OK. So I'm going to let you in on my guilty little pleasure ... at least the one I enjoy at Christmas time. Once we hit December on the calendar, the TV stations start running Christmas movies. Yep. That's right, Christmas movies. Believe it or not, I love to watch these movies, no matter how sappy or corny they may be, I love them.
Of course, there are some great classics out there - A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, It's a Wonderful Life - but the movie doesn't have to be a classic for me to watch it. What can I say? I just love to watch these movies.
A few years ago, I spent a large portion of December fighting off a nasty virus that laid me low for several weeks. During that time, I discovered not only how many Christmas movies there are, but, also, the limited number of themes present in the made-for-TV Christmas movie. There are two main types. One category focuses on a Santa Claus replacement or relative. The other finds its roots in A Christmas Carol, following a peron who doesn't realize how miserable their life is until someone or something divine interrupts their normal life. All of these movies end with a feel-good, happily ever after kind of ending. I'm embarrassed to admit that I often shed a tear during those touching moments.
If you've missed out on these amazing offerings, then just tune into Lifetime, Hallmark, or ABCFamily to find them. I rarely watch these channels the rest of the year, but that's where the Christmas movies live. And never fear, if you miss one, it will repeat, often immediately after it ends. Right now, I'm watching one of those Scrooge knock-off movies with Nancy McKeon. It's not great, but I'm still watching.
So, in December, I turn off my corny TV censor and let all of the sappy, feel good movies in. That's my guilty Christmas pleasure. What's yours?