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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Get Your Fill of Christmas Movies!



My prayer for you all on this Thanksgiving week - is that you will have joy in your heart and good health. I am so grateful to the Lord above for salvation, precious family, dear friends, a warm home, and love beyond measure. I pray you feel the same.

Every Thanksgiving my heart ponders about the Pilgrims who crossed an ocean to an unknown land - seeking and yearning for religious freedom. How brave and courageous those men and women were... who endured through sickness, bitter cold, and hunger. Through all their many hardships and losses, they leaned on their faith in God and gave thanks on that first Thanksgiving for all of their blessings of coming to this new land, America. May we never forget the sacrifices our ancestors made - so we can be free today!

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends!

I am grateful for each of you who visit here.
God's Blessings to You All!

Here are the new movies airing this Thanksgiving week and weekend! It's quite a long list, so you'll have to pace yourself and save room for leftovers! Enjoy!




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Thursday, November 25, 2021:





Firefighter Zachary (Routh) and veterinarian Marilee (Sustad) are thrown back together at Christmas when they’re tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens.

Thursday, November 25, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Friday, November 26, 2021:




Ally (JessicΠ° Lowndes), is Π° workΠ°holic doctor who breΠ°ks up with her boyfriend just before ChristmΠ°s. However, Π° chΠ°nce encounter with Π° hΠ°ndsome bΠ°ristΠ° (ChΠ°d MichΠ°el MurrΠ°y) mΠ°y be just whΠ°t she needs to shΠ°ke her holidΠ°y blues.

Friday, November 26, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on GAC Family



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Friday, November 26, 2021:


Years after their personal and professional breakup, the singing duo of Georgia (Reba McEntire) and Joe Winter (John Schneider) agree to reunite after their daughter, Belle (Candice King), asks them to participate in a Christmas Charity concert, only to find themselves getting back in tune on stage and off.

Friday, November 26, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime



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Friday, November 26, 2021




A small toy company CEO gets a once in a lifetime offer to merge with a mega toy company but will need her estranged ex-business partner's signature to seal the deal. What he helps her rediscover will change both of their lives.

Christmas CEO premieres
Friday, November 26, 2021
at 6pm/5c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Friday, November 26, 2021




A writer convinces his ex-girlfriend to pose as a couple for Christmas.

Friday, November 26, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Saturday, November 27, 2021


In “Royally Wrapped for Christmas,” Lindsay Peterson (Lilley) of Brooklyn, NY, heads up one of the most successful chapters of the Festive Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to underserved children and founded by the Royal Family of Veronia. The foundation will commemorate its centennial this holiday and Lindsay is summoned to the kingdom to plan the celebratory gala. Before she embarks to Veronia, Lindsay meets the charity’s President, Willard, and a pleasant man, Aiden (Fehr), who Lindsay mistakenly believes is the organization’s accountant. Willard persuades Lindsay to join him and two other organizers from the global charity in Veronia. It is there Lindsay discovers the “accountant” is really Crown Prince Aiden who is to ascend the throne after his mother, Queen Rayna. Committed to the mission of the charity, Lindsay proposes a new idea based on a tradition she learned from her grandmother: each Christmas, two gifts must be given. One to keep, one to give. Veronia’s Parliament enthusiastically accepts Lindsay’s proposal for the charity, vowing to change the world in the kindest way. Now Prince Aiden must decide if the commoner from New York who has helped so many may have just stolen his heart.

Saturday, November 27, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on GAC Family



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Saturday, November 27, 2021:



The son & daughter of rival holiday decorating families help mend their fathers' decades-old feud, finding romance along the way as they compete in the town's holiday decorating contest.

Saturday, November 27, 2021
at 6pm/5c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Saturday, November 27, 2021:



This holiday, the Liddles have much to be merry about! Jacquie Liddle (Kelly Rowland) and her husband Tyler (Thomas Cadrot) are preparing for the arrival of their first baby. Meanwhile, Jacquie’s sister Treena (Latonya Williams) and her husband Julian (Jaime M. Callica) are thinking about adopting a baby themselves, and spirited, fashionista sister Kiera’s (Bresha Webb) relationship with Chris (Nathan Witte) is heating up. With their family expanding in ways they could never have expected, the Liddles are headed for a crazy Christmas filled with merry mayhem and lots of love and laughter.

Saturday, November 27, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime



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Saturday, November 27, 2021




Brooke Bennett (Lacey Chabert) goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots. While there, she meets Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough (Stuart Townsend). Mistaken for an elite event planner, she’s hired to host his castle’s majestic Christmas party.

Saturday, November 27, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Saturday, November 27, 2021:




During the holidays, a woman with amnesia catches a ride with her handsome nurse to investigate the only clue to her identity: a newspaper clipping for a Christmas Festival with a cryptic invitation.

