5 Sappy Christmas TV Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

  • By Kim
  • 26 November, 2012
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As I currently write this post, my whole Twitter feed is blowing up with Liz and Dick live tweets. I’m sure there will be plenty of chatter on ol’ firecrotch’s trainwrecky performance tomorrow. In fact, I was thinking about including my own thoughts on the subject by watching this world premiere Lifetime event. But then I decided that I just didn’t want to watch it. It’s depressing and sad. As an avid gossip reader and pop culture enthusiast, I’ve been following human Jaeger bomb Lindsay Lohan for years. Her destructive fall from the A-list spiraled from amusing, to frequent eye-rolls, to plain miserable. It’s not fun to make fun of poor sad LiLo anymore.

Instead, I wanted to write about something I actually really REALLY like. Something that is my truest, guiltiest pleasure: Christmas made-for TV movies! You see, I don’t care about the usual killer of the week/teen pregnancy/not without my daughter-type of stuff. It’s the holiday-themed movies that make me the happiest in the days leading to Christmas. I just really enjoy the implausible rom-com scenarios, the uptight lawyers that learn a lesson on generosity, the sprinkling of Santa cameos. It’s like having an unlimited fondue pot without the lactose intolerance and cheese sweats. Bless the Hallmark Channel and their Countdown to Christmas schedulers.

Here are a few to watch for this December:

Has Austin Reed finally escaped Sami by aliasing himself as Douglas Firwood?

A Boyfriend for Christmas: I’m starting off the list with a perfect example of a harmless, fluffy little Christmas movie. Don’t bother wondering about plot holes and inconsistencies. I mean, the main character’s name is Holly for pete’s sake. When she was a teenager, Holly asked Santa for a boyfriend. Apparently Santa didn’t deliver until like 15 years later when Patrick Muldoon shows up on Holly’s doorstep calling himself Douglas Firwood. YUP. That is the kind of gentle humor we are talking about. On a side note, in the competition for King of Made-for-TV Holiday Movies, Patrick Muldoon is right up there with Dean Cain. He is the hunky boyfriend in everything. This is just a fact; I’m not complaining at all. Moar Muldoon! Airs on Lifetime 12/19 and 12/20.

Mimi Rogers must have added “escape Scientology” to her list.

The Christmas List: This might honestly be my favorite one of all time. It’s so completely absurd. Mimi Rogers (!) is an expert perfume saleslady, who feels like her life is in a rut. As a joke, she makes a Christmas wishlist and sends it to Santa via her department store’s North Pole mailbox. Et voila! Her wishes start coming true! Whut?! It’s probably one the most fantasy-heavy Christmas stories I’ve seen, but enjoyable nonetheless. This was made in 1997, so be sure to check out the small role by the then Mrs. Donald Trump, Marla Maples. Airs on ABC Family 11/30.

 

If there is a Santa Baby 3, will Jenny McCarthy get replaced by Carmen Electra?

Santa Baby: I was hesitant to put this on the list since I’m not fond of Jenny McCarthy. However, the movie itself hits the Kim Christmas movie trifecta: C-List stars + uptight, snooty, workaholic character + Christmas magic. Anyway, Jenny McCarthy, the daughter of Santa (George Wendt!), is a successful business executive who is forced to go home to help her family when her father falls ill. She starts implementing corporate structure into Santa’s workshop and chaos ensues! Oddly, there was a sequel 3 years later with the awesome title Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe. So, of course Paul Sorvino played Santa. Airs on ABC Family. 12/8, 12/9, and 12/21.

 

Naughty or Nice: I just saw this one today. It’s one of the new Hallmark originals and I can certainly recommend it. Krissy Kringle (HA!) gets fired from her job and is in no mood for Christmas. She mysteriously received Santa’s Naughty or Nice book and discovers the book’s magical properties: it reveals the bad deeds and intentions of those around her. Krissy starts to expose these findings to her benefit, but soon finds out that these revelations don’t necessarily lead to the consequences she desires. It’s a pretty cute story, but the actual best part is that Krissy’s parents are Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross (Elise and Steven Keaton from Family Ties!) Bravo casting people! Airs on the Hallmark Channel 11/28, 11/29, 12/1, 12/2, 12/5, 12/14, 12/15, 12/20, 12/25.

 

Comfort and Joy: As much as I don’t really care for regular TV movies, I enjoy a good Nancy McKeon TV movie. I can’t help it. I will always love her for being tough girl Jo Polniaczek. So, I’m almost forced to love any kind of Christmas movie she’s in. And Dixie Carter is in this movie! Love her! In this movie Jo Nancy plays a successful businesswoman who gets into a car accident and is knocked unconscious. When she wakes up, she discovers that she has a new life as a married stay-at-home mother of two. Confused, she goes along with this new life and discovers that she enjoys the slower pace. It’s reminiscent of It’s a Wonderful Life, where a person gets to glimpse into an alternate reality. Airs on Lifetime Movie Network on 12/13 and Lifetime on 12/23.

 

 

 

 

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