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“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights...”
~ James 1:17

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020 from NET at It's a Wonderful Movie!!!

image via: New Years YouTube video

To all my dear friends here... I want to extend a very Happy, Blessed, Healthy, Peaceful New Year to You and Yours! I treasure each of you who visit here, and I pray this new year will hold many wonderful things for each of us!

Unfortunately, the New Years movie we were all anticipating on the Hallmark Channel at the end of 2019, "A New Year's Resolution," starring Aimee Teegarden and Michael Rady, was removed from their schedule line-up and app without explanation.

Michael Rady, Aimee Teegarden
Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steven Ackerman

I'm anticipating, at this time, we'll have to wait until next year around New Year’s to see this movie. I spoke to one of my contacts at Hallmark and was informed they do not have a rescheduled air date for this movie at this time.

I know many of you are such big fans (as I am) of Michael Rady, since "A Joyous Christmas," and like myself, you were very much looking forward to this film. If I hear any further news, at all, I'll be certain to let you know.

There is also no listing on the schedule this year for "Royal New Year's Eve," however it is available on DVD and Prime Video.

If you have Hallmark Drama, you can see this classic Hallmark New Years Eve movie on December 31st...

"A Kiss at Midnight" airs at 9pm/8c.

image: Hallmark Crown Media


As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in the new year, 2020... a whole new decade lies ahead full of possibilities! I pray we cherish meaningful times of the year past and make wonderful moments and memories in the new year to come!

My focus here at It's a Wonderful Movie will continue to be and always be sharing family friendly entertainment. We don't know which way this year will lead us, but I pray for direction in our lives each day.

May you be surrounded by love and warmth and an abundance of joy, friendship, and happiness in 2020!

God bless you and your family in this New Year! Net


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Monday, December 30, 2019


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As a special DaySpring Presentation tonight, "Christmas Town," starring one of Hallmark's favorite leading ladies, Candace Cameron Bure, will premiere for the very first time on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! This heartfelt story is sure to inspire you and touch your spirit, whether you are watching it again, or for the very first time!

Christmas Town storyline via Hallmark: Elementary school teacher Lauren Gabriel decides to leave the comfortable and familiar – and career-only minded boyfriend – for a more family-friendly/white-picket fence lifestyle far from Boston. En route, her train is delayed in the small, quaint town of Grandon Falls, nicknamed “Christmastown.” When Lauren meets the handsome handy-man Travis, his young foster son Dylan and searches for a long-lost beloved family heirloom, she extends her stay. During the festive and family-focused days before Christmas she gets an unexpected opportunity and contemplates a life-changing decision, realizing that Christmas – and Grandon Falls – has a way of making miracles happen.

In honor of this DaySpring Presentation of this film, did you know, Candace Cameron Bure has a line of DaySpring Christian products? You can find them at DaySpring, Amazon, and other retailers. I'm going to share some of my favorite items from Candace's collection from Amazon.

*PLEASE NOTE: I am an affiliate with Amazon. When you click on links to this merchant on this site and make a purchase, this can result in this site earning a commission. This does not change the cost to you. Thank you for clicking on my links below...

Candace Cameron Bure credits living in the way the Bible tells us to live as the reason for her success. In this Bible-study styled series, Candace draws readers in to discover what the Bible says about the issues women face in life and in a way that is inviting and easy to understand.

In this interactive Bible study devotional guide, Candace Cameron Bure shares 24 devotions with meaningful Bible verses and four easy-to-answer questions that encourage you to interact with God and your faith in an honest but simple way. Best of all, you will understand how to apply Biblical principles to your everyday life.

Authentic Living: Jesus Every Day Devotional Guide
by Candace Cameron Bure
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*Seen on Candace in "A Shoe Addict's Christmas!"

DaySpring Dough, A Deer - Flare Bib Christmas Apron
by Candace Cameron Bure
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100 Days of Joy & Strength
by Candace Cameron Bure
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DaySpring Soul Care 2020 Desktop Calendar
by Candace Cameron Bure
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DaySpring Flour Power - Flare Bib Apron
by Candace Cameron Bure
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In this devotional guide, you'll find 25 sessions with meaningful Bible verses and four easy-to-answer questions that encourage you to understand how God wants to forgive you, heal your brokenness, and restore you to a life full of joy as you follow Him. You are invited to open the pages of Beautifully Broken and learn what it means to experience the freedom, healing, and joy found in forgiveness.

