Thursday, November 17, 2022

πŸŽ„ This Weekend ►► See New Christmas Movies + Josh Turner🎢 and Megan Alexander'sπŸŽƒ UPtv Holiday Specials! SEE HERE:



Here comes another weekend filled with many NEW Christmas movies! Hopefully, there will be some good ones in the mix; plus, I'm looking forward to seeing both UPtv holiday specials.

Joining Great American Family, Hallmark, Lifetime, and UPtv this weekend with new Christmas movies... are ION and the CW! See all the details below...



Thursday, November 17, 2022:




Storyline: Lovable pastry chef Carmen (Camila Banus) dreams of opening her own Puerto Rican-influenced bakery—like the one her family owned on the island. In the meantime, she showcases her treats at a local coffee shop. When hotel owner Victor Flores (David Fumero) discovers Carmen’s talents, he invites her to apply for a position as pastry chef for his hotel’s holiday gala. Knowing other applicants will have culinary-school backgrounds, as opposed to her homegrown skills, Carmen reluctantly applies. When she is accepted, she’s paired with chef Jax (Mark Hapka) to curate the perfect holiday menu. But the two do not mix well. Carmen is messy and cooks from the heart; Jax is a perfectionist fixated on technique. As they race against the clock to assemble their intricate holiday menu, sparks fly, and they realize they might have more to learn from one another than they initially thought.

Premieres Thursday, November 17, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime


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Friday, November 18, 2022:




Details: Showcasing his unmistakable baritone voice, multiplatinum-selling recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member Josh Turner heralds in the holiday season with his unique interpretation of nostalgic classics and originals from his first-ever Christmas album, King Size Manger, plus an intimate sit-down interview hosted by Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase.

Josh Turner: King Size Manger
Premieres Friday, November 18, 2022
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv
(encores at 2am/1c.)


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Friday, November 18, 2022:




Storyline: “Shelby is about to quit her job as a rocket engineer when her daughter becomes convinced that her Scrooge-like boss, Evan, is the Christmas Prince from a story Shelby invented years ago.”

Premieres Friday, November 18, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


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Saturday, November 19, 2022:




Storyline: When two strangers mistakenly pick up the wrong piece of luggage at the airport, each must use the intriguing contents within to track down the other's whereabouts in time for Christmas.

Premieres Saturday, November 19, 2022
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv


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Saturday, November 19, 2022:




Storyline: Natalie is the owner of a successful farm and home goods store that garners the attention of a major magazine. The magazine sends a reporter named Josh to profile Natalie’s company thinking it’s a family-run business. Little does he know that Natalie’s business is run by her with the help of longtime family friends. Knowing how much the article will help struggling farm, Natalie must convince Josh that her “family” and Christmas traditions are all real.

Premieres Saturday, November 19, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on Great American Family


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Saturday, November 19, 2022:




Storyline: “Three brothers get the surprise of their lives when they are forced to work together to care for a baby over the holidays. As they slowly get the hang of things, they find themselves on unexpected journeys of self-discovery and begin to rebuild their relationships as brothers, as well as the damaged romantic and professional relationships in their respective lives…all while rediscovering their love of Christmas.”

Premieres Saturday, November 19, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel


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Saturday, November 19, 2022:




Storyline: “Hayley is an interior designer who plans to surprise her recently widowed mother, Patricia, with the perfect holiday present: the extended family she knows her mom yearns for.”

Premieres Saturday, November 19, 2022
at 10pm/9c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries


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Saturday, November 19, 2022:




Storyline: When event planner Emily Strauss (Emily Kinney, The Walking Dead) is hired by mall magnate Ed Mancini (Patrick Cassidy, Castle) to stage the ultimate Christmas Gala for his most important investors, Emily finds herself being sent to bootcamp – Santa Bootcamp – to find the perfect Santa and the inspiration she will need to make the evening a success. While there, Emily meets Belle (Rita Moreno, West Side Story), the bootcamp’s drill sergeant with a heart of gold, who helps Emily rediscover the magic of Christmas and find romance along the way. Additional stars include Tony® award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur, Justin Gaston, John Schuck, and deaf actors Deanne Bray and Zyra Singleton.

Premieres Saturday, November 19, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime


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Sunday, November 20, 2022:




Storyline: Every boyfriend Jessica has had found the love of his life right after he dated her. Just as Jessica leans into her unlucky love life and swears off dating for the Christmas season, a handsome gallery owner moves in across the street.

