Depressing Holiday Movies

Depressing Holiday movies

Not sure how many readers will like this post, but I felt like I needed to get this off my chest. Every year at the beginning of November Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, and the Hallmark TV networks roll out the holiday movies.

Every year I have two relatives who decide they have to watch the networks 24/7 through the festive holiday season. If you know whats good for you upon pain of death you will not attempt to change the channel or even make the suggestion.

Problem is these relatives hate Christmas and do not have a romantic bone in their body. Yet for some reason watch these TV networks who only show romantic holiday films. I did a survey among people I know and ask if it bothered them that 99.9% of the movies shown were romantic in nature.

Everyone I asked save one person said yes it did bother them. When asked why their responses varied from “I can’t relate”, “I don’t have a family”, and “I am single and seeing all these romantic holiday movies makes me want to kill myself”. Sad, but true.

Many of the films featured show story-lines of Santa playing matchmaker, or an angel leaving behind the heavenly realm to take on human form to bring two people meant for each other together. Many of the people I queried ask why other stories weren’t featured.

Many ask for comedies dealing with holidays gone wrong, or a family relationship being reconciled, or a person who is terminal being healed and or cured.

According to the singles I talked to the depression they suffered from having to watch these movies while at a relatives home, or hotel room was upsetting to say the least. I myself just last year had to take refuge in the basement praying the cable would go out so I wouldn’t have to tolerate the crap that was on.

Although my plea will fall on deaf ears this season maybe if enough people email the networks next year the movie line up will be more varied and more tolerable for viewers. The feedback for lifetime and LMN is aefeedback@aenetworks.com and Hallmark Channel feedback is here.

If any readers are experiencing suicidal thoughts please reach out for help or call 1-800-273-8255. In case I do not write another holiday themed article. I hope your dreams come true and happy holidays!

Jamie Nixon covers Entertainment for MFST, you can follow her on Twitter @JamieNixon79

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