Beautifully Broke: Jesus Every Day Devotional Guide
by Candace Cameron Bure
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Letter from Candace:
I love Christmas! I really love Christmas. Christmas can become really busy. So busy that we can miss…Christmas. At the Bure house, Christmas has become a time to rest, recharge and be with family. It's a moment to take a breath, enjoy the season and remember Jesus.
Welcome to my Christmas line with simple design and a simple message- Be Still.
Make this Christmas simply meaningful, just like that very first Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Candace

DaySpring Calm + Bright 12 oz. Mug
by Candace Cameron Bure
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DaySpring Calm + Bright Dessert Platter
by Candace Cameron Bure
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DaySpring Christmas Cheer - Premium Christmas Wrapping Paper
by Candace Cameron Bure
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DaySpring - So Much Fun - 2020 Monthly/Weekly Planner
by Candace Cameron Bure
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This item is so new - it hasn't been released yet! But, you can pre-order it today!

Love Over All: Jesus Every Day Devotional Guide
by Candace Cameron Bure
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Candace Center Stage
by Candace Cameron Bure
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This sweet new book will be released soon, you can pre-order it today!

Grow, Candace, Grow
by Candace Cameron Bure
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This item is so new - it hasn't been released yet! But, you can pre-order it today!

Who doesn't need a reminder of how much they are truly loved? Prayers to Share gives you 100 opportunities to encourage, comfort, and inspire others with God's unfailing love. Filled with inspiring quotes, meaningful Scriptures, heartfelt prayers, and beautiful artwork - these cards are a wonderful way to brighten someone's day. The pages are easy - just tear and share a prayer!

Prayers to Share: 100 Pass-Along Notes to Share the Love
by Candace Cameron Bure
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In this interactive bible study devotional journal Candace shares 25 devotions with meaningful Bible verses, inspirational quotes and four easy-to-answer questions and bible journaling that encourages you to interact with the Bible and develop an unwavering faith in God a faith that motivates you to forgive and love others, find peace, overcome doubt, and persevere through your everyday trials.

Unwavering Faith: Jesus Every Day Devotional Guide
by Candace Cameron Bure
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I hope you've enjoyed seeing these items from Candace's DaySpring Collection. I personally just love a devotional, especially as the new year begins. It is such a wonderful way to daily take time in my walk with The Lord and enhance a personal growth in God's Word.

I hope you also enjoy...
the DaySpring Presentation of "Christmas Town"
Tonight, December 30, 2019 at 9pm/8c.
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Blessings to you all, Net

Saturday, December 28, 2019

⛄ Lacey Chabert and Ryan Paevey host Hallmark Channel's 2020 Winterfest Preview Special! ⛄

images: screen grab - Hallmark Channel's Winterfest 2020 Promo

Do you wanna build a Snowman, have a Snowball fight, or how about go Ice Skating, Sledding, Skiing or Snow Tubing?

TONIGHT - Don’t Miss All New Sneak Peeks Of
Winterfest during an encore presentation of the movie "Christmas in Rome," starring Lacey Chabert and Sam Page!

This is a first look sneak peek at Hallmark Channel's upcoming Winterfest original movies for 2020!

These Winterfest preview clips are hosted by Lacey Chabert, who will star in the first "Winterfest" movie premiere with Tyler Hynes, "Winter in Vail," and Ryan Paevey, who will star in an upcoming "Love Ever After" (A.K.A. "Countdown to Valentine's Day") movie, "Matching Hearts," with Taylor Cole.

Tyler Hynes and Lacey Chabert star in "Winter in Vail"
Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Brown

Plus special guest, Larissa Wohl will share adorable puppies and kitties, who are adoptable and look for their "fur"ever home!

Sam Page and Lacey Chabert - Christmas in Rome
In Studio Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Gabriel Hennessey

Grab a cozy blanket and some hot cocoa and get ready for the chilly reveal of Hallmark Channel's 2020 Winterfest!

To see a listing of ALL the movies premiering during Winterfest - *CLICK HERE*!

See the "2020 Winterfest Preview Special"
during an encore presentation of "Christmas in Rome"
TONIGHT - Saturday, December 28, 2019
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

Friday, December 27, 2019


Keep on... Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland!

As January 2020 arrives, Hallmark eases out of Christmas movies and into snowy, icy landscapes! Come along for five new charming chilly adventures and celebrate Winterfest!

