The Promise (and Perils) of Hallmark Christmas Movies

I like Hallmark Christmas movies. I don’t love them. I don’t hate them. In the past they have functioned as “white noise” in our household. But this year a couple of buddies and I have decided to watch and review all 37 new Hallmark Christmas movies for a podcast.

My world has become inundated with cheesy, predictable plots. Between the near-kisses, Christmas tree lightings and old-fashioned small-town charm, I have become a sort of dispassionate observer of all things Hallmark (or maybe my heart has shrunk three sizes in a weird parody of the Grinch).

I have noticed that Hallmark Christmas movies dangle in front of their viewers a promise, but also a set of perils, that are immensely intoxicating. The surge of viewers watching these movies certainly is due to their family friendly-nature. But I would also suggest that these movies appeal to a deep-seated idolatry.

I certainly don’t want to be the one who reads too much into these films. I applaud the lighthearted fair, and, as one recent author has pointed out, it is far too easy to be cynical in this day and age.

But I do suggest that we should watch these movies discerningly. …Read More.