This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 49. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
Hey friends! 🌟 So, I gotta tell you about this cozy little holiday gem I stumbled upon. It’s the 2011 flick “12 Dates of Christmas,” directed by James Hayman. And let me just say, I am officially in the holiday spirit now. I mean, before this, the closest I got to a holiday movie was “Violent Night,” and let’s be real, that’s not exactly sugarplums and mistletoe material, right? 😂
So, picture this: our girl Kate, played by the ever-charming Amy Smart, is stuck reliving the same disastrous blind date on Christmas Eve over and over again. Like, Groundhog Day, but with mistletoe and awkward small talk. Talk about a Yuletide nightmare! It all starts with her trying to win back her ex (because, let’s be honest, we’ve all been there with the holiday ex blues), but things go hilariously haywire, and suddenly she’s trapped in a time loop of awkward encounters with this adorable guy named Miles (cue the swooning!) played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Yes, Zack from “Saved by the Bell”!
Each repeat of the day is like its own little adventure. Kate starts off kind of freaked out (I mean, who wouldn’t be?), but then she begins to use these do-overs to fix stuff in her life. But here’s the quirky part – with each loop, Kate learns more about herself and what she really wants. It’s like watching someone do a deep dive into self-discovery, but with Christmas lights and eggnog. She starts to fall for Miles, but it’s not just about the romance. It’s about her growing as a person, and that’s the part that really got me.
And beneath all the comedic chaos, there’s a surprisingly sweet message about appreciating the present moment and not getting caught up in chasing the “perfect” Christmas. You know, that feeling of pressure to have the most picture-perfect holiday, with the ideal family gathering and the flawless romantic kiss under the mistletoe? Yeah, Kate throws that picture frame right out the window (metaphorically speaking, of course).
What I loved about this movie is how it’s not just your typical holiday rom-com. Sure, it’s got the romance and the festive cheer, but it’s also about personal growth and second chances. It’s like a reminder that sometimes, life gives us a do-over, and we gotta make the most of it.
So yeah, “12 Dates of Christmas” is a holiday must-watch. It’s heartwarming, funny, and just the right amount of festive. Watching it made me feel like I was unwrapping a big, shiny present of feel-good vibes. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. Trust me, it’s like a cozy holiday hug. 🎄💖