Saturday, November 27, 2021
at 10pm/9c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries



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Sunday, November 28, 2021:




To save her family hotel's Christmas show, talent booker Claire must ask for help from her ex-boyfriend Ryan, the lead guitarist of a now-famous band that fired her as their manager years ago.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
at 6pm/5c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Sunday, November 28, 2021:




Years after Emma left her first love, Tyler, to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer, the two are reunited in their hometown for the holidays. Emma, now an assistant, must convince Tyler, now a famous popstar, to sign with her record company, while also trying to save the town’s Christmas Caroling Celebration.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on GAC Family



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Sunday, November 28, 2021:



Set in 1933 Depression Era, times are tough for the Walton family but to make matters worse, it looked to be the Waltons’ first Christmas without John Sr. When Olivia receives a letter that John Sr. is planning to make it home for Christmas after all, the family is thrilled and prepares for his homecoming. But when a storm threatens his Christmas Eve arrival, and John Sr. is nowhere to be found, Olivia sends John Boy out into the night to find his daddy – a journey that will change John Boy’s life forever.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the CW



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Sunday, November 28, 2021:



Amber Dupont (Tia Mowry) bites off more than she can chew when she takes charge of her church’s annual Christmas pageant and inadvertently promises to deliver a special performance by Motown Legend Smokey Robinson. When her best friends secretly enlist Amber’s former flame Eddie (Mark Taylor) to help – the pair reconnect in a quest to find Smokey and convince him to appear. With the clock ticking, family, friends, and superstar Smokey Robinson come together to stage the most special pageant yet.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime



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Sunday, November 28, 2021:




Exes Lara (Candace Cameron Bure) and Ben (John Brotherton) compete in a Christmas contest to win money for the charity of their choosing. The city watches them battle and chooses what is more important, victory or love.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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More Notable Programming Thanksgiving Week:


Wednesday, November 24, 2021:

The Waltons - The Thanksgiving Story ... INSP ... 3 PM


Thursday, November 25, 2021:

Happy Thanksgiving!

The 95th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ... NBC ... 9 AM *NEW
Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS ... CBS ... 9 AM *NEW
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story ... INSP ... 3 PM
A Christmas Story ... Cartoon Network ... 6 PM
Home Alone ... Freeform ... 6 PM
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York ... Freeform ... 8:30 PM


Friday, November 26, 2021:

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town ... ABC ... 8 PM
NBC Specials : How the Grinch Stole Christmas ... NBC ... 8 PM
Frosty the Snowman ... CBS ... 8 PM
Frosty Returns ... CBS ... 8:30 PM
NBC Specials : Five More Sleeps 'Til Christmas ... NBC ... 8:30 PM
NBC Specials : Trolls Holiday in Harmony ... NBC ... 9 PM
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer ... the CW ... 9 PM


Saturday, November 27, 2021:

A Very Corgi Christmas ... BYU ... 4 PM
The Santa Clause ... Freeform ... 5:10 PM
A Christmas Tail ... BYU ... 6 PM
The Santa Clause 2 ... Freeform ... 7:20 PM
Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire ... CBS ... 8 PM
Robbie the Reindeer: Legends of the Lost Tribe ... CBS ... 8:30 PM
The Story of Santa Claus ... CBS ... 9 PM
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause ... Freeform ... 9:50 PM


Sunday, November 28, 2021:

Christmas with The Chosen ... BYU ... 4 PM
Christmas in the Smokies ... INSP ... 8 PM
The Great Christmas Light Fight (season premiere) ... ABC ... 9 PM
*NEW
Christmas Jars ... BYU ... 10 PM



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You may have noticed in the list above, I did not include the movie: A Christmas Witness, which is also premiering Sunday night on ION. I have decided not to promote this movie based on it's rating: TV-PG D,L,S,V. The movie includes dialogue, language, sex and violence. Needless to say, it doesn't sound like a wholesome family film, so I'll be skipping this one.

There are several, however, I am looking forward to seeing: The Nine Kittens of Christmas, Angel Falls Christmas, Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune, Royally Wrapped for Christmas, Christmas at Castle Hart, Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas, Christmas is You and The Christmas Contest! And more!

I'm kinda on the fence about The Waltons’ Homecoming (remake), but I'm curious, too. It's so hard to top the original, which I love! Plus, they actually removed one of the children - Ben! I personally feel that was a big mistake. On a brighter note, I have heard they created this specifically with the idea of keeping the family and faith elements of The Waltons' series from the 1970's intact - so that is positive news. Hopefully, this movie will compliment the original drama. In case you are not able to watch it on TV, the new remake movie The Waltons: Homecoming 2021 is now available to order on DVD at Amazon. (By the way, the original, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, is available on DVD, too - click here!)

Please share which movies you are looking forward to seeing this Thanksgiving week in comments below. Hopefully, you can catch some wonderful, cherished classics and some festive new ones!

*Please note- 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 review.

See the 2021 Christmas Movie Review page - *here*!

You can also check out the Christmas TV Movie Schedule - *here*, which includes NEW Christmas Movie Premieres.

Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! Net





SHINING HIS LIGHT:

"Give thanks to the LORD,
for He is good;
His love endures forever."
~1 Chronicles 16:34

"Devote yourselves to prayer,
being watchful and thankful."
~Colossians 4:2

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name."
~Psalm 100:4

87 comments:

  1. It's been a downer for me these last couple of days. First, I go to our local Walmart and find they are severely reducing the size of their dvd area, to the point where they now carry only a couple of new Hallmark movies. Bummer! Then, it was time to renew the cable contract, and being required to get new boxes...which meant losing all of the movies I had on the dvr. (I know someone out there went through this same thing not too long ago. kitkat, was it you?) I mean, I know these inconveniences are minor in the scheme of things when compared to the much bigger problems people face, but still, it didn't help my mood. :(

    Anyway, so many...too many...movies to choose from this holiday weekend, so I don't know which ones I'll watch. I fresh start for my new dvr!

    I am thankful for so many things this season, including you Net and all of the regulars on this site. You are all like a family to me! Blessings to you all this Thanksgiving, and thanks again Net for all that you do to help us (and not just in choosing what movies to watch)!

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    1. Mark, sorry about your old box having to be replaced. That was my predicament a while back but I insisted it was a Comcast problem, and guess what? They fixed it on their end and it is still working. I do know how you feel.

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    2. Mark 25, Oh dear... that is no fun at all. I do hope you'll be able to retrieve many of the beloved classics you love or find them on-line on DVD. I understand what you mean that it isn't as bad as what other people may be going through, but still it is frustrating for you and I understand that.

      I have noticed, sometimes, my local Walmart will put the Christmas DVDs in the Christmas area, but I'm sure every Walmart does it differently.

      I also must say... thank you so much for your thoughtful, kind words! You are a such an important part of this It's a Wonderful Movie family - you are just like one of the brothers looking out for us. I'm also grateful for you & all who visit here... you all hold a special place in my heart!

      God bless you, richly and abundantly!
      Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. On paper these mostly look a great bunch of movies.

    But I had to look and look again - Tyler Hynes is almost unecognisable and doesn't John Brotherton look remarkably similar to Stephen Huszar? - Florence

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    1. Florence, Yes! Tyler Hynes looks way different, and in my opinion, much improved! I like the classic, clean-cut look best, and I even think he looks way younger.

      Yeah, John Brotherton and Stephen Huszar would be great playing brothers or something. John actually has Tyler's old look with the slicked back hair and beard. He looks fine, but I personally liked his hair in "Help for the Holidays" best.

      You can see him here - decorating the tree...
      https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2012/10/help-for-holidays-hallmark-christmas.html

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    2. I agree, Net! Tyler Hynes is looking very good! I favor the clean-cut look on most guys as well. When I saw Tyler's brief cameo in My Christmas Family Tree, I actually said out loud to an empty room, "Oh, he's looking good" LOL! He was clean-shaven with shorter hair like this in his first two Hallmark movies in 2018.

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    3. I saw Tyler Hynes make an appearance in "My Christmas Family Tree" and did a double take. He looked familiar but so different.

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    4. Oh, wow, I thought so too! He looks like he did when he first started with HM in Falling for You. MUCH better, Tyler!

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    5. I think I'm going to be in the minority here: but personally, Hallmark has their actors rail thin these days. If you can see cheekbones, something's wrong. Each one can stand to gain 10 lbs. But maybe I just like a little extra weight.

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  3. This is just too many movies! :) Of all of them, the one I’m most looking forward to is An Unexpected Christmas. I love Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes! ~ Jennifer R

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    1. Jennifer R, I'm feeling a bit over-loaded, too! Which ones do I choose? Ahhhh! I think I'm taking it day by day deciding.

      I'm hoping "An Unexpected Christmas" is good - because I'm just loving the Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes pairing, too - just like you! The promo is extra cute! :)

      A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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    2. I like change, but what happened to Bethany Boy's hair. It was worse than bed hair! It looked like it was tangled and was so messy looking. It took me awhile to recognize and adjust to the new Tyler. Bethany's hair was a distraction for me. She's one of my favorites!

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  4. I am going to miss all of these movies because we are going to the farm to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. First family get together at the farm since Covid. Hope I can record some to watch later. Maybe they will be replayed later.

    Happy Thanksgiving Net and to all my friends here!

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    1. I hope you have a wonderful time there. Sound like fun. My family and I will be going to a tree farm tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  5. I'm looking forward to "the Christmas Hart." Being Scottish myself, I have a weakness for anything highland or Celtic, castles, sword dance, ect. And I adore the accents.

    Anonymous, I can see what you mean about Stephen Huszar and John Brotherton. They look like they could be brothers.

    I didn't know they remade a Waltons. Hope it's good, but honestly, I can't see it. I'm a big fam of the original cast. They did the same thing with Little House on the Prairie. Can't beat Michael Landon.

    This is a good time to pray for the hurting families in Wisconsin, whose loved one were killed and injured during their Christmas parade. My heart goes out to them.

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    1. Abigail, That is such a good comparison with Little House. I remember watching that remake, as well, and even though it was good, in it's own way, it's just impossible to top the original. I wholeheartedly agree - can't beat Michael Landon! Or Melissa Gilbert! And, in this instance, with The Waltons - Richard Thomas (John Boy) and all the actors who portrayed these beloved characters are also irreplaceable.

      On a solemn note...

