmark! We have been ready for this.
Getting back to the Holiday movies though, I cannot wait to tally up the ones I enjoyed the most at the end of the season. I know they had a challenge getting us the 40 new movies for this season because of COVID, but they appear to have managed to pull it off.
In previous years, I saw every single one of the movies on the main Hallmark Channel and just a few on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. This year, though, they seem to have arranged the schedule so that the movies are perfectly timed so that we don’t have to make a decision as to which channel to watch. The new movie on the main channel starts at 8pm EST and the new movie on HMM starts at 10pm EST so that means there will be a LOT more movie watching for me this year.
Anyway, I am so excited for this years movies and can’t wait to see all of my favorites to make me have all of the holiday feelings! I’m still waiting waiting to meet some amazing guy by getting accidentally pummeled with a snowball! Hard to happen in GA, but a girl can dream, right? So, this year’s movies started on October 23, 2020. Happy Watching!
This Christmas is a first for me. I decided, along with my best friend, that we would not be putting up decorations or exchanging gifts. The only thing we are doing is hosting dinner at the house. I admit that it feels odd. There are many reasons that this decision was made on my part. To be honest, we didn’t celebrate any holidays in my house this year. I did cook for Thanksgiving, but I spent that holiday alone. I spent the day eating and hanging out in my pajamas. It was good, but Christmas is different.
I love Christmas! It is my favorite time of the year. I think that the majority of people are really happy around this time. At least that has been my experience. There is always a little extra joy in the air. The Christmas carols, movies and just overall cheer puts almost everyone in a good mood.
I also admit that this time of the year can be very overwhelming for people who just feel that there is to much to do. The shopping, food preparing, decorating, and schedule juggling can be daunting. I get it. I’m fortunate..or unfortunate to some…to not have much immediate family (husband, children, parents). Because of this, I don’t have much juggling but I do have all of the other things to contend with. My overall thoughts are Christmas is what you make it.
Christmas is, after all, the celebration of the birth of Christ. All of the other stuff is just extra. No one needs to go out and buy a ton of gifts or have an extravagant dinner. So whenever people say..the holiday has become so commercial, I think ‘It doesn’t have to be.’ Everyone needs to create their own thing and give their own spin to celebrating. They should make it what they want or feel that is should be.
This year, I’ve decided to just do dinner. No need to buy me any gifts. I’m giving love on Christmas day…as the song says. That being said, I kind of missed the hustle and bustle. I probably will be putting a little gift giving back into the plans next year and I definitely will be decorating. I miss my tree. I can’t wait for it to appear next year. You can check out my tree in previous years blog posts though if you want. I normally put up two trees a year..my office tree and my tree at home. It used to be three when my mom was alive. This year, I only put up the office tree but I miss my home tree filled with my ornaments that have been accumulated over the years. So, yes it has been an unconventional Christmas for me but I think I needed the little reset.
As I do every year since it began, my television has not moved from The Hallmark Channel since the end of October. I know the movies are cheesy and a little bit repetitive, but I love them. I did not enjoy many of the movies that were done last year for Countdown to Christmas (the best movies from last year was actually from Fall Harvest), but this year has many more that are giving me the warm and fuzzies. My favorite, so far, has been December Bride. A Dream of Christmas was pretty darn cute too. There is still a few more new ones to go, but I have been loving it….as usual. One of these days, I’m going to do a list of my favorite movies from Countdown to Christmas in the last few years. Are you watching? What has been your favorite?
Merry Christmas to everyone who has taken time out of their schedules to read this blog. I appreciate it very much that you have spent a moment of your time reading my scattered thoughts. I look forward to sharing more with you next year. The photo above are just a few of the favorites on my tree. The pine cone is over 30 years old. I know that people now purchase these in stores, but the ones on my tree actually belonged to my grandmother. My mom and her siblings actually went outside and scrounged these up and painted them as part of their decorations. Yes…this was back when kids still strung popcorn and handmade ornaments. I also still have a handmade one (not pictured). Sometimes, the simplest thing can make the holiday that much more special.
As in the past years since the Hallmark Channel has started the Countdown to Christmas, this station keeps the holiday spirit alive and well. I always plan to do a top ten new movies on the channel, so I will have to try harder to do that this year.
But what I want to say is, mushiness aside, the movies are wonderful.
Every year around this time in Town Center mall, we shoppers are treated to kids doing their piano recitals. Yesterday, I actually sat down while eating a soft pretzel and listened to about four kids do their mini concert. This year was the first time I saw a sign for it. They called it to pianothon. It was nice to see and hear. It was the perfect opportunity to relax during the hectic shopping season. #holidaycheer
I remember my first Christmas in Georgia about 18 years ago. I had just started working for a temp agency after two months of interviewing for jobs with no luck. I finally received my first check and I was so excited. While riding in my car listening to Christmas music on the radio, I looked over to the car next to me. The lady on the passenger side in the car beside me and I made eye contact and were both singing Have a holly jolly Christmas. We laughed and started singing loudly while dancing in our seats. Welcome to the South! That’s probably the moment I realized that I had made the right move. (Still a northerner at heart though). I think her husband (atleast that is who I assume the driver was) might have thought we both had lost our mind because he was laughing at us. #holidaycheer
As I have been enjoying watching all of the holiday movies recently, I decided to actually write down my favorite movies to watch during this time. I determine my favorites by having the ability to watch them over and over. I think I will have to make a separate list for my favorites on the Hallmark Channel because if you have read my page for a while, then you will know that is what is consuming all of my time for the past two months. 🙂
1. Elf – I absolutely love this movie. As far as Christmas movies, this is the most recently made holiday movie that was actually so good and unique.
2. Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version) – Mara Wilson is such a cute little girl in this movie, and Richard Attenborough plays the best Santa! Then of course, there is the bonus of staring at the beautiful Dylan McDermott for the entire movie.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – The squirrel in the tree gets me every single time. I often have to pause the movie to finish laughing before I can continue.
4. The Holiday – Of course there would have to be a romantic one in there. I don’t think this one is that popular, but I have to pop this DVD in every Christmas. I love it.
These are the movies on repeat at my house during the holidays in between the Hallmark movies. What is your favorite Christmas movie?