Credit: Hallmark Crown Media

Tyler Hynes and Lacey Chabert star in "Winter in Vail"
Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Brown

Winter in Vail

Starring: Lacey Chabert, Tyler Hynes

Premieres: Saturday, January 4, 2020

Storyline via Hallmark: Chelsea inherits a house in Vail. She meets Owen and gets a much needed break. Together, they put on Strudelfest to highlight the charm of Old Vail.

Review: This chilly Winterfest movie is one that will truly warm your heart. Family friendly and delightful, you'll simply fall in love with Chelsea (played by Lacey Chabert) and Owen (played by Tyler Hynes) as they bring life to the town of Vail, Colorado with a new festival, which brings the community together and new visitors! Along the way, Chelsea must decide which path she most wants to take and which decision leads her ultimately home.

*This film has the "It's a Wonderful Movie" family-friendly seal of approval!


Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Jen Osborne

Love in Winterland

Starring: Italia Ricci, Chad Michael Murray, Jack Turner

Premieres: Saturday, January 11, 2020

Storyline via Hallmark: Ally, a final contestant on a dating show, must face her high school sweetheart when she is chosen for the Hometown Date.

Los Angeles marketing executive Ally is a finalist on a hugely popular TV dating show who is sent to her hometown in snowy Vermont for a final televised date with bachelor Tanner. However, upon arriving home, she encounters her high school sweetheart Brett who now owns the historic inn where Alice, Tanner and the production crew are all staying. When the show producer discovers Brett’s unrequited affection for Ally, she helps stoke their old feelings for each other, creating a love triangle which forces Ally to re-think her choices in life and decide what’s truly important to her.

Review: "Love in Winterland" is one of those sweet stories of coming home and seeing your first love again. While trying to ignite a spark with someone else, much to Ally's (Italia Ricci) annoyance, she finds herself attracted once more to her irritatingly still handsome high school boyfriend, Brett (Chad Michael Murray), who does everything he can to charm himself into Ally's life again. Who will Ally ultimately choose is the real focus of this Hallmark rom-com movie that features a beautiful inn during the snowy winter and a fun sled ride down a large hill. I found this movie to be pleasant and enjoyable.

*This film has the "It's a Wonderful Movie" family-friendly seal of approval!


Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Lilja Jonsdottir

Love on Iceland

Starring: Colin Donnell, Kaitlin Doubleday, Patti Murin

Premieres: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Storyline via Hallmark: Seeking inspiration for work, Chloe gathers her college travel group back together for a trip to Iceland. When her ex, a member of the group, shows up uninvited, sparks fly.

Hardworking podcast producer Chloe is hoping to recharge her batteries during a spontaneously planned vacation with her college friends Isabella and Kenneth. She has chosen Iceland as their destination, inspired by a podcast guest who found a new lease on life and career during a sojourn in the majestic “land of fire and ice.” But Chloe’s transformative journey takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of another traveler: Charlie, her ex-boyfriend from college.


Credit: Hallmark Crown Media

Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States
LLC/Photographer: Courtesy of Johnson Production Group

Amazing Winter Romance

Starring: Jessy Schram, Marshall Williams

Premieres: Saturday, January 20, 2020

Storyline via Hallmark: When journalist Julia goes back home to find inspiration, she discovers her childhood friend has built a giant snow maze which prompts her to find her way to true love.

Julia’s been writing about lost dreams instead of her usual uplifting articles. Wanting her “seize-the-day” spirit back, she goes home to write about small-town charm and instantly feels the warmth of her community. But it’s the gigantic snow maze her childhood friend Nate built that inspires her to write something her boss loves. Now she’s wanted back in the city, but Julia’s reluctant to go. She feels chemistry with Nate and wonders if he feels it too. Catching sight of him seemingly enjoying a date, Julia leaves heartbroken. If only he’d utter the one word she needs to hear – stay.

Review: If you're looking for a Winterfest movie with real snow and a great wintery, chilly feel, with lots of fun action-packed activities and excitement, then this film is it! Perfect for all ages, "Amazing Winter Romance" includes sledding, a huge snow maze that is truly incredible and beautiful on screen, snowmobiling, snow plowing, and horse-back riding! Plus, there's an adorable little girl, a very cute dog, and a sweet romance! This movie is truly jam-packed with just about everything fun during the winter, minus the cold! My family thoroughly enjoyed every minute, mainly due to the joyful Jessy Schram ("Road to Christmas") and the delightful Marshall Williams ("When Hope Calls"), who are truly the perfect, ideal boy and girl next door. I found this movie to be "snow" much fun to watch and very sweet!

