Of course, if you’re like us, Lifetime, Hallmark, Freeform and all the other bastions of straight-to-TV holiday movies are your guilty pleasures — and you indulge unapologetically.
So, in solidarity with you
1. Marry Me For Christmas
Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams) is an ad executive on the rise. Unfortunately, her family is more interested in her landing a husband than landing a difficult account. So when the single businesswoman decides to jet home for the holidays, she brings along her assistant Adam (Brad James), who assumes the role of her fiancé. It’s a story we’ve heard before, but with an ending we didn’t quite see coming.
2. A Christmas Kiss
After her makeup artist BFF paints her face for their girls’ night out, aspiring designer Wendy Walton (Laura Breckenridge) is emboldened to kiss a stranger in an elevator. Of course, that stranger ends up being her tyrannical boss’s boyfriend, Adam (Brendan Fehr) — and, of course, she ends up falling for him. And while Adam’s failure to recognize Wendy without foundation is downright laughable, we’ll chalk it up to holiday spirits.
The Family Man gets a modern update — and a gender swap — with this romantic dramedy, which follows silver-tongued executive Melody Gerard (Jennie Garth). After she suffers a minor accident during a business trip to her hometown, Melody “wakes up” in an alternative universe where she’s married to her high school sweetheart and forced to reevaluate where her allegiances really lie. Of course, this story is predicated on the idea that women have to choose between love and corporate ascension but who watches holiday rom-drams for nuance? Come on, people.
4. Holiday Engagement
Bonnie Somerville plays Hillary Burns, a woman who is tragically dumped before going home for Thanksgiving and hires a very handsome actor, David (Jordan Bridges), to be her fake fiancé. Yes, the odds are slim that a normal person, let alone your soul mate, would answer an online posting, but Christmas.
5. Just in Time for Christmas
Lindsay Rogers (Eloise Mumford) has regrets about breaking up with her longtime love who is set to walk down the aisle with someone else, but thanks to a little bit of holiday magic, Lindsay might get the happy ending she's been longing for. It contains an important life lesson: If you still reminisce about a certain someone, too much wine and phones don't mix.