I wasn’t surprised when I read that the Oxford Dictionary has deemed “toxic” as the 2018 word of the year. I’ll admit that I have allowed myself to get caught up in all the negativity that is dominating every aspect of our lives. Whether it is the highly polarizing political climate or the wrath of Mother Nature, it’s easy to fall prey to the darkness.
My escape from toxic comes with the annual Christmas movies. I’ll admit to consuming hours (and hours) of cable news. This I know is not healthy, but I’ve allowed myself to become prey to the addiction. To balance the bleakness of the daily newsfeed, I’m slipping away blissfully into the uncomplicated storylines of the Hallmark Christmas movies. The plots are very predictable…girl meets boy, usually after an unpleasant breakup (romantic or professional), goes back home to small-town America and gets caught up in the nostalgia of the holiday season. There is always snow even in the most improbable places, and Santa usually makes an appearance. Best of all there is family and friends to celebrate with. All the hardships of the past year are forgotten and, yes, the girl finds her true love and the happy ever after ending. What could be more entertaining than that?
I wasn’t surprised to read that the Hallmark Christmas movies are very profitable for the TV network and that I am one of the millions (over 65 million in 2017) who tunes in year after year to watch these “feel good” holiday movies.
My favourite Christmas movies are not part of the Hallmark collection, but I look forward to watching them every year. The season wouldn’t be complete without “Love Actually” or “The Holiday”.
What’s your escape from “Toxic“?