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Discussion related to living as a Catholic in the single state of life. As long as a topic is being discussed from the perspective of a single Catholic then it will be on-topic.

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This past Christmas season I absorbed myself in those sappy sweet Hallmark Christmas Romance Specials. Come on ladies, we've all done it, sitting on a couch with some fattening indulgence and a dog or cat on our lap. We've all gotten teary eyed when the handsome, perfect haired, moral and muscular, Hallmark Man runs into the struggling and poor (but of course beautiful) single woman who is lonely at Christmas time taking care of the five children someone left on her doorstep. She melts his heart, which he has kept locked up since his wife died, by petting his dog, or some such fluff, while he volunteers to cook in her kitchen Grandma Annie May's Christmas cookies for her kids, because her stove blew up, and he happens to be a volunteer fire fighter when he is not working as an architect, writer, or singer, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen or working on the renovation of his alpine cabin in the Swiss Alps.

How come this doesn't happen in real life - or does it? The shows, after you watch 5 or 6 of them in a row, make it seem like it really COULD happen. The story plots are all the same, after all, they just mix up the variables, so that must prove that they're scientifically plausible, right? The only thing I can't figure out is what the Hallmark Man does in the summer time, and why is his heart only open to romance at Christmas? Is it the smell of the cookies? And how come one never runs into the Hallmark Man at Walmart? Doesn't he have to shop, too? And how come men don't get it that if they ran Hallmark Men Training Camps and got the right hair cut, they could all get the women of their dreams, you know, the poor-but-happen-to-be-beautiful ones?

Has anyone else ever wondered about this?

Does anyone have
Apr 29th 2014 new
(quote) Judy-579799 said: This past Christmas season I absorbed myself in those sappy sweet Hallmark Christmas Romance Specials. Come on ladies, we've all done it, sitting on a couch with some fattening indulgence and a dog or cat on our lap. We've all gotten teary eyed when the handsome, perfect haired, moral and muscular, Hallmark Man runs into the struggling and poor (but of course beautiful) single woman who is lonely at Christmas time taking care of the five children someone left on her doorstep. She melts his heart, which he has kept locked up since his wife died, by petting his dog, or some such fluff, while he volunteers to cook in her kitchen Grandma Annie May's Christmas cookies for her kids, because her stove blew up, and he happens to be a volunteer fire fighter when he is not working as an architect, writer, or singer, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen or working on the renovation of his alpine cabin in the Swiss Alps.

How come this doesn't happen in real life - or does it? The shows, after you watch 5 or 6 of them in a row, make it seem like it really COULD happen. The story plots are all the same, after all, they just mix up the variables, so that must prove that they're scientifically plausible, right? The only thing I can't figure out is what the Hallmark Man does in the summer time, and why is his heart only open to romance at Christmas? Is it the smell of the cookies? And how come one never runs into the Hallmark Man at Walmart? Doesn't he have to shop, too? And how come men don't get it that if they ran Hallmark Men Training Camps and got the right hair cut, they could all get the women of their dreams, you know, the poor-but-happen-to-be-beautiful ones?

Has anyone else ever wondered about this?

Does anyone have
Oh Judy, you just made me laugh out loud! You see the same thing in "chick flicks" and romance novels, and I believe it has warped women's minds. I call it emotional porn. You consume enough of it and pretty soon you can't relate to a real man! smile
Apr 29th 2014 new
(quote) Judy-579799 said: This past Christmas season I absorbed myself in those sappy sweet Hallmark Christmas Romance Specials. Come on ladies, we've all done it, sitting on a couch with some fattening indulgence and a dog or cat on our lap. We've all gotten teary eyed when the handsome, perfect haired, moral and muscular, Hallmark Man runs into the struggling and poor (but of course beautiful) single woman who is lonely at Christmas time taking care of the five children someone left on her doorstep. She melts his heart, which he has kept locked up since his wife died, by petting his dog, or some such fluff, while he volunteers to cook in her kitchen Grandma Annie May's Christmas cookies for her kids, because her stove blew up, and he happens to be a volunteer fire fighter when he is not working as an architect, writer, or singer, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen or working on the renovation of his alpine cabin in the Swiss Alps.

