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Create your own Christmas movie

This year is the first Christmas since we cancelled our subscription to that-streaming-service-with-all-the-cheesy-awful-wonderful-holiday-movies. So I thought I'd have a go at writing my own one instead. And maybe you'd like to join me. I've put together all the essential elements of a Hallmark Christmas movie below. Just select your options to see what feel-good, heart-warming movie you're going to be enjoying with a hot chocolate this year.


A decorated Christmas tree by a fireplace surrounded by wrapped gifts


A busy career woman gets sent to _______


What day of the week is it?

Monday – a small town in rural America

Tuesday – a palace in an imaginary European country

Wednesday – a castle in the Highlands

Thursday – a resort in the mountains

Friday – a remote Scottish village

Saturday – a town that's permanently snowed-in

Sunday – her grandfather's hometown



...where she meets a man who _________


Choose your birth month

January – has a mysterious past

February – wears a lot of flannel shirts

March – is a single dad to a precocious child

April – is secretly heir to the throne

May – spends all his time chopping wood and brooding

June – teaches orphans to play the ukelele

July – bakes the best cupcakes

August – has a dog

September – has a tragic secret

October – lives to teach city women the true meaning of Christmas

November – was raised by reindeer

December – believes in magic


They work together to save the _______


Choose the first letter of your name

A – bakery

B – Christmas festival

C – family-run B&B

D – children's home

E – reindeer farm

F – mince pie contest

G – school

H – chocolate factory

I – sledging race

J – Christmas tree forest

K – turkey sanctuary

L – candy cane shop

M – Christmas parade

N – gingerbread house

O – carol-singing concert

P – Brussels sprout museum

Q – snowball fight World Cup

R – castle

S – knitting club

T – pub

U – pantomime theatre

V – penguin park

W – royal visit

X – Nativity play

Y – library

Z – bell-ringing competition



But trouble appears in the form of ___________


Choose your favourite season:

Spring – her (awful) fiance

Summer – a snow storm

Autumn – an easily avoidable misunderstanding

Winter – a Christmas pudding shortage


They need the help of a ___________


Choose your favourite colour

Red – magical advent calendar

Blue – mysterious stranger who's clearly Santa in disguise

Yellow – wish-granting Christmas decoration

Green – wise-cracking old grandma

Orange – reindeer

Purple – family photo album

Pink – stack of handwritten letters

Gold – choir of orphans

Black – Dickensian ghost

Silver – husky


And in they end, they ________


Choose the day of the week you were born

Monday –  fall in love and discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tuesday –  fall in love and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Wednesday –  fall in love and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Thursday –  fall in love and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Friday –  fall in love and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Saturday – fall in love and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Sunday –  fall in love and discover the true meaning of Christmas. There you have it! Add in a few familiar actors, some cosy knitwear and a few cups of hot chocolate, and you're ready to go. How did your Hallmark plot turn out? Let me know your version of the Christmas movie in the comments.

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