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Monday, October 16, 2023

πŸŽ„2023 CHRISTMAS MOVIE REVIEWSπŸŽ„ from the *It's a Wonderful Movie* Family! πŸŽ… SEE HERE:




Welcome, Friends,
to the 2023 
Christmas Movie Review Page!

Here we go again! This is our fourth year sharing Christmas movie reviews here together at It's a Wonderful Movie!

I am going to be updating THIS PAGE with Movie Reviews and Comments on almost every NEW MOVIE from *It's a Wonderful Movie* family members throughout Christmastime. Hopefully, this will give us all a sense of which NEW Christmas Movies ARE and which movies ARE NOT family-friendly or frankly, worth watching.

Be sure to bookmark this page by adding it to your favorites and return here for reviews added for more movies throughout the season. I'm hoping this will help us all enjoy many of the wonderful Christmas movies airing this Holiday Season and make our viewing experience this Christmas a whole lot easier.

As I've shared with you all in the past, my personal reviews come from a Christian viewpoint, and I appreciate those who visit here at *It's a Wonderful Movie* and share these same moral standards and traditional values with us. Thank you to those of you who have contributed a review, thus far, and if you haven't shared one, yet, but you would like to, please see the details at the end of this post. Whether you share a little or a lot - it is all appreciated!

Please know once you share a review here, you instantly become a valued member of this *It's a Wonderful Movie* family! May God bless you all!


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*Christmas movies are listed in order by their premiere date below - underneath each individual network.


🌟GREAT AMERICAN FAMILY:


Destined 2: Christmas Once More - October 14, 2022

πŸŽ„ Destined 2 Christmas Once More was so beautiful! -Maria

πŸŽ„ Destined 2 Christmas Once More was even better than I thought it would be. Nice start for Great American Family. Casey Elliott needs to be on the channel regularly. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Destined 2: Christmas Once More – I thoroughly enjoyed this first movie for Great American Family’s 2023 Christmas season. What a joy it was to see the original cast return for this sequel where all of Theo and Kim’s friends and family are excited to see them be engaged, if only Theo (Casey Elliott) can find the right time to pop the question to Kim (Shae Robins).

Theo’s daughter, Ashley (played by Casey’s real-life daughter, Eve), is such a delight in this movie; she is such a natural when it comes to acting. I just loved her in every scene she was in. Her participation in the gingerbread competition was a nice throwback to the first movie, and the 12 days of Christmas giveaway was quite fun. It was very sweet when the father reminded her one night to say her prayers and she knelt down beside her bed - and prayed for child-like dreams at Christmas, but most importantly, she ended the prayer by saying in Jesus' name. That was such a touching moment.

I also thought the scene where all of the family went to see the play of A Christmas Carol was very well-done. We even got to see short segments of the play. The only down-sides for me... Casey Elliott is such a fantastic singer in real-life as part of the musical group, GENTRI; I sure wish we could’ve heard him sing in this; it could’ve been so great during the proposal. The actual proposal scene was a bit anti-climactic after the two hour wait, but it was still a delightful, fun, entertaining, family-friendly movie, one I know I’ll enjoy watching over and over again! ~Net

πŸŽ„ Destined 2 was a great watch for our whole family Saturday night. Really enjoyable. And of course, family friendly. -Allie B

πŸŽ„ Destined 2 Christmas Once More was the best movie of the night. I hope they make Destined 3 A Christmas Wedding. ~Bebe

πŸŽ„ Destined 2: Christmas Once More is such a great movie! I've enjoyed every moment of it. So many sweet, tender, romantic and funny moments. Shae Robins and Casey Elliott's acting was off the charts. It will definetely be a Christmas classic along with the first part and hopefully the third movie on the way. We need to see their wedding! ~Oksanka~

πŸŽ„ Destined 2 I just absolutely loved! Very much family friendly, and it is so nice to see a couple be together through the whole movie. I loved the different ways he "missed" proposing, and I loved how Theo kept his daughter involved with the "planning". I just adored this movie, and I really hope they make one more sequel so we can see The Wedding! This one I am definitely re watching frequently. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: Destined 2: Christmas Once More -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? On the fence -

I have to admit, I was concerned about this movie. When I read the plot summary above where "Theo continues to miss connecting with Kim", I thought, oh no, here we go again with a bunch of unbelievable near misses just like the first movie. Fortunately, that description is not accurate. Theo doesn't "miss connecting", he just runs into problems in finding the right time to propose. And for me this made for a better story line...somewhat.

I still have a problem with it and here's why. Theo is trying to propose sometime - even weeks - before Christmas. I'm sorry, but I think just about any guy would want to propose on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, not on some random day in December (and especially since he knows how busy she is right before Christmas and that she is "on break" during the holidays). And when he confides in others about not knowing what to do, it's even more surprising that not one of them tells him, "Why don't you just propose on Christmas Eve, say, right after the festival when everybody else is gone?" And then the whole thing about losing the ring and finding it at the last minute - so contrived!

Still, those problems don't take away from it being a somewhat enjoyable movie! The chemistry between the leads, and between Theo and his daughter, is spot-on. (And the actress who plays Theo's daughter is fantastic!) So I guess if you don't think too hard about it (like I have a tendency to do), it is worth a watch. A keeper? Not sure. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ I agree! I wasn't a big fan of the first one, but this one was great! Great chemistry with every one. I can't believe he still lost the ring!! I wasn't going to watch Destined 2, but I am glad I did! I hope the others are as good. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ I absolutely adored Destined for Christmas 2. This movie was just so sweet and I loved how they were a couple through the whole movie. I loved all of the family moments-especially that Theo kept Ashley involved with helping with the proposal. This is definitely family friendly and I will be watching this several more times! I really hope they do one more sequel and we will be able to see a wedding! I have gone to the GAF website to do a movie review and let them know we want another sequel...lol. ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ I watched Destined 2, and I LOVED it. I love that they had all the family back, and I loved the Father/Daughter stuff in this movie, and also when Ashely and Kim had a girls night and they were so sweet together. I hope they do a Destined 3 next year, I am dying to see Kim as Ashley's mom now and all interacting.

So many great feels in the movie like the 12 days of Christmas gifts for Hunter/Clarissa and Tori, the family dinner Theo's mom planned for the extended family in Kim's parents. Such a great movie. I am keeping it. ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„ Loved, loved, loved the Destined 2. I liked this first one but this one was really great. Loved the touching scene of the little girl praying. Love your and others reviews to so, thanks. ~Clara

πŸŽ„ Destined 2: Christmas Once More. Another good one! This was so sweet and enjoyable and a breath of fresh air compared to the Hallmark movies I’ve seen so far this season. I liked that we got to see nice people trying to juggle families and everyday life and we still got some Christmas warm fuzzies without all the contrived, standard Christmas-movie fare; it all felt very natural. All of the actors felt “real” and I truly believed in the love between the leads as well as between all the family members. Casey and Ashley had perfect dad-daughter chemistry but I guess it helps that they play the same roles in real life. Speaking of real life, I always wonder if it’s weird for Casey and Shae to kiss in the movies when in real life she’s the wife of one of his buddies in the singing trio “Gentri”. And speaking of singing, why, oh why do they not write in a scene where the family sings Christmas carols or something so we can hear him sing?!? The constantly-delayed proposal scene began to drag a bit and I was starting to feel shades of frustration akin to last year’s movie but, thankfully, they finally wrapped it up. All told, this was a really nice little movie and a keeper for now. Definitely family friendly and I think kids would probably enjoy this one more than some of the other movies that are more focused on sighs and doe-eyed lingering looks at lips and mistletoe. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ I hate to say it but I didn't like Destined 2. I knew from the moment we saw the ring at the beginning of the movie there would be almost opportunity for the proposal all movie long and the the lost ring twist was not fun to watch. This is the 1st movie on GAC that I had to push myself to get through. ~Ken

πŸŽ„ Destined 2.....This one was about as annoying as the first one. I didn’t understand why they needed a second movie. The daughter was probably the best one. I didn’t care for all the hectic, busy schedules they kept stressing. Especially since they weren’t that way in the last movie yet both still had the same jobs and roles. Idk. This one just didn’t do anything for me. It was more frustrating than anything and who really wants that in a movie that’s supposed to be relaxing? We’re trying to unwind from our own hectic lives not take part in a fictional one. -Anonymous1