      My heart is also breaking for those affected by that awful tragedy in Wisconsin at the Christmas Parade, which should have been a joyous occasion for families. So terribly sad. The news is unbearable to watch. We must certainly pray for all the injured victims and the families. Also, those who saw this happen right in front of them are suffering, too - my prayers also go out to them. Thank you, Abigail, for mentioning this. I'm sure this holiday was a difficult time for many.

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  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Net! I pray you have a beautiful and joyous time celebrating with your family!

    I'm looking forward to a lot of these movies. Top of my list is "An Unexpected Christmas." Tyler Hynes is my most favorite male lead, and Bethany Joy Lenz is one of my favorite female leads, so I'm really looking forward to this pairing.

    I'm also really looking forward to "Christmas in Tune." I'm a big fan of John Schneider and love movies that have a music theme. Of course, I'm looking forward to seeing more of Zach and Marilee's story and all those adorable kittens in "The Nine Kittens of Christmas."

    The storyline of "Christmas CEO" doesn't excite me, but I'm happy to see Paul Greene in a movie again. It's been awhile. And "The Christmas Contest" looks like a lot of fun. So, those are my top 5 picks for the week.

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    1. Amy, Thank you for sharing your movie picks! Hopefully, some of them will end up being good ones. Always hard to know, isn't it?

      Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, as well!!!

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  7. I am not sure which ones I will watch, but I am sad that I am not looking forward to Candace's movie like I used to. All look decent to good. I usually don't watch the ION ones.

    Thanks, Net.

    Misty

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    1. Misty, Same here. That old excitement I used to get just isn't there like it used to be. I guess it's because so many have already been disappointing this year, and I don't quite know what to expect next.

      Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
      Blessings to you!

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  8. I'm looking forward to watching a few and hope I have the time to watch.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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  10. Hope everyone out there is having a wonderful Thanksgiving!! There's so much to be grateful for, and I'm thankful for you, Net. You are so helpful and have a Servant's heart and you help me to grow more spiritually. God bless you.

    I am also thankful to say... Today I found out I'm going to be an aunt. To God be praised!!

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    1. Abigail, Congratulations! Being an Auntie is such a joy! Is this your first? What a fun time - expecting a new little one into the family! I certainly know that special excitement... another wonderful reason to be extra thankful!

      Also, your message was so sweet!! I hope we all encourage one another in our walk with The Lord. You have also inspired me.

      Blessings to you and your family! Merry Christmas!!! πŸŽπŸŽ„⭐️



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    2. Yes, this is a first for me(and my younger siblings) the youngest is 10. It will be due around June/July. We are all really excited. We were going around the table after a small devotion, saying what we were thanked for, when my brother said his news. A lot of smiles and hugs.😊 Can't wait to be Auntie Abby.

      And Merry Christmas to you too, Net. I pray you had a joyful time with your family. πŸŽ„❤⛄

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  11. Has anyone else here heard how Lacey Chabert has an older sister that has just suddenly passed away. I just heard about this and it breaks my heart, she was so young. I'm praying she knew Jesus Christ as her Savior, and that maybe through this sad time someone else might find Jesus and his amazing love. A comment Lacey made in her tribute post to her sister gives me hope that she herself might know Jesus personally :) -brother in Christ

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    1. Awww! How sad for her. I will definitely be keeping her in my prayers. I pray God gives her comfort and that if Lacey does not know Him, God will use this as an opportunity for her to hear the gospel and receive Him as her Savior.

      Thank you brother in Christ, for letting us know. God bless and Merry Christmas!

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    2. Yes, it is very sad. Lacey shared the news on her Instagram page before Thanksgiving. I don't know the reason for her passing, but I know Lacey's heart is breaking and like you both, my heart is breaking for her, too. My prayers have been going out to her and her family.

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    3. Yes, I saw the sad news on Instagram too. I must say, though, what I found very heartwarming was how many Hallmark stars issued sincere condolences to Lacey and said that they were praying for her and her family. It is obvious that many of these stars are close to Lacey, and they offered Lacey to call them if she needed help. It is nice that they see each other as friends, even family, rather than as competitors.

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    4. I'm so glad you mentioned this Mark 25. I was surprised to see so many Hallmark stars, both from men and women. I was reading their sweet, endearing comments and was so touched. I know Lacey is hurting, but am so glad they are close like family and that they have her back.

      My heart aches for her. I will keep praying for her to heal and for one day for her to remember her sister, Wendy with a smile.

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  12. Happy Thanksgiving πŸ¦ƒ

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  13. NO NO NO NO NO

    This is the ultimate betrayal by Hallmark.

    How can you believe any of their endings anymore?

    Nine Lives Of Christmas is one of their alltime best movies and simply their best ending ever - so romantic and ingenious.

    I was hoping that I was misunderstanding the blurb about Nine Kittens but no, Marilee and Zachary had split up and Marilee was in another relationship.

    We actually watch Nine Lives regularly but the fact that the ending is now defunct really has ruined a lot of the enjoyment I would get from watching it in the future.

    I am seriously upset with Hallmark about this and who knows they might have split up again by tomorrow - Florence

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    1. Florence, I totally agree! In the end of the first one - Zachary says something about Marilee believing in love and making him believe. This second movie totally ruins that statement. It is quite frustrating to have their story carry on like this. Why couldn't they have a happy sequel - still together?

