It’s That Time of Year!

No, I’m not talking about Christmas shopping or putting up the decorations. I tend to wait on those things until the Thanksgiving meal is over. But one thing I do look forward to starting early each year is watching the Christmas romance movies on the Hallmark Channel. I know some of them are cheesy, but I don’t care. I’m a total sucker for a romance set during the holidays. Each weekend for eight weeks, the Hallmark Channel airs two new Christmas romance movies. So, yes, I got my first delicious taste this past weekend.

Snow BrideThe first one up was Snow Bride, which I was extra excited to watch because the heroine was played by Katrina Law, who played Mira on Spartacus, one of my favorite shows. In Snow Bride, she played a reporter for one of those horrible celebrity gossip rags, and she was hot on the trail of a juicy story about a prominent political family. But then it snowed and her car got stuck in the mountains near the family’s retreat, she slipped into a fake identity and spent some time with the family incognito. And of course she found out they were great people and fell in love with one of the attractive sons (played by Jordan Belfi), who had no desire to go into politics but wanted to write novels instead. Hey, what’s not to like, right?

The next night, the offering was A Very Merry Mix-Up starring Alicia Witt and Mark Wiebe. Alicia plays an antique store owner who gets engaged right before Christmas to a guy who is big into making big real estate deals. While he’s not horrible, we all know he’s not going to be the right guy for her. They head to his parents’ house for Christmas so she can meet them for the first time. Only at the last minute, he has the opportunity to make another deal and sends her ahead. She arrives at the house after a series of mishaps and realizes she loves his family. Honestly, she can’t figure out why he’s so different from them.

There’s a good reason for that. She’s at the wrong house with the wrong family! Needless to say, after the warmth of the first family — not to mention a great connection with their son, whom she thought was going to be her brother-in-law — the second family, the real one, leaves her cold. She realizes she’s lost who she was by being with the first guy, and her true love lies somewhere else.

As I watch these movies, I imagine one of my Christmas romance stories being brought to the screen. That would be beyond cool. I mean, wouldn’t you watch a movie called A Cowboy in Her Stocking? Or maybe a movie that has three intersecting holiday stories like those in Swept Away for Christmas? Hey, a girl can dream. πŸ™‚

Do you like Christmas romance movies? Do you watch the Hallmark Channel movies each year? What Christmas romance story would you like to see made into a movie?



  • Helen says:

    Is he coming to my place

    Have Fun

  • Helen says:


    We don’t get the Hallmark channel so I can’t watch these but I do watch a lot of Christmas movies at this time of the year I love them mostly they are older ones that I have seen time and time again but I am never dissappointed πŸ™‚

    I love the sound of your new Christmas story and I think it would make a great movie and I would love watching it fingers crossed it happens

    Have Fun

    The GR must have known we are having a family BBQ tonight I am sure he willl enjoy himslef with the 6 grandkids πŸ™‚

  • Jane says:

    Hello Trish,
    I don’t watch the Christmas romance movies on the Hallmark Channel. I only watch the Hallmark Channel to catch reruns of Matlock.

  • Trish, I’d stay up late to watch A COWBOY IN HER STOCKING. Probably not as late as I’d stay to watch a cowboy in my stocking but that’s a whole nother barrel of onions. I love Christmas books and Christmas movies and, dang, the whole Christmas thing. It’s funny – last week I read Sarah Morgan’s wonderful SLEIGH BELLS IN THE SNOW and I said to her when I emailed her to say how much I enjoyed it that I could picture it as a movie. Something like those Sarah Bullock romantic comedies that I always loved.

  • Trish –

    I don’t generally watch the Hallmark channel – heck – I don’t even know which channel out of the 500 or so on the TV these days that one is. But I’ll find out because I love watching romances on TV. This sounds fantastic. I’d definitely watch A Cowboy in her Stocking – love that title.

    • Thanks, Donna. And I actually really love the scene in the book that has to do with the title. It’s sweet.

      Heck, I don’t know what most channels are on my TV. I just set what shows I want to record and let the TiVo take care of finding them. πŸ™‚

  • Ooh, I love the idea of a Cowboy in MY stocking, Trish! What a great title and cover.

    I’ve never really been one for holiday themed reading or movies–they’re not such a big thing here as they are in the U.S. but I’ve changed a bit with having children. My favourite Christmas movie is the Muppets’ A Christmas Carol. LOL

    • I still remember some of my favorites from when I was a kid, like all those old claymation stories like Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman. Then the black and white classic movies like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • Prisakiss says:

    Man, sounds like I’ve already missed two great Hallmark Christmas movies. What I love about having a dvr is that I can set it to record movies late at night or during the day while I’m at work, then have a movie marathon over the weekend. πŸ™‚

    My parents and I enjoy watching the Hallmark movies together, so it’s great adult family time, too.

    As for a book I’d like to see become a movie… I’m all for yours, Trish. πŸ™‚

    Happy Holidays!

    • Hey, Pris! Thanks for stopping by. I record a lot of stuff, too. In fact, my TiVo is about to explode with things I’ve recorded. I need to be able to stop time for about two days so I can get caught up then restart time again. πŸ™‚

  • Heidi Howard says:

    Great post, Trish! I rarely get the remote control, so I had not watched any Hallmark movies until last year when my sister came to visit. Wonder of wonders, she just picked it up and put on Hallmark and we watched Christmas movies the whole time she was here. Except for the night out at Patti’s! So the other day My hubby asked when the Hallmark Christmas movies would start. Tonight!

