Someone Call Dr. Phil!  I’m Addicted to Hallmark Christmas Movies!

I Am An HCM Addict

I know from watching Dr. Phil, that the first step in solving a problem is acknowledging that you have one.  Here it goes…I can’t stop watching Hallmark Christmas Movies!  I mean I really can’t!  I AM AN  HCM ADDICT!.  Whew, there it is, I have confessed.

It makes no sense!  I know what’s going to happen and I know how it’s going to end.  So, why do I feel compelled to watch the same movie over and over again with different actors?  For all you fellow HCM addicts, you know exactly what I mean.

“Girl leaves insensitive jerk after being exposed to the true meaning of love surrounded by mediocre Christmas decorations.”

Where do I go from here?  What’s the cure for such an addiction?

Dr. Phil’s Lead

Following Dr.Phil’s lead, I decided to put “some verbs in my sentences” and did a little reality check.  While setting up my DVR to record “A Boyfriend for Christmas” and “The Mistletoe Inn”, I created a list of “common sense” questions to ask myself.

  1. How many Christmas Tree Lightings in Town Squares can there really be?
  2. Are there really that many Event Coordinators and Wedding Planners within farming communities and small towns throughout the U.S.?
  3. How many times has a gorgeous man wiped whipped cream, flour, or cookies crumbs lovingly, from my face?
  4. Why is there an overabundance of Thirty-Something-Stud-Muffin-Widowers with 9-year-old daughters?
  5. Has my first kiss ever been interrupted by a dog, family member, or cell phone?

Reality Check

So, what did my reality check reveal?  Just that!  There isn’t a whole lot of reality in these movies at all.  Think about it, a movie where someone falls in love at Sam’s Club, Taco Bell, or JiffyLube, isn’t romantic.

How about you?  Would you prefer a movie titled, “The Christmas Stalker”, “Christmas at Econo Lodge”, or “A Very Merry Christmas Debt”?  Yea, it might be a more authentic version of our lives, but I will stick with “A Cookie Cutter Christmas.”  Hey, everyone needs a happy ending on Tuesday nights at 8 pm.

Oh, and by the way, “Merry Christmas”, Dr. Phil…signed, An HCM Addict.

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