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    2. I haven't watched it yet, but do they get together in the sequel? I guess i could see them not being together in this movie cause maybe they went on a few dates or were still to busy to make a relationship work. And this movie brings them back? I can appreciate a movie like this, if they do get together.

      Sabrina

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  14. Watching 'The Nine Kittens of Christmas" and near the 40 minute mark a reference is made to a same sex marriage. So far nothing has been shown, but nonetheless I am very disappointed

    Sarah B

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    1. Sarah B, Thank you for sharing this with us. I asked someone else who watched this and they said it was fine, but they must've missed this scene. I'm so very disappointed to hear this, but no longer surprised.

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    2. It happened when they were wrapping presents. Something about Becca's wife. Very small and completely unneeded. I don't believe we ever met Becca.

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    3. Thanks for letting us know, Sarah B. I've been looking forward to this film ever since we heard they were making a sequel, but honestly the plot didn't interest me at all. The couple seemed distant in the sneak peak. It is a shame about the gay couple though, I would have given it a try. Very disappointing of the actors choosing to be in it and going along.

      If Hallmark keeps this up, I have a feeling they will loose a lot of viewers and it's their own fault.

      Too bad about the Tyler Tyler Hynes' movie as well. I'm sad to say I'm not surprised anymore. Thank you Jennifer, down below.
      Sadly this is what the world wants now, how encouraging that it is not our home. We'll be in glory and all be together happily with Him. 😊😊

      1 John 2:15 - Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.



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    4. I agree with everybody else, the nine Kittens of Christmas was very disappointing. Like someone else on here said, for all we know they broke up the very next day lol we really like the first one too, we will probably just pretend this one doesn't exist -brother in Christ

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  15. I’m sad to say that in An Unexpected Christmas, Tyler Hynes’ sister reveals she was married to another female and they are now divorced because she wanted to adopt and her spouse did not. This happened around the 40 minute mark. I stopped watching so not sure if it was referred to again.

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    1. Jennifer R, Oh no, that is so disappointing. I kind of figured it was a possibility, but was still hoping. Just another one to skip. That list is getting longer and longer this year. I'm just about ready to give up on Hallmark altogether.

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    2. I agree. Both times I’ve watched movies live on Hallmark this year I’ve been disappointed. Definitely only going to watch now if I’ve seen a good review first.

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    3. This is so disappointing. I was so looking forward to this movie and now it’s a no go for me.

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    4. I agree on giving up on Hallmark. They are trying so hard to be “Woke” So happy GAC family is here. I pay $7.99 a month for friendly Tv. It. Is well worth it.

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    5. When I saw that Paul Campbell wrote the movie, I was apprehensive, but I was really enjoying it until the sister mentioned her relationship. I kept praying, please don't say it, but she did. I was so saddened by this. I find it very cruel that HM does this--little jabs in an otherwise what seems family friendly movie. This is absolutely intentional on HM's part. I was so hoping that this would not be the case because the leads are such fan favorites. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but there's not much more I can do except not watch at all. So sad.

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    6. I thought wow i got thru an entire paul campbell written movie and didnt find any woke Lesbian couple, til the end when i saw the sister. I guess i walked out of the room for a second to get my laundry when she told her brother about it, i was wondering who the kids father was, but i missed her saying it. i thought i pushed pause but didnt.

      I will say it like I always do, it is for the woke factor that Paul adds a lesbian or gay couple to every movie he does.

      Sabrina

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    7. Just a little addendum--I did not turn off the movie, and I did watch until the end, but the sister's storyline totally ruined it for me, and I should have shut it off. I also noticed some other references to the sister's sexuality in the movie, and that's when I knew I can't watch anymore HM unless I know for sure they are family friendly. I am hoping Lacey's new one is and my prayers are with her and her family. God Bless.

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    8. Sabrina,

      I actually dozed off and woke up when she said she'd marry Emily to keep her in the family. Thought it was a joke because the family loved Emily so much, but I was watching it online and the movie died and I had to start it again, and that's when I caught the sister's backstory. Like I said, I did continue it, and I wish I did not. Always love your reviews!

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  16. An Unexpected Christmas isn’t keeper for me after reading an article about that movie. Paul Campbell wrote the movie. Hallmark’s formula because it’s more from a man’s perspective and it has a same-sex couple among the co-stars.

    Andrew Walker made a cameo in Tyler Hynes &
    Bethany Joy Lenz’s movie since Tyler Hynes made a cameo as a waiter in Andrew Walker & Aimee Teegarden’s Christmas movie: My Christmas Family Tree.

    Jamie & Emily back together when his family going to get Emily at the Train Station at the end of the movie.

