Hallmark Holiday Movie Watching 101

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Is this your first Hallmark Movie Watching Season? Maybe you’ve seen a few here and there over the years or you’ve recently become a fan. Regardless of where you’re at in your Hallmark Watching Life, the Holiday Movie Season is not for the faint of heart. It’s 24 hours of Christmas movies for the next 63 days. That’s 1,608 hours, y’all. Of course, that’s counting ALL the movies running during this 24/7 period. The 2018 New Movie Premieres only make up 74 hours of that, but that’s still a lot of TV time.

To help you through this Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I’ve put together a few tips— a 101 Class if you will.


Research The Movies, Yo.

This is what you’re up against people.

This is what you’re up against people.

Is there a baker involved somehow? A chef? If so, you need to know what it is they’re baking. Cupcakes, cookies, donuts? GET SOME OF THOSE THINGS. Hallmark ain’t afraid to plow you with delicious looking food and then you’re just sitting there without delicious looking food and ready to sell your firstborn for a cupcake. Get yourself to the store and stock up.


Emma from The Hallremark Offers This Sage Advice: Find a Buddy

Did he just…answer his cell phone during the Holiday Festival of Ice Sculpting?!

Did he just…answer his cell phone during the Holiday Festival of Ice Sculpting?!

When you were in school and your class went on a field trip, you were assigned a classmate as a buddy, right? Someone to stay with you throughout the trip for safety and support if needed. While you might not need safety during this Holiday Movie Watching Season, you will definitely need support. You’ve got 74 hours of TV time ahead of you, filled with snowball fights, elaborately named holiday drinks, Business People Who Hate the Holidays, and of course swoony moments on the Path to Love. You need someone to talk about these moments—the good, bad, and the OMG DID YOU SEE THAT PRODUCT PLACEMENT?


Live Tweet the Movies

#Dontforgetthehashtag

#Dontforgetthehashtag

Half the fun of watching these movies are the live tweet sessions on twitter! So many people online chatting and reacting to the movies in real time. It’s like a watching party where you don’t have to leave your house or wear pants. Double win, y’all.

Pro-tip: Find the movie’s hashtag for that night, and then copy it so you only have to paste it when you’re tweeting. It saves time in a fast-moving feed.


Snacks, More Snacks and Then Even More Snacks

Get the Large Marilee.

Get the Large Marilee.

See #1.


Soft, Elastic Waist Pants, Y’all. Trust.

Billie Knows What’s Up— leggings, blanket, phone, AND laptop. #BeLikeBillie

Billie Knows What’s Up— leggings, blanket, phone, AND laptop. #BeLikeBillie

Listen. You’re going to be sitting a lot. Hopefully sitting and surrounded by food and cozy blankets. You’ll thank me three hours in on a two-movie night, when your pants aren’t cutting into your waist after that fourth donut.


TAKE THE FIRST BREAK Y’ALL.

Don’t risk missing moments like these. (Hi Zac.)

Don’t risk missing moments like these. (Hi Zac.)

There’s always a full commercial break about 20 minutes in once a Hallmark movie starts. This is when you refill/use the restroom/tuck the kids in/etc. Trust me on this. From here on out there are 60 second commercial breaks sprinkled in with full commercial breaks. You’ll get up thinking you have time for a quick bag of popcorn and come back mid-Baking Montage or miss a Near Kiss.


And Last But Not Least—It’s a Marathon Here People, Not a Sprint

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

We’re all in this together.

 

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