'Twas the Text Before Christmas - October 21, 2023

πŸŽ„ 'Twas the text before Christmas has a likeable cast but i don't like the plot and i am glad that basically every character except the main three pointed out that it was crazy to accept that invitation. Merritt's and Trevor's chemistry was the only reason why i watched it till the end. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Loved Twas the Text before Christmas. Trevor and Merritt are so perfect as costars. But Nana was my favorite being played by Jayne Eastwood who is also Mrs White in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and 3. Great American Family Christmas movies are so great. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I am not the biggest Trevor Donovan fan. I thought the movie was overall good. I liked it more than his Autumn movie. I think the weakest part was his family (other than Nana). Nana was sweet. I wish they didn't go with them dating other people. Loved the house he bought the house & dog he looked after. I wanted to add that the atmosphere of Christmastime was on point. It looked like they filmed this in winter! Romance was there too. Misty

πŸŽ„ I also watched Twas The Text Before Christmas...and I really liked this movie! I thought Merritt and Trevor were once again adorable together and they have just really good chemistry together. I loved the actress who played "Nana" and her and Merritt were adorable together as well-I loved their scenes together! This definitly family friendly. ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ ‘Twas the Text Before Christmas... I am not a fan of Merritt Patterson but this movie had Jayne Eastwood, who I’ve always liked, so I gave it a watch. First of all, what person would connect with a stranger who called the wrong number? That was just weird. Only Jayne Eastwood could’ve pulled this one off and she did! She was so funny and kind. It was a pretty good movie. Family friendly. (Although I didn’t like how James asked if she had a significant other at the beginning. That rubbed me the wrong way. Why not just say boyfriend?) The movie seemed a bit spacey as they had to put three years into one movie length. It was sort like a recap of what happened instead of an actual movie. I still liked and enjoyed it. I thought the ending was pretty rough. They could’ve done so much more with it had the couple gotten together sooner. I also didn’t like how it was Addie who made the first move instead of James. All in all, a strange plot and story but still enjoyable because of the lighthearted Nana! ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text Before Christmas - So far, I watched "Checking it Twice" and "Twas the Text Before Christmas". I enjoyed "Twas the Text Before Christmas much more than the other movie. My husband and I really liked Merritt and Trevor together in "Twas the Text Before Christmas". Their movie was sweet and uplifting. I liked all of the relationships. In today's world, I don't think I would have responded to a text from a stranger, nor would I have shared a photo of myself (even if I looked like Merritt) LOL! But, the storyline was great. It will be a movie that I will definitely watch again. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text before Christmas was so amazing!! Highly recommend. And it was so nice to see mini promo blurbs for a few of the upcoming movies a couple of weeks from now. :) –Maria

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text Before Christmas - Is family friendly about Addie & Nana develops a close friendship after an accidental text message to Addie instead her Granddaughter named Paige. Addie goes to visit Nana, where she meets Nana’s only Son; James. James & Addie start to view each other differently after years of spending holidays together. Nana’s Daughter named Molly & Son in Law named Will. James has a cute dog. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ ‘Twas the Text Before Christmas. I quite enjoyed this sweet movie. Loved the warm family atmosphere. Loved Nana, what a great character (but there’s no way I can believe she’s Trevor’s mother, more like his grandmother). Also, cannot believe Merritt responded so openly to an unknown text and revealed almost every detail of her life (who does that?!?). But, on the other hand, it was kind of refreshing to feel the innocence of a bygone era where you could trust most strangers and didn’t have to worry about things like creepy AI-generated video chats and texts. And, unlike other reviews I’ve read, I actually appreciated the two-year time frame for the leads to fall in love, I get tired of the one-week happily ever after’s. As to that HEA – the ending felt a bit anticlimactic and I didn’t like that they followed the Hallmark trend of having the female make the first move. This movie could have benefitted from a bit more attention to details but, overall, it was a charming, feel-good movie that I would watch again. Family friendly. (p.s. – is the dog in this movie the same one from Jingle Bell Princess?) ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ ‘Twas the Text Before Christmas is such an uplifting and enjoyable movie. I liked all the characters, especially Nana, she was so charming and kind-hearted. I love Merritt Patterson, she shines in every movie, and this one is not exception. Trevor Donovan was great too. I like them together. Their acting was so sincere and true. I like how I felt while watching this movie: forgetting about all the bad things going on around the world right now, and soaking in the atmosphere of kindness, love, friendship, hospitality and many other good things. This movie has really warmed my heart. And one more thing I was so impressed with, it's how James (Trevor Donovan) describes how he will know that he is in love: "I feel like when I finally find the woman whose happiness is more important than my own, that's when I know I'm in love". Definitely worth-watching, and many-many times. ~Oksanka~

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text Before Christmas was enjoyable the first time, but after watching it again, I loved this movie! Trevor and Merritt are so comfortable together. It felt like they had been friends forever.

Did anyone else notice the names used in this movie? Addie's brother was Andrew, her two boyfriends were Mark & Luc, and then there was James, her new beau. ~kitkat

πŸŽ„ Review: 'Twas the Text Before Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes -

I agree with others' comments. Yes, it was not the smartest move by Addie to accept an invitation from a total stranger, and even her friends mentioned this to her. But if anyone could convince her, it would be Nana, so wonderfully played by Jayne Eastwood. The chemistry between Merritt and Trevor was spot-on - you can tell these two enjoy each other's company. And the plot was unique but sensible - I enjoyed watching the relationship develop over the three Christmases. Not quite as good as Jingle Bell Princess in my opinion, but still very entertaining. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ I really enjoyed 'Twas the Text Before Christmas! It is family friendly, sweet, and I enjoyed the leads, and Nana, (actress Jane Eastwood), & the little dog, Lily. I've watched it several times on my DVRd recording. I actually wrote a review at the GAC website. Let them know what you thought of the movies. ~Namegirl

πŸŽ„ The only movie I watched this weekend was Twas the Text Before Christmas. Merritt and Trevor were great together as usual in my opinion and having Jayne Eastwood as Nana was perfect. I enjoyed seeing Rob Stewart as well. The movie overall was good with a sweet storyline and I'm sure to watch it again. I didn't like the ending as much since they moved away but understood it was to be with her family. Wished they had both remained in the small town, started their own practices and lived in his house. The set decorations were still overdone but at least they didn't look so overwhelming.

The movie kind of reminded me of a time back in 1988 (I was 18) when my family invited four Soldiers from the local Army base to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with us. They were complete strangers to us, but we had the BEST time, and they truly were appreciative of us opening our home to them. I know that's not quite the same, but it just reminded me of the joy we had that day. ~ Debbie

πŸŽ„ So far I’m very happy with the movies! My fav is the Merrit and Trevor movie but I’ve enjoyed all the movies so far!~Susan Ann

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text Before Christmas was a great movie. Would love to see a sequel to this one. :) Of course it is family friendly!! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text Before Christmas....family-friendly... no surprise ;)

Aww! I loved this one so much!! One of the cutest ones I've seen in awhile. And such friendly characters. I fell in love with the older man Carter and that funny and sweet Nana. Of course Merritt and Trevor were great. I love it when friends fall in love. This is one that I want to watch every year. So when it's on Amazon, I'm buying! I really hope we get a sequel. The characters were strong enough for it.