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022
at 7pm/6c. on UPtv


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Sunday, November 20, 2022:




Details: Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Edition’s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment, and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making the holiday season special in their own unique way. This episode features all things fall – apples, hay, changing leaves, and pumpkins at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Elijay, Ga.

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022
at 9pm/8c. on UPtv


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Sunday, November 20, 2022:




Storyline: "Blue collar Andy (Daly) is a little nervous but thrilled when she is invited to her rich friend's estate for Christmas, but when the family matriarch's multi-million-dollar gem suddenly goes missing, she finds herself accused of the theft and at the center of Detective Billings' (Baldwin) investigation. With the help of a famous mystery writer, Andy must find the real culprit amid the litany of wealthy guests, all of whom have their knives out for her."

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on ION


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Sunday, November 20, 2022:




Storyline: Kyla is a skilled genealogy researcher who’s made a thriving business of putting together family trees. When she comes across new information regarding her mother’s mysterious extended family, Kyla and her sister travel to the charming town of Conifer, hoping to piece together their ancestry. The search leads Kyla to a generations-old Christmas tree farm, its stubborn, handsome owner – and potentially, love.

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on Great American Family


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Sunday, November 20, 2022:




Storyline: “Sara Thompson returns to her hometown to help her mother move and is surprised to find her ex-boyfriend Josh Hartman is back home. The two had once planned a life in music together but Sara left to study law. The former flames slowly reconnect and try to heal wounds, both old and new. When Sara makes a surprising discovery, she and Josh forge a bold plan for the upcoming Christmas concert that will lead them all back to their musical roots and make this a holiday to remember.”

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel



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Sunday, November 20, 2022:


Storyline: As the Walton family prepares for Thanksgiving and the annual Harvest Festival Fair, a young boy arrives to dramatically change their lives in ways they could have never imagined.

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on the CW


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Sunday, November 20, 2022:




Storyline: Riley Burdett (Jamie Perez) is the artistic director of the Onota Theatre in Western Massachusetts. When Regina, the Scrooge-like owner of the theatre, breaks the news that she’s preparing to sell the property before the holiday performance, Riley must call upon the ghosts of Regina’s past, present, and future to change her mind. Meanwhile, a big TV star, Sam Palmer (Thomas McDonnell), has moved to the area to escape the craziness of Hollywood. Riley casts him as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and his star power, his cleverness, and his budding love for Riley helps her save the theatre…and steal her heart during this very special Christmastime.

Premieres Sunday, November 20, 2022
at 8pm/7c. on Lifetime


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You may have noticed, I did not mention the movie A Country Christmas Harmony above. This is because I have been informed by Maria and Karen (see in Movie Review post) that this movie will include a same-sex couple. I wanted to be certain you all were aware of this information.

I hope you do enjoy whatever movie or movies you choose to watch this weekend. I'm hoping to watch much of Great American Family and UPtv, but I have a lot of Thanksgiving prepping to do, so we'll see.

Safe travels to those of you who might be traveling this weekend or upcoming week to be with family for Thanksgiving. It's so nice to think of family and friends gathering once again.

I would love to know which Christmas movies appeal to you this weekend. Please be sure to share in the comment section below...

If you'd like to check out the 2022 Christmas Movie Reviews shared by It's a Wonderful Movie family members and myself, please visit *here*.

To see more Christmas movies coming up, be sure to visit the Christmas Movie Schedule.

Disclaimer: Please know when I share a movie, this is NOT an endorsement of any of the actors involved, personally or professionally, with their other TV/film projects.

Please note: I haven't pre-screened the new Christmas movies airing this weekend. If you'd like to post a review on whether a film is family-friendly, please share in comments. Thank you so much to everyone who participates in this.

Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!!!

Joyous Blessings to You All, Net






SHINING HIS LIGHT:

With the busyness of Thanksgiving coming up and the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season ahead, I thought I would share scriptures today on finding our peace in Jesus...

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, 
since as members of one body you were called to peace. 
And be thankful."
~Colossians 3:15

"Surely God is my salvation; 
I will trust and not be afraid. 
The LORD, the LORD Himself, is my strength and my defense; 
He has become my salvation."
~Isaiah 12:2

"The LORD gives strength to His people; 
the LORD blesses His people with peace."
~Psalms 29:11


52 comments:

  1. Gonna be a busy weekend of recording all 2 of GAF's new movies, UP TV's new picks, and ION's new movie. -Maria

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  2. Three wise men and a baby. From promos it looks like a bad imitation
    Of the original Three Men and a Baby with Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson. Showing my age I guess.

