The Holidays and Hallmark. Wow.
When I was a Kid, My All-Time Favorite Career Goal was to be a Card Designer for Hallmark.
Or Work at Disney. No, it was definitely Hallmark.
This was Way, Way Before the Hallmark Channel and these Crazy Hallmark Christmas Movies.
I Sat Down One Night after a Very Long Exhausting Day at Work, and Watched a Hallmark Movie.
I Can’t Recall the Title, or the Storyline, or the Characters…But No Matter.
They’re All the Same.
Simple Titles…Finding Christmas…The Christmas Card…The Christmas Song…you get the idea.
The Characters…Same Profile…Single…Dealing with a Challenge in their life….One has a Kid.
A Very Cute…Santa-Believing Kid.
And Often a Sprinkle of Christmas Magic.
At the End…Challenge Resolved…Together…as a Unit…or a Ready-Made Family.
And It’s Christmas Day.
The Battle is Always Christmas Eve Day. The Last 15 Minutes of the Show.
The Resolution…On Christmas.
Each Character wishes the Other Merry Christmas. Then the Hallmark Kiss.
Watching these Shows…For Me…Is Reassuring…Uplifting…Warm and Cozy.
Silly. Sure. Unrealistic. Of Course.
But Sitting with Hot Tea…a Chocolate Treat…and Mr. Doodle…
All the Craziness of This Very Long Year Quietly is Resolved.
Just Like the Hallmark Storyline.
Thank You Hallmark.
Yes. There is Magic. Everywhere. Every Day.
We Just Need to Take a Breath and Listen.
Wishing You a Glorious Thanksgiving. Thanks for Being Here with Me.