It was so nice to relax with on my couch and fuzzy blanket while watching this. ~Abigail

πŸŽ„ I really enjoyed Twas the Text Before Christmas! It had a unique plotline that kept me interested all the way through, the acting was good, and it definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. Also, did anyone else notice that they used some of the sets from When Hope Calls? The interior of the inn where she stays is the hotel and Nana's house is the orphanage from Brookfield! ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Twas The Text Brfore Christmas: Several reviewers have commented on the strangeness of accepting an invite from a random text to the wrong person. Search "Accidental Thanksgiving Invitation". This really happened and it's a relationship going on its 8th year of annual gathering. I appreciate this movie using that real story to come up with this plot. Well done! ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Thanks for sharing about the true story! I also loved the movie. ~Lizzie R

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text Before Christmas - This was OK, I think best of GAC that I have seen so far this year but would be average or below for Hallmark. I like both leads, which kept me through it. The plot was different enough and i have seen real stories like this about strangers joining holiday festivities of a wrong number. –MS

πŸŽ„ Twas the Text Before Christmas – I quite enjoyed this delightful Christmas movie from Great American Family! For me, Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson were great, but the star of the show was Nana, actress Jayne Eastwood! I just adored her! She made everyone feel at home and so welcome at Christmastime and her home was beautifully decorated with Christmas dΓ©cor, so warm and inviting. I also loved how Nana quoted the scripture, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares,” (Hebrew 13:2) in reference to welcoming Addie (a new friend) into her home for Christmas. This is a heartwarming movie with touches of faith, including the scripture Nana quoted and the prayer at the table before their meal. Twas the Text Before Christmas is a definite keeper for me! ~Net


Bringing Christmas Home - October 28, 2023

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home was awesome! A mystery, romance, tribute to our veterans! Great movie and acting!! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ I don't have enough words to describe how much I loved Bringing Christmas Home, it was like when I was watching A Christmas Present for the 1st time!! You should all see this movie! -Maria

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home is a 10 for me! I loved everything about this movie. Paul Greene and Jill Wagner are two of my favorites. A keeper for sure! ~kitkat

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home is what I want from a Christmas romance movie..Be about Christmas, chemistry between the leads, a good story and likeable characters. The mystery was a bonus! Misty

πŸŽ„ absolutely loved Bringing Christmas Home with Jill Wagner and Paul Green. Loved the Military theme, and you could tell that Jill in particular loved this role. Such a great storyline and Jill and Paul were just amazing in this! It is family friendly and definitely bring the Kleenexes! ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ I’ve never left a review on this blog before, but I just wanted to say how much I loved and was impressed by Bringing Christmas Home. The tone was sweet and down-to-earth, with such an intriguing storyline. And the characters… they were amazing. Caroline is incredibly strong, yet also kind and compassionate. And Russell is equally compelling - his patience and gentleness are rare and beautiful. Though I have no military background, I myself live with post-traumatic stress, so while I can’t speak for others who do, I don’t say this lightly: if you want to know how to be close to someone with post-traumatic stress, whether romantically or platonically, I consider this man an excellent role model. All in all, this was a lovely movie… it was funny, romantic, fascinating, and though it did touch on some heavy subjects, I didn’t find it heavy overall. I’m not a parent so I can’t speak to age appropriateness, but speaking generally: highly recommend. ~RC

πŸŽ„ Glad to see that reality is included in Christmas movies. I feel that a lot of viewers have had to deal with life and health issues during the holidays. Thought it was handled very well. Thought “Bringing Christmas Home” definitely the best so far from all offerings. ~JoCo

πŸŽ„ We loved “Bringing Christmas Home” on GAC Family with Paul Greene and Jill Wagner. It is a heartwarming movie with a historical/military/veteran theme. There are multiple loves stories in this movie, and the underlining mystery of the identity of the World War 2 couple keeps the story engaging as the search for clues and answers progresses. All of the characters are likable, and there is a faith element about how the pieces of the story together. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie! - Laurie

πŸŽ„ Great American Family is hitting it out of the park with their Christmas movies this year. Both Bringing Christmas Home and Journey to Christmas were so good. Bringing. Christmas Home was the best movie of the night. ~Bebe

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home…I really loved this movie! I loved the story line, the military theme, the mystery, and the actors. Of course, you can never go wrong with Jill Wagner!! The sister was pretty funny also. I liked how it was realistic from the retired soldier’s viewpoint. How she was still dealing with stuff and probably always will. The movie was very well written and the mystery and code was fun! Probably the best one so far this year!! Family Friendly and definitely a keeper!!! -Anonymous1

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home: I'm all in my feels on this one and was emotional a few times throughout the movie. I'm a Veteran and I have a great uncle who was killed in WWII and buried in France so this one hit at my heartstrings.

It was a wonderful story on so many levels and really had that mystery feel to it. Jill and Paul are two of my favorite actors in these movies and I simply love the characters they portrayed. Jill made the perfect choice for a retired military officer. She truly understands the military life and lives it in reality. I really enjoyed Simon Arblaster and Jess Brown's characters as well. They all fit well together and gave solid performances. I enjoyed the banter the writers gave them.

The mention of foster care and adoption for Russell and Jules was endearing, and the storyline of Caroline's PTSD/mental health was an integral part of the story that definitely highlights what military members go through during/after war. This is a reality for a lot of Veterans on a daily basis and I appreciate this movie giving it some depth to those who may not understand. Also, Alton having his former commander's back and continuing his friendship with her was wonderful. Those are the strong bonds of the military!

Orin and Alice's love story was a simple reminder of how things were during WWII for a lot of men and women in service to their nations all those years ago. Photos and letters were all they had to keep them going to make it through such difficult times.

The plot of the movie was like a few others, but it was done well. Were there some mistakes as far as the military stuff was portrayed, yes but there usually is in these movies. The decorations were still a little out there but not terrible. Overall, it was an outstanding movie! ~Debbie

πŸŽ„ "Bringing Christmas Home" was spectacular! Seriously lovely and heartfelt movie. There were no missteps at all. Everyone involved brought their A-game. It was a fantastic movie. LOVED IT! I have always been drawn to anything with a military theme. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home is what I want from a Christmas romance movie..Be about Christmas, chemistry between the leads, a good story and likeable characters. The mystery was a bonus! ~Misty

πŸŽ„ "Bringing Christmas Home" is a truly special movie! So much heart! So much depth! Jill Wagner was just phenomenal, she conveyed all the emotions of a person struggling after all the war horrors. Paul Green's acting was just great too. They were so good together. You really believe in their characters' growing affection and deep feelings to each other. I liked Simon Arblaster (Alton) and Jess Brown (Jules) too. The story itself was just so captivating and exciting. It is the third GAC's Christmas movie this year and I like that they don't put all these "candy canes, Christmas cookies, etc" stuff but instead focus on truly meaningful things.

I also appreciate that they showed real struggles of people coming from a battlefiled. Like Caroline (Jill Wagner) said: "You can come back here and you don't know what your purpose is. You don't even know how to be normal anymore". But I liked what Russel (Paul Green) said when talking about the crack in Santa Clause toy: "It's a crack that proves just how strong something can really be".

You know, I always liked to watch military movies, but this time it was just different for me. I was so emotional 'cause it has been almost two years since the war in my country started, so much pain and it really hurts. But I'm very happy I watched it. ~Oksanka~

πŸŽ„ Review: Bringing Christmas Home -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Oh yes! -

This is the first movie I've seen this season that is a big and definite yes for being a keeper! I loved this storyline, and Jill and Paul were simply perfect. You felt like they weren't just acting - they took their roles to heart! A wonderful movie that really put me in the Christmas spirit! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home. Completely agree with everyone else - loved this movie!! The ending was a bit anticlimactic with the never-ending hugging all around but, other than that, this was a great Christmas movie with a mystery with a twist and more than one romance. Well done. Definite keeper. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Bringing Christmas Home- Jill Wagner and Paul Greene are truly spectacular together in Bringing Christmas Home. In most scenes, it didn’t even feel like acting; their ease of talking with each other felt natural and effortless. The mystery portion of the movie was intriguing, and I appreciated how they honored our military with such great respect. There was a great balance in the film of serious moments and a little comedy mixed in with romance, too, of course! Bringing Christmas Home is a high-quality, family-friendly film that I look forward to watching over and over again throughout the Christmas season. ~Net


Journey to Christmas - October 29, 2023

πŸŽ„ Journey to Christmas - Nice enough but didn't really draw me in and have me glued to the tv. I always like being introduced to new actors I haven't seen before, but it was the usual Christmas movie trope, and nothing really stood out about it overall. I did enjoy the family dynamics and that reminded me of my own family and how we interact with each other. The big plus for me in this one was that there was real snow when making snowmen. I'm not a fan of the fake snow/snowmen! It's the little things I guess for me. :-) ~ Debbie

πŸŽ„ Journey To Christmas is family friendly. I enjoyed the 2 leads, I haven't seen them in a movie before but I felt like they had good chemistry together. I love when we see family's celebrate Christmas together and his family was really cute and sweet. ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ Journey to Christmas was soooo nice! -Maria

πŸŽ„ I watched Journey To Christmas and really enjoyed it! The mean manager did such a great job! He intimidated me! LOL Looked like real snow in most of the scenes, but the driving part. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ I really enjoyed "Journey to Christmas". It was nice, family-friendly and the family was just adorable. :-) Joan

