‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

‘Tis the season of trashy holiday movies! Y’know, the cheesy movies with actors we’ve never heard of until now? The movies that you love to watch, but secretly tell everyone you’re not into them. Yes, I’m talking about holiday movies. It’s the perfect time to sit back with a delicious drink and snack, ready to watch the next holiday movie on your Netflix list. With all of these holiday movie bangers, there’s almost a movie to watch every single night. 

I started by re-watching The Princess Switch to refresh my memory before watching the sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again. And now I’m knee-deep in holiday movies like the Christmas Chronicles, The Holiday, and so many more. I don’t even know where to begin. Things are different this year due to Covid, so I have a lot of time to watch these movies. 

I enjoy sitting in my living room all cozy to watch something and forget about my to-do list. I enjoy seeing the little mistakes in the movies, like an actor speaking with her iPhone headset but not actually speaking into the microphone part (re: watch Hometown Holiday). Give me a cheesy romantic movie anyday and I’m yours. Look out Hallmark, Netflix holiday movies seem to be putting you outta business!

Back in my younger days, I never let the holiday spirit consume me until we were on our school break. I would hate listening to Christmas music and would let my mom know every time she would try to put her favourite holiday CD on the stereo. I dreaded it. The Christmas spirit was not strong in me. Maybe I was going through a rebellious phase, but I’m sad to say that I missed out on some quality movies and music during those years. Now that I’m older, I’ve welcomed the holiday spirit into my soul as early as November 1st. 

It makes sense that we tend to lean more towards these silly movies, especially during this time. Since I started watching these movies, I’ve noticed I take the time to relax and think about what’s going on on the screen rather than what’s happening on my phone. When I sit down to watch a new holiday flick, I make it a rule (one that I sometimes break) to avoid social media or texts so that I can be fully invested in the ridiculously cheesy story in front of me. 

What is your stance on holiday movies? Do you love them, hate them, or not care? Maria can’t stand them, but maybe we can convince her to stop being such a scrooge. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!

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