It may seem hard to believe, but this Saturday night the Hallmark Channel is premièring the first of 19(!) brand-new Christmas movies. That's right, on October 29, two days before Halloween, you can start making your days merry and bright, one movie at a time. These films have become a staple of the network, with a feel-good formula that would make any Grinch's heart grow three sizes.
We fancy ourselves experts of these Hallmark Movies, having written the definitive guide to the channel's favorite festive tropes. In fact, we're so confident, we've challenged ourselves to guess the premise of seven of the 2016 films. No peeking at the synopses, just based one the photo and title. Check the schedule for Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas and watch to see if we're right! WARNING: spoilers ahead (probably).
A Wish For Christmas
Airs: October 29
Jennifer is helping her family hang ornaments on the tree, wondering how many more Christmases she'll spend alone. She shakes a snow globe and it bursts open, revealing a hunky holiday genie. Before Christmas Eve, she must decide on her three wishes. End world hunger? Nah. Free the hunky genie so they live happily ever after? Duh.
Airs: November 13
In this delightful stoner comedy, two righteous bros devise the perfect plan to save their struggling bake shop. They start cooking some very "special" Christmas edibles and, one by one, the townspeople become hooked. Word starts to spread, and they get wrapped up in a Breaking Bad-style crime ring they can't bake their way out of.
A December Bride
Airs: November 20
May is a 40-year-old career woman. Denny is a 20-year-old student. They meet at a family party and, despite their age difference, they fall in love. Can they find common ground when Denny wasn't even alive to see Home Alone's theatrical run?
The Mistletoe Promise
Airs: November 5
Holly and Chris met nine years ago at a holiday party thrown by a mutual friend. They stumble into one another underneath the mistletoe and talk all night. Still young and not wanting commitment, they make a promise right there that if they aren't married in nine years, they'll find each other and settle down. Lo and behold, they're both in unhappy relationships nine years later, and start to wonder if they were meant to be all along.
Airs: November 23
Bobby and Brenda are matched together for a new reality show, The Claus and Effect, where they are filmed 24/7 trying to operate Santa's workshop (while Santa takes a much-needed vacation). Both of them struggle with the demand for toys while America watches and hopes that their constant squabbling means they're actually falling in love. Spoiler alert: They are. They always are.
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Journey Back to Christmas
Airs: November 27
Sarah, a busy executive who worked late on Christmas Eve, wakes up on Christmas morning and begrudgingly spends the day with her crazy family. She goes to bed and wakes up the next morning to find that it's Christmas - again. This time though, she's there with a husband and two children. She stumbles through the day trying to figure it out, finally going to bed hoping it's a dream. The next morning though, it's Christmas once again, but now she's on her way to to an overtime shift at the hospital. The cycle continues as she sees a different way her life could have gone each day. Which life will she finally land in?
My Christmas Dream
Airs: November 19
After spending her life as a Jehovah's Witness, Missy has broken free and finally gets to celebrate the holidays that were once forbidden. She obsesses over the perfect decorations and activities, trying to ignore her hunky Scrooge of a neighbor. How could he hate Christmas when she's dying to have one? In the days leading up to the 25th, they both realize the spirit of Christmas is not in activities, but in who you share them with.