What Happens Next or How Holiday Movies Need Sequels Too! 

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(Let that image above be your nightmare fuel.)

It is that time of year again. You know what I am talking about! Halloween has officially ended, and we have just jumped head first into the most sacred time of year. The two-month Christmas Spectacular. That is right.

Even Tom Turkey is dressed up as an Elf on a Shelf.

Regardless of where you stand on this topic (I have a few ideas, but I am too busy enjoying my Starbucks Red Cup Drink in 78 degree weather. Damn you Jersey weather!) it is the Christmas season and television will make sure you know that. That includes the main Hallmark and Mysteries Channels that have now been taken over by holiday movies.

I know I am coming across as someone who hates these movies. Not even close. I enjoy watching surgery sweet romantic stories especially in a time where all news tends to be bad news. I am enjoying the sweet world that Hallmark is presenting right now in the two-month Christmas Spectacular.

As I sit and watch some beloved movies, there are a few that make me want more. So, here is my list of holiday movies that I wish had sequels. Since I’m feeling like a rebel, these days I included one Lifetime Holiday movie in there that deserves some love.

So, lets see if you agree with my list!

The Snow Bride

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The Snow Bride is a Hallmark Holiday Movie that aired in 2013. Here is a brief summary before I delve into why it deserves a sequel. Tabloid reporter, Greta Kaine, races to be the first to cover a possible story concerning the famous Tannenhill family. A few misunderstandings and mishaps later she is playing the girlfriend of Ben Tennenhill. Hilarity ensues.

Why a sequel?

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I’m attached to these characters. I found the chemistry between the whole cast (even Claire Sinclair) to be great. I bought that these people would be one big happy family with a lot of funny adventures. I’m convinced the sequel could be centered around Maggie and Peters’s friendship changing while Greta and Ben plan their wedding (oh please we all knew where that was going). It could be a fun movie. It can bring together a cast that obviously had a lot of fun making the first film.
Hallmark? Get on that. Stat.

Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade aired in 2012 on the Hallmark Channel. Technically, it is a Thanksgiving Day Movie but Hallmark fudges that a bit. Here is a summary.
Emily Jones, the Chicago Thanksgiving Day parade coordinator, has to deal with a development consultant that she is convinced was hired to ruin her beloved parade. She decides to stop him from ruining the parade she will teach him the importance this parade has in the community. As they get to know each other, they start to fall for each other.

Why Does this Deserve a Sequel?

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I mostly want a sequel because I loved the chemistry between the leads (this is going to be a theme for this whole blog post). I bought that they would fall hard for each other. I know the actors (Autumn Reeser and Antonio Cupo) were in another Hallmark movie but they aren’t the main couple! I wanted another movie where they end up together. I can’t even think of a plot for this movie. I guess while they are planning their wedding they find out they may have known each other for longer than expected? I don’t know, but I want these two actors back on my screen quick!

Borrowed Hearts

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Ok. I may be cheating but I just came across this movie on YouTube, and it brought back so many memories. It doesn’t normally play on TV anymore, but I read in my research that it aired on CBS in 1997! (Seriously…I thought this movie came out in 1994.) However, the movie plays like a Hallmark film…so…I declare this movie a Hallmark Holiday Movie (congrats movie!)
A confirmed bachelor, Sam Field, needs a quick family to close an important business deal over Christmas with Mr. Del Campo. Enter his employee Kathleen Russell and her daughter Zoey. They decide to play the role because she needs the money for a down payment on a house. Hilarity ensues.

Why a Sequel?

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I think a lot was left in the air. Not only do the main characters have to deal with their newfound relationship but her crappy ex is still out there. There is a lot left. I thought the sequel could be focused on Kathleen’s and Sam’s daughter Zoey. Whether it’s her leaving for college or getting married (I’ve been binge watching Say Yes to the Dress, so weddings are on my mind). They start to fall apart and need Javier Del Campo (angel) to show back up.
I’m afraid Roma Downey would make the film too religious, and Eric McCormack wouldn’t come near a television movie but then I remember I have no say in anything when it comes to television so…yeah. Make it happen CBS/Hallmark. Hey…Lifetime…you can try too! Speaking of Lifetime…

*The Christmas Consultant*

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This movie was designed for multiple sequels but for some reason it never happened. I assume it is because people were narrow-minded and judged it based on the cast (shame on you). Also, the ratings were nonexistent. Apparently, I was the only one who liked this movie (the cast even calling it corny) but I stand by my love for this movie. I see the good-hearted sweetness and run with it. I like my cheesy movie dammit! Anyway….
A stressed out family hires a Christmas consultant to run their holidays. Family bonding and hilarity ensues.