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  17. Lacey’ Chabert’s older Sister named Wendy passed away before Thanksgiving Day

    https://biographydaily.com/2021/11/25/who-was-wendy-chabert/amp/

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  18. Very disappointed with Unexpected Christmas. So looking forward to it as we really like both of these actors. Watched until the scene with his sister when she reveals her relationship with another woman and the tells Tyler if he won't marry Bethany she will to keep her in the family. At the beginning I thought sure this would be my favorite Christmas movie this year. I hope these actors see the responses on this web site and realize how many fans they and the Hallmark channel are losing. On another note, I hope they release Return to Christmas Creek and Christmas Bow and more on dvd. Doesn't look like there will be much to buy from this year.

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    1. I bought 2 Hallmark Christmas movies for 2020
      USS Christmas
      Time for Us to come home for Christmas

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    2. The only one I would probably buy on DVD in 2021 would be A Christmas Family Tree or You Me and the Christmas Trees.

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  19. Sounds like Paul Campbells writing is as bad as his acting. Will stay away from anything he is in or know that he writes.

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  20. Just read that Tyler Hyne's movie features a lesbian couple. Just a word of advice, if Paul Campbell is attached, don't watch if you're against that stuff. He's very in to inclusivity. Very disappointing of Tyler. Going to have to be very discerning even with my favorite actors.

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    1. The thing about Paul Campbell being about inclusivity is it is getting old and I call it woke when it is in every movie he does/writes. I watched An Unexpected Christmas and i didnt realize he was the writer, but i kept watching. I must not have been paying attention and was about to be like what he didnt put a gay couple, but i guess maybe the sister had a partner or girlfriend, i guess. To me, I dont understand why it has to be in every movie. It is UN-SINCERE. I mean is there a gay/lesbian couple in every single family in America? NO. Its just ridiculous and it is not at all sincere. I wish more gay/lesbian would call them out on it. The movie was ok, probably a little better than many of the movies i watched this weekend. Funny to see Andrew Walker making a cameo in the restaurant scene.

      Will avoid Paul Campbell in the future.

      Sabrina

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  21. Just wanted to let everyone know "Christmas CEO" is family-friendly. The storyline is certainly nothing new or outstanding, but I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I might. Good for at least a one-time watch. Paul Greene was great, and his character was fun and lovable.

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  22. Too much drinking in an Unexpected Christmas.

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  23. Angel Falls Christmas
    "The ultimate act of love is to put aside pride in giving everything to the other person"
    I have been waiting for this movie to watch and I was not disappointed. It was such a good one. It was full of wisdom and lessons to learn. For me is a different story with a refreshing ending. Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes were just brilliant in this movie.

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  24. Our prayers go out for Lacy and her family. Praying for strength and comfort that only God can give. Sorry for your loss.

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  25. I LOVED "Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune"! Full of humor and heart and all the Christmas feels! If you like country music, that's reason enough to watch it. I REALLY hope they make the music available to buy. Family-friendly as far as I remember (though I wasn't watching it with kids in mind).

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    1. That's so great to hear! I love old County music. 70's - 90's. Reba is my favorite, and the Judds too! I'll have to catch a replay. Thanks for the info and Merry Christmas!πŸŽ„⛄❤

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  26. Time for them to come home for Christmas is family friendly and in my opinion one of the better movies so far. Glad to finally be able watch one all the way through.

    Sarah B

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  27. Alright, time for something positive!!😊

    Stick with Jen Lilley's movies. She's a Christian and her films are always clean and family friendly.

    A good one to watch was...
    USS Christmas
    Love on Repeat
    Paris, Wine, and Romance

    I could list more, but that would be a lot ;)
    My favorite of hers though is "The Spirit of Christmas". It's on Prime Video and on YouTube as well. Very clean and family friendly, very sweet and entertaining and some mystery involved, which I know we all love. I hope you enjoy it.

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  28. Not watching The Christmas Contest. Candace Cameron Bure did an interview with Insider, where she applauded the great steps Hallmark has taken in diversity and that we should love all types of people. She has also been very worldly in her faith. As we learned in a sermon today, you must trust God alone, not God and others.

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    1. Amen! God is the only One we can always count on! So encouraging to hear others believe as I do!

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  29. I loved Reba’s Christmas in Tune too! The music was great and Reba and John Schneider were good together. And the whole movie revolved around the military, as the Christmas charity show they headlined was for the army. Definitely family-friendly.

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  30. "Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas" is a beautiful and emotional story with a great theme of family and forgiveness (and completely family-friendly). There's a fun cameo from 2019's "Time for You to Come Home for Christmas" too! I definitely recommend.

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  31. Joyce in CarolinaSunday, November 28, 2021

    Happy to say that Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas is family friendly. Overall it was a good movie but not the best in this series in my opinion. Chemistry is good between the leads. Certainly worth watching more than once!

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  32. Joyce in CarolinaSunday, November 28, 2021

    The Christmas Contest is family friendly but I'm not a fan of this movie. I didn't think I could watch it at first. Story is just missing something. Of course this is just my opinion! Others may love it!

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  33. I watched a few movies this weekend, some were from previous weeks:

    Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas--This has been the best movie all season on either channel, probably best all year and in past years. i adore Jessie Schram and she is just so good with Brendon Penny. A really wonderful, family friendly (and I was worried cause this was Blake Shelton who i have been on the fence about for a while now, but he did not disappoint). I loved the mystery thru the whole movie. Loved all the places they stopped, loved the hard to think of subjects in this movie, things that are hard for everyone to deal with and this was such a great movie. Loved the Allison Sweeney in the movie and a tidbit on her family from Time for You to come home.

