Maybe it’s growing older, or maybe my standards are just lower. But where I once used to hate those cheesy romantic Christmas movies, now I can’t get enough of them. (Which you may have noticed if you follow my Facebook page.)
Give me the ridiculous circumstances, the poppy holiday song remakes, the lights and Christmas trees everywhere. Give me the random Santa appearances, the screwball comedy, the kiss under the mistletoe. Call me basic, but I’ll take it. Along with a cup of cocoa and a snowman cookie, thank you very much.
I can also laugh at these movies along with everyone else, because guess what? Most of the story lines are exactly the same. If you’ve ever seen one of these movies, you’ll know these trademarks – or better yet, “hallmarks” – to be true.
Have You Ever Noticed…
- The screwball activity that ends up becoming a romantic moment. Let’s see, where to start? How about learning to ice skate for the first time. Or, let’s bake cookies together and start a flour fight. Or maybe, let’s buy presents for kids and then act like kids ourselves.
- The hidden talent. And then the humble, unsuspecting guy sits down at the piano and just busts out the most incredible version of “O Holy Night” you’ve ever heard. What the what??
- The gruff guy who surprises you. Probably the same guy as above. Starts out grumpy or standoffish, ends up being the man of the main character’s dreams. Boom.
- Holiday magic. Movies like these insist that magic exists during the holidays. Usually one of the characters pronounces it, and then something crazy happens, accompanied by chimes or bells.
- The wise words from a helpful older mentor. There is always someone there who just happens to give a nudge in the right direction for looove. Sometimes it turns out to be Santa himself (see below).
- Santa is a character. In some way, Santa makes an appearance (even if it’s another character playing Santa). He just can’t not.
- Snow is pretty much its own character, too. It arrives just in time to strand people in one spot. Or it starts snowing at the perfect moment.
- The whole big city vs small town debate. Someone from a big city ends up in a small town, or vice versa. (But usually the first one.) It just happens.
- Someone egocentric learns to do something selfless. There is usually someone with a big-time attitude learning how to do something nice, thanks to the holiday spirit. Whether they keep that spirit all year long is another story.
- The amazing Christmas present. I don’t know where they get their gifting skills, but presents are on point in these movies.
Cheesy Christmas movies – the gift that keeps on giving. What trademarks have you noticed from cheesy romantic Christmas movies?