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  1. What a great piece. I love it for paying attention to this recent craze that clearly means something about contemporary angst and the wish to escape from it to… something. I think it’s worth trying to track down what we’re looking for, and this is a great start.

  2. Excellent article. I noticed this trend too with small towns and Xmas movies, and love the insights and explanations this article provides.

  3. Lovely article which I enjoyed very much. Holiday movies are largely trying to evoke nostalgia and sometimes conservative values of the past. Most of us think of small towns with nostalgia so the setting of the small town dominates and it’s probably quiet effective as the holidays is a time when many urbanites visit their parents and hometown. These films also create another effect. Those who stayed in small towns get a feeling of validation that their choice was the right one.

    Great essay/article!

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