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6 Reasons Why We Love Hallmark Christmas Movies

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There’s nothing better during the holiday season than curling up under a blanket, sipping on hot cocoa (or gluhwien), and plopping in a Hallmark movie.

Watching Hallmark films, despite their predictable, cheesy, and unrealistic plots, has become a Christmas tradition in the same way that leaving cookies for Santa and opening presents on Christmas morning have.

There’s just something so comforting about getting lost in the romance set in a charming small-town. 

Hallmark movies have become such a holiday staple for people of all ages that other broadcast channels and streaming services like Lifetime, Netflix, and Freeform have begun investing in their own “Hallmark-esque” films. 

But why do we love Hallmark movies so much? Well, there are a few reasons that keep us coming back for more! 


For starters, it’s cozy. Holiday films have a feel-good message and theme. They’re filled with joy, hope, and love — all things that we want to feel and experience during the holidays! Seeing the romance pan out between two incredibly good looking people, even when it’s cliche and predictable, warm our hearts during the cold winter months. It makes us believe in love! Who doesn’t want that?

The comfort of these films is what draws people in and keeps them coming back. 

Familiar Faces

Hallmark films tend to gravitate towards the same actors and actresses each year. Usually, these actors have a nostalgic pull (like Christmas queen Candace Cameron Bure from Full House/Fuller House) or the cast of One Tree Hill, which has starred in several Hallmark and Lifetime movies through the years. And we can’t forget about Mean Girls‘ Gretchen Weiners aka Lacey Chabert. Watching a movie with familiar faces feels like a family reunion or catching up with old friends during the holidays. They also help those who may be experiencing loneliness feel a sense of family and community. 

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They’re Family-Friendly

While romance may be a focal point of most Hallmark Christmas movies, it’s always PG and fun for the whole family. I like to call them grown up fairytales because they always end with a “happily ever after” as soon as the protagonists overcome a few hiccups that were standing in their way of true love. The films are suitable for the whole family as they teach some pretty important life lessons about following your heart, being honest, the importance of second chances, and prioritizing family over career… to name a few. 

They Provide a Wintery Escape

Since the films are so unrealistic, they provide audiences with a mindless escape from reality. You’re sucked away from the big city to a simple, charming, and quaint wintery town with good looking people and a lot of romance. The jobs are always involved with the media, so that seems to be every person’s fantasy, but along the way, we learn that having a successful career isn’t everything.

However, the films touch on the desire many overworked Americans have to just unplug from the stress of their everyday jobs. They encourage audiences to spend time with their loved ones, to slow down, and to embrace the holidays and all of its magic. They’re an annual reminder that it’s okay to take a break from the hectic life we’ve all become so accustomed to while straying away from up real issues like socio-economic differences, presidential elections, or worst of all, COVID. 

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They’re Simple

Every Hallmark film looks and feels the same. It follows the same formula, which has been proven to work. In that way, you know exactly what you’re signing up for before you even begin watching, and you know you won’t be disappointed. 

They’re Making Progress

Hallmark movies have been criticized for their lack of diversity, but in recent years, they’ve been making headway. The network is adding films with people of color to better represent the fanbase and 2020 marks the first LGBTQ-friendly film with a same-sex couple in the lead. Of course, it’ll star Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett along with One Tree Hill’s Robert Buckley, who will play his brother.

Slowly but surely, the films are becoming a reflection of our society while still keeping things light, fluffy, and romanticized. 


Are you excited for Hallmark movies this holiday season? What have been some of your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below! Don’t forget to buy your official Hallmark Christmas wine for a jolly good season. 

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    Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022



    Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022

    When the weather outside is frightful, holiday rom-coms are surely delightful.

    There’s a reason why those predictable Hallmark-esque movies continue to be a holiday tradition—there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with some hot cocoa (or Gluhwein) and getting lost in the magic of the season.

    And since there are so many good Christmas 2022 movies to choose from, we put together this little movie guide to help you so that you don’t miss any of the holiday goodness!

    Fa la la la—enjoy!


    Falling for Christmas (Netflix) – Nov 10

    Lindsay Lohan triumphantly returns to the screen in this original Netflix rom-com, which hit the streamer on Nov. 10. In the flick, the Mean Girls star is a newly engaged heiress who suffers an accident at a ski resort and must figure out her identity with the help of, you guessed it, a charming hunk. The film is the first of two-projects that Lohan has secured for Netflix. Her other film, Irish Wish, is set to premiere in 2023.


    Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ and in theaters) – Dec 2

    Brittany Snow will star in the upcoming holiday romantic comedy alongside Justin Long. Snow stars as Jess, who is dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) but is convinced by his parents to still spend the holidays with them and Shawn’s cousin (Long) while he’s away. While we expect feelings to develop, thing take a turn when a blast from the past, played by Sweet Magnolias’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher, arrives with her sights set on him. Co-writer Vince Vaughn called it almost a parody of the Hallmark movies.


    Christmas With You (Netflix) – Nov 17

    Aimee Garcia is Angelina, a pop star that escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan’s wish in small city, where she finds inspiration for the career burn out she’s feeling and even finds herself smitten with a new love,  played by Freddie Prinze Jr. 


