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

Monday, December 21, 2020

🎄 *Merry Christmas* dear 'It's a Wonderful Movie' Family & Friends! 🎄

Merry Christmas!
JOY to the World - The LORD has Come!

May the true GIFT of Christmas, JESUS, the Christ Child, who was born in a manger, fill our hearts and homes with joy and peace.

Whether you're wrapping gifts, reading a special Christmas story, baking sugar cookies in the shapes of stars, bells & trees, watching a Christmas movie this week, or simply enjoying some quiet time, this Christmas may we cherish precious memories of Christmases from the past and embrace the Lord's "presence" above all of the Christmas "presents" under the tree!

Also, be sure to look in the sky for something else besides Santa's sleigh! On the first day of winter, Monday, December 21st, 2020 - Jupiter and Saturn will appear to be very close in the southwestern skyline, creating the look of one bright star from earth. The last time this occured was over 800 years ago! According to ChristianToday.com, "the most famous great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurred in 7 B.C.—auspiciously close to the birth of Jesus. Close enough that some believe that the great conjunction is the Star of Bethlehem." Isn't that spectacular? Be sure to look on Monday about 45 minutes to an hour after sunset and around 15 degrees above the horizon. If you happen to miss the peak of this event on Monday, the 21st, rest assured the planets will still be very close for days afterwards as they gradually part ways once again.

"Oh, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light."
(lyrics from "We Three Kings")

During this Christmas week... if you're wanting to catch some good old Christmas classics, there are still plenty to see, including It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, Meet Me in St. Louis, It Happened on 5th Avenue, The Santa Clause trilogy, Home Alone, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and many more! See the Christmas Movie Schedule for times airing.

If you'd like to binge watch movies on Christmas day, look for a full day marathon of It's a Wonderful Life - on Friday from 6am/5c. to 12am/11c on the E! Entertainment channel, and for those who have Hallmark Drama, there's a "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" first season and movie marathon soooo BIG - it takes two days - Saturday, December 26th & Sunday, December 27th!

Back to Christmas week... Even though Hallmark, UPtv, and ION have finished airing their new Christmas movies for the 2020 holiday season, Lifetime still has FOUR MORE NEW CHRISTMAS MOVIES to premiere this week! However, please note: after Christmas they won't replay on Lifetime - so you better catch them now or you may have to wait until next year!

Lifetime's Christmas Week - Christmas Movie Premieres:

Monday, December 21, 2020:

Spotlight on Christmas
premieres at 8pm/7c.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020:

The Christmas High Note
premieres at 8pm/7c.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020:

Christmas at the Castle
premieres at 8pm/7c.

Friday, December 25, 2020 - Christmas Day!:

My Sweet Holiday
premieres at 8pm/7c.

If you want more details on these Lifetime Christmas Movies
- click here!

*Please know- I have NOT pre-screened these NEW Christmas movies listed above. If you happen to watch one of the new Christmas movies this week and want to share whether or not it is a family friendly movie, please stop back by and leave a comment. I know everyone here would be grateful to know any information you are willing to share.


Encores at 8pm/7c. 
on Friday, December 25, 2020 - Christmas Day 

As tradition goes, the Hallmark Channel and now, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, too, will have air many of their 2020 Christmas movie premieres commercial free - beginning Christmas Eve and airing into Christmas Day! (See reviews of the 2020 Christmas movies - here - to check out which new movies are family friendly!)

Unfortunately the cast of "When Calls the Heart" was unable to film a new Christmas movie this year; however, Hearties everywhere will get an extra special gift - with a preview of the upcoming new season during the re-airing of last year's WCTH Christmas movie: When Calls the Heart: Home for Christmas on the Hallmark Channel, Christmas day, at 8pm/7c. Season 8 of "When Calls the Heart" will premiere on February 21, 2020!


When we get together on Christmas day, before any gift is opened, our family gathers around close and the story of Jesus' birth is read by my father from Luke 2. 

Here's a special print out of the scriptures from Luke, if you'd like to read it on Christmas day, post it on your refrigerator or share with loved ones...

I hope you have enjoyed 
many beloved Christmas Classics
and some delightful New Christmas Movies this year, too!

I appreciate everyone who visits here 
at It's a Wonderful Movie, 
and I'm most grateful to those who share a movie review!

Your *presence* here throughout the Christmas season 
and all throughout the year - 
is always a wonderful *present* to me and all who visit here!

Be sure to stay tuned for more news on Family TV Movies,
Christmas Movies and a whole lot of fun - throughout 2021!

THANK YOU to ALL my Blog Followers! Even though we've had to be socially distanced in the real world, I'm so glad we could all remain socially close here. I'm giving you all a virtual group hug... I'm so warmed by your thoughtful comments and friendship every day of the year! 

God's Blessings to You All!
May you have a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy, Joyous New Year!

In Christ's Love, Net


Luke 2:1-14 (KJV)

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


  1. And a very wonderful and blessed Christmas to you and your family, my dear friend! May the Christ child be your guiding light this season and every season!

    1. Mark 25, Thank you for this thoughtful Christmas message... I pray you also had a very merry Christmas - celebrating the true meaning! Thee BEST GIFT of ALL!!!

      I appreciate you being such a great friend here and brother in The Lord!

