TV Christmas Movies

December 16, 2016

Is anyone a fan of the made for TV Christmas movies?  This time of year, Colton rolls his eyes at me at least 100 times for watching them. I know they are predictable and cheesy, but I am a sucker for these movies.  Over the last two years, I have watched more movies than I can count on my breaks. Since we got rid of cable, I have scoured Netflix and Hulu this year.  I even got a month subscription to FEELN, so I would not miss out this year.

It took about 10 movies in before I realized that all the movies have the same general plot, with a ton of similarities.  Here are some of the things I noticed about the majority of these, made for TV Christmas movies.

Meet cute

Wikipedia describes a “meet cute” as a fictional scene, typically in film or television, in which a future romantic couple meets for the first time in a way that is considered adorable, entertaining, or amusing.” Every time I hear the term meet cute, I picture Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street.  In these Christmas movies, it typically starts with a pretty girl going along her merry way.  Then, she meets an attractive stranger in some cheesy, far-fetched way.  Basically, the moment they meet, you know they will end up together, despite their current dating/engagement situation.

Here are just a few of the unrealistic meet cutes you will see in a TV Christmas movie.

  • in an elevator that breaks down or that happens to have mistletoe inside
  • being surprised by a TV crew when your “celebrity crush” comes to spend the weekend with your family
  • at a wedding
  • a stranger you hire to pretend to be your fiancee
  • the cynical stranger you sit next to on an airplane home
  • literally crashing in to them while walking a dog
  • under the mistletoe at a work party (A lot of meet cutes happen by kissing, more like making out, under the mistletoe)

What they want you to think: You can meet your witty prince charming anywhere.  What you should know: Although it’s highly unlikely you will run into a tall, dark and handsome stranger visiting the house you grew up in, it is still fun to watch the story happen.

Ridiculously good-looking guys

The guys in these movies are incredibly attractive, or as Derek Zoolander would say “ridiculously good-looking.”

Exhibit A:

Thomas Beaudoin source: IMDB

Exhibit B:

Jonathan Bennett Source: IMDB

Exhibit C:

Benjamin Hollingsworth Source: IMDB

Ok, you get the point.  They are all charming and handsome. Oh, and, by the way, Thomas Beaudoin, Exhibit A, may be one of the most attractive men on the planet (second to Colton, of course).  Sorry, Adam, but Thomas is my new celebrity crush.

What they want you to think: That attractive, charming guys like this are extremely romantic and exist everywhere.  You just have to have your perfect meet cute between Thanksgiving and Christmas to find them. What you should know: These movies are grown up fairy tales.  The guys in them don’t exist, but we can find the qualities we admire in them and recognize in our significant other.

The Christmas tree

In every TV Christmas movie, the ridiculously good looking guy and the pretty girl pick out a Christmas tree and decorate it in under and hour.  During that time, they fall in love or realize they already love each other.

What they want you to think: Picking out, bringing home, setting up and decorating a Christmas tree takes no time and almost certainly will help you fall in love.  What you should know: Setting up a Christmas tree is a pain and takes a ton of time.  On the contrary, it is beautiful, so we subject ourselves to several hours of frustration every year.

Ex drama

Once you see this perfect little couple is in love, even if they don’t know it yet, something happens to put a kink in the story.  Typically, this comes in the form of an ex. Spoiler alert, they always choose the new person who they decorated the Christmas tree with.

What they want you to think: Love is magic and cures any problem. What you should know: Love is great and all, but it’s not always as easy as the movies.

Time frame

Again, after about the 10th Christmas movie (I know, I was naive), it occurred to me that these couples were falling in love in just a few weeks (and many of them days!).   Every story starts after Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas day.  Do the math.  A lot happens in this short amount of time in these movies too.

What they want you to think: It is easy to fall in love in just a few days because of Christmas magic, and you will live happily ever after. What you should know: I understand that people “just know” when they meet their soulmate, but it happens in every movie and rarely in real life.


So there you have it.  You never have to watch another one again if you don’t want to.  Or you can just watch and enjoy the beauty of Christmas. I know from the moment the meet cute happens the plot of the entire movie, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch.  There is something pure and simple about these movies that make them enjoyable for me.  I, for one, am glad several new movies are released every year and can’t wait to see them all.

Get out there and enjoy your guilty pleasures!  Meanwhile, I will be on the couch recuperating from my oral surgery watching TV Christmas movies all weekend.

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Do you like TV Christmas movies? Leave me a comment below!

  • Divya December 16, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Yes! But I think the predictability of it all is the reason why everyone gravitates toward them. My sister is the worst. She’s obsessed with all those cheesy, terrible-acting, Hallmark movies!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Haha. They are typically so poorly acted, but my word I adore them. I only watch them this time of year , but I love them.

  • Ritika Chakrabarty December 16, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Yes!!! The cheesier the better. My fiance is in for a treat next Christmas when we’re married. They’ll be on ALL the time. It’s a rite of passage!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Haha. I love that. Yeah, I have to watch them when my husband is out of the room, usually.

