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Hallmark's "'Tis the Season to be Merry" QUIZ!

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'Tis the Season to be Merry Plot Summary Looking for a fresh angle on her new book on relationships, Merry heads to snow covered Vermont.  She finds a new perspective and Christmas cheer with charismatic aid worker, Adam. Starring :  Rachael Leigh Cook and Travis Van Winkle Image:  Crown Media The Conflict Merry Griffin has a lot of rules for dating, and her expert advice is solicited by a huge social media following.  To capitalize on her success and prove she has a "real job," Merry proudly prepares to publish her first book.  Dale Westfield is her fictional fiancĂ© who represents a happy ending for those who follow her advice to find true love; however, her publisher knows if word gets out Merry isn't actually engaged, it will make her look like a fraud and deliver a devastating blow to the company.  The future of the company hinges on the success of Merry's book, so she must find a way to fix the mess by pitching a new book idea by December 25. Adam & Me

It's No Wonder Hallmark's "Christmas Waltz" Was the #1 Most Watched Original Movie Premiere for 2020!

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Starring:  Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp Released:   2020 Summary:  After a woman's storybook Christmas wedding gets cancelled, a dance instructor helps her face her fear in life by fulfilling her dream of learning how to dance.   Lacey Chabert & Will Kemp wow fans with their beautiful dance performance in Christmas Waltz  Image:  Crown Media Jilted at Christmas Getting dropped like a dense fruitcake during the most wonderful time of the year would ruin Christmas for most of us.  Each subsequent, annual celebration would be marred by the memory of heartbreak.   Right after Avery (Lacey Chabert) decides on a Nutcracker-themed wedding cake and pays for 10 ballroom dancing lessons, she learns her fiance, David (Jeremy Guilbaut) has accepted a job in Boston and will be leaving New York.  Despite David's feeble attempts to keep their relationship alive after the devastating blow, Avery calls off the wedding and ends things with him for good. You must admire Avery's spunk.  To

Would Charles Dickens Have Approved "A Nashville Christmas Carol?"

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Starring:  Jessy Schram and Wes Brown Released:  2020 Summary:  A TV producer becomes forced to work with the man who broke her heart on a country music Christmas special, but she gets interrupted by Christmas spirits. Jessy Schram and Wes Brown star in this spin on the Dickens' classic.  Image:  Crown Media Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol to address social issues of his day.  After reading a government report on child labor in the United Kingdom, he was stricken by how people, particularly kids, were treated less like humans and more like commodities.  Their value was determined by how much work they could accomplish in a day.  To put it in modern terms, each person was only a number. Dickens battled against the popular notion that the solution to dealing with the poor was to allow them to starve and thus decrease the population.  His argument in the novel places the responsibility on employers to tend to the well-being of their e

The Seven Types of Cozy Christmas Romances

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We know you love those cozy, slightly cheesy, made-for-TV Christmas movies and so do we! They might seem like they’re all the same - but we’ve identified the seven main subgenres, that is, the different kinds of Christmas movies that play on Hallmark, Lifetime, UPtv and other networks. Let’s take a look!     Find out at the end of the post how you can order this book! 1. HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS This is the most consistent subgenre in the Christmas Movie world. A successful city girl must go to, or return to, a small town to accomplish some Christmas-related task. In the small town, she meets the Guy who will show her what life is all about. The obstacle, or thing that’s keeping them apart, is usually that they live in different towns and have different priorities. Eventually, though, she will realize that she has been missing something, that he is her other half, and that they are better together than apart. Example movies:  Jingle Bell Bride,   Christmas She Wrote,   Heart of the Holidays

"A Timeless Christmas" Reveals Something We Suspected About Ryan Paevey...

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Summary:  A man ends up traveling from 1903 to 2020 and meets a woman who helps him experience what Christmastime is like in the 21st century. Starring:  Erin Cahill and Ryan Paevey Released:  2020 Erin Cahill and Ryan Paevey star in A Timeless Christmas Image:  Crown Media A Well-Done Time Travel Romance When Hallmark produces movies that are based on novels by other writers instead of staffers, the refreshing contrast is unique and captivating, rather than heaven-laden with the same, tiresome tropes. Ryan Paevey plays Charles Whitley, an intelligent, successful, and wealthy entrepreneur, skilled in engineering--in 1903, a forward-thinking man ahead of his time.  Decked out in period-appropriate clothing and demonstrating all the proper etiquette of a respectable gentleman, what we suspected all along about Paevey is quite apparent -- he is HOT in any era ! To quote the movie Zoolander , Paevey is really, really, really ridiculously good-looking . A busy man trying to perfect hi

"Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater" Enjoyable, But a Little Empty

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Summary:  Single mom, Maggie, is facing Christmas alone until Lucas crashes into her life and becomes an unexpected house guest.  Together, they overcome Christmas while finding comfort in their growing bond. Starring:  Ashley Williams and Niall Matter Released:  2020 Niall Matter and Ashley Williams star in Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater   Image:  Crown Media Hallmark Could Have Chosen a Better Movie Title Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater is the book that inspired this Hallmark 2020 holiday movie, which may explain why Hallmark felt stuck with the title.   The name makes no sense--we all know Maggie IS going to kiss the man in the Christmas sweater.  Maybe a better headline would be, Christmas Tree Calamity   or The Christmas Guest .  While both cast members poke fun of their Christmas sweaters, their apparel is a side note within the movie, not the main focus. Maggie believes there are no such thing as accidents , indicating fate has a deliberate hand in what h

Grow Our Facebook Group Giveaway!

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Invite Your Friends to Our Facebook Group We already have over 6,000 members in our Hallmark Christmas Movie Magic Facebook group , but we know there are a lot more Hallmark fans out there who haven't found us yet.  We don't want them to miss out on all the fun we're having!   We continue to build a thriving Facebook community of Hallmark fans who aren't embarrassed to admit they love watching and talking about Christmas movies all year long.  For us, Christmas isn't just one season out of the year--it's a magical kind of joy we keep alive in our hearts every day.   No matter what craziness is going on in the world, we can retreat to our happy place among friends where we immerse ourselves in discussions that give us the warm fuzzies and allow us to experience the peace of Christmas. Right now, if you invite your friends to our Facebook group and they follow through and join, you will have a chance to win a prize. What Are We Giving Away? We have three prizes av

"On the 12th Date of Christmas" Thoughts & QUIZ!!

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Summary:  Two game designers, who hardly seem compatible with each other, work together to organize a large scavenger hunt with a romantic "12 Days of Christmas" theme. Starring:  Mallory Jansen & Tyler Hynes Released:  2020 Image:  Crown Media Have You Ever Done a Scavenger Hunt? The concept of this movie is delightful and fun, but can you imagine having the time to go on 12 dates in such a short period of time that require you to traverse an immense city like Chicago?  I guess we're not supposed to think about that tiny detail. Even though the scavenger hunt is open to anyone, clearly, only non-married couples would be able to find time for this activity.  The rest of us are trying to work, shuttle the kids, facilitate remote learning, cook meals, and stay afloat.  Singles, have at it! The impossible time element aside, Jennifer and Aidan put very creative twists on the classic, though painfully annoying, Christmas song to make sure each date is unique.  Uploading t

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