*This film has the "It's a Wonderful Movie" family-friendly seal of approval!


Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Farah Nosh

Hearts of Winter

Starring: Jill Wagner, Victor Webster, Rukiya Bernard

Premieres: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Storyline via Hallmark: An interior designer brings new life to the house of a widower and his daughter and finds love in the process.

Designer Bethany select’s Grant’s house as winner of her makeover contest. But he’s unaware his daughter Zoe even entered until Bethany and her camera crew arrive. Realizing Grant is attached to his house full of memories of his late wife, Bethany backs off, but encouraged by Zoe’s enthusiasm and Bethany’s patience, Grant begins to enjoy the process, not to mention Bethany. Even TV viewers see their chemistry and only want more. But Bethany isn’t sure a career can mix with a relationship, and Grant isn’t sure his heart is big enough for both his wife’s memory and a new love.

Review: First of all, this film stars one of my all-time favorite actresses, Jill Wagner. She brings such life and personality to each role she portrays, and her portrayal of designer Bethany is no different. With each home design project, Bethany brings a fresh set of creative ideas to brighten up people's homes. When a widowed father, Grant, and his teenage daughter, Zoe, win a contest to have their home re-designed, the father is clearly not thrilled with this plan, but seeing how much this means to his daughter, he ultimately gives in.

It's obvious that Grant still has remaining issues of grief over the loss of his wife, which is why he is resistant to changing their home. While working with Bethany, Grant eases into the idea of keeping some of their special keepsakes from the past, while adding some new additions to their home.

Jill and Victor are wonderful in this emotional, mature love story. In fact, this is not the first time Jill Wagner and Victor Webster have been paired in a Hallmark Channel film; they appeared together in the 2017 Fall Harvest movie "A Harvest Wedding."

I believe this heartwarming movie will touch your heart. There's a special moment in the film when the daughter and father pray together each night. What a wonderful thing to see. I hope this inspires other parents with teens. If you start them young, then it becomes a comfortable, yet special routine.

I like the way that Bethany works with both Grant and Zoe in the re-designing of their home. At one point, she tells Grant that a painting he likes goes with the home re-design simply because he likes it. That's the way it should be; our homes should be a reflection of our inner personalities.

As Grant and Bethany become more friendly, is he willing to open up more than just his home? Is he willing to open his heart again to love? I think you will enjoy where this Hallmark love story ends.

*This film has the "It's a Wonderful Movie" family-friendly seal of approval!


Like many of you, I will truly miss Hallmark's Christmas movies come January, but with these winter themes, each new Winterfest film looks almost like a snowy Christmas Card.

May the Winterfest movies warm all of our hearts in the New Year!

*UPDATE (February, 2020) - I have watched all of the new 2020 Hallmark Channel Winterfest movie premieres, and I found them all to be family-friendly and wholesome entertainment.

There is NO language or adult dialogue. There may be some drinking, such as wine. However, none of the characters are ever intoxicated. As far as adult situations go, (SPOILER ALERT!) there is a sweet, decent kiss at the end of each film!

I hope you enjoy watching all of these Winterfest movies!

Blessings, Net


Thursday, December 26, 2019


image: Charles M. Schulz / Hughes Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox / Hallmark Crown Media

From Charlie Brown, Home Alone, to classic Hallmark Christmas movies - you can still enjoy plenty of Holiday-themed films and specials after Christmas!!!

See "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown," the "Home Alone" movies, "Let it Snow" with Candace Cameron Bure, and more on TV in the Christmas TV Schedule!

I hope many of you are able to spend some quality time with your family and loved ones this week and next, as we end 2019! I know I've certainly been enjoying and cherishing this extra busy time with my family. I look forward to finally relaxing and watching some of the new Christmas movies I missed throughout the Christmas season.

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Even though the day of Christmas may be over, we can still keep the spirit in our hearts all year long! Plus, as a special treat - Hallmark will continue to air one Christmas movie every week across all three of their networks - Hallmark Drama on Wednesdays, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Thursdays and the Hallmark Channel on Fridays!

And don't put away your coat and mittens, yet, Winterfest is right around the corner!

Joyous Blessings & Happy New Year! Net

I just love this song on December 26th... It always brings me joy to listen to it today!

"Happy Day After Christmas" - Matthew West