I remember that one!

tongue
Apr 29th 2014 new
(quote) Susan-1048377 said: Oh Judy, you just made me laugh out loud! You see the same thing in "chick flicks" and romance novels, and I believe it has warped women's minds. I call it emotional porn. You consume enough of it and pretty soon you can't relate to a real man!
Emotional porn is a good term for it. I don't like the Hallmark channel for this very reason. It's not reality.
Apr 29th 2014 new
(quote) Judy-579799 said: This past Christmas season I absorbed myself in those sappy sweet Hallmark Christmas Romance Specials. Come on ladies, we've all done it, sitting on a couch with some fattening indulgence and a dog or cat on our lap. We've all gotten teary eyed when the handsome, perfect haired, moral and muscular, Hallmark Man runs into the struggling and poor (but of course beautiful) single woman who is lonely at Christmas time taking care of the five children someone left on her doorstep. She melts his heart, which he has kept locked up since his wife died, by petting his dog, or some such fluff, while he volunteers to cook in her kitchen Grandma Annie May's Christmas cookies for her kids, because her stove blew up, and he happens to be a volunteer fire fighter when he is not working as an architect, writer, or singer, volunteering at the Soup Kitchen or working on the renovation of his alpine cabin in the Swiss Alps.

How come this doesn't happen in real life - or does it? The shows, after you watch 5 or 6 of them in a row, make it seem like it really COULD happen. The story plots are all the same, after all, they just mix up the variables, so that must prove that they're scientifically plausible, right? The only thing I can't figure out is what the Hallmark Man does in the summer time, and why is his heart only open to romance at Christmas? Is it the smell of the cookies? And how come one never runs into the Hallmark Man at Walmart? Doesn't he have to shop, too? And how come men don't get it that if they ran Hallmark Men Training Camps and got the right hair cut, they could all get the women of their dreams, you know, the poor-but-happen-to-be-beautiful ones?

Has anyone else ever wondered about this?

Does anyone have
laughing laughing You are too funny! It's all true what you said. They made us ladies believe the Hallmark man really exists...and we bought into it hook, line, and sinker.

Apr 29th 2014 new
Hello,

Well we'd best do a reality check:

Its rather an Alice in Disneyland, these stories; fiction and fantasy. As an analogy, I have never met a James Bond sort of man who can get up, have a hell of a brawl in the casino, get in a 150 km per hour car chase through the Swiss Alps, crash and flip over in the car, get out unshaken and scathed, chase villains be it on foot or skis for several miles, have a gunfight, get winged but then go back to the hotel, have a hot toddy then make love to a sexy lady... all in one day!

As for the 5 kids, just went through that at my step daughters house. They are whining, squealing, obsessed with the i-pads, computer, TV, skirt clinging to mom, demanding her attention whilst I try to get a word in edgewise and howling like coyotes when told to help with the chores... the last darn thing on their mind is baking cookies!. I love them all but they are a long way from Hallmark I'm afraid.

Cheers,

Michael
Apr 29th 2014 new
Oh, Sasquatch? Fed up with looking for him and have given up. 50 years of investigative journalism, reality TV, documentaries et al and when all is said and done, they are always a dollar short and a day late so no evidence at all, Kind of similar to a Hallmark man!

Apr 29th 2014 new
(quote) Michael-1071426 said: Hello,

Well we'd best do a reality check:

Its rather an Alice in Disneyland, these stories; fiction and fantasy. As an analogy, I have never met a James Bond sort of man who can get up, have a hell of a brawl in the casino, get in a 150 km per hour car chase through the Swiss Alps, crash and flip over in the car, get out unshaken and scathed, chase villains be it on foot or skis for several miles, have a gunfight, get winged but then go back to the hotel, have a hot toddy then make love to a sexy lady... all in one day!

As for the 5 kids, just went through that at my step daughters house. They are whining, squealing, obsessed with the i-pads, computer, TV, skirt clinging to mom, demanding her attention whilst I try to get a word in edgewise and howling like coyotes when told to help with the chores... the last darn thing on their mind is baking cookies!. I love them all but they are a long way from Hallmark I'm afraid.

Cheers,

Michael
Well, actually, I have a brother who fits your description (first paragraph). They do exist when they're investigators working for the government, but it's not a lifestyle that gives us any ease over his welfare. And it's rare he actually has a full day as you describe, but it happens.

Judy- you are hilarious! Thanks for the good laugh. I don't think that guy exists though...nor is there the achetypal woman. Unless of course, someone here can attest to having met one. Anyone?

Apr 29th 2014 new

Good Morning All

Have faith and be ready. I am the Hallmark man

I met Connie and took her and two daughters away from the farm and married her in 5 weeks. We had 35 years of splendid love and life's challenges. Mostly Love.

The two daughters (not of my loin) but of my heart are my strongest supporters of my continuing journey

Life is not only good but great. Yes the Hallmark man is out there. We are always lurking in the shadows. You just have to look for us.

God's love to all

Be safe, be happy and be in love

Philip

Apr 29th 2014 new
maybe (hallmark man/woman!!! valentine ) most are already taken and living a heavenly/lovingly/cherished life .... others most likely prefer to remain single ... if they do exist at all .... regardless it is up to our choice/decision to make it reality through reaching by our mere charity .... my two cents heartbeat

it is a good thing having hope/dreams having it answered with prayers/trust in God hug Praying theheart rosary rose rose rose



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