10 Christmas movie dilemmas (and their amazing resolutions)

A bunch of kids for Christmas ("A Smoky Mountain Christmas")-
Dilemma:Country music superstar Lorna Davis (Dolly Parton) is overwhelmed and disillusioned by her career and loneliness. She plans a trip ... more 
A bunch of kids for Christmas ("A Smoky Mountain Christmas")-
Dilemma:Country music superstar Lorna Davis (Dolly Parton) is overwhelmed and disillusioned by her career and loneliness. She plans a trip to a friend's cabin in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains to escape and recuperate during the Christmas season.Upon arriving at the cabin, Lorna finds it has become the impromptu home of seven orphans who are hiding from the orphanage in town. Because they both have secrets to keep - the orphans don't want to be found by the orphanage and Lorna doesn't want to be found by anyone from LA - they agree to keep each other's presence at the cabin a secret."
Resolution: "They are taken before an extremely uninterested Judge (John Ritter) who eventually dismisses all charges against Lorna and Dan and grants custody of the children to Lorna."
Unanswered Questions: Where did this judge get his license? less 
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Wed, Nov 9, 2011 2:50 PM EST
It's that time of year when Christmas movies from days of yore illuminate the TV screen. Last night, I watched "A Nanny For Christmas" and was reminded of the major problems people have in movies about the holidays. While real live humans worry about whether to get their boss a gift, and how they'll afford their plane ticket home, movie characters have bigger concerns: like how to save the local orphanage, what to do about that escaped convict they've hired to play Santa and how on earth they'll tell the man of their dreams they're not really a high-powered ad exec but a nanny- before the big ad agency Christmas party. The last dilemma is one that was tackled efficiently in last night's made-for-TV movie thanks to the help of "the spirit of Christmas." That spirit, it can fix anything!



With that in mind, I took a trip to Wikipedia in search of synopses of some of the best-worst holiday films ever. Here's a round-up of the dilemmas and resolutions in holiday films, courtesy of old St. Wiki.



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