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This Seasonís Guilty Pleasure: Binge-Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies
Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 29 2018 | Katherine Bindley

Posted on 12/08/2018 7:01:58 PM PST by rintintin

Every weekend around this time of year, the living-room TV in Tim Gates’s Pittsburgh home is tuned to the Hallmark Channel. His wife and teenage daughter watch the network’s original Christmas movies all day long.

Mr. Gates usually sits down and teases them about the movies, which feature predictable plotlines and tropes. “Next thing I know, I’m sucked in for a half-hour, 45 minutes,” he says.

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1 posted on 12/08/2018 7:01:58 PM PST by rintintin
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Can’t sit through that artificial, predictable tripe.


2 posted on 12/08/2018 7:04:21 PM PST by pcottraux (depthsofpentecost.com)
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To: rintintin

I like the movies. Full of beautiful smiling women.


3 posted on 12/08/2018 7:07:29 PM PST by Dandy (Drain the swamp baby!!!)
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To: rintintin

Watching with my wife right now.

Clean, positive and even acknowledges Christ the Savior on occasion.


4 posted on 12/08/2018 7:07:54 PM PST by TADSLOS (I wish Adam and Eve had been Cajuns. They would have ignored the apple and ate the snake.)
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To: Dandy

I call them “Hallmark chicks.”


5 posted on 12/08/2018 7:09:15 PM PST by gogeo (The Repubs may not always deserve to win, but the RATs always deserve to lose.)
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To: rintintin

Why must it be prefaced as “guilty?”


6 posted on 12/08/2018 7:11:10 PM PST by Fungi
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Rich woman from New York leaves her 6 figure job and goes back home to a place where snow falls. By some stroke of luck her old boyfriend from high school is still single. Takes her two hours but, moving back to her hometown with no job and a grocery clerk boyfriend seems logical. Lots of Hallmark Christmas decorations. Sometimes there is a dog involved.


7 posted on 12/08/2018 7:11:13 PM PST by kempster
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To: rintintin

I’m addicted to that and Lifetime Channel. Holiday escapist pleasure.


8 posted on 12/08/2018 7:12:02 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: TADSLOS

Sleigh ride and snowball fight ,ice skating in each story.


9 posted on 12/08/2018 7:14:00 PM PST by cnsmom
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Yes, and lots of cookies.


10 posted on 12/08/2018 7:15:07 PM PST by TADSLOS (I wish Adam and Eve had been Cajuns. They would have ignored the apple and ate the snake.)
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To: rintintin

I make fun of them, but inevitably end up watching one when the ladies have them on over Christmas. Very predictable...but that’s not always the worst thing. I know how It’s a Wonderful Life ends, and most of the lines in A Christmas Story, but I watch them each year anyway.


11 posted on 12/08/2018 7:15:38 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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Mrs. Morgantown nearly always has one of these on during the holiday season.

Simple entertainment. No agenda.


12 posted on 12/08/2018 7:16:10 PM PST by CaptainMorgantown (Brian Woerner)
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Hallmark Channel Ping


13 posted on 12/08/2018 7:16:47 PM PST by TADSLOS (I wish Adam and Eve had been Cajuns. They would have ignored the apple and ate the snake.)
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To: rintintin

They’re re-runs.


14 posted on 12/08/2018 7:17:49 PM PST by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's fore sure)
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To: cnsmom

Not to mention the falling in love angle. Boy meets girl and kisses her. THE END.


15 posted on 12/08/2018 7:18:09 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Deaf Smith

Huh? They have 12 new movies a year including five new Thanksgiving weekend movies.


16 posted on 12/08/2018 7:21:05 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: rintintin

I am binge watching old hollywood westerns.
Right now, on GRIT, “The Last Outpost” from 1951 w/ Ronald Regan is on.


17 posted on 12/08/2018 7:21:12 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: rintintin

We are watching Downton Abbey


18 posted on 12/08/2018 7:24:34 PM PST by MomwithHope
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>>Can’t sit through that artificial, predictable tripe.<<

It is a husband/wife thnig for me and Mrs. FD. We live to watch and make fun of them as we go.

It is kind of like a drinking game. I even have nick names for many of the characters. Our Heroine is “Holly.” She is cutely attractive but NEVER hot. The hot one is the current gf of the guy Holly will be falling in love with.

Holly’s self-absorbed but rich and handsome bf is Richard (’cause he’s a dick). Holly’s best friend is “Joy.”

I used to have a name for the guy (always sporting a 5 o’clock shadow) but I forgot it. Always helpful and wryly insightful. Maybe someone can suggest one?

Add in a wise old ma or dad — rarely both and almost always a widow(er) who was married to the best person ever and a snow covered Santa’s Village setting named “Green EverPine Hollows,” mix in a misunderstanding out of “I Love Lucy” followed by finding the “true meaning of Christmas” and — boom — Hallmark Christmas movie!


19 posted on 12/08/2018 7:24:59 PM PST by freedumb2003 (As always IMHO)
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To: gogeo

“Chicky Flickies” is what we call them,


20 posted on 12/08/2018 7:25:24 PM PST by freedumb2003 (As always IMHO)
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