Why a Sequel?

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Seriously. I can see another Christmas movie where David Hasselhoff helps out another stressed out family while bringing in the first family that brought him back from the brink. They could have had the character help out with different holidays and even have a sweet storyline for himself. This movie has so many possibilities and for some reason Lifetime never ran with it. Then again…Lifetime isn’t the same network anymore (That is a whole other blog post. I have lots of feelings about the direction of Lifetime).

So, that is my list. There are a lot of other movies I wish had sequels, but Hallmark seems focused on their NorthPole series at least when it comes to sequels. I find, in my extensive internet research (take that with a grain of salt), that people would rather see their favorite romantic holiday movies have sequels. We see these characters every year for two months. It would be fun to see further into their lives and see how much has changed for them.
Do you have any television movies you would like to see sequels to? Write me a comment telling me all about it!

Until then, the randomness has ended. Hope you enjoyed!

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Christmas in July: My Top Three Hallmark Movies

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Welcome back to the randomness! Today, my friends, is the beginning of Amanda Month aka July. In true July fashion, it is time to celebrate Christmas!

Just go with it.

Christmas in July has become an event especially for the Hallmark Channel (not to mention every home shopping channel). Having conquered the Christmas movie market (starting on October 31st and running to January 2nd), Hallmark now has a weeklong Christmas in July event.

Nuts you say? Nutty awesomeness is what I think you meant to say.
Either way I could not help but check the schedule to see if my favorite movies were playing.
This leads me to the point of this blog post.

Here are my top three favorite Hallmark Christmas Movies that should become your favorite too. (Don’t worry…I don’t spoil any of the fun below!)

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Naughty or Nice (2012)

This movie has everything a movie fan could want. One Tree Hill alum, magic, and actual character growth. The movie is about a woman named Kris Kringle who accidentally gets Santa’s Naughty or Nice list. She uses it to her advantage to get revenge or check up on the family. She learns how to stand up for herself and that there are always two sides to every story.
This movie uses fantasy elements to invoke real natural change/growth in its characters. The story flows and concludes in a way that actually makes sense. It has that strong Christmas element without getting schmaltzy. I love this movie and consider it a much-overlooked new classic.

                                             

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Holiday to Remember (1995)

This movie is not technically a Hallmark original, but it airs on Hallmark every Christmas season. Therefore, it counts. Therefore was used which makes it official.

This story is about a woman coming back to her hometown with her daughter after a divorce. She comes across not only facing her past and her former fiancée but facing that she just may have a future after all in the hometown she ran from all those years ago.
All the actors have a great chemistry and it has Rue McClanahan aka Blanche from the Golden Girls.  What else do you need?

It does have a religious element to it, but it’s not overwhelming or preachy. The movie screams ‘the 90s’ but it is a comforting 90s. It has a strong quotable element to it. I still randomly quote the movie to my friends and family who have seen it. It’s cute and comforting. Something we all need at Christmas. Available on iTunes and it’s up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

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Hitched for the Holidays
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Nothing makes me happier than seeing two people use each other for different reasons, become friends and then fall in love. Mostly one man needs a fake girlfriend for Christmas to make his dying grandma happy and one woman needs a boyfriend to get her mother off her back during Hanukkah. That is what Hitched for the Holidays presents itself as in the commercials. However, this movie has a lot more going for it.

It not only covers Christmas but Hanukkah as well. It covers how family, regardless of what background they come from, can come together and respect and celebrate each other’s differences. It does not hurt that even the main characters grow and learn from each other. There are many jokes about both religions and how ridiculous the holiday season has become.

It is a sweet story that has an underlining theme of family, love, acceptance and what the holidays should be about at the end of the day.

Not bad for a Hallmark TV movie.

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There are so many more Hallmark Christmas movies out there that I adore. If I went through all of them, we would be here all day.

Hallmark has been a Christmas movie machine since the early 2000s.  With a new Christmas movie, premiering during their Christmas in July event (A Family for Christmas) Hallmark does not appear to be slowing down.

You can check out the Hallmark Christmas in July event from the 3rd to the 12th.  View the schedule here.

What are your favorite Hallmark Movies? Which ones do you hate? Tell me below! Until then, the randomness has needed. Hope you enjoyed.