The end of the year is near, which means my DVR is working overtime, choking on a veritable cornucopia of films like "A Very Merry Mix-Up," "Snow Bride" and "Fir Crazy." (Yes, those are all real movies.) It's the season when channels like Hallmark, Lifetime and ABC Family spruce up their joints and hang the tinsel for the annual deluge of made-for-TV Christmas movies. Sure, they're not big-budget features like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" or "The Santa Clause," but these films are instant classics in their own small way. Their titles may seem interchangeable ("Hitched for the Holidays" vs. "Holiday in Handcuffs") but they all have that special holiday secret sauce that will make you smile.
As you'll see from the list below, there are certain ingredients to a successful made-for-TV Christmas movie: It usually involves a little romance. One half of the couple gets stuck (car troubles, snowstorm) in a comically charming small town.Read More »from 7 Surprisingly Good Christmas Movies You've Never Heard Of