What’s the hottest new game show sweeping the nation this Christmas season?
*crowd yells in unison*
Fake or Hallmark?
That’s right, and it’s simple to play…
Below you will see eight questions with two movies listed under each of them, and you have to figure out which one of the two is the REAL Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.
A Hallmark Channel Christmas movie has a few key characteristics: they’re on 24/7 from what feels like July-December, your mom is watching one right now, they are filmed in a maximum of two weeks, they’re set in small towns, it snows on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (whichever works best for the story), your mom just teared up at the one she is watching, they’re usually a love story that comes together on Christmas Eve/Day, and oh no… your mom just started another one!
My sister, Mary Beth, and I have spent so many years watching our mother watch Hallmark Christmas movies that we decided to create a few of our own, so let’s see if you can decipher which one’s the real Hallmark Christmas movie:
(Answer key listed at the bottom)
(Please don’t cheat)
(I know it’s tempting, but come on… it’s Christmas)
(Also, this works best if you have someone else pull up the answers and you read the options and make your guess)
A) A Christmas Melody
A single mom closes her store and returns to her hometown with her young daughter, and the two struggle to fit in, especially when the mom encounters her old high-school rival. However, things improve when a music teacher helps the daughter write a song for the Christmas variety show.
B) Christmas To Go
A big-city developer is promoted by his firm, but his first case sends him to a whimsical town just like the one he was raised in. Upon stumbling into a local diner, he overhears the single-mother owner mention that the diner will close for good at 12am on Christmas if she can’t renew the lease.
A) Matchmaker Santa
A mysterious mall Santa arranges for a woman to be stranded with her boyfriend’s assistant in a quaint town during the holidays.
B) Karaoke Christmas
Two quarreling competitors of a local talent show face off, forcing the town to choose the winner on Christmas Eve.
A) The Holiday Helper
A woman returns home from the big city with her pretentious fiancé, only to find that her grandmother’s new caretaker might be her soul mate.
B) A Cookie Cutter Christmas
Two teachers compete in a bake-off, but their rivalry escalates when they fall for the same man: a charming single father.
A) A Very Merry Mixup
A woman sets out to meet her fiancé’s family at Christmas and winds up at the wrong house. Once the mistake is corrected, she realizes that her bond with the wrong family—and their eligible son—was stronger than her bond with the right one.
B) The Snow that Saved Christmas
Having sworn off the holiday season after her husband died on Christmas seven years ago, a blizzard traps her at the department store on Christmas Eve. While stranded with a handsome customer and his two children, the store’s janitor hangs mistletoe in just the right place, reaffirming her faith in Christmas.
A) I’m Not Ready For Christmas
A successful businesswoman suddenly loses the ability to lie after her niece makes a wish to Santa.
B) Liar Liar
A fast track lawyer can’t lie for 24 hours due to his son’s birthday wish after the lawyer turns his son down for the last time.
To clarify… the first movie listed is a brand new, 2015 Hallmark Channel Christmas movie that is the exact plot of Liar Liar. The second movie is, you guessed it, Liar Liar.
That story again, Hallmark just took Liar Liar, removed Jim Carey, added Christmas, and shot it in no more than two weeks.
A) The Christmas Chronicle
A Christmas tree farmer becomes the subject of a well-known reporter’s feature story, helping her to discover the meaning of love and the magic of Christmas.
B) The Nine Lives of Christmas
A confirmed bachelor adopts a stray cat, which leads a pretty veterinary student to enter his life and alter his feelings about remaining single.
A) Christmas Land
A woman plans to sell a Christmas-tree farm she’s inherited from her grandmother, but then she has second thoughts after she visits the farm and meets the townsfolk.
B) Clockwork Christmas
An orphan sneaks into a toy store days before Christmas and finds an antique pocket watch. Before the clock strikes midnight on Christmas the boy must return the watch to the storeowner, who he discovers might actually be Santa Claus.
A) 12 Gifts of Christmas
An unemployed artist gets hired as the personal holiday shopper for a high-strung corporate executive, and the pair soon begin to fall for each other.
B) A Boyfriend for Christmas
This amiable holiday tale finds Santa Claus playing a matchmaker who sets up a harried social worker with a boyish attorney.
Which ones are the real Hallmark Channel Christmas movies?
1. A; 2. A; 3. B; 4. A; 5. A; 6. B; 7. A; 8. A and B, because they are both actual Hallmark movies.
How many did you get right?
Thanks for playing, and may you meet your soul mate on Christmas Eve as it begins to snow in a town of less than 500 people!