If there's one thing that's remained true throughout the history of Christmas movies, it's that they've always been super straight. From It's a Wonderful Life to The Holiday, the romantic stories at the center of these flicks are generally presented in a little heterosexual box with a bow on top.
That is, until Happiest Season dropped on Hulu last December and became one of the first-ever mainstream LGBTQ+ Christmas movies to be released, with a cast of stars like Kristen Stewart and Aubrey Plaza at its center.
While the movie wasn't perfect (one of our editors argued that it didn't need the “coming out” narrative), it was relatable for many queer viewers, while offering funny moments as well. And although Happiest Season was predated by independent films like Make the Yuletide Gay and holiday flicks with queer storylines like Let It Snow, never before had an LGBTQ+ narrative been presented on such a grand scale in a big-budget Christmas movie.
Now, a year later, Netflix has quickly followed suit with their first gay holiday rom-com, Single All the Way. And while the movie may not go down as one of the greatest Christmas flicks of all time, it is a lighthearted affair with a star-studded cast that stands as an important step in the progression of queer cinema. Plus, it’s already claimed the number three spot on the streaming service’s list of most-watched movies.