the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I wait patiently all year, killing time through spring, summer and fall until the most awesome of days arrives – the day after Thanksgiving. No, not because of Black Friday. I don’t care about waking up at 2am to get to the stores to get that one hot item on sale. No, I can’t wait for the day after Thanksgiving because that is the day the Christmas season officially begins.

There are many things about the holiday season that I cherish. I love the glitz and glam of holiday décor. Houses lit up with red and green Christmas lights. Evergreen fronds draped over banisters and mantles, sprinkled with pine cones. A Christmas tree, decorated and tinseled, standing in the midst of it all. Baking holiday cookies and desserts. Attending a cheesy Christmas sweater party. Listening to Christmas songs and carolers. Braving the crowds at the stores to find that perfect present.

But what I love most about Christmas are the Christmas movies. Here’s why:

Christmas movies air continuously throughout the month of December.

Looking for some show to watch on television other than countless hours of the same news programs showing the same news happenings on every television station? Wake up at 3am from nightmares of sugarplums and nutcrackers stomping in your head and can’t go back to sleep? That’s okay, you can always watch a Christmas movie! It doesn’t matter what day it is or what time it is. If it is between Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s a sure bet that there is a Christmas movie airing on some channel. The Hallmark Channel has Countdown to Christmas. ABC Family has 25 Days of Christmas. Combined with Lifetime and movies on network channels such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Christmas Story, you can guarantee that there is always a Christmas movie available to watch.

Christmas movies are predictable.

Sure, Christmas movies are predictable and they all seem to have the same storyline. But that is why they are so much fun to watch. When you sit down to watch a Christmas movie you know that by the end of the film the angel will have gotten her wings, the scrooge will have found his holiday spirit, and the girl sent back in time for her second chance will have changed her future for the better. An amnesiac Santa/Mrs. Claus/Santa’s child will have helped to save Christmas by bringing Christmas cheer and helping people to believe in the magic of Christmas, all while regaining their memory just in time for Christmas Eve. The male and female leads will have found love together, even if it means reliving the same day over and over until they get it right. Who doesn’t love a movie that combines the holiday season and a little romance to find the meaning of Christmas in a happy ending?

Everything is resolved by Christmas.

When you watch a Christmas movie you know that all the storylines will be resolved by Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. What good is a holiday movie if the main plot points are not wrapped up by the end of the holiday? As the days count down to Christmas, you know that the story is winding down and that the end is nearing.

Holiday movies star old celebrities.

Do you ever wonder what happened to your favorite actor or actress from the 1980s or 1990s? Do you wonder what they look like or have been working on? It’s quite possible that they are in a holiday movie. Holiday movies are filled with television and movie stars from the past. Curious as to what Lauren Holly has been up to? I saw her in 3 separate movies on the Hallmark Channel this year. How about Nicole Eggert? She has as least 2 holiday movies out. Want to catch up with the Fonz, aka Henry Winkler? You can catch him in a Christmas movie. James Van Der Beek, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kristy Swanson? Yup, they are all in holiday movies on the Hallmark and ABC Family channels.

Christmas movies never get old.

For some reason Christmas movies never get old. Every year the same movies are shown on television, with some new additions, and people still rush to view them over and over again. Some Christmas movies are classics and never go out of style. How many times have you watched It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, or White Christmas? How about newer movies that are already becoming classics such as Elf and Love, Actually? It doesn’t matter if I’ve seen a specific movie 5 times or 50 times, when it comes on television I have to watch it. Perhaps part of holiday movies’ appeal is that since they are only shown at Christmastime, there is a sense that if you don’t watch it now you’ll miss out on the chance to see the movie for a whole another year. This is why they are so special.

Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, thanks to all the holiday movies out there, and I plan to watch as many as I can this year.

 

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