Even with the silly clichés, though, I’m still hooked. I suppose, watching those movies is like snuggling with a warm, familiar blanket. I can pour myself a cup of piping hot chocolate (like this yummy-looking peppermint hot chocolate), or maybe some egg nog, or mulled wine, turn on the Christmas tree lights and the gas fireplace, and float off into a winter wonderland of cheesy romance.
I especially enjoy the ones that feature the “real” Santa Claus. I saw one recently that featured an up-and-coming Santa (named Nick, obviously) who needed to find a wife before Christmas. (He was taking over the holiday from his dad, the real Santa, but had to have the spouse in place first, of course.) I saw another that had Santa and Mrs. Santa approaching one of their milestone wedding anniversaries. Only Santa forgot the anniversary, so Mrs. Claus ran off to Vegas. Vegas!!
Another thing I like about these movies is that you get to see 80s and 90s actors you haven’t seen in a while. What’s Steve Guttenberg been up to lately? Why, it appears he’s in this movie. Good for him! What about Daphne Zuniga? Ahhh, there she is in this movie with Jay Mohr – I always liked them.If I’m really lucky, there will be a Dolly Parton movie. Dolly is only just my favorite celebrity of all time. In 2013 there was a Dolly movie on Lifetime called “A Country Christmas Story,” and seeing that was a highlight of my holiday season.
(Note: My husband has asked me to state for the record that he NEVER watches these movies with me.)So if you find yourself in the middle of a stressful season, I recommend tuning out the obligations and errands by turning on one of these cable TV movie classics.
This looks like a good one!