    Hotel for the Holidays (Amazon’s Freevee) – Dec 2

    Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch is Georgia, the manager of a high-end hotel whose guests for the season include heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. As they look for an escape from their everyday lives, Georgia finds herself entangled in the madness and in a love triangle with the hotel chef and the ex-prince!


    The Noel Diary (Netflix) – Nov 24

    Kevin Pearson, er, Justin Hartley is a best-selling author who returns home for Christmas and is forced to sort out his mother’s estate. When he finds a diary, he’s “led down a path of self-discovery.”


    A Christmas Story Christmas (HBO Max) – Nov 17

    Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) is back and he’s all grown up! In the sequel to the holiday favorite, he must deal with all things Christmas, this time as a dad.


    A Country Christmas Harmony (Lifetime) – Nov 18

    Calling all Sweet Magnolia fans! Brooke Elliott and Brandon Quinn reunite in this rom-com about a country music star who returns to her hometown to perform a live Christmas concert where she runs into her ex-boyfriend/former music duo partner. “After a tempestuous rainstorm forces the ex-sweethearts to seek shelter in Luke’s ranch home, the two realize that the only way they’ll survive the holidays is with the other’s help.”


    Spirited (Apple TV) – Nov 18

    Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, and Octavia Spencer appear in this retelling of A Christmas Carol. Ferrell stars as the Ghost of Christmas Present, who selects one dark soul on Christmas Eve to be reformed by three spirits, but when he picks the wrong Scrooge, Clint Briggs (Reynolds), forces the ghostly host to examine his own past, present, and future. 



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    ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS Reveal Midseason TV Schedule—Mark Your Calendars



    2023 Midseason TV Schedule

    With the holidays around the corner, the wind-down of many of your favorite shows is also fast approaching, meaning the midseason schedule is not far behind.

    Networks are already looking to 2023 to unveil all their exciting new programming, along with the return of many favorites, some in different time slots.

    Here’s what is on tap for the ABC, FOX, CBS and NBC 2023 midseason:


    MONDAY, JAN. 2 — NCIS Crossover Event
    8 pm NCIS (winter premiere, special time)
    9 pm NCIS: Hawai’i (winter premiere, special time)
    10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (winter premiere, special night and time)

    8 pm FBI (winter premiere)
    9 pm FBI: International (winter premiere)
    10 pm FBI: Most Wanted (winter premiere)

    8 pm The Price Is Right at Night (new episode)
    9 pm Tough as Nails Season 4 premiere (two hours)

    8 pm Young Sheldon (winter premiere)
    8:30 pm Ghosts (winter premiere)
    9 pm So Help Me Todd (winter premiere)
    10 pm CSI: Vegas (winter premiere)

    FRIDAY, JAN. 6
    8 pm S.W.A.T. (winter premiere)
    9 pm Fire Country (winter premiere)
    10 pm Blue Bloods (winter premiere)

    SUNDAY, JAN. 8
    7:30 pm ET / 7 pm PT 60 Minutes (winter premiere, immediately following NFL doubleheader on East Coast)
    8:30 pm ET / 8 pm PT East New York (winter premiere)
    9:30 pm ET / 9 pm PT NCIS: Los Angeles (new episode)



    10:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (special series premiere )

    8:00 pm The Rookie
    9:00 pm The Rookie: Feds
    10:00 pm WILL TRENT 

    9:00 pm Abbott Elementary
    9:30 pm Home Economics
    10 pm Big Sky: Deadly Trails

    8:00 pm Celebrity Jeopardy! (temporary new night)
    9:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (regular time period premiere)
    10:00 pm The Chase (temporary new night)

    FRIDAY, JAN. 6
    8:00 pm Shark Tank

    8:00 pm The Conners
    8:30 pm The Goldbergs

    MONDAY, JAN. 23
    8:00 pm The Bachelor
    10:00 pm The Good Doctor

    8:30 pm NOT DEAD YET (special series premiere)
    9:31 pm NOT DEAD YET (regular time period premiere)
    10:00 PM A Million Little Things (final season!)

    SUNDAY, FEB. 19
    7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
    8:00 pm American Idol 

    8:00 pm Station 19
    9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
    10:00 pm Alaska Daily



    MONDAY, Jan. 2
    8 pm Fantasy Island (Season 2 premiere)

    TUESDAY, Jan. 3

    8 pm The Resident (winter premiere)

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
    8 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (2-hour series premiere)

    THURSDAY, Jan. 5
    8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (winter premiere)
    9 pm Welcome to Flatch (winter premiere)
    9:30 pm Call Me Kat (winter premiere)

    SUNDAY, Jan. 8
    8 pm ET / 5 pm PT ALERT (series premiere, live in all time zones)

    MONDAY, Jan. 9
    9 pm ALERT (regular time slot premiere)

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11
    8 pm Celebrity Name That Tune (series premiere)
    9 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (regular time slot premiere)

    TUESDAY, Jan. 17
    8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4 premiere)

    SUNDAY, Jan. 22
    9 pm ACCUSED (series premiere)

    TUESDAY, Jan. 24
    9 pm ACCUSED (regular time slot premiere)

    SUNDAY, Feb. 12
    10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT Next Level Chef (Season 2 premiere, live in all time zones following Super Bowl LVII)

    THURSDAY, Feb. 16
    8 pm Next Level Chef (regular time slot premiere)
    9 pm ANIMAL CONTROL (series premiere)



    MONDAY, JAN. 2
    10 pm  Quantum Leap

    8 pm America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (encore)
    10 pm New Amsterdam

    8 pm Chicago Med 
    9 pm Chicago Fire 
    10 pm Chicago P.D. 

