Yep, I’m a sucker for it all. Some people cry, “Bah Humbug!” over holiday movies starting too early and the Christmas trees lining stores in September, but I enjoy all the holiday has to offer and I don’t mind a Christmas in July.
While I have to wait until December 1st for the holiday movies to start rolling on ABC Family (“Elf, “Prancer,” “The Santa Clause” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” top the list – and no “Harry Potter” movies this year in their 25-day lineup!), Hallmark has granted my Christmas wish of starting their holiday lineup early beginning October 31st! And since I was never a fan of Halloween (I hated dressing up as a kid and trying to breathe through those two tiny holes in my Wonder Woman mask), this year I’m actually excited for the 31st!
With over 1300 hours of holiday programming across two networks, the Hallmark Channel boasts 12 new original holiday movies this season. Each movie is slated to premiere on Saturdays at 8/7C during the merry months of November and December, with “One Starry Night” ushering us into the holidays on November 1st.
Some of the original premieres include “A Cookie Cutter Christmas” with Alan Thicke and Erin Krakow, “Northpole” with Tiffani Thiessen and Bailee Madison, “The Nine Lives of Christmas” with “Superman Returns'” Brandon Routh, and Debbie Macomber’s “Mr. Miracle” with “Northern Exposures'” Rob Morrow as the titular character.
“Mr. Miracle” is a backdoor pilot for a possible new series on the network. Macomber already has a successful series on Hallmark with “Cedar Cove” (Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery).
Kids of all ages can enjoy some online fun with Hallmark’s holiday games and activities. You can even find out what your Elf name is (mine is Cocoa!) Check out the site at http://sharethehappiness.tv/.
So will you find me in a crowded mall in a tug of war over the latest must-have toy? Doubtful.
Will you find me in some comfy PJs on the couch switching between ABC Family and the Hallmark Channel watching festive romantic movies that might be predictable but ever so enjoyable?