Friday, November 30, 2018
Ok, I don’t mean to brag, but I recently dusted the competition in a spirited game of Christmas Movie Bingo (more on the rules below—you’re dying to know, right?).
Like apparently millions of other across this great nation (who have access to Netflix, Amazon Prime or the Hallmark Channel), my family and I have embraced the much maligned film genre of Christmas movies. Sure, they’re cheesy. Sure you can figure out the plot in about five seconds. And, sure, it’s 90 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back.
But Christmas movies are also lots of fun. And, guess what? This year you’ll have more options than ever before if this is the way you like to spend a Friday night.
According to today’s Wall Street Journal, The Hallmark Channel knows exactly what we love to click on and is releasing 22 new Christmas Movies on that channel, plus 15 on their Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel this year alone (I don’t get those channels but am hopeful they’ll cross over to my streaming services in the future).
And Netflix has wisely created a sequel to last year’s runaway hit, A Christmas Prince. (Apparently Netflix tracked viewership and found 53 viewers watched the movie every day for two weeks—who are these people?!?). The cleverly named, A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding comes out today. But I’ve already promised my far-flung children to wait for their holiday arrival to watch it. I promise not to have an unfair advantage for that movie’s bingo game!
What’s the appeal? Christmas movies are basically the comfort food of TV: the whole family can watch them together and you can count on a happy ending (which is, of course, an appealing alternative to the news headlines).
So, go ahead. Put aside the cynicism, pop some corn and gather your loved ones near.
Rules for Movie Bingo
- Select cheesy movie
- Watch 10 minutes and pause.
- Have each participant choose eight items they believe will happen in the movie and use these to create your bingo card (see sample below)
- First person to fill their card wins!
(And only some of the above card got me the win in The Princess Switch so don’t cheat and use my guesses).