12 Days of Christmas: Hallmark Channel Style

12 Days of Christmas: Hallmark Channel Style

Ten sappy love stories.
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1. On the first day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... a constant cookie craving

In every single Hallmark Christmas movie, people are all about the cookies. There are gingerbread, sugar and many more that'll make you wish you were eating some right along with the actors.


2. On the second day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... 2 ice sculpting contests

The ice sculpting contests were part of town traditions that bring together many generations of families as well as neighbors and even strangers.

3. On the third day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... many gingerbread houses

In multiple movies, there were gingerbread house contests. There were amateur designs, using a kit,, as well as huge elaborate designs encompassing whole villages.

4. On the fourth day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... forty something small towns

The small towns were each one big family, full of traditions and love, keeping them together despite all the bad things happening to them

5. On the fifth day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... five engagement rings

With all the love in the towns, it's a wonder that everyone doesn't have an engagement ring


6. On the sixth day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... multiple tearful break-ups

Whether they thought the other was better off without them or there was an argument, someone was always left in tears

7. On the seventh day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... seven hours of crying

Hallmark and Kleenex must have a deal

8. On the eighth day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me.... eight Christmas Pageants

The Christmas fun isn't just for the adults, the kids can enjoy it too

9. On the ninth day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... lots of Christmas lights

People go all out for Christmas and their lights and decorations do not disappoint


10. On the tenth day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... ten sappy love stories

The story line goes as follows: Rich guy or girl goes to a small town, falls in love, is afraid of commitment, attempts to leave, and realizes he/she found their true love

11. On the eleventh day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... the same plot over and over

The plots are predictable yet interchangeable, but entertaining and mesmerizing nonetheless

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas, Hallmark Channel gave to me... 1200 attractive guys

In each movie, there is at least one hot guy, usually one of the main characters who gives you some eye candy to go along with the actual candy.

Can't wait till next year...

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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