‘Tis the season: A nerd’s guide to bad made-for-TV Christmas movies

I love Christmas.  In fact, I get very angry when hearing Christmas music in November, or seeing decorations out in October, because I work very hard to contain my Christmas spirit to just one month for the sake of my friends, family, etc.  If I have to, everyone else should too!!!

Anyways, my husband knows that he cannot record any TV during December, because all the DVR space will be taken up with made-for-TV Christmas movies.  You know, those ones from Lifetime, Hallmark, ABC family, etc?  I am a huge sucker for a bad romantic comedy set at Christmas.  And I love when some of my favorite actors get sucked in to doing them, too.  Here’s a nerd’s guide to which Christmas movies you’ll want to catch.

The March Sisters at Christmas (2012, Lifetime)–Melissa Farman (Danielle Rousseau from Lost), John Shea (Lex Luthor from Lois and Clark)  This is an very nicely modernized version of Little Women (which, to be honest, I don’t love.  I think because I don’t relate to Jo at all.  I am most like Beth–yeah, the one that dies.  If I were Jo, I would have married Laurie. And it makes my stomach hurt to watch their relationship implode like that.)

Love at the Christmas Table (2012, Lifetime)–Danica McKellar (Winnie from The Wonder Years), Lea Thompson (Lorraine from Back to the Future) Two friends only meet once a year on Christmas Eve.

Dear Santa (2011, Lifetime)–Amy Acker (Fred from Angel, Whiskey from Dollhouse) A woman finds a girl’s letter to Santa and tries to help fulfill it.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle (2010, Hallmark)–Jewel Staite (Kaylee from Firefly, Dr. Keller from Stargate: Atlantis), Lauren Holly (Director Shepard from NCIS) Adaptation of Debbie Macomber’s book.

Mistletoe over Manhattan (2011, Hallmark)–Tricia Helfer (Number Six from Battlestar Galactica) Mrs. Claus helps find Christmas spirit and brings a family back together.

A Nanny for Christmas (2010, Lifetime)–a very small Jared Gilmore (Henry from OUAT) An out-of-work ad exec starts work as a nanny for another ad exec.

Christmas in Boston (2005, ABC Family)–Patrick Adams (Mike Ross from Suits) Two longtime penpals meet for the first time…sort of.

12 Men of Christmas (2009, Lifetime)–Anna Chlumsky (My Girl)  A big-city woman helps a small town in Montana.  Also, the main romantic plotline is straight out of Pride and Prejudice.

Under the Mistletoe (2006, Lifetime)– Michael Shanks (Dr. Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG1) A man’s ghost helps his family move on from his death.  A little weird/awesome seeing Daniel Jackson as the romantic interest.

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