πŸŽ„ Journey to Christmas is family friendly about while on a charity press tour, a model ends up stranded by the weather at the family home of the chauffeur, she hired to assist her for the week. –Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Journey to Christmas. The word that came to mind for me throughout this whole movie was “nice”. It was sometimes, perhaps, a bit too slow or mellow, but it also felt more real and refreshing that way. There was a warmth to the characters, a kindness, a genuineness. The family felt sincere and affectionate and welcoming. It all just felt natural and “nice”. And I thought the leads did a good job showing their gradually growing attraction. The movie loses steam at times (especially at the end) but, overall, I liked it. Good for a one-time watch and maybe a re-watch next year. The movie had some nice, warm Christmas atmosphere but it was more like a background setting for the movie instead of its own separate character as it is in some cookie-cutter Christmas movies. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ GAF’s “Journey to Christmas” is family-friendly and features newcomer Ash Tsai, who plays a supermodel (Cali Caldwell) being driven cross-country the week before Christmas. Though Cali’s a famous personality, she’s humble and excited to make as many stops along the way to visit charitable organizations. Romance blossoms with her chauffeur (played by Joey Heyworth) after snowstorms force them to make an emergency stop at his parent’s home. This sweet and family-oriented story is a keeper, and I certainly hope GAF plans on casting Ms. Tsai in more of their future films. She's a doll! ~MPT

πŸŽ„ I’m glad you mentioned that some actors/actresses are just not compatible together in certain movies this season. I even felt a certain disconnection in GAF’s Journey to Christmas.

The lead’s family appeared empty. I wanted to connect with the mother and father but just couldn’t. I kept hoping for more substance in the characters but they seemed flat and forced. At times the altruistic theme had sparks of sweetness but it just seemed off. And I really wanted it to work. Yet, I did see promise in the lead characters. ~Flossy

πŸŽ„ Journey to Christmas....The best part of this movie were the two main stars and it was nice to see Brad Johnson again. The actress’s goodwill heart was sweet and exactly what Christmas spirit is about. It wasn’t one of the great ones, but definitely a good movie. Worth a watch. Family friendly- Anonymous1

πŸŽ„ Journey to Christmas – This is such a sweet little movie. I liked how Cali, a famous model, was involved with giving back to others, and didn’t seem to be wrapped up in herself or her fame. It was nice to see that side of her character. Her driver, Jack, was about as real and authentic as they come. I especially enjoyed the time they spent together at his parent’s home when the weather turned bad and they couldn’t further their journey to L.A. Jack’s (adult) sister and brother (and his family) are also visiting, and I enjoyed seeing the relationship between the three siblings, teasing, at times, and giving advice. The romantic connection between Cali and Jack is more subtle, but I still enjoyed this lighthearted family-friendly movie. It’s definitely a journey worth taking and will leave you feeling good inside. ~Net

πŸŽ„ Journey to Christmas...Ash Tsai (Cali) is absolutely adorable! I sure hope GAF has her in their movies again. Her good heart and smile shined through in this movie. ~Jim


A Dash of Christmas - November 4, 2023

πŸŽ„ GAF’s “A Dash of Christmas” is family-friendly with an interesting storyline, and features wonderful chemistry between the two leads, Laura Osnes and Christopher Russell. I only wished the story afforded an opportunity for Laura Osnes to sing! ~MPT

πŸŽ„ A Dash of Christmas -- I watched this one live on GAC when it aired. I love both leads in this, but the story/this movie didn't keep my attention. I did keep it on but will need to catch again sometime as I was easily distracted. I think Christopher has 3! movies this season. The bakery/ cooking themes was also one I enjoy. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A Dash of Christmas is heartwarming πŸ’— and delicious! -Maria

πŸŽ„ We enjoyed A Dash of Christmas! My, that Christopher Russell is dashing! Great smile and Laura was sweet as ever! ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Also, I watched 'A Dash of Christmas' and I really enjoyed that movie. It was lovely. I always forget how good of an actor Christopher is. He was really good in that movie. And, the young girl, who played Laura's niece has really grown up. She is adorable. Anyway, 'A Dash of Christmas" is a keeper. I loved the 'meet-cute' and how they recreated the scene again, at the end of the movie. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ A Dash for Christmas is family friendly about an executive named Megan must learn how to bake is to apply for her dream job at a foodie startup company. When Megan recruits a handsome local baker named Aaron who owns Hometown Bakery in Connecticut to help her how to bake, she inadvertently ends up in a Christmas bake off for Connecticut Christmas Charity at Competition Hall? Megan & her Niece named Erica fix flyers for Christmas Bake Off on the computer. Aaron owns a popular local baking vlog & holds classes teaching people how to bake on his Hometown Bakery Vlog about Baking Class foodies or Bake off competitions for his video vlogs. He has his own Hometown Bakery Cookbook & including for Megan. Aaron McBay mentions Christmas cake to Megan. Although Megan gets a job at foodie startup company & thanks to Aaron when Erica shows her Aunt Megan for Aaron’s new video vlog about cookbook about Christmas Fruitcake Torte. Megan & Aaron make Christmas Fruitcake Torte from Megan & Sarah’s Grandma for Christmas Bake Off Competition. Judge Sullivan choices Christmas Fruitcake to recreate a mystery Christmas dish & he choices a winner is Megan & Aaron of Hometown Bakery for Connecticut Annual Charity Bake-Off. Megan’s Sister named Sarah makes Christmas Stew. Megan mentions je ne sais quoi. Megan is waiting for Aaron comes out with boxes of pantries outside of Hometown Bakery ~ Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: A Dash of Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? No -

It pains me to say this, since I am such a Laura Osnes fan and have been one even before she started acting in movies, but this movie didn't do anything for me. Yes it was sweet, but it dragged, with a plot that seemed very far-fetched. In her other movies, Laura was fun to watch, and seemed to be really enjoying herself (especially in One Royal Holiday). Here, I felt she was just going through the motions. There was even a great opportunity at one point for her to sing, and she didn't. And I've never been a big fan of Christopher Russell - he comes across to me as conceited, with a constant smile that seems to say "Look how handsome I am". (Okay, maybe that's me, I'm a guy, what do I know?) So anyway, this was definitely a one-time only watch for me. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ A Dash of Christmas was good, but sort of lagged in the middle. But, the leading actor was not only charismatic but drop dead gorgeous too! I would watch it again, but not buy it. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ A Dash Of Christmas was a great movie. I like the movie had the actors talk about how they were interested in each other in the middle of the movie. Too many movie dance around that until the last 10 minutes of the movie. ~Ken

πŸŽ„ I saw "Dash of Christmas" and I really liked it! It is family friendly and I thought Laura and Christopher Russell were really sweet together. I really liked that Chris's character was so supportive of Laura's character. ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ A Dash of Christmas – Well, that Christopher Russell certainly is dashing! I already loved him in the Great American Family Christmas movie, “A Lot Like Christmas,” and now this movie, too! This is such a delightful, joyful film to welcome the lovely, Laura Osnes into the Great American Family! What a wonderful talent she is! And even though we didn’t get the joy of hearing her sing (doggone it!), I still thoroughly enjoyed her sweet, effervescent spirit throughout the movie. While I adored watching Megan (Laura Osnes) gradually fall for Aaron (Christopher Russell), I also delighted in Megan’s close-knit relationship with her sister, Sarah (Amy Groening), and darling niece, Erica (Zoe Fish). It was a nice, thoughtful touch to the story, to include that Sarah’s husband and Zoe’s father was away serving in the military. I’m sure that touched the hearts of many families who are spending this holiday season away from their loved ones as they serve our country. Overall, A Dash of Christmas has the ideal recipe of charming banter, romantic chemistry, and Christmas baking! It is a very sweet holiday rom-com the whole family can enjoy. I’m so glad Laura Osnes has joined Great American Family! Welcome Home! ~Net

