Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Slacker Discovers the Hallmark Channel

by Hannah Reed/Deb Baker

Working at my craft during December is impossible. I should know that by now. Instead of beating myself up with a thick stick of guilt, I'm going to give up and indulge. That means lots of watching the Christmas Classics, like Elf and Miracle on 35th Street, and The Grinch, to mention just a few.

To make my distraction complete, I've discovered the Hallmark Channel and all its original holiday movies. Just like the elements of a good cozy mystery, these movies give us thought provoking themes, colorful characters, and feely-good (some of the tearing up variety) plots. Here are a few I am really looking forward to this week.

Do you watch the Hallmark channel? Have you seen any of these yet? What else would you recommend?

Merry Christmas from a December slacker!

10 comments:

  1. I saw a Smokey Mountain Christmas years ago when it was first out. My favorite part was Kris Kristoferson's answering machine--"Speak!" LOL! And yes, I do watch the Hallmark Channel. I haven't seen most of the other movies you mentioned, but I've seen their synopsis. None really seem like Hallmark material. More like Family Channel. The only exception might be Christmas With Holly I didn't watch it on ABC because of my boycott, but do want to see it on Hallmark. It may sound terrible, and I'm sorry if it does, but when I watch a Hallmark movie, it better be the 2 box of tissue kind like the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies because that is what I've come to expect from Hallmark. That being said, I did enjoy A Princess for Christmas, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas, and Moonlight and Mistletoe on the Hallmark Channel. (Please, God, let us get the Hallmark Movie Channel on Directv this year!)

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  2. No Hallmark Channel in Holland, but I really want to see Christmas in Holly, as that one is based on the book by Lisa Kleypas - Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. She is one of my favourite historical romance authors, though this one is contemporary.

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  3. Love that you posted this. Every year my husband looks forward to Christmas music, my son to the Christmas train, me cheesey Christmas movies on Hallmark and ABCFamily. I tape a bunch and watch them throughout the holidays!! And it is so weird because I'm not a TV watcher!
    Two good ones to check out (yes they are cheesey!)
    - A Bride for Christmas
    - The Mistle-Tones (on ABCFamily)

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  4. I watched Hitched for the Holidays and it was really cute. I loved that it included both Hannukah and Christmas. I've definitely enjoyed a Smokey Mountain Christmas in years past and have few others I'd like to catch at some point. One of my favorites from ABC Family is 12 Men of Christmas.

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  5. Even though they have been playing Christmas movies since early November, I am surprised I am not tired of them. My favorite by far is That Wonderful Time of the Year with Henry Winkler.

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  6. More titles to add to my watch list:)
    And DVRing them is a great idea. Why didn't I think of that.

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  7. I used to watch Hallmark, ABCFam, and Lifetime holiday movies when I had cable, but our local provider recently turned Hallmark into a premium channel (meaning lots of extra $$ to get it), so can't even watch it when visiting friends. I have seen A Smoky Mountain Christmas and Mrs. Miracle (which you did not mention), but not the other three you mentioned.

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  8. I watch the Hallmark Movie Channel all the time as well as the Hallmark Channel. I have seen Smokey Mountain Christmas and Hitched for Christmas. Have not seen the other two. I can't list favorites as I like most of them.

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  9. Heather,
    Some of the Hallmark movies are on YouTube.

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  10. Cool, Debra. Thanks for the tip

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