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  3. Net, how blessed we are to have you giving us much needed info before a movie is shown. Since it is Thanksgiving, I will say thanks Net for all you do.

    Many of these appear to be good. I will be watching GAF while recording some others on UP.

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  4. Looking forward to Long Lost Christmas.

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  5. What movies are you looking forward seeing this weekend?

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  6. We need to stand with Candace Cameron Bure. Candace talked about her beliefs this week and got attacked. Even her so called friend Jodie Sweeten made a comment against her. Boycott Hallmark movies.

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  7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' won't be airing on TV this year

    While the Charlie Brown holiday specials won't be on network TV this year, here's where you can still watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" for free.

    f one of your family traditions includes watching "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," you'll only find it on Apple TV+ and not on traditional broadcast television this year.

    Now before you say "good grief," Apple has announced all of the Charlie Brown holiday specials will be available for nonsubscribers to watch for free for a few days.

    For "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," anyone can stream it on Apple TV+ this year from Wednesday, Nov. 23- Sunday, Nov. 27.

    Back in 2020, Apple TV+ became the new home to all things Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, including the beloved holiday specials. It sparked an outcry when viewers learned that meant the specials wouldn't air on TV for the first time in decades.

    While Halloween 2020 came and went without a "Great Pumpkin" sighting on TV, Apple later teamed up with PBS for ad-free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas."

    Last year, all three Peanuts holiday specials once again aired on PBS. However, this year that won't be the case.

    PBS confirmed in an e-mail that it does not have the rights to distribute the Peanuts specials this year.

    So if you're looking for "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or “A Charlie Brown Christmas," you'll need to turn to Apple TV+.

    Those who don't have Apple TV+ subscriptions will still be able to watch each of the specials for free for a limited time around the holidays.

    “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be available November 23 through November 27; and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be available December 22 through December 25.

    Where can I watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?

    1. Go to tv.apple.com or download the Apple TV app
    2. Search for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and hit play to stream for free from Nov. 23-27. If you're an Apple TV+ subscriber, you can watch anytime.

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    1. Good thing I own all the Charlie Brown and the holiday cartoon classics on dvd!😊

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  8. Really looking forward to the ION mystery because they always include a Romance element.

    Christmas In Pine Valley and The Holiday Swap look just my cup of tea.

    As for Three Wise Men And a baby well on paper SHOULD be a winner but let's wait and see - Florence

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  9. Thank you for the scripture quotes, Net! It never hurts to remind us that we should put our trust in the Lord at all times!

    I am going to check out Christmas in Pine Valley, Long Lost Christmas, and My Favorite Christmas Tree this weekend and maybe into early next week. I certainly want to finish before Thanksgiving because next weekend the movie avalanche really comes!

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  10. Sweet Navidad. Family friendly. Cute movie. I thought it was going to be a bust for me because in the very beginning I felt like there was way too much exuberance and over-acting, almost like somebody had turned up the speed on everything. But then it all settled down and turned into a nice movie. I liked seeing the Puerto Rican traditions and foods. I liked the lead actor and actress and felt they played their opposite personality roles quite well. There were, of course, parts that were silly and unrealistic but, overall, it was a "sweet" movie. Good for a one-time watch. Maybe even a borderline keeper?
    ~~Jane

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  11. Thanks for the uodates!

    Misty

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  12. The Holiday Swap looks like a good story. I'll be giving that one a try and also Taylor Cole's film.

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  13. I love the scriptures you have at the bottom Net! We have so much to be thankful for. Eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ. Wow! What a wonderful Savior we serve!

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  14. Really enjoyed 'Inventing the Christmas Prince' and very family friendly! I started watching 'A Country Christmas Harmony' and when they brought the gay couple into the storyline (which in my opinion wasn't necessary) quickly started channel surfing for a better option.

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  15. Josh Turner's show had too much bluegrass for my taste. I was so disappointed! Not a fan of bluegrass.

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    1. Really? I love bluegrass! (Minus the nasal-y voices) Good thing I moved to the bluegrass state. KY.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Love the Bluegrass Navy Band.

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  16. Hooray!! Verizon Fios finally has Great American Family!! Channel 743. I think I'll keep my FrndlyTv subscription, at least through the holiday season. I need all the dvr space I can get, plus I feel a bit of loyalty to Frndly for giving me a place to watch last year's GAF Christmas movies while Verizon was being annoying (as usual).
    ~~Jane

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    1. Jane, I'm so happy for you! I just heard the news, too. That's wonderful you will have both options for viewing Great American Family and just in time for Thanksgiving week!!!