πŸŽ„ A dash of Christmas was great, and I don’t remember anyone lying or taking Gods name in vain, this is rare even among the movies we all like. Very refreshing. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A Dash of Christmas. Sweet movie with all the warm Christmas “feels” but something was just missing, for me. Perhaps it was the plot; or maybe it just felt a tiny bit flat? Perhaps it had one too many more than I can stomach of the silly, unbelievable moments? Like him helping her knead the dough - seriously directors, enough already. And her with ALL the MANY doe-eyed (uncomfortable!) lingering looks from the get-go (!!#*!!) – once again, I blame the directors. And the overkill of candles when he’s cooking her dinner were flashbacks to the plethora of Autumn LEAVES – yikes, GAF!! And the “debilitating” wrist sprain that seemed to come and go at will. And the weird baking competition where the other teams seemed to be working together yet he basically refused to help her??? And the laptop thing was inappropriate for him to do. And the whole “conflict” and him being “noble” was just silly. Other than all that, I thought it was cute. Hah! 😊 For the most part, I agree with Mark25 about this movie. I love Laura Osnes but this wasn’t her best go round; and of course, I wish they would have let her sing, especially since there was a perfect opportunity for caroling in the movie (but maybe she gets tired of being known solely for her voice or maybe there’s some sort of contract issue??). I disagree with Mark25 in that I actually thought this was one of Christopher Russell’s better performances; usually he comes off as a stiff “Ken doll” but I thought this sort of mellow, low-key role fit him better than others and he didn’t feel quite as plastic as usual. The best part of the movie for me, other than the warm and cozy “feels” and appreciating Laura’s adorableness, was the part of the sister and the niece which were played well by Amy Groening and Zoe Fish. On the whole, the movie was warm and fuzzy and fluffy and okay for a one-time watch, but it just wasn’t substantial enough for me to make it a keeper. Definitely family friendly. ~~Jane


Our Christmas Wedding - November 5, 2023

πŸŽ„ Review: Our Christmas Wedding -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? No -

This is a movie that is frustrating to watch. So here we have someone who has been planning her wedding her whole like, but then lets her friend/boss take over and do all of the planning and make all of the decisions for her. Which, of course, means that her fiancΓ© has no say in anything. C'mon, communicate, people! I mentioned in a review last year that for me to recommend a movie, I have to care about the people in it. I didn't care for any of the young people in this one, so this movie is a no-go for me. (Plus, the acting left something to be desired.) ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Our Christmas Wedding. Ugh. What was that? Awkward script and/or directing. Stilted, unnatural, hard-to-watch, over-emphatic acting by almost everyone, with the lead actress being, perhaps, the worst of all and I found myself cringing for her when she was reciting her lines (every line is delivered kind of off-kilter with triple exclamation points !!! and odd facial expressions). The exception would be the lead male actor and the girl who plays Maggie, the bff; they were both more natural actors and I’m wondering how those two got roped into this. I’m sure most people here will just loove this movie because, of course, it was clean and it had a few sweet things but, for me, I’m still shaking my head and wishing I’d picked another option. I never saw the original movie but if it was anything like this one (and I’m assuming it had to be since all the same crew), why did anyone think a sequel would be a good idea?!? Family friendly and this one would probably be sweet for the pre-teen girls in the family who have fairytale wedding dreams in their heads. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ "Our Christmas Wedding" was just ok...didn't really care for it, I thought the acting was so-so. This was probably the weakest movie from GAF this season so far. ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ Our Christmas Wedding got me so frustrated that I dropped out with a half hour left. They acted like they didn't know what creating a wedding means communication. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ Our Christmas Wedding- When I don't know how many words to say to describe how much I love a movie, that means I really, really, really loved it. And I don't have enough words to say how much I love this absolutely stunning movie!!

πŸŽ„ The trust, the communication, the tradition of not moving in with a man until you're married to him in an era where seemingly everyone just wants to move in with someone before they marry them, the love, all of it was so amazing to see!! Major kudos to GAF and Nicely for making this gem! –Maria

πŸŽ„ Our Christmas Wedding - Well, I like the actors in this movie, but the story just didn’t excite me. Both Nicole (Holly Deveaux) and Michael (Drew Seeley) are fairly stressed out throughout the movie trying to plan their dream wedding in just a few weeks (so they can hold the ceremony at a venue that will soon be torn down) and they attempt to keep up with their heavy work schedule. It was not exactly enjoyable to watch them go through all of this stress. The prequel movie, My Boss’ Wedding has some intense moments, too, but it doesn’t seem quite as extreme; although, Nicole is just as quirky and dramatic in both. Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley also starred together in Christmas Movie Magic, which is a holiday mystery that aired on Lifetime a couple years ago. I quite enjoyed that movie with these two, so if you haven’t seen that film, I do recommend it. Overall, on a positive note, Our Christmas Wedding is family-friendly, and it has a nice, happy, beautiful ending. ~Net

πŸŽ„ Our Christmas Wedding - When this was first announces I commented as why on earth anyone would want to make a sequel to My Boss's Wedding. Judging from the reviews here it would seem most agree, even Net expresses reservations about this one. Poor acting and OTT - a ludicrous situation where someone who has been anticipating her wedding most of her life and then tries to do it in a couple of weeks AND leave everything to a co-worker. It all seemed very forced ad the acting was as if everyone was reting too hard. Difficult to sit through for an hour-and-a-half. Florence's rating 3.5


Christmas Keepsake - November 11, 2023

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake: This was a sweet and heartwarming story that showed the wonderful relationship of father and daughter within two families. I absolutely loved that Daniel Lissing got to play his authentic Australian self in this movie; that was great, and I could listen to him recite the phone book and be happy. Jillian was bubbly as usual, and Ellie Stewart was wonderful as Daniel's daughter. Although it was pretty obvious who the time capsule belonged to, the plot was thoughtfully done. Overall, a genuine and sweet family movie with a nice love story thrown in. I always enjoy seeing the traditions and events in communities that usually happen during the holidays. ~ Debbie

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake is family friendly about following their relocate to new city on Ashbury Grove in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, A Father named Tom bonds his Daughter named Grace & stumbles upon an unexpected romance with a woman named Elizabeth who works at Luna’s Bakery & Cafe while down the original owner of Christmas time capsule when Grace find’s Christmas tin box buried in the show in the backyard. Tom & Grace meet Elizabeth’s Mom named Luna. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake is so sweet! –Maria

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake is a.keper.for.me! The chemistry of the cast and all the Christmas feels. The mystery was easy to figure out, but was still cute. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ Misty- I got the same vibes from the movie. In fact, the children and the older (but wiser) characters connected with the children and moved the story along. Giving it a thumbs up because it is family friendly. -Gabe’s Mom

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake is such a great story, full of sweet and touching moments. I was so happy to see Daniel Lissing again. He is such a good actor. He and Jillian Murray were so genuine and sincere in their roles. And I like a girl playing a daughter. Father-daughter relationship was so mature and strong. I like the idea of a time capsule and how they brought the topic of family traditions. Living in the world like it is now, you realize that there's nothing more important than your family, friends, all the people you love. Spending time with them. celebrating Christmas together, having traditions you follow every year, that's what a real treasure. So grateful to GAF for showing the real values. I've enjoyed their Christmas movies so much so far. ~Oksanka~

πŸŽ„ Review: Christmas Keepsake -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes -

First, I must admit, I am a sucker for Christmas movies that have a sweet, well-behaved child at the center of it, especially since there don't seem to be as many of these kind of movies as there once was. Here we have a 12-year-old, played wonderfully by Ellie Stewart, who is not afraid to show love to her father (Lissing) and bonds with the local baker (Murry).

But I also enjoyed this movie for its (for lack of a better word) gentleness. There are no big dramatic scenes, no bad people, no rushing around - just an easy-going, nice (and nicely-paced) movie. And I could sense the chemistry between the two leads (and if you watch the behind-the-scenes clip, you can see that the two leads have real affection for each other). Also, I like how, for a change, one of the leads (Murray) was hesitant to get into a relationship not because of a past relationship, but because the loss of her father tore her apart and she did not want to feel that sense of loss again. (In fact, there is no indication that she was ever in a relationship in her past. How unique is that?!) One minor qualm, though - they reference that the father and daughter prayed when they went to the nativity scene - it would have been nice if they had showed them there praying together.

