5 Wonderfully, Terrible Holiday Rom-Coms

Hey, friends. I waited a full two days after Thanksgiving before I fired up the holiday romantic comedies. Talk about self-control, right? I could really watch them all year, but I try make this a holiday tradition. Here are the rules of holiday rom-coms:

  1. They shouldn’t be well-written.
  2. Holiday rom-coms should have plenty of plot holes or scenes/dialogue that aren’t logical.
  3. They should be cheesy enough that you roll your eyes, yet still swoon-worthy. See just about every Hallmark and Freeform (previously ABC Family) holiday rom-com ever made.

If you find yourself bored one evening and in search of a holiday rom-com to scoff and swoon at while sipping an adult hot chocolate, I’ve got you covered. Please note, classic holiday movies are not included on this list, but you should go watch Home Alone and Love, Actually before any of these movies. Or start with the bad ones below.

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As an added bonus I’m assigning an official Palmetto Peaches’ Gingerbread rating to each movie because I seriously think I’m Roger Ebert  in my head.

Gingerbread Man Rating
1 = Meh, not worth wasting 90 minutes

4 =So bad you can laugh at it ironically, but also wish some of this romance into your love life.

Spoiler alert: not one of these movies gets just one gingerbread man 🙂 

5 Wonderfully, Terrible Holiday Rom-Coms

A Christmas Prince (2017) – Netflix

Netflix watchers, you may have seen this pop up in the trending section. I had a 98% match to the movie because I obviously love a ridiculous holiday movie. In A Christmas Prince, we follow Amber, an editor who aspires to be a writer, as she is assigned to cover a press conference in the made up country of Aldovia. Uh, if you’re a fan of the rom-com genre you may have quickly recognized that sounds a quite similar to Genovia, a la The Princess Diaries. Actually, the movie straight up steals scenes from The Princess Diaries 2, but please refer to holiday rom-com rule #1. Anyways, Amber is supposed to find out what would happen if the future king, who is set to take the throne one year after his father’s death, decides not to accept his royal position. I mean I’m pretty sure you could Google succession plans, but please see rule #2. She ends up going undercover, and I bet you can guess,falling in love with the future king. I won’t spoil the ending, but seriously I’m proud of how much awful this movie is and can’t wait for the sequel. A Valentine’s Princess.

A Christmas Kiss (2011) – Netflix

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Wendy is an aspiring interior designer working as an assistant to the boss from Hades, Priscilla, who takes credit for all of Wendy’s work. Wendy shares a kiss with a handsome stranger, Adam. As an aside, Adam is played by my favorite alien – any Roswell fans – Brendan Fehr. Later on, Wendy finds out the stranger is her boss’s boyfriend, but he doesn’t recognize her without glitter on her face *rolls eyes*. Wendy and Adam work closely together decorating his home and of course Wendy falls in love with him.


12 Dates of Christmas (2011) – Netflix

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Kate (Amy Smart) gets set up on a blind date with  Zac Morris Miles (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) on Christmas Eve. She then finds away to ruin the date, but gets 12 chances to relive the date over again until she sets things right. Yup, it’s a Christmas ripoff of Groundhog Day. And I am here for it!

Wrapped Up In Christmas (2017) – Lifetime

This movie revolves around Heather (Tatyana Ali) who is the the manager of a large mall. She is basically ordered be a Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores at the mall. Heather’s niece asks the mall Santa to help find a boyfriend for her aunt. Ryan (Brendan Fehr) is actually filling in for the mall Santa and uses this info to woo Heather. I won’t spoil the plot-twist, but I’ll just say nothing can be simple in a holiday rom-com.

Can we go ahead and crown Brendan Fehr as the new holiday rom-com leading man? I know, I know. That’s not a real thing. I just want to watch a bunch of these movies starring him. The acting in Wrapped Up In Christmas isn’t that bad, plus the movie also includes appearances by Jasmine Guy, Jackee Harry, and Joseph Marcell aka Geofrrey from The Fresh Prince.

The Spirit of Christmas (2015) – Lifetime

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An attorney Kate (played by my favorite Days of Our Lives actress Jen Lilley) falls in love with a ghost, Daniel, when she travels to Vermont over the holidays to sell an inn. And the ghost is super hot, y’all. Just look at him! He’s also kind of an asshole, but you know maybe I’d have an attitude too, if I were a ghost trapped in an inn and “forced” into human form for only 12 days a year. Daniel doesn’t remember how he died and Kate, once she decides she believes in ghosts, decides to help him. Of course, they fall in love.

