One of the staples of the holiday season is cheesy, overly romantic yet unrealistic Christmas movies. You know the formula: high strung female from the big city must return to (insert small town here), where there happens to be a small town hunk who helps her realize the true meaning of Christmas.
The formula is tried and true. Hundreds (maybe even thousands) of films have been made to warm hearts all over the world.
Many times, we find ourselves relating to a character or two. Here is who you would be if you starred in a Hallmark Christmas movie:
The beguiling planner that thought they had their life planned out and nothing every went wrong — until that one person sweeps them off their feet and helps them forget their plans and messes up their perfect Christmas cookies. The holiday festival they planned was full of catastrophes, but ended with love.
The martyr that never takes time to think about themselves and spends their time serving others, so much so that they don’t realize the someone right under their nose that wants to serve them forever. They’re given the gift of love that they’ve been giving everyone around them, and they begrudgingly except the help and end up living happily every after with their prince/princess.
The stiff workaholic (with classy taste and lots of money) that hates the mushy gushy holidays. They’d rather be in office and tend to be during the holiday office party. Then, someone comes along that distracts them so much so that they realize love can be more important than work and that they were missing out by not finding this balance before. They learn that selflessness is possible.
The whimsical and melancholic book store owner that creates the fairytales they feel they’ve been missing out on since they were a child. They’ve lost almost all hope of finding their twin flame and forever match until a frustrating an off putting person walks into their shop some day and ends up becoming “the one.”
The stoic one that has always been fine alone, and will always be fine alone. They are the homebody that tries to ignore the fact that their life is slipping away due to lack of connection. The holidays make them more social than usual and they find someone that opens up their dormant emotional side and forms the connection that makes them believe in love for once.
The adult that once was a child without security. Their family was unstable growing up and they crave safety and security, and for that reason, they’ve lived in the same town with the same routine; too scared to put their heart on the line to have their loyalty stepped on yet again. They happened to help a stranger that broke down in their small (and seemingly charming) small town, and that person shakes up their routine and proves to eventually match they loyalty they so crave.
The always traveling, always fun life of the party that’s been running away from the depth they’ve secretly craved all these years. They come home for the holidays before jet setting off on their next adventure only to find their former flame and the pain from their high school relationship they’d been running from. This person teaches them to open their heart again and they find their forever traveling companion that keeps them consistently opening up emotionally.
The general “Scrooge” of Christmas that can’t help but make quippy and rude comments to people because they’re scared to appear weak. They plan on going home for Christmas only briefly until a myriad of things forces them to relinquish control and they meet their next victim who ends up softening their grinch-like heart and making them see the beauty in vulnerability and putting their pride at risk to get everything they didn’t know they wanted.
The passive and loving middle child of the family that has stuck around to help with the family pastry shop while simultaneously keeping the peace in their family and small town, whilst sweeping their own dreams and opinions under the rug. Until one day, a charming and driven individual walks into the pastry shop and can tell this person is missing a certain twinkle in their eye. They bump into each other a few more times, hit it off, and inspire each other to stand up for what they want and create their happy ending, since they only have one life to live.
Leah Sweeney, a resident of Houston, Texas, and has a consulting business coaching executives and teams on Myers-Briggs, Enneagram and various other personality assessments. She is passionate about development and helping people reach their potential, while gaining clarity about how to communicate well with others. Her creative outlet is her @enneamood meme account.