Hallmark Christmas Movies
It’s only November, the day before Remembrance Day, and I’ve seen my first Christmas movie already. A Joyous Christmas was on the W Network last night. It did not star Candace Cameron Bure (pictured above), but it had an interesting story line.
“A young self-help author returns to her hometown during the Christmas holidays to promote her new book. She soon discovers the true meaning of Christmas and family”
The last line could be said for all Hallmark Christmas movies.
A Single Woman
These movies are the equivalent of Mills & Boon romances. A woman is searching for ‘something’ in the far distance, although she cannot think about it too much because she has sooo much to do. Then a man appears on her horizon, and her love boat starts to chart a different course.
There is a universal feeling to homesickness. Usually, it is impossible to recapture our childhood memories, mainly because our parents are gone, and the world seems a different place without them. But returning to our childhood town, village or home can be the next best thing, especially during the holidays.
This is a different thing from homesickness. Family is the glue that is sometimes missing in a young, busy person’s life. Getting together with family at Christmas, exchanging presents and memories, as well as ‘cheer’, can lift the spirits of even the most miserly/miserable of Scrooges, as we first saw in A Christmas Carol.
Nothing takes us out of ourselves like ‘falling in love’. That’s why movies and books with that theme have been sought after for generations by women. Think Emily Brontë, or Jane Austen, for example. The Hallmark movies try to keep this spark alive, without complicating it, too much. But first, the woman must know what she really wants.
The fact that these movies are filmed in summer, near Vancouver, BC makes the use of real snow so pristine. No muddy boot prints, no ugly slush: just beautiful piles of the most glistening snow that you have (n)ever seen. They must either make it themselves, or they bring it down from the Coastal Mountains, like Whistler and Blackcomb. Whatever.
What would Christmas be without a real pine tree filling up your most spacious room in the house? Empty, I guess. In these movies, no one thinks of artificial trees: that would be too ‘fake’, even though none of their stories are any more real than that. No. If you can’t have one at home, you can always use the village hall or auditorium to put one up.
Baking Christmas Cookies
This is when Hallmark tries to bring in the strongest memory of all, the smell of home baked goods. People, who look like they have very strict dietary practices throughout the year, then seem to consume an inordinate amount of cookies and candy canes during these festivities. No wonder they all make New Year’s resolutions!
The complete package of Christmas movies is Hallmark’s way of giving you a gift every year. Some years there are 20 or more. You are free to open them anytime during November (the recycled ones) and December (the brand new ones). If you choose to wait until the following Christmas before opening these presents, that is totally up to you.
Like them, or loathe them, Hallmark Christmas movies are a constant reminder that, should you wish to share some love with your nearest and dearest, just pop down to your local Hallmark Card Shop and pick up a few dozen to send out in the mail. Don’t forget the time limits on overseas post…
Merry Christmas, everyone!