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If you refuse to watch cheesy holiday movies, you're missing out

Hannah Swayze • Dec 10, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Christmas in East Tennessee is a beautiful time. I honestly don’t know what it would be like to experience anything other than a Smoky Mountain Christmas. The temperature drops and everyone stays in to escape the cold.

The best way, in my opinion, is to cuddle up in the evening with a toasty mug of hot chocolate or some mulled wine and enjoy some holiday movies.

Now, I have some favorites. “Elf” is a modern classic with Will Ferrell and Zoe Dechanel. I also watch my childhood favorite, “Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” a few times and then again with my little cousins.

However, every year the best memories come from curling up in a big blanket in front of the fire and watching marathons of cheesy Christmas made-for-television movies. Some of my favorites include, “Pride Prejudice and Mistletoe,” and “Ice Sculpture Christmas,” “Holiday in Handcuffs,” and, “Love, Actually.”

Sure, they’re no, “Spotlight,” or, “La La Land,” but they’re full of the Christmas spirit and romance and family all the things that everyone wants to feel around the Holidays.

Sometimes, the perfect activity to get into the holiday spirit is sitting down and watching that successful businessman be forced to go to spend the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas learning how to make cookies in a small town that doesn’t know how to NOT celebrate Christmas and it makes his cold, corporate heart melt.

Or getting emotionally invested in someone’s crazy convoluted plans like a journalist who pretends to be a nanny to get into a random royal household in Eastern Europe

Watching Melissa Joan Hart literally kidnap Mario Lopez because she didn’t have a man to bring home for the holidays is the most fun, relatable movie that never gets old somehow. And what other network plays into everyone’s fantasy of falling in love with royalty and becoming a prince or princess of some tiny country in Europe?

Sure, they are predictable and some of the scripts are cringe-worthy at best, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need. To turn off our brain, take a break from our lives and just enjoy the season.

Or to spend some time cuddled up under blankets and warm socks with our loved ones or furry friends and spend time with one another. It’s a lovely way to spend an evening. Just lots of love and family … everything that the holiday season is about.

Except when “The Polar Express” is on. That’s a bad Christmas movie.

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