Hallmark Feeling

Have you been watching a lot of Hallmark movies this year? There are, like, 30 new ones to choose from. I’ve not watched as many as I thought I might (last year, I was recovering from surgery at this time, so I watched a lot of them.) So far this year, my favourite is Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy. The movie gently pokes fun at the genre, does not vilify city living, and has a happily ever after that does not involve the protagonist renouncing her hard-won career in the name of love (seriously, I watched one where she gave up her international art museum curation job for the dude from Entourage.) Plus, it features adorable dogs and a bevy of jewel-toned winter coats, which is the whole reason we watch these movies, no?

Photo: Hallmark Channel

I caught one the other day that I thought was a Hallmark movie called Mr. 365. The language was a bit rough for Hallmark and the two lead characters seemed to get friendly a whole lot sooner than in Hallmark land. I googled it and it turns out it was a movie from Passionflix, which is a production company and romance-movie streaming site run by Elon Musk’s sister, Tosca. Who knew? The movie was actually quite funny.

The dog on the book cover looks weirdly like Teddy.

To really get me in the holiday spirit, however, I’ve been watching Long Lost Family which reunites adopted adults with their birth families. Every episode is a tear-jerker and most end on a hopeful note. The show reinforces that, in the end, we are all just looking for love and acceptance. The show could be exploitive, but so far has managed to avoid that. It is a giant ad for Ancestry.com, but that’s less annoying than it sounds. It’s a winner in my books.

Have you been watching anything to get you in the holiday mood?


    • I wish we got the channel. We have a few Canadian cable channels that pick up most of the shows but the schedule differs from Hallmark so I’m always out of step. Enjoy your holiday viewing! Xx


  1. This is the first year I’ve actually been watching the Hallmark Christmas movies. My Mom has been a fan for a very long time, but I never watched any until this November when the Countdown to Christmas started on W Network. I’ve seen a couple that I really liked (both starring Bridget Regan), but most of them have been pretty meh. I saw the one you referred to starring the guy from Entourage and thought it was horrible lol


    • Wasn’t that Entourage one terrible? And I really like that actress too from when she was in Nashville. She literally had a shot at what would be my dream job and she turned it down for him? I wanted to cry! I like Bridget Regan too. Her movies are a little less silly. One tires quickly of cookie contests! Still, for pure mental relaxation, these films are my vice of choice! Xx


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