Okay. Let’s talk. What is it about Christmas that gets people in the mood for romance? I know that it is a thing to propose on Christmas. Have you seen the stacks and stacks of Christmas themed romance novels? (I have! We are reading one for my trashy book group this month.) I know that I am missing out on something because my husband and I rarely talk during the holidays, let alone get romantic. I know a lot of these stories are about family and loneliness and hooking up so that if you are single, at least you aren’t single when you celebrate the birth of Christ, or something like that?
Thankfully, I don’t have to understand it. I can just observe and learn. This year I have already watched quite a few made for TV Christmas romance movies. They are on alll the time! If you can’t find them on cable, or you don’t have the service, luckily for you they have a bunch available to watch instantly on Netflix!
I have only seen ONE of these shows, so I will have to let Netflix tell us what they are about. I can tell you something though, and that is that I LOVE made for TV movies. Often they are populated with television stars of yesteryear, or character actors who were in that one show you kind of remember watching once or twice five years ago. Very often you will start one of these movies and you will be kind of watching and kind of searching the corners of your mind grapes, trying to remember where you have seen the leading lady of this show. Yes, they are always leading ladies. Yes, they are almost always totally predictable. Yes, there are a whole lot of plotlines about single parents. Yes, we love them because of this, not in spite of it.
The thing that is GREAT about a made for television movie is that the actors starring in the show are most usually a lot closer to the average person in looks. Because of the production values on the film, the sets are not as fancy, the surrounding players are definitely more like you and me, and the makeup, fashion, and hairstyling are all more like what you see when you look around yourself. I find that charming and so likeable. The lead of one of these films is most probably going to fill out her jeans more, and might actually be able to move muscles in her face. That or she has had horrible cosmetic work done and that is also enjoyable to watch as well, so it’s just awesome all the way around!!
So go enjoy these 9 Christmas TV movies available to watch instantly on Netflix. Then you should go check your local guides to find out what other fabulous movies are showing on ABC Family, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network AND The Hallmark Channel. I know for sure there is one with Tori Spelling in it airing this weekend because I am fer sure recording that thing!!
1. Holiday Engagement:
Hilary’s plan to hire a good-looking guy to act as her boyfriend backfires when she brings him home for the holidays to try and fool her family. The joke ends up being on her when the fauxmance invites real complications.
STARRING: Bonnie Somerville, Shelley Long, Jordan Bridges, Sam McMurrary, Haylie Duff, Sam Horrigan
2. Crazy For Christmas:
A single mother is forced to chauffeur a wealthy man around town on Christmas Eve while he gives away cash to strangers. When a reporter pursues the story, a new romance blossoms and the single mother learns the true meaning of Christmas.
STARRING: Andrea Roth, Howard Hesseman, Jason Spevack, Yannick Bisson, Karen LeBlanc, Daniel Fathers
3. 12 Dates Of Christmas:
Unwillingly set up on a blind date with handsome Miles on Christmas Eve, Kate gets 12 chances to relive the date over and over again until she sets things right. At first reluctant to give Miles a shot, Kate learns acceptance from a holiday miracle.
STARRING: Amy Smart, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Jayne Eastwood, Benjamin Ayres, Richard Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Kydd
4. Desperately Seeking Santa:
Jennifer is a young marketing guru who dreams up the ticket to increasing Christmas sales: a sexy Santa contest. When the winner, David, ends up a local hero, it sends sales through the roof while setting Jennifer and David on a course for romance.
STARRING: Laura Vandervoort, Nick Zano, Paula Brancati, John Bregar, Patrick Garrow, Lisa Berry
5. All She Wants For Christmas: This is the one I have seen. OH MY! You have to watch it. It’s pretty bad, but there are TWO musical numbers that are pretty much the weirdest/worst things I have ever seen. I am really proud that I took the time to watch this. You should too. We can start a club. Most probably a therapeutic club of some type, but still…
A small-town woman with big business dreams works as an efficiency expert at the local Christmas ornament company. But there’s trouble in store, including financial struggles for the factory and a charming stranger who may not be what he seems.
STARRING: Monica Keena, Tobias Mehler, Steve Bacic, Ali Liebert, Sonya Salomaa, Denise Galik-Furey
6. Christmas Cupid:
Workaholic publicist Sloane Spencer is haunted by the spirit of a newly deceased client, actress Caitlin Quinn, who tries to persuade Sloane to forsake her single-minded life and reunite with a former flame to find true love by Christmas.
STARRING: Chad Michael Murray, Ashley Benson, Ashley Johnson, Christina Milian, Ryan Sypek, Jackee Harry
7. All I Want For Christmas:
When all her son, Jesse, wants for Christmas is a new father, Sarah half-heartedly agrees to go out with several different men. But it looks like a bleak holiday when Jesse warms up to one potential new dad — and Sarah falls for a different one.
STARRING: Gail O’Grady, Greg Germann, Robert Mailhouse, Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak, Robert Pine, Bess Meyer
8. Holiday In Handcuffs:
When her boyfriend dumps her just before the holidays, aspiring artist Trudie desperately kidnaps a handsome stranger named David. Intending to present him as her new boyfriend at Christmas, she finds instead a genuine bond forming with her victim.
STARRING: SO MANY PEOPLE! Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Markie Post, June Lockhart, Timothy Bottoms, Kyle Howard
Nick Snowden (Thomas Cavanagh) is next in line to take over the duties of Santa Claus. When the bumbling trainee loses his prized reindeer three days before Christmas, he undertakes a journey from the North Pole to California to bring it back. There, he falls for a friendly zookeeper (Ashley Williams), runs afoul of a mean-spirited hunter (Patrick Fabian) and struggles to conceal his true identity in this family-friendly comedy.