Do you have any cheesy holiday rom-coms you recommend? Leave a comment below and your own personal gingerbread man rating. 

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Jingle Bell Jams: Christmas Playlist

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it is to some people. If you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit, here are some tunes to set the mood. These Jingle Bell Jams are great for last minute holiday gift shopping, your festive holiday party and of course, Christmas Day!

Jingle Bell Jams: Christmas Playlist

Jingle Bell Jams

  1. Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas – Carla Thomas
  2. Sleigh Ride – Tamar Braxton
  3. I Listen to the Bells – Luther Vandross
  4. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  5. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Mariah Carey
  6. 8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
  7. This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
  8. A “DC” Christmas Medley
  9. Jingle Bells – Patti LaBelle
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland
  11. I Want to Come Home for Christmas – Marvin Gaye
  12. Frosty the Snowman – The Jackson 5
  13. One Little Christmas Tree – Stevie Wonder
  14. Little Drummer Boy – Four Tops
  15. Santa Baby – The Pussycat Dolls
  16. Ave Maria – Stevie Wonder
  17. Give Love on Christmas Day – The Temptations
  18. Joy to the World – Whitney Houston
  19. The Christmas Song – Anthony Hamilton
  20. Winter Wonderland – Andra Day
  21. Sleigh Ride – TLC
  22. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jessica Simpson
  23. Mistletoe – Colbie Caillat
  24. Carol of the Bells – Destiny’s Child
  25. O Come, All Ye Faithful – Pentatonix
  26. Blue Christmas – The Lumineers
  27. Last Christmas – Ariana Grande
  28. Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano
  29. Silent Night – Boyz II Men
  30. Run Run Rudolph – Straight No Chaser

What are your favorite Christmas or holiday songs? Did they make my list? Comment below or tweet me @PalmsInATL!

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The Palmetto Peaches’ 25 Days of Christmas

The Palmetto Peaches' 25 Days of Christmas - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comThe day after Thanksgiving four or five people on my Facebook news feed shared the 2014 ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas lineup. I went searching for this year’s lineup and couldn’t find it and then as I was decorating my planner I had an a-ha moment. Why don’t I just make my own?

There’s a mix of corny holiday romantic comedy TV movies mixed with classics.  Now as much as I love the claymation classics, they didn’t make this particular list (because they must be watched every year regardless). I’ve checked off everything I’ve watched so far (this month), and my thoughts on those.

The Palmetto Peaches’ 25 Days of Christmas

Love Actually

Believe it or not until last week I had never seen Love Actually.  To be clear – I love all things Hugh Grant and I’m a huge Walking Dead fan (hello baby Andrew Lincoln) so those two should have been enough motivation for me to watch the movie years ago. I obviously loved every sappy minute of it. Although, it was hard for me not picture Liam Neeson looking for his kidnapped daughter.  I also now understand why people hated Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve so much. They don’t hold a candle to Love Actually.

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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

One of my missions in life is to booby trap a house like Kevin and my list wouldn’t be complete without the a little Home Alone. If you’re truly binge watching Christmas movies you might as well add the original Home Alone on the list.

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The Family Stone

Not to be confused with Sly and the Family Stone.  This movie features Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes,  Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Luke Wilson and Craig T. Nelson and  causes a bucket of tears.  Because what’s Christmas without a little drama and some Kleenex.

A Christmas Kiss

I was happy to see one of my favorite actor from Roswell in something…anything, but this really was a train wreck of a movie with terrible acting and a predictable ending. For the over 21 club, make an adult hot cocoa and then laugh your way through this movie.

12 Dates of Christmas

Think Groundhog Day, but with Christmas themed dates and a grown up Zack Morris. It’s cheesy and I loved it.

While You Were Sleeping

It’s Sandra Bullock. What else do you need to know?

This Christmas

If you do nothing else — go hit up Spotify and listen to this soundtrack. It’s perfect and it’s  full of Chris Brown pre-Rihanna drama.  Or you can just check out Ace’s Christmas playlist.


Holiday High School Reunion

I fell asleep on this one, so the only thing I can tell you is that Jonathan Bennett, AKA Aaron Samuels (On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was)


 Which movies have you seen? What should I add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!

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