Hallmark boasts a whopping 80 million viewers during their annual Countdown to Christmas when they run holiday fare 24/7 from the end of October to the new year. Those numbers are simply astounding.
The Hallmark phenomenon is even more fascinating when you consider that they produce the yuletide version of Groundhogs Day. Most of the films have strikingly similar plots, or at least plot points. Still, they are beloved.
Let me state upfront that I’m a fan of these candy-coated concoctions for reasons that I detailed a few years ago in a light-hearted article, which espouses the virtues of these films while expressing some areas of concern. Not long after writing that critique, Hallmark veered into agenda-driven television, adding an additional concern for faith-based believers. I covered that topic in a follow-up article and wrote a piece on how to discuss these issues with your kids from a Biblical point of view.
But analyzing the pros and cons and addressing the concerns doesn’t answer a critically important question:
What makes these films so popular?
Or more particularly, what is the overwhelming need that these films meet?
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“How Hallmark Takes Over Your TV Every Christmas” by Emily VanDerWerff, Vox
“Why Netflix Is Making Hallmark Christmas Movies” by Caroline Fox, Screenrant
“The Impact of Coronavirus on Cable TV is Mixed” by Brad Adgate, Forbes
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Catherine Segars is an award-winning actress and playwright — turned stay-at-home-mother—turned author, podcaster, speaker and blogger. She is dedicated to helping parents be a godly example for their kids in an ungodly world.
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