While I can seen where some might find this movie too slow-paced, maybe even boring, that was not the case for me. It's a keeper! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake I just absolutely loved! Jillian Murray and Daniel Lissing were adorable and loved their Chemistry. The storyline I really liked, and the actress who played his daughter was so cute, and loved how she played off of Daniel and Jillian. This is one I am definitely keeping! :) ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake - truly sorry to say this, but it was really boring. Not very well thought out plot because not just it was slow paced (it's not always a bad thing) but also not much happened here. I am sure that this movie will still get a lot of positive reviews thanks to Daniel. I liked him in this movie and also the actress that played his daughter but did not like the main actress. I know that a lots of Hallmark and GAF actors had a cosmetic procedures and i usually do not mind it but i think that here it made it less believable for me, a small town baker with a botox in her face. Also, do not understand why her mother somewhere in the first half of the movie mentioned "Destiny" i think that "God's plan" would be more "channel appropriate". ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I like the unfolding of the stories that GAF movies seem to have. Christmas Keepsake addressed how the fear of losing someone you love can keep you from forming relationships which was was very relatable to me. A Christmas Blessing surprised me with the role that Jesse Hutch played. I really liked the entire cast and would watch a sequel. – Maire

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake – This movie was a little slow for me and tinged with sadness. I thought the young girl found the Christmas time capsule way too easily in their backyard; it was barely hidden under a skiff of snow, and the box and all of its contents appeared to be in perfect condition. Nothing was wet, muddy, or messy in any way, and it had been “hidden” there for at least 15+ years. I do like Daniel Lissing and Jillian Murray, but this story just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t understand why Daniel would uproot his daughter and leave their family behind in Australia and move to America after his wife’s passing. Those are usually the times when families want to stay closer together. Christmas Keepsake is family-friendly, but not a keeper for me. ~Net

πŸŽ„ Christmas Keepsake. A sweet, pleasant, gentle movie with a lot of nice, warm, genuine Christmas feeling and a tiny mystery, as well. I was afraid the time capsule was going to be hokey but it was actually kind of cute to watch them do all the things on the list. Loved the town’s focus on the Nativity scene and wish it would’ve been elaborated on a bit more. Thought the obsession with a backyard Christmas Fair was sweet but a bit odd. I really enjoyed the relationship and love between Daniel’s character and his daughter, and the fact that they were both trying to move forward while dealing with loss. On the other hand, Jillian’s character was not moving forward and was a tad bit annoying to me; I know everyone grieves differently, but I felt like the 20-plus (!!!) years of grieving her father’s death and being fearful and miserable and continuing to shut herself off from relationships was a tad excessive and felt a bit like a melodramatic teenager, especially since her mother seemed to be so well-adjusted to the loss of her spouse and was always there to support her daughter all those years (btw, the actress that played the mom was great and really helped carry the movie along!). And I didn’t understand, why was it so imperative that Jillian give the speech this particular year - what about all the other years since her father’s death? The romance between Daniel and Jillian was sweet but also a bit bland, and she seemed to snap out of her years-long entrenchment in grieving rather quickly in order to have that romance (but I guess Daniel was the right man to help her move forward πŸ˜‰). The baking angle of the story was nice. This movie was visually appealing, and heartfelt, and it flowed along rather gently, and I liked it a good bit and would definitely watch it again next year, but it’s probably not going to make my top ten list. (As I think back on the movie, I think perhaps the thing that kept this from being a total keeper for me might be Jillian’s character. She’s beautiful and sweet but her character just felt kind of bland or something? I felt like Daniel’s character maybe needed a woman with just a smidge more strength or passion or fire. And, honestly, even his character was a tiny bit too mellow. Maybe I needed to feel more spark or excitement or eagerness between the couple? I didn’t want conflict between the couple, but maybe more chemistry. I don’t know?? The whole thing was very pleasant but it didn’t grab me and excite me and make me want to immediately buy the dvd. And I’m still not sure what exactly it was that kept this from being an automatic keeper for me??) Family friendly (of course), and I think this would be a good one to watch with the whole fam. ~~Jane


A Christmas Blessing - November 12, 2023

πŸŽ„ I don't know how, but I got to watch A Christmas Blessing on YouTube this afternoon before it comes on tonight. It is a wonderful movie. Almost perfect, but too little of Jesse's character. It needs a sequel. It seemed too short and had great side characters. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ A Christmas Blessing was a great movie and family friendly. All of the actors did a great job, but Jesse Hutch was outstanding! Great job to all the actors! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ A Christmas Blessing (Blessings of Christmas): This was a fabulous movie that brought it all! First and foremost, Jesse Hutch as an angel, yes please! He was fantastic and I might add, handsome as ever! Lori and James were amazing together (again) and had such great chemistry. Kudos to them for absolutely nailing their characters (I also loved that she kissed him at the end). The supporting cast was the best you could ask for: Karen Holness, Jason Cermak, Laura Bertram, Tammy Gillis, Bronwen Smith, I mean...Nailed it! The location/scenery/what looked like real snow (actual wetness on the streets) was an added plus to make it authentic and the building shots were true to where a food bank/feeding station might be in a city. The movie was funny, heartfelt, and showed what can happen when a community pulls together to help those who need it. Showing love through volunteerism and giving was what this movie was about, and it came through in spades (the fact that Lori does this in real life is wonderful and made this an easy character for her to portray). Having Jesse write bible verses on the walls of the food bank was an added bonus and gave meaning to the movie, along with his prayer before dinner - wonderful! The music and decorations were great as well and the message of the movie gave us the true meaning of Christmas. This is a new favorite that I will watch over and over. ~Debbie

πŸŽ„ A Christmas Blessing is so amazing!! 5 stars all around. -Maria

πŸŽ„ The winner this weekend was Great American Family no one else was even close. Saturday night Christmas Keepsake was a family friendly and sweet movie. Having Daniel Lissing use his Australian accent was genius. A Christmas Blessing was the best movie on Sunday. With great a cast I love the casting of Jesse Hutch as Otto was the best casting. I would love to see a series with Jesse reprising his role of Otto. ~Bebe

πŸŽ„ A Christmas Blessing is another one that I absolutely loved. I love that Lori Laughlin is back and she did just such an incredible job. Jesse Hutch's character was also fun and Jesse did an amazing job as well! Loved that Service was the central theme of this movie, and how important it really is especially around this time of year! This one is a keeper as well : ) ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A Christmas Blessing - the best movie of GAF so far (and i don't mean just this year). This definitely deserve a sequel or even a mini series. It kinda reminded me of tv show "Touched by an Angel". ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A CHRISTMAS BLESSING tells a delightful, winsome story about the meaning of Christmas. It has a strong Christian worldview that stresses prayer, salvation and the joy of giving, including making a reference to Acts. 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The exact lyrics of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” about the salvation Jesus brings are heard at least twice. Also, Otto uses Chapter Three of Ecclesiastes to help Adam tell his feelings to Mandy. A CHRISTMAS BLESSING is a heartwarming movie for the whole family. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A Christmas Blessing - very standard fare, all the Canadian background actors I am used to seeing in Holiday movies. This was very watchable, nice to see Lori again. It was predictable and formulaic but thats what I watch these movies for! A story encouraging giving at the holidays. It had a slightly different name on IMDB, not sure why. –MS

πŸŽ„ "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"
A Christmas Blessing is such an inspirational and phenomenal movie! Enjoyed every moment of it. It was such a pleasure to see Lori Loughlin again, she's such a great actress. Jesse Hutch was just amazing in the role of Otto. James Tupper was also so great. They had such a chemistry with Lori Loughlin. It's a different Christmas movie, with true values. So much wisdom. I like they included the Bible Scriptures, the prayer. Thinking about people in need, giving them your time, your care, making a Christmas dinner for them - what a great way to celebrate Christmas. ~Oksanka~

πŸŽ„ A Christmas Blessing – Wow! This movie is sooo beautiful! It truly brought tears to my eyes several times, as I was deeply moved and inspired by the Biblical message of giving to others and how even a small act of kindness blesses the giver more than receiving. The character of Otto (played by Jesse Hutch) was fascinating, insightful, and fun throughout the movie; as others have mentioned, I agree, it would be wonderful if they continued his role through a series of films, like the Mrs. Miracle movies. Lori Loughlin and James Tupper were fantastic paired together; once again, they have a tremendous, natural connection on screen. Altogether, it was such a special ensemble cast of volunteers and charitable donors coming together to feed those in need. My heart swelled with emotion as Otto gave the prayer before the meal. This heartwarming, inspirational movie is another high-quality film from Great American Family; I pray A Christmas Blessing uplifts your spirit, as it did mine. ~Net

πŸŽ„ I like the unfolding of the stories that GAF movies seem to have. Christmas Keepsake addressed how the fear of losing someone you love can keep you from forming relationships which was was very relatable to me. A Christmas Blessing surprised me with the role that Jesse Hutch played. I really liked the entire cast and would watch a sequel. – Maire

