In real life, we make all sorts of mistakes when we meet people for the first time, we forget to show up at events or when we do, we're late. We forget to call people to check in on them, even though they are in our hearts and minds. We're constantly discombobulated and spread thin. This doesn't make for a very enjoyable life, but we all get used to it, right? The thing is, we shouldn't get used to it. We can and should be better and what better time than the holidays than to get back on track with what's really important to all of us. The movie 12 Dates of Christmas (2011) is a great reminder of this very valuable life lesson.
In the movie 12 Dates of Christmas (2011), which is sort of a holiday version of Groundhog Day, a woman named Kate Stanton (Amy Smart) is forced to repeat the same Christmas Eve- and the blind date on that day- until she finally learns the real meaning of the holidays, thereby breaking the cycle of the day repeating. Initially, when Kate began repeating Christmas Eve, she focused on all the wrong things. She tried to force a reconciliation with her ex-boyfriend and tried everything in her power to ignore the blind date with Miles Dufine (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) that her stepmother set her up with. However, as the repeating continued, she eventually learned that the holidays aren't just about her own happiness, but the happiness of those around her as well.
When we first meet Kate, she is obsessed with trying to win back her ex-boyfriend. She fails to see and appreciate the people in her life; she even re-gifted a jar of jam to her best friend, instead of buying her something special and from the heart. But then something magical happened. Kate was forced to relive Christmas Eve, along with her blind date and consequently was forced to see the error of her ways. Although she did try to repair some of her obvious mistakes, she also made new ones, which eventually provided her with opportunities to have a more meaningful impact on others.In the end, that is exactly what happened by the end of the movie.