Lean into it.
Dolly Parton released her 2020 holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, on October 2, because she's a very smart woman and knows we all need some holiday cheer a little early. I really don't want to hear anyone say anything about not listening to Christmas music or watching corny Hallmark films before December 1. There are no rules this year. We work from home. We wear sweatpants to Zoom meetings and no one cares. We vote by mail. There's no real moderator at presidential debates. Heck, there aren't even real presidential debates anymore.
We need some holiday escapism this year. We need predictable romance plots, relatable family rifts, workaholic heroines who fall in love with someone they initially can't stand, and titles featuring as many puns as possible. We need queer holiday love stories that aren't Carol, though Carol will always be top billing at every lesbian Christmas-movie watch party.
When the holiday films start rolling in on Lifetime, Netflix, and Hallmark this month, don't mock. Don't smirk. Don't tweet about how annoyed you are that you have the option to watch both Halloween and Christmas movies at the same time. Just heat up some hot chocolate, put on your coziest socks and sweater, and bask in the holiday joy. We all could use some.