HOT AND FESTIVE: HBO Max’s 12 Dates of Christmas

It’s not all too often you hear the words hot and sexy and Christmas in a sentence, but you will when talking about this HBO Max show.

The 12 Dates of Christmas takes all the best parts of The Bachelor franchise and a Hallmark Christmas movie and blends them together. The show follows 3 (hot AF) leads in a gorgeous wintry castle, who are looking for dates to bring home for the holidays: Faith, Chad, and Garrett. The contestants show up to meet the leads at the castle a little at a time – often surprising them when it’s inconvenient. And when it comes to traditional dating show rules, things get blurry! Let’s just say, the leads aren’t the only ones who end up finding love on this show.

The show’s diversity puts it a major step ahead of others like it – the contestants and leads all came from a wide range of backgrounds, and, it has a lead who is gay (Garrett).

While the show has a lot of plusses, there are some minuses too, like the narrator’s (Natasha Rothwell) commentary. While funny, it was often distracting and didn’t propel the plot as well as it could have. Another thing – the contestants constantly complained when the lead was on another date. Sometimes that happens to an extent on The Bachelor, but, it’s never this annoying. It’s called a dating COMPETITION for a reason.

That being said, if you’re looking for something fun to watch with a glass of spiked Eggnog, or Cocoa this is just the show for you. There are 8 episodes to binge (they were dropped over a series of 3 weeks). If you don’t already have an HBO Max subscription – check with your cable provider, because it may be included with your cable package.

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