      Blessings & Happy New Year to You! Net

  2. Christmas Star on Winter solstice tonight

  3. Merry Christmas, Net! Thankful for you and your site:)

    1. Kaitlyn, Bless you for this sweet message! I am most grateful & blessed by you & everyone who visits here!

      Merry (belated) Christmas to you & Happy New Year!!! :)

  4. Cross Country Christmas: I didn’t expect to love this, but it was silly, cute, & jeez Rachael Leigh Cook carried the entire movie. She was super charming & funny. SHENANIGANS!

    1. That's great to know! Thanks for sharing.


    2. Yes, thank you so much for sharing details on "Cross Country Christmas" - I hear it's a really fun one to watch! I just love a little Christmas traveling comedy! :)

    3. I watched it and it was pretty good, but not my favorite. The chemistry was just off to me. They seemed like just friends. I liked Dashing Through The Snow better.


  5. Replies
    1. I pray you had a merry Christmas, too, Jim! God bless you!

  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I have one quick question. I used to get your posts in my email, but that stopped a week or two ago. I didn’t know if anyone else was having issues.

    1. Jennifer, Thank you for your Christmas well-wishes.

      I will have to check into the newsletter. I haven't heard of others having troubles, but you never know technology. Have you checked your spam folder. Sometimes they can end up there for me. You may want to click on an old email newsletter and add my email address to your address book. That might help. Let me know if you still have trouble receiving them.

      Merry (belated) Christmas to you & Happy New Year!!! :)

    2. Thanks! I’ve checked my spam and nothing there. My mom is also not getting the newsletters. We both have yahoo so I don’t know if that’s the problem.

    3. Jennifer, Thank you for your response.

      Hmmmm??? I will have to look into this. I'm getting the same question from others, too, who are recently not receiving my newsletter.

      Stay tuned! I hope I can come up with an answer for you.

    4. Add me to those not receiving your newsletter Net. Haven't received anything in weeks.I miss you!

    5. kitkat, Oh noooo! I miss you too! I'm so sorry you're also not getting it! I'm looking into it on my end, hopefully a few quirks I've done will fix it. If not, I will have to try something else.

  7. Thank you for the touching Christmas message, Net! Merry Christmas to you and everyone here at It's A Wonderful Movie Blogspot.


    1. Misty, Thank you for your sweet Christmas comment. I hope you also had the merriest of Christmases, in spite of everything going on this year. You have been such a dear friend here at It's a Wonderful Movie to me and everyone who visits here. I'm so grateful for you!

      Bless you, my friend, and Happy New Year!!!

  8. Thank you, again, Net, for assembling these awesome & helpful lists. Very much appreciated. The ending to a tough year & the kids Not home for Christmas this year has been upsetting & emotionally challenging. The annual favorite movie habit of mine has only grown more pronounced with this year’s challenges. Very happy to be a part of this ‘group’ & I love that others remember the ENTIRE REASON for the season. ❤️🙏🏻

  9. Thank you, again, Net, for assembling these awesome lists. So very appreciated. It’s been a bit of a tough Christmas on my end, with our kids not being comfortable to travel home. Many of these movies are my annual habit & really comforting for me...this year perhaps quite a bit more than previously. Grateful & so happy that there are others ‘out there’ that know the ENTIRE REASON for the season!❤️🙌🏼

    1. Sandi Z, I'm so glad you enjoy visiting It's a Wonderful Movie and checking out the new movies and reviews here.

      I know this year has been quite different for many families. Even though miles separated you, I'm sure your hearts were still very much with one another all day.

      I'm so glad the Christmas movies brought you joy and you celebrated the true meaning - *JESUS* - along with us!!!

      God bless you, honey, and Happy New Year! I pray 2021 will be much better and you'll be able to be with your family again very soon!

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

    1. Chris, A very Merry (belated) Christmas to you, too, and a very Happy, Blessed New Year!!! :)

  11. Christmas in Evergreen 5

    I wonder about Zoe & David?

  12. Just wanted to let everyone know that Kristopher Polaha is in the new Wonder Woman movie. Only a few places but it was good to see him in a major production. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and wish everyone a Happy New Year. God bless us everyone. RG

    1. RG, I remember hearing Kristopher Polaha mention that awhile back. Did you like the movie overall? I see it's rated PG-13.

      Kristoffer also had a role in the theater movie Run the Race.

  13. I enjoyed the sequel a lot. Not as good as the first one, but still I found it very entertaining. Might go see it again. Was nice to see one of my favorite Hallmark actors on the big screen. RG

    1. Thank you for sharing that! It is rare to see Hallmark stars at the theater - so I'm sure that was cool!

  14. Sorry, but I really think these movies have run their course.

    Evergreen 4 was extremely weak probably because there were really no new characters introduced and imo dull.

    It was a struggle to watch it through to the end.

  15. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. The email only arrived today.

    Happy New Year!


    1. Thank you, Denise! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, too!

      I'm so sorry to hear you also were not receiving my newsletters. Half of my email list was going out, but not the other - so I know many were not receiving them mid-December to the New Year. I looked into it and did a little tech stuff behind-the-scenes and thankfully, I'm so glad to hear everyone is receiving them again! Yay!!!

      A very Happy New Year to you, too!!! Welcome back!!! :)


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