πŸŽ„ Live everyone here, I loved “A Christmas Blessing” The storyline, the decor, the supporting staff were all amazing. Lori and James had great chemistry from their winter movie so it was nice to see them together again. Jesse was so perfect in his role as Otto, I could just sense he was an angel from the beginning but I was thrown off when James could see him, I thought maybe only Lori could see him. My favorite part was the faith intertwined within the movie, such beautiful messages. This would be amazing for GAF decided to make sequel, additional movies with Otto continuing to help people, kind of like “Christmas in Angel Falls” with Rachel Boston and then they made another one with Jen Lilly. We can hope! ~Paula

πŸŽ„ I finally had a chance to watch the 'Christmas Blessing' and that movie is also one of my favorites from this season. Lori and James and Jesse all had really strong performances. There were funny scenes and moving scenes and it made me feel good inside. :-)  ~Joan


Santa, Maybe - November 18, 2023

πŸŽ„ Santa Maybe is a new favorite for me! I wish they got to meet each others family. Loved how it included Thanksgiving. Loved the chemistry of the cast and leads. Loved the Secret Santa theme. Only person that didn't work was the ballerina. But her part was so short, I could ignore it. Plus, they filmed in winter! Misty

πŸŽ„ Santa, maybe - not bad. It definitely isn't the best movie of GAF but it's cute, one time watch. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Santa, Maybe is an okay movie. –Maria

πŸŽ„ Santa Maybe was another great movie from Great American Family. The plot great bullying as a child, forgiving the bully to learning how trust once again. The cast was so good never have seen Audrey and Samuel in anything before. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: Santa, Maybe -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper - No -

Another movie that is not bad, it just didn't grab my interest at all. Even the synopsis of this movie above makes the movie sound boring...the theater director has to put on a perfect Christmas ballet while discovering her Secret Santa. Not exactly an exciting plot! I enjoyed Aubrey Reynolds much more in last year's Love's Portrait. Here's hoping her next one is better. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Santa, Maybe – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this movie, but I found it be kind of interesting and entertaining.

I enjoyed the character development for Glenn, who we learn was an obnoxious teenager who bullied other kids with practical jokes back in high school, especially Lila, who is his present day current coworker at the local ballet performance theater. It was nice to see Glenn feel shame for his past mistakes and ask Lila for forgiveness. However, I also understood Lila’s hesitancy to trust Glenn again after all of the humiliation and grief he put her through in high school. I think that would be really hard to do. And while I think adults could surely be civil as coworkers, I’m not sure it’s realistic for romance to develop after someone is treated so harshly.

Another interesting point in the film was seeing Glenn’s interaction with his aging parents, including his father who has had a stroke and can’t speak. Those moments touched my heart, especially when the father and son crocheted scarves together, because that was helpful for the father's recovery. There are also some cute/comical scenes: when Glenn retrieves his mother’s mouth guard from the pipe beneath the sink, when they go ice skating, and the Secret Santa gift exchange.

Altogether, it’s not my favorite movie of the season; however, I was still entertained, it warmed my heart, and I laughed out loud here and there. Santa, Maybe is a family-friendly story with a good lesson on forgiveness. ~Net


A Paris Christmas Waltz - November 19, 2023

πŸŽ„ A Paris Christmas Waltz – This all-new Christmas movie from Great American Family has that enchanting, charming feel of an old Hollywood golden era film. In fact, I kept seeing parallels between this movie and "Easter Parade," starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, including Judy being a somewhat novice dancer like Jen Lilley’s character, Emma, and the antagonist of the film being Fred Astaire’s ex-dance partner/ex-girlfriend, just like Matthew Morrison’s.

The chemistry between Emma (Jen Lilley) and Leo (Matthew Morrison) was absolutely electrifying; you could sense all of their emotions, the highs and lows.

And the dancing throughout “A Paris Christmas Waltz” was beyond spectacular! I think my favorite scene was when they danced on the sidewalk and sang, too! It was very much like a scene right out of "Singin’ in the Rain" or "My Fair Lady."

I was taken by every little detail: the Parisian holiday-inspired wardrobes, the amazing architecture, the incredible Christmas music, traditional and new, and the beautiful Christmas dΓ©cor, including a lovely nativity outside of a church. I appreciated how Emma and Leo stopped on their walk to admire the display and the touches of faith throughout the movie, including Emma’s response, “Sometimes God’s plans for us are different than we expect.”

Every scene was like an artist’s masterpiece! Michael and Janeen Damian have created movie-magic once again!

"A Paris Christmas Waltz" completely swept me off my feet! ~Net

πŸŽ„ GAF did it again! A Paris Christmas Waltz is amazing! That last dance blew me away. Wow! Jen and Matthew are perfect together. I did not expect to enjoy this movie so much. If that last dance was Jen, then this lady has some serious dancing skills. Loved the clothes she wore in this movie. A 10 for me! ~kitkat

πŸŽ„ Wow, oh WOW!! 😍 A Paris Christmas Waltz is definitely, by far, THE BEST GAF MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!! This is like how I felt after watching A Christmas Present last year, only better!!! I don't even have enough words to describe how incredible this movie is!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸŽ‰ –Maria

πŸŽ„ A Paris Christmas Waltz - sadly, not my cup of tea. I didn't the best friend of Jen's character. I do not like the movies where the best friend is so nosy. Also i expected it to be little more realistic but it's fairytale-like. I am sure it will get a lots of positive reviews and many viewers will like it. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Michael and Janeen did it again. The best movie of the weekend is A Paris Christmas Waltz. Jon and Matthew were perfect together and their dancing was the best. The story, the scenery and dancing I am so glad I dvr it. I will be watching this one again and again. ~Bebe

πŸŽ„ A Paris Christmas Waltz: Fabulous! This movie was a wonderful story about self-confidence, love, finding a hidden talent, giving of yourself for the better good, and paying tribute to a mentor. Jen and Matthew were amazing - their dancing was lovely and so emotional in the final dance performance (and wonderful music). All of the dancing was great! The scenery/location shots were absolutely stunning and who doesn't love a romance in Paris. The supporting cast was brilliant! Jade Ewen and Stephanie Siadatan (beautiful ladies) were perfect in their parts as was Paul Freeman. I imagine this story is true to real life in the dance world given how competitive it is. Kudos to Janeen and Michael Damien! ~ Debbie

πŸŽ„ The Damiens created another great story. That meet cute was gold! The dance from the competition was spectacular (choreography by DWTS Pasha). The chemistry off the charts & the romantic end! I did think the dance in the streets was a tad off with the lip synking, but overall a must watch Misty

πŸŽ„ A Paris Christmas Waltz was just fabulous! One of the best this year! Jen Lilley and Matthew Morrison were sooo good together, their chemistry was just amazing. I liked the French charm of this movie, all the dancing scenes, all "getting to know each other" moments, I liked how Jen Lilley's character experienced all the new things with such a pure joy. I'm not so sure I watched any movies with Matthew Morrison, but I liked his acting so much. It is such a high quility movie, a movie to remember and watch again and again. This year GAF Christmas movies are just one of the bests! ~Oksanka~

πŸŽ„ A Paris Christmas Waltz...

Great movie. Family friendly. Jen Lilley was her same happy bubbly self. I thought the two of them were wonderful together. I was touched when she gave up her job for a friend who has a family to support, and I appreciated the mentions of God(and Jesus).

I did think the last dance was seductive. Especially for a hymn like O Holy Night. It's a song about our Savior. I eventually had to fast forward it until the dance was over. It just didn't feel right.

Still, over all. Really enjoyable movie. Wonderful chemistry cast, beautiful scenery and was fun seeing Debbie from Home And Family with an accent!! But it made me hungry for some apples and cheese! Minus the wine. ;) ~Abigail

πŸŽ„ I am still trying to get through the slew of Christmas movies, on my DVR, but it has been a lot of fun! I have only seen a handful of the latest slate of movies but of the ones I have watched so far, "A Paris Christmas Waltz" is the clear winner. WOW! Just WOW! I went to Paris, in high school, so it was cool getting to see some of the places I visited all those years ago. The movie had everything...

