Many argue that the stories are predictable and sentimental. Hmmm. That is exactly why I like them.
Life itself can be unpredictable and sometimes cold and harsh. We can be blindsided by illness, disappointment, betrayal, and death. Friends will rally round us for awhile, but most then drift back into their own lives, leaving us very much alone.
But a Hallmark movie gives us hope. Yes, there is always a glitch, or a hiccup, or even a devastating event that occurs in the life of the protagonist, but everything works out in the end, and the good in people surfaces.
The Christmas movies are the best, because after all is resolved, the final scene, which is either Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, features a fresh sprinkling of snow, often the first of the season, and sometimes in places that never get snow! The world becomes quiet and the landscape, pure.
But what I love most about a Hallmark movie is that it reminds me of God's love and faithfulness, especially at Christmas, because while the world is still an unpredictable place and can be harsh, there is one Certainty. There is one Hope. Jesus came into the world as a baby in order to go to the cross to save the world from its sins, so we can be “whiter than snow” (Ps. 51:7). Even Hallmark snow.