      Thank you also for sharing the channel number, 743 - in case others here are searching for it. You are always so thoughtful and thorough.

      So great to hear how GAFamily is growing!!! :)

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  17. Definitely watching small town Christmas this weekend. I'm so glad Uptv decided to bring it back this year. Also will watch My favorite Christmas tree. Net.I hope you and your family have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

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  18. Christmas at Pine Valley. Not up to Great American past presentations. Built on a Lie from the beginning and then continuing to add on as it went just to justify the first. Definitely not a keeper no matter how it ends. Not really my idea of a strong Christmas movie.

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  19. Three Wise Men and a Baby. I laughed so hard during parts of this movie that I think the neighbors probably heard me! Loved it! It's a keeper for me. These three actors are great together. And, thankfully, Paul Campbell kept his woke agenda out of this one. It was family friendly (there was a single mother who left her baby and there were questions and eyebrows raised by people implying that maybe Andrew was the father - he wasn't - but there wasn't anything explicit said and I think it would be considered by most people to be ok for families). There was a part of the movie where they have one of those neighborhood decorating contests and that part got a bit over-the-top; it's the part where they dress up as wise men for a live nativity scene with the baby. I did not consider it sacrilegious; I myself have been in live nativity scenes. I don't ever expect Hollywood to get it right, they usually mess up anything that has to do with church or prayer or pastors or the meaning of Christmas, and it doesn't matter if it's Hallmark, GAF, or UP - rarely do they truly honor Christ in these movies (and I don't go into these secular movies expecting them to get it right, I just hope they'll give us a nice, clean Christmas movie with warm feelings). The whole decorating contest was a small part of this movie and it was wonky and awkward and could have been left out, but at least in this movie the wise men actually say they've come to see the King. Other than that part of the movie, I thought it was a lot of fun. It wasn't the typical "warm fuzzy feels" Christmas movie, it was more about restoring the relationships between the three brothers and I thought they handled that quite well. There were romances, but they weren't the main thread of the movie. Of course it was all unrealistic but, overall, it was just a lot of fun on a night when I really needed a laugh.
    ~~Jane

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  20. Three Men & a Baby is family friendly. It’s hilarious movie. It’s parody modern day of 3 Men & a Baby. Three brothers named Stephan, Taylor, & Luke are surprised when they find themselves forced to care for a baby named Thomas during the holidays, during the journey they begin to rebuild their relationships as brothers while rediscovering their love for Christmas. The 3 Brothers’ Mother named Barbara. Taylor & Fiona, Stephan & Susie, and Luke, Sophie, & a baby Thomas. Stephan mentions the show by name; The Twilight Zone (1959), Stephan refers to Taylor as Mommie Dearest (1981), Taylor refers to Stephan as a pet detective from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Luke referred to Michael from 3 Men & a Baby (1987) who found a baby with a baby bag at doorsteps. There’s a young woman named Sophie with her baby Son; Thomas that Luke is holding him.

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  21. 3 Wise Men & a Baby

    I can’t wait to watch another movie called; “3 Wise Men & a Little Guy” is a parody modern day of 3 Men & a Little Lady

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  22. Christmas in Pine Valley was quite charming! -Maria

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  23. Long Lost Christmas is family friendly. It’s based on the book by Joan Kilby. It’s tearjerker at the end of the movie.This Christmas, interior designer Hayley Brandy plans to surprise her Mother named Patricia with the perfect holiday present: the extended family she knows her mom yearns for. Hayley herself thinks she & her Mom are fine alone, but she has recently discovered the existence of a lost relative, Patricia’s Brother named Gordon. Hayley hopes to find him & reunite the two siblings named Gordon & Patricia for Christmas. She travels to a town outside of Denver in Silver Valley, Colorado to chase a lead on a man named Gordon Renton, who owns a cabin construction company and who just might be her uncle. Hayley is delighted by the town, which is all decked out for Christmas. She’s equally charmed when she meets Gordon, his Daughter named Brianna & Jake the property manager. As Hayley tries to discover whether Gordon is actually her long lost Uncle, she beings to fall in love with the idea of extended family, the charm of the town & Jake. However, when she learns the circumstances surrounding the siblings’ separation, Hayley has second thoughts and decides to abandon her mission. Gordon, on the other hand, is happy to finally have a lead on finding Patricia – but will he be able to bring the family together in time for Christmas? Since Hayley finds her Mom’s memory box in storage shelves where she finds a picture of her Mom & long lost Uncle Gordon. Gordon, his Daughter; Brianna, & Business partner; Jake visit his long lost Sister; Patricia & Niece Hayley’s house. Gordon reunited his long lost Sister; Patricia - long time no see. Both Patricia & Gordon wrote each other Christmas Cards every years unsend & put in memory boxes & even see in persons. Gordon, Brianna, Jake, Hayley, & Patricia have Christmas Dinner at Patricia’s house.

