Christmas is becoming more and more inclusive in 2020 as several of the major Christmas movie networks present their first LGBTQ-centric storylines. Hulu, Hallmark and Lifetime will bring the expected Christmas spirit to the viewers, but this time with love stories depicting a number of relationships.
The premiere of Hulu’s Happiest Season is scheduled for November 25th, but when the trailer was dropped off on Monday, it started online discussions about the importance of same-sex love stories. As summarized in the teaser, the plot of the film focuses on a lesbian couple driving home for the holidays. However, they can be found on different sites. One wants to propose and the other has not yet told her family that she is gay.
Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis lead the cast, which includes Daniel Levy and Aubrey Plaza. But the star cast isn’t the only thing that gets people excited. Twitter users were delighted on Monday with the idea of a holiday strip that is not about a heterosexual couple. And Hallmark, the station known for heart-warming, sometimes kitschy Christmas movies, is also bringing viewers an LGBTQ-led movie for Christmas.
Hallmark will broadcast The Christmas House, a film with a plot that focuses on two husbands. When the couple in question return home for the holidays, their future is at stake while they wait for a call – a call with news of their impending adoption. There is still no official trailer for the film starring Jonathan Bennett, but Hallmark has announced that it will air on November 22.
Hallmark’s rival for vacation movies, Lifetime, has also already announced its first same-sex couple film. Viewers will have to wait a little longer for this, as the film will not premiere until December 12. The film, entitled The Christmas Setup, sounds like exactly the kind of Christmas romance that the audience can’t seem to get enough of.
While Happiest Season and The Christmas House feature established same-sex couples, The Christmas Setup tells a budding love story that unfolds when a New York City lawyer returns to his hometown for Christmas. While the family is surrounded by Christmas nostalgia, his mother plays “matchmaker” to ensure that her son falls in love with his childhood crush, a man who may be just right for him.
And in addition to “The Christmas Setup”, Lifetime broadcasts other, more comprehensive holiday programs. The program for the holidays in 2020 also includes the station’s first film starring a disabled person, Christmas Ever After (December 6), and a film starring a Chinese-American family, A Sugar & Spice Holiday (December 13).
So far there is no news of a Netflix LGBTQ Christmas movie in 2020, but Washington Newsday contacted the streaming platform for confirmation, but did not hear a response at the time of release. However, in 2019, the movie Let It Snow debuted on Netflix, and it includes an LGBTQ subplot.