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Christmas in July

For all of you lovers of Hallmark Christmas Movies, it's Christmas in July on both Hallmark channels this week! I'm an unabashed fan of Hallmark movies all year round, and even more so now when the news seems so dark and ugly, and there's division and antipathy everywhere I look.

My general mood these days is "meh." I've had a rough couple of years, and I'm trying so hard to "be the change I seek." I am a clinically depressed, disabled woman. It's definitely held me back long enough; I want to feel grateful for every moment and every breath. Constant negativity has a deleterious effect on my psyche, and in turn, my body. I need sunshine, happiness, love, and beauty in my life, as much as I need water and air.

My husband and I haven't had access to much in the way of television in the last several years, and admittedly, I've been looking forward to the Hallmark channels more than most others. It's perfectly lovely to sit down and watch their programming. We can usually see where they're going within 5 - 10 minutes, and we know it won't be overly sexual, politically correct, sad, or crass. We look forward to the family values they usually embrace.  My husband says he always knows it's a Hallmark movie when, at the end, I have a big goofy grin on my face. That's a good thing, and something I encourage in my home. There's enough misery in the world; I choose entertainment which brings me joy!

Oh, I am well aware that a lot of people make fun of Hallmark movies, especially during the holidays. The channel is already advertising 33 new Christmas films for this year's holiday season. I say "Bring 'em on!" I'm looking forward to catching up on the last couple of years. They bring a bit of traditional Christmas during an increasingly commercial and cynical time of year. They aren't afraid to say "Merry Christmas!" They aren't shy about stuffing their programming full of traditional Christmas cheer and acknowledging the birth of Jesus and faith in our Lord. They bring memories of my childhood Christmases when it was a simpler time, and our celebration wasn't all about gifts and parties.

Feel free to make fun-- I'll have the last laugh. I choose sappy, joyous stories of family, giving, and loving to fill my heart and home. They may not be fashionable, but new and modern are highly overrated during holidays. In my search for positivity, and ways to combat my depression, Hallmark movies are a fabulous boost for my spirits. Holidays are notoriously difficult for many depressed persons. There may never be a cure, but I want to minimize its impact in my life.

I'm so glad we have both Hallmark channels now, and not a moment too soon! It's Christmas in July!

Written by Julie Custer

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Oh, Julie! I am SO with you!!! We actually turned off our cable tv last year because A, we needed to tighten our budget, and B, there was very little worth watching that spew more filthy and negativity. The only channel I missed was Hallmark, especially at Christmas time! I am a HUGE fan especially of their Christmas movies, and I'm missing them right now... but I am rewatching When Calls the Heart, and just got to the Christmas episode, so that helps. ;) Thank you for posting this. I am so, SO with you, girl!

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