Due to either a burst of holiday spirit or an end-of-year deterioration of my mental state, I've watched 9 Hulu Christmas Movies over the last 8 days, plus Kelly Clarkson's Christmas special and 2 movies I refused to finish.
Here are some recommendations from my Christmas Movie Bender.
A Christmas Movie Christmas
If you want a few scenes featuring an Adorable Christmas Movie Child™, a few scenes featuring an Adorable Christmas Movie Gram Gram™, and you don't want to think too hard, this is for you.
The sassy black friend thing feels a little tropey. That said, the entire Christmas Movie genre is a little tropey and I wasn't sad when that character was on screen, so we'll let it slide.
If you like minor plotlines involving two dorky side characters also finding love, this is for you.
Desperately Seeking Santa
While the movie is pretty good, it's hard to describe without making it sound pretty dumb. Here's a scene description:
A charming Good Son™ from South Boston moonlighting as a hunky santa (to save the family restaurant) performs CPR on an ailing mall customer.
All together, that sounds overwhelming; however, if any single part of that scene sounds like fun, then this is for you.
12 Pups of Christmas
Special shout out to Elizabeth Small and Charlotte Sullivan; they were so charming (for a Christmas Movie) that I paused the movie to Google them.
While the movie is definitely more human focused than puppy focused, if you want a Christmas Movie with a sprinkle of "OH MY GOD WHAT A GOOD BOIIIIII", this is for you.
Same Time, Next Christmas
I like to call this movie "How Lea Michele Went To Hawaii And Got Her Groove Back". If that sentence intrigues you, this is for you.
Special shout-out to whomever slipped a wonderfully tender moment into the 3rd act, between two characters who didn't have that much screen-time together. It was a very pleasant surprise.
Naughty & Nice
A 92 year-old dies off camera while having sex and the cast is more charming than they need to be for a Christmas Movie.