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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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

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The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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Since 'Baby It’s Cold Outside' Was Banned, Here Are 18 Other Songs That Should Also Be Added To The List

Can people please start writing some Christmas songs appropriate for 2018?

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This year Christmas is being done a little differently. Radio stations across America have been taking "Baby It's Cold Outside" off the air because of its promotion of rape. I have compiled an extensive list of 18 other songs that should also be taken off the air for its inappropriateness and offensiveness towards everyone.

1. "White Christmas"

White Christmas

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas."

Promoting racism. Need I say any more than that?

2. "Holly Jolly Christmas"

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

"Kiss her once for me."

Excuse me, did you as for her permission to kiss her? Does she want to kiss you? Or is she a respectable young woman who just happens to be standing under the mistletoe who does not wish for your advances?

3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Yule Tide Gay

"Make the yule-tide gay."

Um, it's 2018 and we are still throwing around the word gay?

4. "All I Want For Christmas is You"

All I Want For Christmas is You

"I just want you for my own."

Men and women are not objects. They are human beings too.

5. "Deck the Halls"

Don we now our gay apparel

"Don we now our gay apparel"

Again with the gay jokes.

6. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

Mr. Grinch

"You're a monster, Mr. Grinch! Your heart's an empty hole."

Promoting bullying and calling people names. It's not the Grinch's fault that that's how he was born. He can't help that he was brought up like that. Nor can he help the way that he smells.

7. "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

Creepy

"He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!"

Glorifying peeping toms.

8. "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas"

Guns

"A pair of hop along boots and a pistol that shoots, is the wish of Barney and Ben."

Promoting guns and shooting. The NRA probably wrote this song to help push their #ProGun agenda.

9. "Mistletoe and Holly"

Mistletoe and Holly

"Tasty pheasants, Christmas presents."

I don't think PETA would appreciate the phrase of eating animals sung around the radio all month long.

10.  "Frosty the Snowman"

Frosty

"Frosty the snowman."

Where is the snow woman? They can have jolly, happy souls too.

It also encourages smoking: "With a corncob pipe and a button nose."

And Hallucinogenic drugs: Because they are seeing a snowman come to life. Who knows what they are on.

He also didn't stop for traffic: "He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop."

Traumatizing children by dying in front of them: "I'll be back again someday."

11. "Santa Baby"

Santa Baby

"Santa baby, a 54 convertible too, light blue."

Promoting sugar daddy and baby relationships.

12.  "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

Adultery

"I saw mommy tickle Santa Claus."

"I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus."

"If daddy had only seen Mommy kissing Santa Clause last night?"

Subjecting kids to pornography and promoting adultery.

13.  "Mistletoe"

Mistletoe

"Don't ya buy me nothin', cause I am feelin' one thing. Your lips on my lips, that's a merry, merry Christmas." Encouraging the act of pressuring partners into sexual acts.

14.  "Underneath the Tree"

Push

"Knocked me right off my feet. And this year I will fall."

Domestic violence.

15.  "My Only Wish"

Stalking

The whole song goes through a woman wishing for this one guy and describing how she wants to be "in his arms." She talks about what he looks like and how much she wants him. Aka, this chick is a dangerous stalker and should be a warning for others.

16.  "Man With the Bag"

Home Alone

"You'll get yours if you've done everything you should, extra special good."

Eliciting favors in exchange for gifts.

17.  "Up on the House Top"

Trespassing

"Up on the housetop, reindeer pause. Out jumps good old Santa Claus. Down through the chimney with lots of toys."

Tolerating trespassing.

"Here is a hammer and lots of tacks. A whistle and a ball and a whip that cracks."

Promoting BDSM to children.

18.  "Feliz Navidad"

Cultural Appropriation

"Feliz navidad."

This only goes towards the people who are not Spanish-speaking and are singing the song. Please don't practice cultural appropriation.

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