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