I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend. I was lucky enough to get to go home and see my family for a whole week, which meant pie, time with my family and Brandon, and a lot of playing with my puppy. Like, a lot.
For most people, Black Friday means the beginning of no-rules wrestling over electronics in a Walmart, but for me, it means that the fall season is over and it’s officially Christmas time. Brandon loves Christmas, so my Black Friday was spent studying while the playlist “Country Christmas” loudly played in the background. So Wyoming, I know.
My favorite part of the Christmas season (besides Jesus!) isn’t the cookies or the music, but the super cheesy made-for-television Christmas movies. I love them. They have everything I could want in a movie: adorable romance, predictability (serving my Type-A need for routine), and a happy ending every single time without fail.
I watch at least a few every year with my family, and make Brandon sit through my favorite, Holiday in Handcuffs, which he thinks is too cheesy but I love. My love for this movie has nothing to do with Mario Lopez appearing shirtless, let’s be clear. Nothing.
People make fun of my love of low-budget Christmas movies, but I think there are a lot of lessons from them that you can apply to your own life.
1. If you’re single and headed home for the holidays, don’t subject yourself to awkward questions about your love life. Kidnap a stranger and force them to pretend they’re marrying you.
Your family will believe it, you won’t be caught by the cops, and this person, who happens to be a 10, will definitely fall in love with you. It’s foolproof.
2. Christmas spirit can do anything.
It can reunite loved ones, heal broken homes, and help you find love. It’s the MacGyver of the supernatural.
3. On that note, Christmas makes everything okay.
It doesn’t matter if great misfortune has befallen your family or if you are down on your luck. On Christmas Eve, all your problems will resolve themselves, you’ll find yourself uncontrollably happy, and presents will be under the tree no matter how poor you were the day before.
4. If you’re ungrateful for your kindhearted but unemployed husband and your kids, the cure is to knock yourself unconscious while pulling your clothes out of the dryer.
You’ll dream that you climbed through the dryer into the alternate reality of what it would have been like if you had married your other high school romance. You’ll realize your other romance, while better-looking, rich, and successful, is actually a selfish idiot who would have divorced you anyway. Once you regain consciousness, you will feel more grateful and also come to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
5. The true meaning of Christmas is really important, and it is definitely not the birth of Jesus.
It’s something vaguer like “love” or “togetherness” or “Christmas spirit,” but whatever it is, it’s definitely worth finding.
6. If you are looking for love, your perfect match is probably someone from your past like a high school boyfriend, who you will eventually run into at a grocery store or some mundane place.
You’ll rekindle your romance somehow from there, and realize you were always meant for each other. A cheesy winter date like ice skating or walking around Times Square at Christmastime will definitely be involved.
I know I’ve been an AWOL blogger lately, but life has been moving at hyperspeed. Yikes. I’m now sitting in the airport waiting for my connection to Philadelphia, for the last 22 days of my time at Penn before I graduate and become a real adult. Holy cow. Where have the last 3.5 years gone???
To balance out the fact that becoming an adult is terrifying, this is the last time Brandon and I will be plane-flight-away long-distance. From December when I return until the wedding, we will only be a 2.5 hour drive apart. Incredibly excited for this.
Have a week so great that it makes all the other weeks in the year jealous. And definitely start it with coffee.
What is your favorite cheesy Christmas movie?