I’m a sucker for a good movie, romance or otherwise. But there’s something about a holiday movie that has me counting down the days after Thanksgiving in anticipation. The Hallmark Movie Channel has done a great job recognizing this need in a lot of us (because I know I’m not alone in this). They have twelve new original movies coming out this holiday season, and I’m looking forward to many of them. You can go to their website and find out what they are and when they’ll premiere.
I thought I’d dedicate a little time to those movies that get me every year, no matter what, and to ones I’m looking forward to this year.
A SEASON FOR MIRACLES – starring Carla Gugino, David Conrad, Patty Duke and a pre-Parenthood Mae Whitman
It doesn’t matter what time of the year this movie is on — I. WILL. WATCH. IT. No joke, Hallmark ran it sometime this summer and I got swept up all over again. If you’ve never watched it, you absolutely must. It’s a heartfelt movie with feeling, fun, and festivities. It takes place in a small town (I love stories set in small towns) with quirky characters and a dashing police officer. Need I say more?
HOLIDAY AFFAIR - starring Cynthia Gibb and David James Elliott of JAG fame
Speaking of FAME, I just learned that Cynthia Gibb was in the first three seasons of the original FAME tv series! I love this movie for its simplicity and heart, and because it is a remake of the 1949 film of the same name with Hollywood heavy-hitters Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum. The newer version deviates a tiny bit from the original, but they are both lovely films. I love when love stories/movies/life center around children because I find that you learn so much about a person based on how they treat children. Some of the best romance novels I’ve read have had children as an integral part of the plot. I’m sure you can think of some of your favorite authors who have done this to perfection.
CHRISTMAS WITH HOLLY - starring Sean Faris, Eloise Mumford, and Lucy Gallina
This one is set to premiere at the end of this week, and I’m excited! The film is based on Lisa Kleypa’s book Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, the first in the Friday Harbor series. I am one of the many who likes to imagine romance novels made into film. I pretend I’m a casting director, and consider who would make the best (insert character name here). I’ve seen the previews for the movie and it looks like it’s going to be another wonderful addition to my holiday movie collection. Lisa Kleypas can do no wrong – I’m always entertained when reading her historical novels and her newer contemporary stories. The ones set in Texas are my favorite of her contemporaries.
I could go on and on…as I mentioned before, I love movies. But I’ll leave you with these last holiday films that are not exclusive to the romance genre. They’re classics, and for good reason. Christmas in Connecticut (the Barbara Stanwyck version), Miracle on 34th Street (any version), and my all-time fave, for sentimental reasons, White Christmas. I think I’m almost to the point where I can recite verbatim all the dialogue and musical numbers. Little movie trivia – did you know Rosemary Clooney was only 26 at the time they filmed the movie, while her love interest Bing Crosby was 51?
The holidays are definitely times best spent with family, but late at night, when everyone has gone to bed, make yourself a steaming cup of hot cocoa and cuddle up to one of the many movies this season has to offer. Indulge, why don’t you?