  • Amber December 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Haha, I know what you mean, I’m totally obsessed with all cheesy Christmas films!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Yes! There are so many!

  • Barb December 16, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Love Christmas movies! Even the corny and cheesy ones like on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. Haha! I make my husband sit there with me and watch them all. They make me feel so festive.

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Me too. Unfortunately my husband can’t handle them and I can’t handle him making fun of them, so I watch them on my own time. 🙂

  • Charlotte December 16, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    MEET CUTE!! Wow, and yes–that totally IS a thing. Also this Thomas Beaudoin is unbelievably handsome. Meow. Though I’m not sure I know who he is. Now I want to watch all the Christmas movies 🙂

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Haha. Right? He’s in “The Spirit of Christmas” on Netflix and I didn’t know him til I saw him.

  • Melissa Blake December 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Oh, don’t even get me started on the Hallmark Channel….I am soooo obsessed with these movies!!! xoxo

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Hahaha. Me too! So good!

  • Dominique December 16, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    LOL I love to watch Christmas movies at Christmas time too. Luckily my mother in law and sister in law are the same as me so even though we will be away, we’ve bundled them up together so we can still watch them. I love your synopsis of the buy the tree and decorate thing. Usually in our house its me pestering my husband every day for a few days to get the tree out of the cupboard and then he vacates the house while I put on christmas music and decorate (soooo romantic!)

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Haha. Mine is me getting everything down from the attic and decorating by myself over Thanksgiving break. I feel your pain, girl.

  • Logan December 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    haha I love this! There is nothing better that a good and cheesy Christmas movie!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:29 am

      You’ve got that right!!

  • Rachel December 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    This is too funny! They’re totally predictable but I still love them!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Absolutely. I think that is what makes them great. No surprises.

  • Jessy December 17, 2016 at 7:47 am

    My husband and I have been watching a lot of Christmas movies this year! It’s been super fun. The cheesy ones make for the best laughs.

    xo, Jessy |

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Yes they do!

  • Neh December 17, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Haha yesss love cheesiness

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Me too! So good. 🙂

  • candy December 17, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I know the Hallmark channel christmas movies are cheesy. You have hit the head on everything that happens in all of them. I’m still going to watch, smile and enjoy the happily ever after ending.

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Me too! And then I will do it all again next year. haha.

  • Lauren Sheriff December 17, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Haha so true! Sometimes nothing beats a corny holiday movie to really put you in the spirit!


    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Absolutely! I could watch them all week long. 🙂

  • Sarah Jean Althouse December 17, 2016 at 11:14 am

    haha they are totally all the same! Good thing we watch them only once a year!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

      Exactly. Only once, then I will watch them again next year. haha.

  • Jimmy and Tina December 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Great post, I imagine with all the excitement it could be possible to fall in love that quickly. My hubby and I did, only we met in February and lived continents away, but somehow managed to be together in the end! But it was love at first site

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:38 am

      That’s so sweet! I love hearing stories like that. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • Melissa Chee December 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I admit, I love a Christmas movie.

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Me too!

  • Rebecca Hicks December 17, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Loved this!! And is it pathetic that I could name every movie you mentioned? These made for TV Christmas movies are my guilty pleasure every year. My family loves them so much, that my mom bought Hallmark for the month of December so they could watch them haha. I’m stuck with Netflix and Hulu, and got SO excited when I realized yesterday that new Christmas movies had been added to Netflix! Yay!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Yes! So many new ones. I got the Feeln subscription so I could watch them (it was like $5 for the month). Not pathetic at all, because I watched all of them too. haha.

  • Sheryl December 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I recently fell down the Christmas movie hole and loved every part of it. I think this time of year we each love having stories where the ending is happy – even if we know it’s not realistic.

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Yes! I agree completely. It’s the magic of Christmas for sure.

  • Amelie December 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

    haha that’s so true! I love Christmas movies, but they can all get a little bit predictable. My mom likes to watch those, and I have to admit that while I do enjoy a good Christmas movie every once in a while, I’m definitely not as addicted as she is 😉

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Just wait til you get older. haha. I used to laugh at my mom too, and now I am the exact same.

  • suzanne December 19, 2016 at 7:26 am

    HA! This is hilarious and so true. Give me all the corny, cheesy romance. I love it!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Haha. Yes! All of them (and a cup of cocoa)

  • Lexi December 19, 2016 at 7:41 am

    This is all so true. But I just can’t turn them off! There’s just something about how magical (or fake magical) they are the puts me in the Christmas spirit.

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Yes! All day!

  • Rachel Ritlop December 19, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Haha this is all so true, but I can’t help myself, I totally love it lol

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Me too! It’s a great way to spend a day during the break (watching these movies and drinking hot cocoa)

  • andrea December 19, 2016 at 10:03 am

    As cheesy as they can be I do love me a LifeTime Christmas movie. My husband on the other hand usually says are you watching more of your crap TV:) He prefers Elf & The Grinch

  • Kari December 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    My favorite Christmas TV movie is The Christmas Shoes. Makes me cry every time.