My Hallmark Obsession

Christmas in July: Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Recap 2020

You would think that with my love for Hallmark Movies….and ESPECIALLY Hallmark CHRISTMAS movies, I would be all over the “Christmas in July” craze.

I’m not.

I’ve had the pleasure of living in Wisconsin my entire life. I love my seasons. I NEED my seasons to match my Hallmark.

My Christmas/Winterfest needs to have SNOW….my Spring Fever must BLOOM…..my Summer Loving must be HOT and SUNNY …… and my Harvest Fest must have gorgeous Orange/Red leaves. It’s how I was raised. I mean, I will not even plan warm vacations if they fall over the Holiday Season.

So, I will not be watching Christmas Movies in July….but that doesn’t mean I am not HERE FOR YOU to help you make the hard decisions in your life.

Like……. Which of the 100s of Hallmark Christmas Movies are worthy of your sweet time?

This past Holiday Season marked my 2nd Annual Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Bracket.

Yes, I turned my Hallmark Movie Obsession into an interactive game/competition. Yes, other people participated in this with me….and YES, YEAR 2 was an OVER THE TOP SUCCESS in more ways than one.

We watched MORE MOVIES. We had MORE PARTICIPANTS. We gave away MORE PRIZES!!! I even reviewed almost all of our bracket movies on this blog.

It was AMAZING….and exhausting. I may have even had a little Hallmark burnout towards the end. (Hence why not all movies got reviewed)

However, with the help of my fellow Bracketeers, we crowned a 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown Champion.

We also answered the ultimate question: Would you watch this movie again?

So, without further ado. Here are our 2020 Stats.

Hallmark Christmas Movie Showdown 2020

Bracketeers: 54 brackets were filled out

Movies Watched: 32 movies in the bracket (yes, this means some 2020 premieres were left out)

Overall Bracket Winner: Good Morning Christmas

List of Movies in Bracket that we’d watch again. This is polling from 52 of our 54 bracketeers…not all voted, so percentage is skewed a bit. However, it’s a good idea of which flicks were the most well loved. The following percentages are the percent of our viewers that would REWATCH each of the bracket movies:

Now, there are some very important things to note:

8 of the 2020 premieres did not even get placed in the bracket to begin with….and of those, in my humble opinion, 3 of them were some of THE BEST MOVIES of the season: The Christmas Bow, Deliver by Christmas, & Project Christmas Wish. All three of these mentioned could have competed with the Elite Eight hands down.

Want even MORE info??? If you click on the Movie Title in the Above List….you’ll find my blog review. Looking for a second opinion? One of our bracketeers, Jamie, gives her Two Cents HERE.

Also, I know Hallmark is showing many more Christmas movies from their stash. HERE are our 2019 rankings!

and if THAT is enough…..feel free to ask me anything! I love chatting Hallmark movies! Man, this recap has really got me jacked for Christmas 2021!!!!

I can’t wait!

My Hallmark Obsession · Sewing

Week 11 Sewing Challenge: Act of Craftivism

This week’s prompt “Act of Craftivism” was something I had to look up. Depending on who you ask or where you look…the definition of CRAFTIVISM varies.

The simplest one I found is this: using hand-made art to express opinions or to support a movement, a combination of craft and activism.

As an added bonus this week, three of our kiddos were on spring break…so I wanted involve them in this challenge.

It was only a year ago that our children came home from school for Spring Break….and they remained home for the rest of the year. I know, join the club, right? What it does mean, though, is: the majority of the country (and the world) started to relate to the struggles of each other.

This past year was hard. It’s been a lesson in patience……in perspective…..in compassion….in resilience…. These things are what our family tried to focus on.

However, these are not new concepts for our family. In fact, since our oldest daughter was born we’ve been learning this daily.

Our other 3 younger children have grown up in a house where they’ve known nothing else. We include everyone. We love everyone. We acknowledge differences, yet embrace and celebrate them.

As they all grow older, it becomes more obvious. The gap is more pronounced. It also is very apparent that they all have hearts full of love and understanding.

So, the “cause” we chose to act for in this week’s challenge:

Inclusion. Love. Anti-Bullying. Encouragement.

“Be Kind“

We planned out what we wanted to say…..

Chose our fabric and cut out pennants to make our banners.

“You are Cool“

A couple of the kids even got behind the sewing machine

(Bonus: you can totally do this with HOT GLUE if you’re not a sewist)

“U R L❤️VED“

Then, we went out around our city and hung our messages.

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We Pray our Small Acts touch some Hearts in a BIG way!

“Be the GOOD“

P.S. Last night we sat down for a Family Movie Night and watched one of the Hallmark Movies that have been recommended to us for awhile now….

What a powerful message!

Many questions and conversation starters for you and your family if you are looking for a way to talk about friends with Special Needs. Our kids loved it! (even if some parts were really hard to watch…)

We’d love to hear of you’ve seen one of our banners!

Or even better….if you make some of your own!

My Hallmark Obsession

Hallmark Movie Review: It Was Always You

Countdown to Christmas 2020 really burnt me out. Out of the 40 new movies, I only chose 32 to be in my Hallmark Showdown Bracket, and it still felt like a bit much.

Then Winterfest ❄️ 2021 came….and albeit from a few good moments, none of them hit the mark for me.

Love Ever After 2021 ❤️? I thought, for sure, this will get me back in the spirit……nope. Nothing….

Until this. Until Them.

Apparently, my good friends, Tyler Hynes & Erin Krakow….

You two were just what I needed to get my Hallmark Mojo back……and I thank you. 😍

Well, yeah, and you know, love and stuff 😉

AHH! Tyler, staahhpppp being so dang lovable!

So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ David. (Well, Tyler…let’s be honest) Perfect blend of sarcasm, wit, timing…..and then hits you up with some of the most romantic monologues in Hallmark history. If you think I’m exaggerating, you haven’t watched this one yet. Elizabeth and David together were end game from childhood. It was so fun watching her realize it!

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ loved 🥰 all of it. They did such a great job of portraying childhood friends to romantic love in adulthood. I love that a huge part of the story was Elizabeth finding herself again… I love that the secondary character wasn’t thrown under the bus, I even 95% love how they ended it coming full circle.

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Here’s where this one could’ve use some work. I was so wrapped up in the main characters, that I cared very little about anyone else…..Which doesn’t bother me really, but since it’s a rating system that I’ve made… I have to talk about it. I did love grandma! She always knew what was up 😉

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ so SO SO MANY! The Dancing…the tv watching…the wedding registry!!! The hidden letters. So many swoon-worthy moments with these two! I’m not going to wreck it by trying to explain them….

HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The patience of this man! Normally Hallmark banks on the whirlwind romance. I was shocked by this change….especially the ending. My only wish was that the ending would have been set in Italy. I mean, missed opportunity, don’t you think?

24/25 absolutely Watching again! This one is going to be one that I come back to time and time again. 💕