Friday, January 13, 2017

Confessions of a Christmas Movie Junkie


While I meant to post this a few weeks ago, I don’t think it’s too much past the holiday season to put it out there now. Because I just took my Christmas tree and decorations down this week, and I see a tree still up in my neighbor’s window across the street. So it’s not so far out of our radar just yet.

They’re all done now. Gone back into the vault until about the end of October when they’ll be trotted out again for our viewing pleasure. Some people love them, some hate them (like my other half), but they have become a regular on TV in the last waning days of the year. I’m talking about the deluge of Christmas themed movies that emerge and monopolize certain channels before we’ve even eaten the first bite of Thanksgiving turkey. I have to admit, I’m a bit of junkie when it comes to watching them.

People who can’t abide watching all these Christmas movies complain 1) there are too many; 2) they’re all alike; 3) the characters are all too squeaky clean. While the haters may be right on all three accounts, it’s for those very reasons that I watch as many as possible in those weeks before the holidays. They are my go-to movies when I can’t abide reality TV or the news anymore. This season especially they were a comfortable place to fall when a lot of other things in life seemed determined to drive me nuts.

I have to wonder if the people who hate Christmas movies the most have even given them a chance. Because when you really get into watching them, you will find they 1) aren’t all that much alike, and 2) they usually involve people who are dealing with some very real problems. A few of the movies I watched included single moms who needed a place to stay with their kids; a family dealing with the loss of a son in the military; a corporate person sent to deal a blow to a struggling family business; a woman left with amnesia after an accident, who is taken in by a local widower and his family and the town. Okay, so maybe that last one stretched the imagination a little bit, but I was able to suspend disbelief, and it was a cute story. The best part is, they all had happy endings. Someone once asked me, why do you write stories that don’t reflect real life? I beg to differ that they do reflect real life, but my reply was, there is enough real life in real life. Let us have a few books and movies that give us what we all want—a happy ending. In today’s world, we all can use a little of that.

So I was sad to see those feel-good movies go, but then come to think of it we won’t have to wait till next fall to see them again, because there is always Christmas in July! I guess there is nothing like watching the snow fall on TV while turning up the air-conditioning in your house.


5 comments:

Diane O'Brien said...

I had them on the whole season and loved them all.

Diane O'Brien said...

I had them on the whole season and loved them all.

Diane Burton said...

I HAVE to watch The Christmas Story (Ralphie) every year. Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck is hilarious and poignant. Not your typical Christmas story. With Catherine O'Hara, you know it's going to be funny. Hallmark Channel does Christmas in July. Last year, I OD'd on them, so at Christmas time, I just couldn't watch them again.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Nothing wrong with a happy ever after ending. As someone once said, we have to have the bad times to recognize the good. If you think about it, real life offers a good share of HEA.

Elizabeth Meyette said...

You've convinced me, Lucy! I love the classics like White Christmas and It's aWonderful Life, but based on your recommendation, I'll give the new ones a chance...maybe in July 😉