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  24. Christmas in Pine Valley is family friendly about a reporter named Josh interviews an entrepreneur named Natalie Cameron thinking her company is family owned that not knowing it’s run by her friends.

    Natalie Cameron is the owner of a successful handmade soap company that garners the attention of a major magazine. The magazine sends a reporter named Josh to profile Natalie’s company thinking it’s a family-run business. Little does he know that Natalie’s business is run by her with the help of longtime family friends, Mary, Carlos, Elsa, & Lisa! Knowing how much the article will help Mary hang on to her struggling Christmas tree farm, Natalie must convince Josh that her “family” and Christmas traditions are all real. As Josh spends time around Natalie & her “family” to write his story, Natalie narrowly avoids blowing her cover, especially when Lisa’s friend named Dave arrives unannounced. Determined not to jeopardize the ruse, Lisa introduces Dave to Josh as Natalie’s fiancΓ©. Everyone struggles to keep up the faΓ§ade of being a family-owned business, & matters only get more complicated when Josh uncovers the truth—just as he & Natalie are falling for each other. Angry about being lied to, Josh plans to leave the farm but, after seeing that Natalie’s business really is a “family” effort, decides to stay to be with Natalie & her so-called family.

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  25. Hi Net! I haven't had much time to watch movies or hang out here, but I just want you to know I still rely on your blog for all my TV movie info and appreciate your efforts so much!

    I haven't seen many movies so far, but I couldn't miss Three Wise Men and a Baby. That was the one I was most looking forward to out of all of the movies this season, and, happily, it didn't disappoint! It is as hilarious as I thought it would be and also heartwarming and touching. I giggled and laughed out loud throughout, especially at their dance! That was priceless! I also teared up a couple times.

    I love that it was something different from the usual storyline. The romances are great, but we get so many of those, I appreciate when the story centers around something else, especially when that "something else" is family relationships. I'm particularly partial to stories involving siblings because I have four brothers and one sister of my own who I'm very fond of.

    The ending was wonderful. Endings are too often abrupt in Hallmark movies, so I loved the more extended wrap-up in this one. I will definitely be watching this movie over and over again, and I'll be surprised if anything else tops it for me this year.

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    1. Amy Lama, Hello, my friend!!! I must tell you - it was such a joy to see your comment on Thanksgiving week! I lit up just seeing your name - it was like a visit from a dear friend I haven't seen in some time.

      I understand how life gets busy, at times. I've been feeling the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, too.

      I'm so delighted you were able to stop by and share with us. Please do so any time you get the chance.

      Hugs & Merry Christmas to You!!! Net

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  26. Santa Bootcamp. So, this one was a cute movie buried inside of a bizarre, ridiculous, over-the-top movie. It definitely was not a keeper for me, but if you can withstand the craziness and all the woowoo Santa magic, then this could be a fun movie to watch. The lead actress and actor were a cute match (he reminded me a bit of Kevin McGarry) and their romance was sweet. I thought Rita Moreno was horrible in the beginning but she mellowed out and ended up being a nice character (she’s amazing for 91 years old!).
    It was family friendly (I guess?), except for all the magic and woowoo fairy dust and Santa as a replacement for God and all the usual Hollywood confusion about the real meaning of Christmas. The first few minutes really rubbed me the wrong way and I almost deleted the movie; but because I was multitasking, I let it keep rolling. The movie gradually improved but it still had a very hefty dose of all the magic Santa stuff. The scene in the very beginning that bothered me was this: Rita Moreno’s character (Mrs. Claus in disguise as a sort of Christmas guru that trains seasonal workers) sits in the middle of her humongous, undecorated entry hallway. She sits in a sort of weird yoga/meditation pose and holds her fingers together and closes her eyes. By magic or some “force” we see – in fast forward motion all around her - all these elves/people dressed in green who magically decorate the whole house in a split second. She comes out of her “trance”, opens her eyes, and says “Let there be Christmas”. Then she, prayerfully, folds her hands and raises her eyes heavenward and mouths “Thank You”. Normally when people look heavenward and say Thank You, they are thanking God, but in this case, I presume she was thanking Santa or some other magical supernatural source. If Santa magic doesn’t bother you and your family, then this movie would probably be family friendly.
    ~~Jane

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  27. So great to hear all these WONDERFUL reviews of Three Men and a Baby. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!