    Open By Christmas--I watched this anyway cause I love Allison Sweeney, and i do believe on Days her son is gay, I dont watch Days and haven't for years, but i believe her son Wil was gay so I can see her movie having that tiny bit of woke in it. But this movie was.......................SO BAD!!!!!!!! It was going so well. The best was the secondary story of Erica Durance, who i had never saw before and loved, and her fiance and son and all they did for her, i mean i was thinking this movie was so good, til the end and i dont get it, Brennan Elliot (who seems like a stalker for real) who she didnt even know in high school at all loved her and wrote her a card and she didnt even know who he was???????????????!!!!!??????? Not to mention she lives in NY and had no plans to move back, so did they kiss at the end, and then she went home? I did not see LOVE at all between these 2. The movie was so bad and just a few lines here and there could have fixed it, i mean what director wants to put their name on such a mess of a movie? It was so rushed at the end, i kept expecting her to finally remember him or something. I get that sometimes people like people in high school and they have no idea, but they usually at least knew of the person.

    A Family Christmas Tree--not bad, but I dont understand, once again a few more lines like the DNA place calling her back to say that was her family. they left it that the DNA place said they got it wrong, which really??? The DNA place is just matching DNA, they don't mess up the names. To DNA your name is like what your favorite color is, it is matching your dna they dont get names wrong. But they took that they were biological cause of a picture he had of her mom that she doesn't even remember cause her mom died at 6? A few more lines, such as her showing them her mom's pic when he showed his pic of her. or the dna place calling back to say sorry again she is the right Vanessa, or even them doing a dna test at the end and they get the results while her and andrew walker are on a date, and the family is at home decorating for valentines day. I didnt believe her and andrew walker liked each other, they just seemed like brother and sister.
    Things i did like: the family doing lots together, the kids were cute, the mom saying many things like "I dont like the word step, we are all family" and she also said what's her husbands is hers, and that meant Vanessa was hers too, so sweet. The mother was my favorite character. But the movie love story was not good.

    Kiss Before Christmas was not bad or good, just ok. Kind of what i expected.

    I have many GAC movies to watch, will watch them soon. Want to watch Nine Kittens and Christmas Contest soon. I havent watched any Lifetime, not been any of interest.

    Sabrina

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  34. Review: Christmas in Tahoe

    Family-friendly: Yes
    Keeper: Not for me

    While I love Laura Osnes, and she does a fine job in this movie (although I was disappointed that she doesn't sing in it), unfortunately it is not a keeper. The plot is almost a rehash of an earlier movie of hers, In the Key of Love. (In that one, she has a new career after she sang with her ex; in this one, she has a new career after she managed her ex's band.) The plot is just so predictable, and the performances at the festival were rather bad. I'll stick with One Royal Holiday. (And how did they ever get George Lopez to do such a small supporting role??)

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  35. "Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas" is family-friendly! I enjoyed it, even if it's not one I'll watch over and over. Grief and loss are dealt with, leading me more to sweet, quiet personal reflection than Christmas cheeriness. There's a surprising cameo--I won't ruin it. :-)

    ~Alicia

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  36. Loved Royally Wrapped Christmas!! I wasn’t sure I would because I’m not a big fan of Brendan Fehr, but Jen Lilley is one of my favorites. They were both excellent! Not only was it family-friendly, but it may be the best one this year. I haven’t decided yet. It’s definitely in the top three along with Next Stop, Christmas and the Great Christmas Switch. You all will enjoy this movie about giving so put it in your immediate to watch list!

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  37. Review: Royally Wrapped for Christmas

    Family-friendly: Yes
    Keeper: Borderline, but leaning toward no

    Let's see...a commoner ends up in a royal kingdom, she and the prince fall in love, and there are obstacles to overcome. How many times have we seen this?! But what helps here is the adorable Jen Lilley. She is excellent as being shy and unsure about her feelings and what to do about them. Unfortunately, I found Brendan Fehr's performance as the prince somewhat wooden, especially when compared to princes in other movies. Bottom line - if I keep it, it is solely because of Jen Lilley, but I am not even sure that is enough.

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  38. Christmas is You on GAC Family is family friendly. Nice version of Silent Night sung in the movie too.
    Keith

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  39. Royally Wrapped for Chrisrmas from GAC Family is family friendly. Nothing overly special about the movie but Jen Lilley is solid as usual.
    Keitg

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  40. I watched Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas!! It is family friendly and amazing!!!! Jessy Schran and Brendan Penny were perfect together! Quite possibly my favorite one this year, not sure if anything else will top it, but hopefully I will be surprised :) Even though hallmark has sadly dissapointed several times this year, i am so thankful that I have found many this year that are sweet, fun Christmas movies! -brother in Christ

