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A stout, white-haired man (sometimes jolly but always wise) who is revealed to be the real Santa Clause by the end of the movie.
Looking for a red-haired, soft-spoken, gentle-natured leading lady? Alicia Witt will warm your heart while she graces your screen.
Candace Cameron Bure
You fell in love with "DJ Tanner," but her warmth and smile on a variety of movies leave you wanting even more "Candace" year after year.
A woman who finds purpose in the next promotion or running the company. Love, until now, has never been a priority.
Someone spends a lot of their time helping others, from volunteering in soup kitchens to throwing children's-themed parties.
A small town with a punny, Christmas-themed (or at least winter-themed) name.
Contest as Plot Device
There wouldn't be a movie if it wasn't for this (usually Christmas-themed) contest. The main characters might not fall in love if not for this contest, either.
Cute, Precocious Kid
An offspring of a main character, this child will help his/her parent fall in love or discover the true meaning of Christmas.
It's why they love Christmas...or hate Christmas.
Ends w/ Kiss or Ring
The climax of the movie: a swell of music before you see an engagement ring or a PG-rated kiss.
This company only cares about money. It will cancel a Christmas-themed tradition or try to buy out a small business, no matter the consequences.
Also refers to a serious boyfriend or girlfriend. He/she thinks they know best, and they will fight to keep their relationship, even when it's obvious their partner prefers another.
Hate Becomes Love
The main characters didn't like each other at first…but through forced interactions, they find common interests, including each other.
She plays strong women who know what they want. Who needs Hilary when you have Haylie?
Ice Skating Scene
Typically two-thirds into the movie, the love interests bond while skating and/or a clumsy, icy fall.
Kooky Grandma Figure
She may not have grandchildren, but she has wisdom to share about love and overcoming personal pride.
Small in stature but big in personality, Lacey wins over princes and towns. She makes "Fetch" happen.
Main characters assumed they knew the role of the other…until they were proven wrong.
Playful Food Fight
Flour flies and giggles ensue while baking cookies or other Christmas-y dishes.
Opens w/ City Scene
Quick cuts of cabs, skyscrapers, retail window dressings, and women walking in colorful coats are overlayed with opening credits.
The female lead has a creative job at a small firm that puts her in the path of her romantic foil.
Public Domain Xmas Music
The movie can't afford (or won't pay for) Michael Buble or Mariah Carey so it leans on egregious uses of free music for pinnacle moments.
Is Christmas really Christmas without the presence of reindeer? Double points if they pull a sleigh.
They were in love long ago, but times have changed…or have they? A tragedy or hometown struggle will bring them together to rediscover what has always bubbled beneath the surface.
Sage Grandpa Figure
If you have time, he'll talk your ear off. He's kind and has loved deeply. Listening to him will ensure you have a happy ending.
Sleigh or carriage rides act as the tipping point toward love--the gentle snowfall or clumsy dismount solidify the feelings.
Small-Town Handy Man
He's a carpenter, furniture maker, or everyday handyman. He values family and is handsome to boot.
Surprise! Xmas Lights
A romantic lead dramatically plugs in "twinkle lights" to encourage an emotional, honest moment.
They Play Piano!
If you see a grand piano, someone is bound to play it. And they will play it to woo another.
Tree Buy & Trim
Far too close to Christmas Day, characters will buy and then immediately trim a Christmas tree. Brushed shoulders and elongated eye gazes occur.
A woman shivers will wearing a strapless dress. High heels slip because of a recent snowfall. Women just don't know how to dress for December weather.
His heart has been broken by a love lost. He's chilly on the outside yet still open to love on the inside.