It’s the time of year for hunkering down during the long nights of winter and watching Hallmark Christmas movies until your eyes pop out.
Seriously, that’s one thing that really gets me into the spirit of Christmas. They’re great to watch in the background while I write or read or basically anything. There’s something comforting in knowing that everything will work out in the end, and with oodles of Christmas cheer.
I’ve watched my fair share of Hallmark Christmas movies, and here’s my ranking (in no particular order):
The Mistletoe Inn
An aspiring romance writer attends a writer’s conference at a beautiful Vermont Inn. There, she meets another writer who appears to suffer from writer’s block. Through their time together, she begins to thrive and even writes a new chapter in her own romance story.
A Christmas movie about an aspiring author? Yes, please!! I dream of going to a Christmas themed writer’s conference. If anyone knows of one, please let me know! Alicia Witt is also one of my favourite Christmas movie actors.
The Sweetest Christmas
Kylie is expecting a proposal from her boyfriend/boss at a restaurant and gets a promotion instead. The restaurant owner is her old high school boyfriend, she hasn’t seen in years. They help each other out. Love in the air?
What that description fails to mention (the most important part of the movie) is that Kylie is a pastry-chef who’s a finalist in the American Gingerbread contest. I have a strange soft spot for the food-themed movies, where someone is a baker. I just love Christmas baking so it’s a combination of my favourite things.
Christmas Around the Corner
Claire, a savvy venture capitalist from New York City, escapes to a quaint town in Vermont for the holidays and becomes a guest of the Fortenbury Bookstore. Upon arrival, Claire finds Christmas celebrations have been canceled by the town after a flood and the bookstore is in a dire state of disrepair. She immediately takes on the challenge to revitalize the store, but clashes with the owner, Andrew (Jamie Spilchuk), who initially rejects all her proposed improvements.But everything comes to a screeching halt when Claire discovers that Andrew is planning to sell the bookstore in the New Year. Will the spirit of Christmas be enough to change Andrew’s mind and encourage him to follow his heart?
There’s nothing I like more than bookstores (see my post about my favourite bookstores) and this heartwarming story about bringing life back to a bookstore and saving Christmas… *Italian chef kiss* It’s the dream.
Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
After their parents pass, siblings agree to sell their family home, leaving Emma in charge. While Emma’s mother’s collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that helps them discover the power of love and family during the holidays.
Another Alicia Witt movie! I love the house in this movie, a gorgeous Victorian house (it’s a real B&B that you can stay in!), and the fact that the male love interest owns an antique store. There’s a bit of a mystery and a heartwarming twist.
The Christmas Club
Two busy strangers meet when they help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings. Thanks to fate and Christmas magic, they also find something they were both missing: true love.
This movie is new this year and I watched it for the first time this week. And I loved it! The two main characters have great chemistry and neither of them is annoying. It’s very sweet and cute. And it’s refreshing to see a movie where the love interests don’t hate each other at first.
And these were a few of my favourite Hallmark Christmas movies!
What are some of yours?
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