Why my Christmas favorite is a film about an ugly, gay middle-aged man

Couple of recommendations I saw today: The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 and a movie named Call Me By Your Name. Here’s the thing: Christmas movies are some of my favorite times of the year…

Why my Christmas favorite is a film about an ugly, gay middle-aged man

Couple of recommendations I saw today: The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 and a movie named Call Me By Your Name.

Here’s the thing: Christmas movies are some of my favorite times of the year and I am perfectly happy with my genre. But there are also plenty of people who find them cheesy and excruciatingly corny. They are afraid of me, my taste and my complete lack of pretension.

Well, my answer is, no.

Do you know the difference between a cheesy holiday movie and a cheesy movie?

Do you know where the common denominator between bad holiday movies and good holiday movies lies? Not much. Maybe some familiar themes, subject matter and plot lines, such as family (voiced by a beloved celebrity), music, holiday decorations and of course, the topic of Santa Claus, come across as obvious. But what about the amazing sight of a special someone whispering in your ear? Or dreaming about hearing the beautiful voice of a B-movie star who holds your heart in one hand and your hand is in her lap in the other?

Cringing at the slightest glimpse of you’re crush is easily dismissed as something that goes with being in a cheesy Christmas movie. But how do you ignore someone who looks like you and you two share the same hair color and laugh at the same jokes that start with the word “j”? It’s oddly appealing.

Sometimes cheesy and good are not mutually exclusive, and I celebrate this. I want what every single person who loves cheesy Christmas movies wants. I want to laugh, laugh and laugh and then I want to cry when my eyes fill with tears of joy.

I miss you all. In the mail

Chase McNary is a reporter for the The Stranger, a weekly newspaper in Seattle.

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