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  28. Three Wise Men and a Baby

    Wow, I was not expecting to like this movie. I thought for sure I wouldn't, but I was so wrong. It was wonderful, sweet and really funny! Family friendly (just how we like it ;) and I loved how it was about the importance of family. It was sweet to see them have mistakes in the first half, but then improving after they realised to not think of themselves, but of their mother. I loved how they couldn't resist the Baby's First Ornament, and that baby swap thing(in real life, that would have been terrifying!)

    Another great addition to the film was the women in the movie. It was so kind of them to help out, and I literally said, "ahh," when she brought a casserole. The year later ending was sweet as well, all of them together!

    The only thing that bothered me was during the pageant scene. You could tell Hallmark did everything they could to not say Jesus Christ's name. They did not even mention that He's our Savior. That scene really made me upset me, and it's a shame because the rest was fantastic!

    I gotta say it though, the corgi fan in me LOVED that dog Arnold!πŸ˜‚
    And I liked Stephen's character, he kinda reminded me of Niles from Frasier.

    If you have not seen it yet, give it a try. It has it's corny moments, but it was a delight! I think with the story plot it would have made a great Thanksgiving film as well!

    God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends here!
    ~Abigail

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  29. My Favorite Christmas Tree is family friendly about Kyla is a genealogy researcher who travels to the charming town of Conifer, hoping to piece together her ancestry. The search leads Kyla to a Christmas tree farm, its stubborn but handsome owner - and, possibly, love. Kyla visits a small town who attempting her ancestry & meets a Christmas Tree Farm owner named Joel

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  30. Christmas Lucky Charm. Not family friendly. I was having a hard time really getting into this one and I thought it was just me and my usual issues with UPtv movies being less polished, as well as being more targeted to younger viewers. I figured others would probably like the movie and there were only a few mildly questionable issues (mention of unmarried characters living together and a neighboring shopkeeper who was into some woowoo mystical stuff). But then at about the 3/4 mark they went and had a scene with the lead actress in her bakery showing wedding cakes to two men with their arms around each other shopping for their wedding cake. Delete! I only wish I'd deleted in the beginning and not wasted my time with this one.
    ~~Jane

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  31. Joyce in CarolinaSunday, November 20, 2022

    When I Think of Christmas is family friendly. Some great music and a couple of cameos, one of which is hilarious.

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  32. The Holiday Swap

    Family friendly. It was cute, but I would have liked more from the main characters. I didn't feel too much chemistry between them. But I still enjoyed watching a new chic flick. I especially liked Henry, the older man who ran the general store. At first I was concerned Laura and Derek were living together, but then I found out they ran the lodge.

    Beware...Jake does say the Lord's name in vain though as he's opening her suitcase.
    ~Abigail

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  33. When I Think for Christmas is family friendly about Sara Ferguson reunites her ex-boyfriend named Josh Hartman when she returns to her hometown to her Mother named Anna Ferguson move. When Sara makes a surprising discovery, she & Josh forge a bold plan for upcoming Christmas concert that takes them back to their musical roots. Sara finds music sheets of When I Think of Christmas was written by Sara’s Dad named Shane Ferguson. Josh convinces Anna Ferguson to sing a Christmas song; When I Think of Christmas onstage. Anna & George and Sara & Josh get along

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  34. THREE WISE MEN AND A BABY **spoiler alert**

    Hilarious! And surprisingly heartwarming and touching too. So many scenes that made me chuckle. Loved the unique storyline and the three different personalities of the guys. Not much romance. Family friendly but if you're watching it with younger kids, the story about the baby getting dropped off to one of the leading men (Andrew Walker's character) brought up some conversation that sort of raised my eyebrow and might have a sense of normalizing pregnancy before marriage. I do love the reconciliation that happened between the family, and even with the neighbor.
    Some of my favorite hilarious moments:
    - tyler hynes and paul campbell getting the baby to bath after the cookie making fiasco
    - assembling baby swing
    - tyler hynes doing a squat putting the baby to sleep
    - andrew walker grabbed the wrong car seat
    - the three guys in elf costume
    - the sugar plum fairy dance

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  35. The Case of the Christmas Diamond is family friendly mystery movie. Blue collar, Andy is a little nervous but thrilled when she is invited to her rich friend's estate for Christmas, but when the family matriarch's multi-million-dollar gem suddenly goes missing she finds herself accused of the theft. With the help of a famous mystery writer, Andy must find the real culprit amid the litany of wealthy guests all of whom have their knives out for her.

