With the holidays upon us, Hallmark channel’s movie season is in full swing. If you’ve never experienced a Hallmark holiday movie, you simply must put it on your holiday to-do list. The paint-by-number plots and impossibly perfect characters reel you in with this siren-like song. But despite their predictability, they are genuinely heartwarming and absolutely perfect to watch as a family. You cannot help but smile. And so far, they’ve all been safe for even the littlest ears with specific regard to sensitive Christmastime issues when parents can get a bit hypersensitive about who might let something slip. We have far too few years to enjoy watching our children light up at this magical time of year – Hallmark movies are a safe bet for everyone!
And everyone knows the classic Hallmark slogan, “when you care enough to send the very best.” These movies definitely live up to that sentiment. But the commercials. Oh, the commercials. First, there are a lot of commercials. But that’s not the biggest problem.
There we were, cuddled up with blankets outside on the lanai (it’s only dropped into the 50s where we live so far this season – don’t hate). We were all oozing with the warmth of the Hallmark movie love and I, in particular, was teary eyed at many moments because that night’s movie was all about ballet, my first love.
But then, during the commercials, what to our wondering eyes would appear?
A promotion for a new show called “Knocked Up.” Oh dear.
Apparently Lifetime has a new show coming out that traces the lives of three women who are unexpectedly expecting - "after one night of fun" - as they framed it. And the media giants felt the appropriate moment to share this thrilling new series was between the writing-the-Santa-letter scene and the reuniting-a-family scene of a holiday family movie. It never ceases to amaze me.
So as I suggested in my last post, your children will be exposed to some less than graceful ideas. They just will. So it is up to you to talk, talk, talk to them. In bits and pieces at the right times, and in great depth at other times, about the ideas they will encounter in the world that – I’m guessing if you’re reading this – are going to be very different from what you have taught them. So as much as you want to shelter your children forever, you also must prepare them for what you’re sheltering them from.
And now it’s time for me to check which Hallmark movie is on tonight...