Ok, I'm a sucker for these treacly, wonderful pieces of froth.
I wanted something sweet when I have given up sweets. Can one get cavities from watching TV?
I wanted romance. I have written a few things down for my husband that seem to work in these movies. Like one must go ice skating and fall down. No problem there. Apparently lying about your identity is also very romantic. I've tried to tell my husband I'm Nigella Lawson, but no spectacular gifts seem to be arriving addressed to "Nigella."
I wanted to see the real meaning of Christmas. I do love how these movies just make me think everyone loves each other. Really. You just have to wait until Christmas.
I wanted to feel connected to humanity. At least, I'd like to be connected to Hallmark Humanity. These are nice people. They give you cookies and hot cocoa and show up at your house at all hours of the day and night to make sure you're okay.
I wanted to uncomplicate life. Who wouldn't want to live in a Hallmark town? You either work in a coffee shop, a gift shop, play Santa or get the promotion of your dreams. And every town has a cute skating rink and Christmas carolers.
I wanted to drink wine and shed a tear. This is not a requirement of a Hallmark movie, but it really adds to the experience. I highly recommend it. I'm pretty sure some of my Facebook writer buddies were doing that on Saturday night as we all tried to post things with minimal success.
I wanted to see just one kiss that seemed so special. I can't help it. I just want to be under the mistletoe have a handsome guy gently caress my face, touch my lower lip with his thumb and come in ever so slowly for that kiss. Are you reading this, hubby... hello? Just pretend I'm Nigella.
I wanted to believe...even just for a minute...believe. You never leave a Hallmark movie without believing in Santa, Christmas miracles, love, mended and blended families, decisions with no regrets and that all is and can be right with the world. What could ever be wrong with that in just 90 minutes?
I wanted to not look at or think about anything political, sad, ugly, mean, nasty, stupid or ignorant..just for those 90 minutes.
I wanted to make my friend on chemo happier, so I told her to watch Hallmark movies.
I wanted to feel Christmas again and every year.
I love Hallmark movies as much as I love good wine, Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, fruitcake... yes I love fruitcake, sue me... Belgian chocolate, my kids and my husband, who I'm pretty sure is actually Brad Pitt.