    Blue-Collar Andy finds herself accused of theft when a multimillion-dollar gem suddenly goes missing from her rich friend’s estate. With the help of a famous mystery writer, Andy must find the real culprit amid the litany of wealthy guests

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  36. Just a couple things I thought I would share: I don’t know if many of these are family-friendly.

    -Pluto has a couple of the Hallmark Thanksgiving movies. Pluto is a free app.

    -Zliving Network has an older Christmas movie every day this week at 2 PM CST. An example is “Christmas Comes to Willow Creek.” Other older movies I have found include “A Diva’s Christmas Carol” at 1:00 AM this Wednesday on BOUNCE and An En Vogue Christmas at 10:00 PM on Sunday, 11/27/22 on TV1,

    -It appears as if OWN is beginning their Christmas movies. I have enjoyed at least one movie each year since they started producing them.

    -I started to watch “A Puppy for Christmas” forgetting that it wasn’t family-friendly until the middle of the movie. I had recorded it the night we turned the clock back, so it was only 90 minutes. So many inappropriate things had been removed. I know they needed a 90-minute version, but it was evident that GFAM was very intentional in terms of what was taken out. Perhaps, if you saw the original, it would interest you to see how GFAM has cleaned it up if they ever do air a 90-minute version of it again.

    Happy Thanksgiving to All of You!

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    1. Yes, that is correct! I was just contacted by Great American Family yesterday, and they wanted me to inform my followers that "A Puppy for Christmas" has been edited and the objectionable content has been removed. I was very happy to hear this, but I haven't had the opportunity, yet, to catch a encore airing.

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    2. It is too bad they could not answer the question whether they are putting Angel Falls Christmas, The Great Christmas Switch and A Christmas Star on DVD.
      The Walmart release of Angel Falls does not come to Canada's Walmarts as far as I know. So I am still wanting all these released on DVD.

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  37. The Case of the Christmas Diamond is family friendly mystery movie about Blue collar Andy is a little nervous but thrilled when she is invited to her rich friend’s estate for Christmas. But when the family matriarch’s multi-million-dollar gem suddenly goes missing, she finds herself accused of the theft and at the center of the investigation led by Detective Billings. With the help of a famous mystery writer, Andy must find the real culprit amid all the wealthy guests all of whom have it out for her.

    Blue-collar Andy finds herself accused of theft when a multimillion-dollar gem suddenly goes missing from her rich friend’s estate. With the help of a famous mystery writer named Jackie Evenson, Andy must find the real culprit amid the litany of wealthy guests. Jackie plays the role as Detective from Whodunnit Game hands 2 envelope on the pillow with cards: The Theft & The Prowler while Andy is sleeping & took a shower. Andy is being sidekick to Jackie. Andy can solve the case by using cards from Whodunnit Game. Detective Billings arrives in the afternoon at Kenilworth Estate with the guests & Andy plays the role as Deputy Detective.

    Jackie - The Detective
    Olivia - The Innocent
    Liam - The Gambler
    Harper - The Liar
    Margaret - The Lover
    Amelia - The Schemer
    Raphael - The Thief
    Lenora - The Opportunist
    Bridgette - The Harlot
    Gary - The Cheater
    The Prowler

    Gary runs toward the hall when the polices after him. Detective Billings & Polices handcuff Lenora & Gary. Andy knows Jackie sent her cards oh The Thief & The Prowler. Jackie wants to write mystery books with Andy. The Case of the Christmas Diamond by Jackie Evenson & Candace “Andy” Kayne. Andy drinks Kenilworth Spiced Ale with cinnamon stick. Liam hands Andy an album. Andy & Liam kids under the mistletoe

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  38. "Santa Bootcamp" -- family-friendly. It was nice for a one-time watch but didn't charm me enough to see again.

