Monday, March 28, 2011

Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas - Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie


Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas

Based on her popular book: When Christmas Comes - renamed Trading Christmas

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: November 26, 2011

Available on DVD


Tom Cavanagh ... Charles
Faith Ford ... Emily
Gil Bellows ... Ray, Charles' brother
Gabrielle Miller ... Faith
Emma Lahana ... Heather


Christmas travel calamities that lead to cross-country romances when widowed Washington State teacher Emily Springer engineers a house-swap with Boston history professor Charles Brewster in order to visit her daughter at Harvard. Too bad Emily's daughter Heather is headed to Florida with her new boyfriend!


Emily (Ford) misses her daughter Heather (Lahana) who is attending college in Boston. Since her father died, Heather is sensitive to her mom's dependence on long-standing holiday traditions. This Christmas, Heather has planned a trip to Phoenix with her boyfriend, but tells her mother she is staying on campus to study. After arranging a house-swap with Charles (Cavanagh), an English professor from Boston who wants Washington State's solitude in order to finish his novel, Emily hops on a flight to Boston to surprise Heather for Christmas. Unaware of the house swap, Emily's best friend, Faith (Miller) walks in on Charles at Emily's house and in Boston, Ray, Charles' brother (Bellows) responds to a 911 call only to find Emily at Charles' condo. Will Christmas travel calamities lead to cross-country romances? Or have there been one too many surprises already?

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Movie Review:

I must say... I love Faith Ford & Tom Cavanagh - so I'm really looking forward to seeing this one, plus, I have really enjoyed all the other Debbie Macomber Movies - so I hope I'll like this one, too!

See or Skip:




  1. love tom cavanagh - can't wait

  2. I really love Debbie Macomber's books. This was a great story in the book form, but it is 3/4's of the way through the movie and it does not follow the book. It is not in the same heartwarming style as the book was written. It is a cute movie, just not nearly as good as the book.


  3. Predictable...saw same plot in 2 other movies with diff actors..diff title...dvrd it ..thought it was another one w Doris Roberts...

  4. am enjoying this book so far. But having been born and raised in Leavenworth, WA, I I have a couple parts upsetting. Yes, the book is fiction, so little details like a skating rink that isn't really there, and the nativity scene in front of the grocery store (it is actually in front of a church, where it belongs) and dancing elves that don't exist, aren't a problem because it is just a story. But where I was really bothered was when an incorrect historical fact was mentioned. Near the beginning of the book it states that Leavenworth was founded by German immigrants, which is very far from the truth. Even in fiction, if something or someone real is going to be portrayed, the author needs to do research and get his or her facts right.
    It has been fun reading a book set in my hometown, and I am enjoying the story line. The incorrect information is the only complaint that I have.

  5. Debbie Macomber's (renamed) Trading Christmas was a predictable Christmas story of individuals pasts and the effect on "Christmas" present. There was also the love and romance I always enjoy. Enter Gil Bellows as "Ray." A new actor to me-although I saw Shawshank Redemption, I do not recall him. Gil Bellows immediately stole my heart. He did a wonderful job! I won't go in to great detail for those who have not seen this movie. Suffice it to say, this man-actor makes the entire movie worth watching. You can not help but to fall in love with his character. He was sensitive, kind, gentle, gorgeous, sexy and all that any woman would want from an ideal man. I have said too much. I recommend this movie to any hopeless romantic!


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