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You Can’t have a Hallmark Christmas without a Tree

In a Hallmark Christmas movie, characters tend to find their perfect tree on a festively decorated farm where they chop it down themselves and celebrate with hot chocolate topped with extra marshmallows. Christmas tree shopping in New York City is a bit different, but no less wonderful—and no less necessary. For me it’s not Christmas… Continue reading You Can’t have a Hallmark Christmas without a Tree

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Christmas Getaway… a Real Life Best Christmas Ever To-Do List

Let’s be honest: We all have our favorite Countdown to Christmas movies, the ones we will re-watch whenever they are on. Christmas Getaway is one of mine. I can never not watch it. Newly single Emery, played by Bridget Regan, is assigned an article about an old-fashioned American Christmas. Although she’s a travel writer, she… Continue reading Christmas Getaway… a Real Life Best Christmas Ever To-Do List

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Hallmark Abroad…Christmas in Rome

  As I reflect back on the year, it’s clear that Hallmark has spread its wings, and therefore, so have its fans—traveling abroad to France, Italy, and the Irish countryside through the dazzling locations of several beloved movies. Together we visited Paris with Jen Lilley and Dan Jeannotte as they participated in an international wine… Continue reading Hallmark Abroad…Christmas in Rome

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Hallmark Tackles Grief at the Holidays… Two Turtle Doves In Real Life

It’s not often that Hallmark surprises me. Delights me, sure! But not surprises me. This is a first, and I’m delighted by the surprise. It came by way of this year’s premier of Two Turtle Doves, staring Nikki DeLoach and Michael Rady and written by Sarah Montana. In all the years I’ve been watching, I… Continue reading Hallmark Tackles Grief at the Holidays… Two Turtle Doves In Real Life

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The Ladies of Hallmark Channels’ Bubbly Sesh Get Into the Holiday Spirit… At The Plaza

Full disclosure, when I began this Hallmark journey, in no way, shape, or form did I envision a hangout with the ladies of Hallmark Channels’ Bubbly Sesh podcast. However, we live in New York City, where the impossible is possible. As I mentioned last week in my post about the Bundle Game, Jacklyn Collier, a.k.a… Continue reading The Ladies of Hallmark Channels’ Bubbly Sesh Get Into the Holiday Spirit… At The Plaza

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The Countdown to Christmas Bundle Game

Last week we celebrated the kickoff to the Countdown to Christmas with a Hallmark-inspired Christmas drinking game (see post here). This week you will learn about another game that speaks to fans’ love of Hallmark—one that popped on my radar immediately after I launched this blog. The Hallmark In Real Life blog launched on July… Continue reading The Countdown to Christmas Bundle Game

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Kicking Off the Countdown to Christmas with the Hallmark Drinking Game

We have entered Hallmark fans’ favorite season, and I know I am not alone in my enthusiasm. Bring on The Countdown to Christmas…24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with 40 new movies! I have been racking my brain about how on earth I will manage to tackle 40 new Hallmark Christmas movies and… Continue reading Kicking Off the Countdown to Christmas with the Hallmark Drinking Game

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Savoring the Fall Season with Pumpkin Pie

As was reflected in my post about a Hallmark-inspired Fall Harvest To-Do list, autumn is upon us, and a staple on the fall Hallmark movie list is Pumpkin Pie Wars starring Julie Gonzalo and Rico Aragon. It’s definitely one of my tried-and-trues. Who doesn’t enjoy watching two attractive people fall in love over baking pumpkin… Continue reading Savoring the Fall Season with Pumpkin Pie

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Hey Hallmark, What About Halloween?

Each year as the Countdown to Christmas begins earlier and earlier, Halloween often gets overlooked. The only Hallmark movie that I can think of that embraces Halloween is October Kiss, where homemade costumes are crafted, Halloween decorations go up, and trick-or-treating happens. Although Hallmark is overlooking Halloween in favor of launching the 10th Anniversary of… Continue reading Hey Hallmark, What About Halloween?

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Fall Harvest Checklist

Hallmark might cut two movies from its Fall Harvest premiere list and start its Countdown to Christmas before Halloween even happens, but on the actual calendar. . . it’s officially autumn. And in the spirit of changing leaves and snuggling sweaters, I am sharing my Hallmark-inspired Fall Harvest To-Do List so that you, too, can… Continue reading Fall Harvest Checklist