    ~Alicia

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  39. Long Lost Christmas;

    This film was so heartfelt and beautiful. So nice to watch a movie with a positive message! It was family friendly and had wonderful strong characters and storyline! The connection between Jake and Halley was really special and I cried when the family found each other again. I also appreciated how understanding Jake was when he found out she wasn't there to rent a cabin. This was one of the best Christmas movies this year and is a winner to me. Taylor Cole never disappoints me! A good one to buy and add to our collections. Keep tissues nearby, this movie is one of those precious ones! The very best kind!⛄ God bless and Happy Thanksgiving! Can't believe it's almost here!
    ~Abigail

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  40. I just finished watching Santa Bootcamp and I am very happy to say that it was family friendly and rather delightful! There are very few Lifetime Christmas movies that I love but this is definitely one. I especially loved the sweet relationship between Rita Moreno's character and her husband. It just showed glimpses of it but for some reason it felt like there was a depth to it and I really enjoyed it. I cannot wait to watch it with my family!

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  41. I've enjoyed My Favorite Christmas Tree so much! It was a great movie with great actors, very beautiful Christmas tree farm, cosy winter atmosphere, great story, actually two stories: about Christmas tree farm and search for the answers about family ancestry. The leading actors Emma Johnson and Giles Panton were so great together. Recommended!
    ~Oksanka~

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  42. Review: Long Lost Christmas -
    Family-friendly? Yes -
    Keeper? Borderline Yes -

    I like the storyline of this movie - a daughter trying to bring together her mother and the mother's long-lost brother to repair a broken relationship. And the story succeeds, due in large part to the wonderful acting of all the leads. There was also chemistry between Hayley and Jake - another case where you felt the actors enjoyed playing off each other. So why a borderline yes? Two reasons. First, it's another case of a person lying to others - and far too long - in order to achieve her goal. But what was upsetting to me was how, the day after she saves Gordon after he suffers a hear attack (and he call her his guardian angel) - she does a sudden, and very surprising and uncalled-for, about-face and just tears into him about his actions. Kind of hypocritical and, considering he just had a heart-attack, uncaring! Still, because of the positives I mentioned, it's a keeper for me...at least for awhile.

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  43. Review: Christmas in Pine Valley -
    Family-friendly? Yes -
    Keeper? No

    This movie seemed disjointed to me, like a bunch of writers were given scenes to write - the stereotypical Christmas scenes - and then someone took them and put them together to make this movie. There didn't seem to be any flow to the movie, and the characters weren't believable at all. Skip it!

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  44. A Show Stopping Christmas (aka A Playful Romance). Meh? Some of it was cute and some of it was lacking. For the most part, I liked all lead actors. At times, the leading lady was good but she also had a strong personality and sometimes seemed a bit of an obsessive brat. The leading man was supposed to be a hunky Hollywood movie star – I wasn’t buying that angle, but I still liked him. The villainous woman was way too overly dramatic and just too unrealistically mean; her over-the-top meanness was supposed to be due to her grief from her husband’s death SEVEN years ago, but it just didn’t make sense in the context of the story – she needed to be dialed back just a notch to be believable (of course, all is redeemed in the end). Overall, the movie was cute, but something just felt lacking to me and I’m not sure whether it was the script or the lack of attention to detail or what??? I suppose this would be considered family friendly but I was not thrilled with all the calling on spirits and dead friends to fix things. At several points after doing this, it would miraculously snow or you would hear weird tinkling noises or lights would flicker letting us know the spirits were taking care of things. Now, the movie is based around “A Christmas Carol”, so I understand the “spirits” angle, but I just think they kind of went too far. In the beginning of the movie the lead actress stands in a dark theatre by herself and loudly prays to (or calls on) the spirits to save the theatre, and it's all very serious, she's in earnest about what she's doing. At one point she also says something along the lines of “In the name of Charles Dickens I call upon the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to shine your Christmas joy.” And, of course, the lights flicker and we hear woowoo music. So, it's a cute movie with some questionable aspects; not a keeper for me. And, ugh, they continue the advertising nonsense in this movie. The leads are walking down a path lined on both sides with lighted Christmas trees and one of the trees has been replaced by a huge yellow Carmax sign sticking out like a sore thumb. Yuck.
    ~~Jane

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  45. Inventing the Christmas Prince is family friendly. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. The Holiday Swap was family friendly but not something I’d watch again. Same goes for Christmas in Pine Valley. The actors/actresses seemed like they were uncomfortable around each other. Three Wise Men and a Baby had me laughing so hard. That’s my number one show of the season so far. Long Lost Christmas and My Favorite Christmas Tree were other family friendly movies. I also enjoyed the singing in the family friendly movie, When I Think of Christmas.

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