Jen Abidor: That's a great question, and honestly, I thought about this a lot because it was really important to me. So I made a list. The first thing I think is so important is that it has to have a completely bonkers plot — [it should make] absolutely no sense and rely on zero logic or facts whatsoever. And the reason for that is, you need to be able to zone out and talk to your friends and zone back in and then completely understand what's going on, OR have no idea what's going on, and it's totally fine. So that's number one.
And I think a basic premise needs to be that there is no real reason that it's actually a holiday movie. It has to feel very, very tacked on to the plot — like "there's a baking contest and it's Christmas" or "this person is a prince, and it is December also." So I think that's very important.
You can't remember any of the plot five minutes after you finish watching it because you need to be able to rewatch it. So that's really important to me. I would say fake accents [are] crucial, royalty of some sort — at least some kind of fake royal principality with like an -ovia ending, or like Aldovia, Belgravia.
Another thing that's super fun with these movies is some kind of lazy inconsistency or product placement within the movie, just for the Twitter conversation of it all.
Finally, on a positive note, I think some kind of irresistible charm so, despite all those things, you're just grinning like an idiot and feeling really happy and feeling like it's Christmas — even if it's like November 5, because that's when a lot of these movies come out.
I will say, as a Jew, I think it's my only connection to Christmas. So I feel like my perception of what Christmas really is is also a little bit cheesy because it's only based on these movies, but I just love them.