10 best Christmas movie tropes to fall in love with Christmas

A person doesn’t have to be a die-hard Lindsay Lohan fan to be obsessed with her latest Christmas movie on Netflix, Falling for Christmas. The rom-com quickly made the Netflix Top 10 and is the nerdy, fun movie that vacationers crave while on vacation.

The film is lighthearted and pokes fun at generic Christmas traditions, yet has that warm, fuzzy feel that people crave during the winter season. Similar to what makes Hallmark movies successful, Falling for Christmas followed a similar algorithm. The tropes throughout the film are predictable but continually loved and sought after because there’s no denying they’re a happy holiday movie.

Big city girl in a small town

In the film, Lohan plays the heiress of the Sierra Belmont Hotel. In the opening scenes, Sierra is shown to lead an expansive and luxurious lifestyle. From living in a hotel to having a doorman and assistants following her every move, Sierra is definitely a big-city woman.

But when Sierra falls off a mountain and suffers from amnesia, she remembers nothing of her big city life and enjoyed the small town she ended up recovering from. By the end of the film, Sierra realized that she would be more comfortable in the pleasant little town than the hustle and bustle of Aspen. The “big-city girl in a small town” trope has been a common trope in Hallmark Christmas movies for years, and there’s no denying it works.

Saving a cute little inn

Sierra Belmont isn’t yet an iconic Christmas character, but her character fits many who follow the trope of being in a small town.

Not only did Sierra end up in a quaint village with snowy trees, but she did her part to save a small inn that needed help. The common trope of a small hostel that can’t compete with mega hotels is overkill, but in Falling for Christmas it was adorable.

Small-town boy with charm > The rude and rich boyfriend

If viewers were wondering where they’ve seen some of the Falling for Christmas characters before, they’d remember Jake Russell’s Chord Overstreet was on Glee. As Sierra’s lover, Jake owned the North Star Lodge.

He was charming, masculine, and independent. In short, he was everything Sierra’s boyfriend Tad was not. The trope of falling in love with someone who was the polar opposite of their original love is over the top, but it made Falling for Christmas special because who doesn’t love a good romance?

A relative is missing during the holidays

Some of the best Christmas movies of the last decade have a side story of a character who misses a relative during the holidays. Whether the parents are away for the holidays or have passed away, there is an emotional factor to wanting to have parents this holiday season.

In Sierra’s case, her mother died and the only person she could count on was her father. She missed the way her mother smelled of her and brushed her hair…that’s why she had such maternal instincts for Jake’s daughter. Sad as it is, this trope can be relatable to countless onlookers and tugs at their heartstrings.

Find the true meaning of Christmas due to a difficult situation

At the beginning of most vacation movies, there’s usually a character who doesn’t care about the vacation or appreciates the life they’ve had. But when a difficult situation takes them out of their comfort zone and they are forced into a new reality, they slowly remember the true meaning of Christmas.

In Falling for Christmas, Sierra’s boyfriend Tad finds himself lost in the snowy woods and quickly realizes how good he’s been around town. As an influencer, she missed her phone, her branded offerings, and his lavish lifestyle. Though he didn’t have the same “ah-ha” moment as Sierra, he did have more appreciation for the life he had before he was lost.

I refuse to join the family business

Some of the best Christmas episodes or movies on television revolve around a character who gets a new job, gets a promotion, or seeks a career change — and Falling for Christmas is no different.

When Sierra’s business mogul father gave her the job of VP of Atmosphere for their hotel chain, she was grateful, but she knew he came up with the job because he wanted his daughter to be successful. . Besides, she wanted to make a name for herself without her family. Ultimately, Sierra chose to start Nort Star Lodge instead of joining the family business. The career change (and parental shock) is a classic holiday movie.

The classic misunderstandings that lead to goals

One of the best Christmas movie tropes is misunderstandings that lead to an argument before realizing. What’s a Christmas movie without drama?

In Falling for Christmas, Sierra’s amnesia caused her to forget her name, her interests, or what she was good at. While she was helping out at the lodge, she met Jake and his family and she learned that Jake’s wife had died. The holidays have been difficult for him and his family because of this. This led him to take action against Sierra when she didn’t deserve it. But in those classic misunderstandings came the realization that things had to change and he had to move forward.

An apparition of Santa Claus

It’s not a real Christmas movie without the appearance of Santa Claus or his reindeer. Though Santa Claus didn’t have a major role in Falling for Christmas, he did make a brief appearance when Jake’s daughter Avy was walking around town.

While not specifically mentioned, a jolly white-bearded man dressed all in red was selling hot chestnuts when he saw Avy making a Christmas wish. With a twinkle in his eye, he stroked his nose and the wind picked up, confirming that Avy’s wish had come true.

The single parent who is also widowed or divorced

Whether it’s a divorce or a death, the single parent or widow trope runs rampant in Christmas movies. Similar to the emotional prospect of being without parents at Christmas, emotions are heightened tenfold when parents are alone for the holidays.

Although Sierra had no children in Falling for Christmas, Jake was a widower and raised his daughter alone. While exaggerated, this trope sets an emotional tone for Christmas movies. Some of the best underrated Christmas movies (like Falling for Christmas) follow this trope.

A rekindled or unlikely romance

It can be a high school sweetheart or two unlikely strangers who have nothing in common, this trope is found in most Christmas rom-coms.

At the beginning of Falling for Christmas, Jake ironically meets Sierra’s father for a business meeting. Jake didn’t necessarily fit into the big city lifestyle and felt out of place. Things got worse when he bumped into Sierra and poured her hot cocoa all over her. Their differences made it clear that they would be an unlikely match, but as history has proven, opposites attract. The trope is cheesy, but Christmas movie lovers can’t get enough.

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