No matter how many television channels we seem to acquire there still never seems to be anything all that great to watch.

And now for us DISH users channel 4 is off the air, further limiting what news outlets we can watch.

Even though the endings and plots are all the same, Gracie and I seem to watch Hallmark movies a great deal of the time.

A little Hallmark research turned up this:

Like a drug, Hallmark Channel Christmas movies provide a neurological reward.

Speaking with CNBC in 2019, Pamela Rutledge, behavioral scientist, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, and a faculty member in the Media Psychology department at Fielding Graduate University, explained that the formulaic plots and predictability of the films is rewarding, especially when viewers are trying to unwind from the stress of the holiday season. 

“The lack of reality at all levels, from plot to production, signals that the movies are meant to be escapism entertainment,” Rutledge said.

“The genre is well-defined, and our expectations follow. This enables us to suspend disbelief.”

I have often wondered what they make the fake snow out of so I looked that up as well.

According to effects expert Luc Benning they use snow blankets (which look like car-seat cushions), fire-retardant foam (growing in popularity), crushed limestone, ice shavings from ice blocks and snow made with machines like those that ski slopes use.

The cost for a movie set for snow is estimated at $50,000 and they spend about $2 million on a movie, which takes two to three weeks to shoot.

They make about 34 a year and most of the filming is done in Canada in the summer time and most of the actors are reportedly Canadians.

I know our friend Ralph Wall shares our pain.

“Please, not another Hallmark movie,” her recently said.

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