Good Morning Christmas! Don't you love Hallmark's Christmas movies? I certainly do.
Year-after-year, my favorite TV holiday station provides me with just the right amount of Comfort & Joy, as well as the Little Christmas Charm I was previously missing. (Like what I did there?!)
And this year, amid a worldwide pandemic, I don't just want to virtually hang alongside Candace Cameron-Bure, I want to live in her world. If you, too, are feeling a little extra about Christmas this year, think of us as Santa's workshop: pulling out all the bells and whistles to help you make the most out of this holiday season.
Whether you're homebound of the holidays (due to COVID restrictions) or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, we've found all the ways and pieces you'll need to recreate your very own Hallmark movie from the comfort of your own home.
So, sit back and let's go for a scroll! We're going to help you turn your home into a Hallmark movie in five simple steps!
1. Set the stage
Every Hallmark movie starts the same: A former do-gooder, now wrapped up in their busy career or fast-paced life in the city, suddenly realizing that their holiday season is just a little bit lonely. Most times, this "wake-up call " happens after spotting loved ones caroling together, witnessing a bake-off, or in the saddest or movies: decorating their Christmas tree alone. (We know, what a heartbreaker!)
To set-up the scene for your own Hallmark-style revelation, take action with any of the items below:
2. Travel home
Next, the most pivotal moment in every Hallmark holiday movie is some deep-seated urge to suddenly head back to your hometown.
Whether your Aunt needs help with recreating the family cookie recipe that your grandma taught only to you, you lost your big city job, or you're just in need of some family time, the main character always heads back to their starting point.
To prepare for your holiday travels (or this year, your mental/virtual travels), here are some items to help your story move along:
3. Reconnect with the true meaning of the holiday season
Now that we've traveled down memory lane (either virtually or IRL), the next thing on our to-do list is simple.
Every character has a pivotal moment where they reconnect with the true meaning of the holiday season, usually while baking, finding the perfect gift for a loved one, or immersing themselves in a long-forgotten Christmas tradition.
See our below ideas:
4. Correct the problem
By now, we're more than halfway through your Hallmark holiday movie, in which case, that's usually where the problems start to arise. Whether it's due to lack of communication or a misunderstanding with an old high-school sweetheart, the only thing that matters here is that we have the tools necessary to address the problem head-on.
Wondering how? Here are a few ideas:
5. The grand finale
Finally, we've reached the end — and it's time for the grand finale! Whether you've realized home is where the heart is, or you've finally learned the true meaning of Christmas, the one way to conclude your Hallmark holiday this season?
Brittany Romano joins the Real Homes team as their U.S. E-commerce Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY-project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @Rammmyyy.