    8 pm Law & Order
    9 pm Law & Order: SVU
    10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime

    FRIDAY, JAN. 6
    8 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
    8:30 pm Young Rock
    9 pm Dateline NBC

    TUESDAY, JAN. 17
    8 pm NIGHT COURT
    8:30 pm NIGHT COURT (special bonus episode)
    9 pm New Amsterdam (two-hour series finale)

    TUESDAY, JAN. 24
    8:30 pm American Auto

    TUESDAY, JAN. 31
    9 pm La Brea
    10 pm La Brea (special bonus episode)

    SUNDAY, FEB. 19
    9 pm Magnum P.I.
    10 pm FOUND

    SUNDAY, FEB. 26
    8 pm The Blacklist 

    8 pm The Voice 

    9 pm The Voice
    10 pm That’s My Jam

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    5 Characters Who Exited ‘Chicago Med’ in 2022



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    Chicago Med’s mass exodus continues with several characters exiting the medical drama in 2022 alone.

    Some of the exits were preplanned and announced in advance, allowing fans to prepare mentally, but a handful caught viewers by complete surprise, without much of a sendoff for the beloved characters.

    While hospitals typically see a rotation of doctors in real life, it’s understandable that fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the constant shakeups on the One Chicago show. 

    Here are all the stars who have departed (or are departing) Chicago Med Season 8:


    Sarah Rafferty

    Rafferty starred as Dr. Pamela Blake, the Head of Transplant Surgery. She made her debut in the fifth episode of season 7 before exiting in the premiere episode of season 8. And it felt abrupt considering the promising relationship she built up with Crockett (Dominic Rains). The couple had a bit of a falling out after she didn’t agree with the decision he made as her power of attorney during an operation, so fans would’ve understood if she wanted to end things and get a fresh start, but the writers didn’t do these two characters justice by addressing her decision to leave before she just packed her things and left. There was no goodbye or closure. Crockett went to her house to apologize for making a poor decision influenced by his own selfish reasons, but Blake’s daughter, Avery, informed him that she had already left town. It was weak and left fans scratching their heads, which wasn’t fair to the incredible pairing they built up ahead of this moment.

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    Guy Lockard

    Locked portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott on the series after joining the cast in season 7, but he also exited the drama one season later in the premiere of season 8. Scott went through a bit of a heartbreaking situation when he lost the woman he loved, Jo, who was undercover as Milena (played by Riley Voelkel). Upon her death, he realized he’d constantly be pulled back into his former life as a cop, so he resigned to get a fresh start. 

    Executive producer Andrew Schneider defended his exit to TVLine saying they “played” his character out and felt it “would be a good time for him to move on,” but honestly, Will Halstead is still here, so they surely could’ve taken Scott’s character in another direction if they wanted to.

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    Asjha Cooper

    Cooper’s exit was a total shocker and a lot of fans may not have realized that handing her birth mom, Maggie, papers for vaccinations she needed to get in order to accept a job as a clinic nurse in the Philippines meant that this was Vanessa Taylor’s final episode. Why did Asjha Cooper leave Chicago Med? It’s unclear, but what we do know is that we’ll miss her. And maybe she’ll swing back around the next time she’s in the Windy City to visit her mom!

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    Brian Tee

    Tee might be the biggest character exit to date as he’s been with the show since 2015. Sadly, his final episode as Dr. Ethan Choi will air on December 7. Tee told Deadline that he will be pursuing other projects and spending time with his family as his daughter was just a few weeks old when he joined the series. The comforting thing is that he’ll be back to direct an episode later in the season, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to one of the OGs. Choi’s on-again, off-again love interest April (Yaya DaCosta) made a few guest appearances on season 8, even rekindling her romance with the ED doctor, so hopefully, the writers will tee-up Tee’s exit by noting that he’s going to be following his heart. 

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    Kristen Hager

    Hager joined the medical drama alongside Scott in season 7 as Stevie Hammer, an ER physician, but she didn’t even last the season, exiting halfway through without as much as a goodbye. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, Stevie decided to go to Michigan to give her marriage with her estranged husband another try, which was so odd considering the series was building up a love story between her and Halstead. We invested so much time into this storyline simply to have it fizzle out with an explanation. The show’s executive producers noted that they’d love to have Hager back on the show at some point, but they never gave a reason for her abrupt exit. However, a quick glance at her Instagram page reveals that she was very far along in her pregnancy at the time and gave birth over the summer to a beautiful baby girl!

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    Which Chicago Med cast members’ exits hurt the most? Who would you like to see return?

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