Photo of ‘The Christmas House’/Courtesy of NBC News
In late November, the Hallmark Channel released its upcoming Holiday movies and special TV episodes’ list featuring premiering titles.
“I watch Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel year-round,” said Courtney Blackmon, a senior psychology major. “I watch the same ones every year, so it’s good that they’re still releasing new stuff.”
But although the holiday-centric channel has been playing Christmas-themed movies in rotation since mid-July, now is the official time (in my humble opinion) for new Christmas movies and TV shows to take full spotlight as the Thanksgiving holiday has officially passed, the temperature has dropped to a blanket-cozying chill, and the December month is a week into its calendar presence.
Viewers have the chance to enjoy 40 new Hallmark movies this upcoming holiday with one addition to the new hit list, a LGBTQ-centered holiday film named The Christmas House starring Mean Girls actor, Jonathan Bennett. The film centers around a same-sex couple who is in the process of adopting a child. For Hallmark, the release of The Christmas House will be the channel’s first Christmas movie with a LGBTQ storyline.
“Our holiday table is bigger and more welcoming than ever,” said Michelle Vicary, EVP, programming for Hallmark in a statement. “Our movies are rooted in warmth and positivity, meaningful connections, family gatherings, and seasonal traditions — a winning formula we hope will bring our millions of viewers much-needed levity and holiday cheer at the end of a tough year.”
Hallmark fans may notice another major difference in the celebrations depicted in the channel’s newer films. In the past, the Hallmark Christmas movies were depicted with imagery of large tables full of people celebrating the holidays with cheer. This year, creators were mindful of COVID-19 precautions and took necessary measures to safely film.
With Christmas movies, usually we have 200 people cheering at a Christmas tree
ceremony. We couldn’t do that,” said Andrew Gernhard, producer for the Hallmark movie One Royal Holiday (Oct. 31), in which his quote referenced–according to Hartford Courant. “We used our extras smartly. We had only 20 to 25 of them. We digitally reproduced them. We shot them against a green screen and then they changed their clothing and we shot them against a green screen again and then they changed their clothing again and so on.”
Nevertheless, viewers will still be able to receive holiday cheer from the option-packed Hallmark movie list. Make sure to check your TV listings to watch upcoming Hallmark movies set to premier in December.
Edited by Alivia Moore and Ryan Michaels