Hallmark Holiday Movie Plots if They Were Made for Parents Living Through the Hell That is 2020

It's that time of year again when Hallmark holiday movies take over our screens. But here are just a few hilarious plot lines that parents in 2020 could really use.

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Between figuring out how to manage parenting without child care and dealing with limited contact with friends and family members this holiday season, 2020 has been challenging. For many parents, any form of escapism that doesn't involve hiding alone in the closet for five minutes is welcome right now.

Hallmark holiday movies are a guilty pleasure for many this time of year, but some of the plot lines are a little detached from our current pandemic reality. What if Hallmark holiday movies were created for parents this year?

Here are 14 imagined plot lines that would provide the perfect stress-free viewing for parents in 2020—and will also give you a good laugh.

The Christmas Craftsman: A single mother's holiday looks a little brighter when she meets a handsome stranger who makes bespoke sleds and has a master's degree in online learning facilitation.

A Wise Traveler: A woman travels back in time two years to warn her younger self to not give away that Paw Patrol Tower because even though the kids haven't played with it in a year, she is going to need all the extra toys she can get in 2020.

Elf in the Bed: A child learns the true meaning of Christmas when his dad explains that the Elf on the Shelf was exposed to COVID-19 and needs to take two weeks off from moving every night in order to quarantine.

The Prince of Possibilities: When a recently divorced mom discovers the man working at the local Christmas tree farm is actually a prince she is intrigued to learn more about him, as well as the COVID-19 rates and school opening policies in his home country.

A Christmas Miracle: Innkeeper Nick starts to believe in miracles again when he visits the grocery store on Christmas Eve and discovers they finally have the only brand of mac and cheese his kid will eat back in stock.

Help for the Holidays: When high-powered lawyer Holly posts a rant on a Facebook group about how she doesn't know how she will make it through the winter in a house with young kids, she reconnects with a high school sweetheart who is offering pro bono virtual therapy sessions.

Peppermint and Pod Love: After Alex's husband dies in a tragic gingerbread house building competition, she finds love again with a father in her child's learning pod. He also has experience in elder care and can help care for her aging father who lives with her.

A Letter to Santa: A child writes a letter to Santa asking for him to send an elf babysitter for Christmas because her parents keep trying to put her to bed at 6 p.m.

A Helpful Holiday: A skilled entrepreneur from New York spearheads the effort to buy a small-town tinsel factory and turn it into a facility producing meal kits that make individualized single-serving meals for picky eaters.

Mute and Mistletoe: A parent gets the opportunity to go back in time and make sure their child's Zoom class is muted before they let a curse word slip out while unsuccessfully trying to log their child on to a new learning app.

A Jolly Jetsons Christmas: When a family loses their holiday spirit, Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons helps them find it again by doing their dishes and rocking their colicky baby while they attend work Zoom calls and sleep in stretches longer than an hour at a time.

Freaky Friday Frosting: A magical batch of holiday cookies transforms the lives of two people forever when an exhausted parent switches places with a monk who lives a quiet existence at a monastery that also happens to have a gourmet monk-chef.

The Magic Barn: An elf comes to a small town and transforms an old barn into a magical room that allows people to safely have holiday meals with members outside of their immediate household.

A Nostalgic Noelle: Popular cast members of your favorite 80s and 90s shows who don't have a Me Too case against them or a college admission scandal reunite to sing Christmas carols while holding baby animals in front of a crackling fire.

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