    • LOL! I love it. And now you have me wanting mile-high meringue pie or a Boat Sinker from Patti’s! Did I ever tell you I worked there one summer when I was in college? I lived with Jen that summer, and we both worked there.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Ohh love the look of A Cowboy in her Stocking.

    I must admit to being a sucker for Christmas movies and will watch even the cheesiest once. We have a 24 hour Christmas movie channel here that runs from mid-November, so December is usually full of fun movies. Of course, I love to watch all my favourites too. My all-time fave being Christmas in Connecticut – the original, not the awful remake!

    • This is one I haven’t seen, so I need to look for it. And I’m like you, I know some of these are cheesy, but I just don’t care. They make me feel good. πŸ™‚

  • Shannon says:

    Oh thanks for the tip. I’ve researched the time they are on and even the channel on my mother’s cable system. I’ll definitively tape them if there’s something more important on. Gonzaga game’s take precedence at Mom’s.

    Sleigh Bells in the Snow whetted my appetite for Christmas romance. I’m also thinking of rereading The Mischief of the Mistletoe. I can’t remember what happened to the Christmas pudding, but it was key to the plot.

  • Deb says:

    I LOVE the H.mark Christmas movies!! I don’t care if some of them are sappy, I just enjoy watching them. Your book sounds cute, Trish. It would be a cute premise for a movie! My fave movie, though, is “White Christmas”.

  • catslady says:

    I can only watch them when my husband isn’t home which isn’t very often lol. We do watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation though lol.

  • Trish, I’m a complete sucker for cheesy romantic Christmas movies! I watch them on the Hallmark channel and the various Lifetime channels.

    Last year around this time, I was staying with my mom all through the holidays, I taped those movies every night and watched them over and over again. They were mindless and sweet and they kept me going. My brothers thought I was totally sick, but I’m okay with that. πŸ™‚

    Very nice cowboy cover, by the way!

    • Thanks, Kate. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on the cowboy cover for this one. So hurray for the Harlequin art department! πŸ™‚ I think while this time of year is supposed to be full of fun and joy, sometimes it can be a downer, too. That’s one of the reasons I like these movies, because they’re just fun and leave me smiling.

  • I would definitely watch a movie version of A Cowboy in Her Stocking!

    I don’t get television where I live, but my Mom stays glued to the Hallmark Channel during the holidays. She is always telling me about the holiday movies she watches.

    I do have a collection of holiday movies on DVD and I drag them out every year to keep me in the holiday spirit.

    And I have a collection of holiday romance novels and anthologies too. I love re reading them every year. I’m definitely going to add A COWBOY IN HER STOCKING to my collection!

  • Hey Trish! I love Christmas stories both in print and on TV. Will have to look for both of these on repeats!

    The book I’d love to see made into a Christmas movie is Sandy Blair’s A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS. I think it would be a great vehicle for Gerard Butler to play the time traveling Scot!

  • Becke Turner says:

    I love Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. They may be old, but they never get old!

  • Trish, I don’t know whether we get the Hallmark channel, but I do enjoy Christmas romance movies. Miracle on 34th St has a nice, if underdeveloped, romance subplot.

    I have a shelf full of Christmas romance novels, but I’m not at home and am drawing a blank on what they are. Grace Burrowes has three lovely Christmas novels, and any of them would be great. They’re Lady Louisa, Lady Sophie, and Lady Jenny’s books, but the exact titles escape me.

  • Mozette says:

    Actually, I have a little collection of Christmas movies – not those corny, stupid childrens’ ones – which I watch every year. These are of the likes of ‘StepMom’, ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Bed of Roses’… good ones which have great stars in them too.

    And they’re timeless too.

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    I’d watch a movie called A Cowboy in Her Stocking!

    I didn’t realize the Hallmark Channel had already started their Christmas movies. The ones you saw sound good and I’ll have to see if I can find them now.

    I have to watch White Christmas every year. I also like The Family Stone, The Holiday and While You Were Sleeping.

    • Marcy Shuler says:

      I was able to catch Snow Bride and A Very Merry Mix-Up today, and I’m watching The Christmas Ornament as I type. Now I’m all caught up. πŸ˜‰

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Me, too, Trish!

    First, let me tell you that I don’t watch movies (and my son
    is a playwright and filmmaker!) as a rule.

    Last year, I fell into a weekend when there was nothing on the TV. Scanning the TV guide I saw that Hallmark was showing Debbie Macomber’s “Mrs. Miracle.” I’d read the book so I wanted to see the film. Well, that film and all the others that followed sealed my fate! So far, I’ve seen the ones you listed plus a half dozen or so of the movies I watched last year! I’m not sure what keeps calling me back, maybe it’s that they are so comfortable! Maybe it’s
    because that’s the only snow that Houston may see this
    year! Looking forward to seeing “The Christmas Orna-
    ment” on Saturday night!

    Pat C.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I havee been watching tbe Hallmark Movie Channel all week. 24/7 of holiday movies πŸ™‚ Needless to say I’ve been very happy. I too tend to watch the older movies more though. Holiday Inn is my number 1 fav though. Can’t beat hearing Bing sing WHITE CHRISTMAS.

  • Malvina says:

    I love watching Christmas movies and reading Christmas romances. Can’t get enough of them. So, keep bringing them on, and thankyou!

  • frogisgreen says:

    Christmas movies on Hallmark is my favorite! I get poked at and made fun of, but I DVR all of them and watch them over and over! When I say I have a Hallmark Christmas movie I’m dying to watch- the house will clear quickly. I sit down with a roll of toilet paper, cup of hot tea, and I’m there for the duration! Glad I’m not the only one!