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You Will Need
- Supporting cast
- Seasonal and cultural references
- Faith-testing crisis
- Holiday miracle
- Character under 12 (optional)
Flaw the hero
Create a hero who's too greedy or too jaded to appreciate the holiday season. Surround them with a supporting cast who embrace the peace and joy that comes with family gatherings and gift exchanges to further highlight your hero's flaws.
Make it seasonal
Sprinkle in seasonal and cultural references related to the holidays and a few lines that exemplify the holiday spirit to melt even the coldest viewer's heart.
Set up the problem
Create a seemingly insurmountable problem that threatens to make your hero's holiday a living hell, particularly since they don't know the true meaning of the season.
Change it up
Take your hero through a series of events that helps them see the error of their ways. Then, just as your hero is enjoying a spiritual awakening, introduce an incident that compounds the original problem and threatens your hero's newfound faith.
Feel the love
Write a climax where the hero uses their new understanding to handle the crisis and make the holidays better for others -- it's a miracle! Then, film the movie, and wait for it to join the Yule log in a syndicated-television marathon.