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  41. I'm glad several have already come here to share the news, I meant to comment a couple days ago but I haven't had the time. I watched An Unexpected Christmas the night it aired, I was SO excited for Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes, they are in some of my favorites! But I was REALLY let down, obviously having the same sex couple was sad, but the entire movie in general was......Unexpected, and not in a good way. It didn't even feel like a Hallmark movie many times. They tried SO hard to make this a comedy, that some of it came off as weird and almost delusional. SO many parts were just very different. I dont like to be so negative, but this was in no way a family movie. There is drinking on several occasions, there was a LOT of lying in this movie, and some of the lies were not even resolved and made right like we normally see in hallmark. Also, why couldn't Hynes'character just tell his family him and Joy Lenz broke up. His character came off as very cowardly. 2 ENTIRE months he just made stuff up about him and her. It was all very very sad. -brother in Christ

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    1. Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas is family friendly. Rebecca’s monogram is RB on her luggage. Her Brother in Law named Mark wants to come to Charleston Christmas Tree Trimming Lighting with his Family; Rebecca’s Sister; Annie & her Niece; Ava. Rebecca orders cherry pie & coffee at the cafe. She lost her memories since the car lost control in the middle of the night. She ends up at the Hospital & she doesn’t know her name & goes the name Jane as in Jane Doe. The dog is lost as Jane & Paul follow the dog its owner: Katherine, Jack, & Will. Alison Sweeney made a cameo as Katherine from Time for You to Come Home for Christmas is in the movie & Katherine married to Jack & bring 3 Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream. Katherine hands a gift box of Winter Cookies. Jane regains her memories that she’s Rebecca. The lady hands a gift bag of Journal with North Star. Mark calls out Rebecca when Rebecca regains her memories when Annie is her Sister. Rebecca & Annie could make up for now. Rebecca asks Paul to join her for Christmas party at her Sister’s place.

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  42. Had another sister girl night ;)
    Royalty Wrapped for Christmas was wonderful. I loved the message of giving rather than receiving. And I really admired Lindsey's family tradition, give a gift to keep and one to give away. Even if it's small. What a kind gesture. I want to continue it myself. The movie was real sweet and clean and had great characters. Did not disappoint. Jen Lilley looked cute in that red dress too!😊

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    1. Awe, Abigail - your sister girl movie nights sound like so much fun! So good to hear how much you all enjoyed watching Royally Wrapped for Christmas together! Jen Lilley is the sweetest! :)

      Your review has been posted to the Movie Review page here:
      https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2021/10/which-2021-christmas-movies-made-its.html

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  43. Been going through my DVR this weekend and I want to say that Time For Them to Come Home for Christmas, Making Spirits Bright and Angel Falls Christmas are all family friendly and that old style feel-good we know and love. As someone else mentioned, Open by Christmas is a favorite as well, but not for the main characters, but for the secondary storyline. Totally loved the best friend and her fiance and son. They gave me all the feels. Allison Sweeney and Brennan Elliott just felt off.

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    1. Thank you for sharing all of these reviews with us. I'm also a fan of the old-style feel, too!

      Your reviews have been posted to the Movie Review page here:
      https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2021/10/which-2021-christmas-movies-made-its.html

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  44. Royalty Wrapped for Christmas:

    I thought it was so cute how the Prince said, "Aiden the Grinch Heart."

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  45. I absolutely loved Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas. I watched because of everyone here saying it was family friendly and thanks so much for that! Jesse and Brennan had great chemistry, the storyline had complex family issues, and there is an absolutely lovely scene in a church with a choir. I did not care for last year's version with Lacey Chabert and Stephen Husar (spelling?) and I have yet to see the other two, but I will be on the look out for them now. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hey Savvy Girl, I also just couldn't get into last years Time for Us with Lacey and SH. I tried a few times but I just couldn't get into it. I saw the 1st 2 movies, the 1st was really good, not a re-watcher for me though. the 2nd one was very boring to me, love Ali Sweeney, but it was blah boring. But Time for Them, it had mystery, i was waiting and waiting to see when she would remember, and the little clues along the way, to me, weren't so over the top hit you in the face. I kind of figured she might have been a writer. But all the rest I was surprised and was so happy that Mark was not a love she was running from.

      This is just my opinion and not anything to be mean, but Jessy Schram was perfect in this role cause she is someone that can wear very little make-up and she is just so beautiful. and she is apparently not afraid to be filmed in less make-up, like many other actresses that go to bed in full on false eyelashes and lipstick and wake up with the make up perfect. It made it so much more real to me that Jessy looked so natural and like someone in the hospital and that was dealing with a trauma. So just an aside there that other movie makers and actors and actresses could learn from. Since we have so much inclusivity nowadays, maybe we could have some inclusivity of people who dont sleep in mascara, false lashes and their hair done.

      I loved the mystery and the different people along the way. Really would watch a follow up movie with Jessy/Brendan and his cousin his wife and family.

      And, I just the other day, realized that the message he listened to in the beginning, was his brother before he passed. it all of a sudden hit me the other day, and i had some tears in my eyes. I think I thought of it again cause the brothers voice on the vm was Peter Benson's (the director) voice. when I first watched I was like, is Peter Benson in the movie too? I didnt even realize til a few days ago he was his brother.

      Fantastic movie!!!!!!

      Sabrina

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