Undeniable chemistry
Amazing dancing and choreography
Heartfelt performances
Great storyline
Stunning architecture
Beautiful clothing
Throwback feel to yesteryear
Adorable meet-cute

I am a huge fan of older musical's and I was transported back to Gene Kelly dancing in the rain. And Gene Kelly in Paris. I had no idea Jen or Matthew could dance that well. I was NOT expecting their last dance to move me as much as it did. My husband and I were reduced to a puddle of tears. It was breathtaking, heartfelt and perfect in every way possible. I LOVED Matthew and Jen together. They were onscreen magic. I will buy that movie for sure because I want to watch it again and again. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Review: A Paris Christmas Waltz -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes -

Joan mentioned all of the many positives I found in this movie, so I won't bother to repeat them. But I will emphasize - the dancing in this movie is off the charts! Jen was unbelievable!! If that was truly her in all of those scenes in the final dance - wow!!

And yet...there were a couple of things that bothered me, that cause me to not love this movie as much as some others do. First, while I love Jen both on and off the screen, she has a tendency to talk too fast. A lot of times I missed what she was saying and had to rewatch scenes. I wish some director would help her with this. And second, in the scene where they sang and danced, the lip-synching was off or non-existent, and this hurt an otherwise beautiful dancing moment. Still, for all of the positives, it is definitely a keeper for me. ~Mark 25


My Christmas Hero - November 24, 2023

πŸŽ„ Loved My Christmas Hero! Candace and Gabriel Hogan were perfect together. The military theme of the movie brought it all together nicely. Also loved they mentioned Jesus as the meaning of Christmas. -Jennifer R

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero is another huge win for GAF and Candace!! I absolutely 100% recommend you all see this fantastic movie! -Maria

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero is the one Christmas movie that EVERYONE should watch. The scene with the young soldier who was suffering from PTSD was so heartbreaking and knowing that a lot of our soldiers suffer the same way it had me crying, The story was very well written. Candace, Gabriel, Robin, Andrew and Terri were all excellent. This is one I will be watching again and again. ~Bebe

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero is beautiful in every way, plus great military tribute. family friendly. ~Allie B

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero is great! Can't watch this movie and not shed some tears! What a great honor to our military! All of the cast did outstanding performances! Loved this one. A must see! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero – I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful, inspirational Christmas movie that honored not only our military, but their spouses and families, as well.

I also appreciated all of the little touches of faith throughout the film that highlighted the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus!

Candace Cameron Bure and Gabe Hogan had fantastic chemistry together, and it was fun to see Candace on screen again with her “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries” costars Robin Dunne (Author Robin Daniels) and Andrew Airlie (Candace’s father, Charles Teagarden).

The cast overall was excellent, but I thought the absolute best performance in the movie was by Anthony Timpano, who portrayed Private Landon Southworth, the young soldier who is dealing with physical injuries and PTSD. His emotional reaction to telling his battle story brought tears to my eyes as I thought of all of the soldiers like him dealing with these issues. It was encouraging to see both Major Daniel Ross (Gabe Hogan) and Captain Mark Jennings (Robin Dunne) reach out to help him.

The ending was so beautiful (I want include any spoilers) it left me flooded with joyous tears. Much like It’s a Wonderful Life, it was incredible to see how one life impacts so many others.

My father was in the army, and I think this movie may have an even deeper meaning for those who have family who have served our country or are currently serving.

“My Christmas Hero” is a heartwarming, enriching, impactful story! Rank and order are most important in the military, and I would say this movie ranks very high on my 2023 Christmas movie list! ~Net

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero is family friendly. It’s heartwarming & tearjerker. It’s about U.S. Army reservist & orthopedic physician named Dr. LJ Nicole Ramsey is dedicated to serving military service members & their families at the Joint Military Base in Lacey, Washington. This Christmas, with the help of many dedicated heroes, Dr. Nicole Ramsey is on a mission to honor a special fallen soldier & bring much-needed healing to her own family. Nicole’s Grandfather was WWII Veteran & Purple Heart. She tracks down her family’s military history with the help with Major Daniel Ross that lead them to Joseph Murray’s place to talk to Joseph’s Dad about Nicole’s Grandfather was WII veteran with him. A military tribute of those personnel when it lit up “US Army”, “US Marine Corps”, “US Navy”, “US Air Force”, & “US Coast Guard 1790”. Joseph Murray’s Father introduced The Ramsey Family about Future Home of The CPL John T. Medlen Center. It’s Tribute of Military Veterans & Families. CPL John T. Medlan & Dorothy Medien are Nicole’s Grandparents & Nicole’s Mother’s parents. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero - I have a new favorite CCB movie! We are so blessed to have Bill Abbott and CCB creating a network that is bringing us high quality entertainment that is family friendly, faith based, and honors our country! I loved everything about this movie! It was fun and festive but also heartfelt. It also incorporated faith in such a positive light. The ages of the main characters do not quite line up with WWII, but I am choosing to ignore it because I just loved this movie! The entire cast was just phenomenal! It was nice to see these familiar faces. I hope we see more of this cast in movies on GAF in 2024. Gabe Hogan is a wonderful addition to GAF and I hope GAF can bring him back for more!! Now we need Candace’s production company to make more than two movies a year for GAF. Her company makes great movies!! ~blessedgigi23

πŸŽ„ I truly LOVED A Christmas Hero!!! It was inspirational, heartwarming, cute, and funny. The military movies are always my favorites, but this one was definitely a winner! So pleased the GA Family is all for Jesus is the reason we celebrate!! That's what won it for me! I especially loved how kind everyone were to each other and they enjoyed each other's company. Her parents were sweet, Daniel and Mark were likeable, funny and kind. And so were Marilyn and Nicole. ~Abigail

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero was wonderful! At first it was hard for me to get Norman out of my head but Candace and Gabriel had great natural chemistry so their relationship was believable to me. I do appreciate how they touched on mental health as I don’t recall seeing much of that in recent years. I also saw it in Hearts in the Game on Hallmark when the baseball player had a panic attack on the field. The scene in My Christmas Hero where the soldier was having one was so heartbreaking, I teared up with him, you could just feel the weight on his shoulders. Not only from being a husband and a father trying to provide for his family but then you add the PTSD on top of it….praying soldiers and veterans around the world have access to resources to help them like the ones in this movie. And of course that there are more people to be the light in this world and spread the good news of Jesus to them, who is the ultimate healer. Definitely will watch this one again! ~Paula

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero is such a wonderful and heartfelt movie! Candace Cameron Bure and Gabriel Hogan brought such a natural and genuine relationship to the screen. I enjoyed seeing them together. The supporting cast was great too. And of course the story itself - honoring the military - was so full of heart. I was so touched by the young soldier's PTSD moment, it brought tears to my eyes. They see terrible things in a war, and it's so hard for them to come back to normal life, they need all the support and love. And I like that this movie brings this topic to the screen. There were a lot of funny moments too. I escpecially enjoyed the friendship between Daniel and Mark. And the most important thing, I was so happy to hear references to Jesus and God, it is so rare on TV now. So thankful they brought the real reason for the season. Such a great movie. ~Oksanka~

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Hero: A wonderful movie that honors our military and highlights the need for supporting our men and women. I enjoyed Candace and Gabe's characters relationship and thought it was flirty and fun and also the comradery between Gabe and Robin's characters was great too - that's brotherhood/friendship! The entire cast was great! Finding out what happened to the father/grandfather was a wonderful testament to heroism and the honor to him was endearing. There aren't many WWII veterans left - we need to keep their stories alive! The only thing I didn't like in the movie were the mistakes about the military, maybe I'm old school but if you're going to do military, do it correctly. It's a movie I'll watch over and over! ~ Debbie


A Royal Date for Christmas - November 25, 2023

πŸŽ„ A Royal Date for Christmas had me smiling from ear to ear! –Maria

πŸŽ„ A Royal Date for Christmas - I have absolutely loved the new Christmas movies on GAF this year. Danica is just as beautiful and sweet as ever in this movie. I enjoyed the storyline and it had me smiling and chuckling throughout the movie. Danica and Marcus are wonderful together and had great chemistry. He really rocked the English accent. The wardrobe team and set decorators did a great job too. Danica was just stunning in the last dance scene. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from start to finish! We are so blessed to have Danica at GAF! She truly supports this network and always speaks so positively about it on social media! ~blessedgigi23

πŸŽ„ A Royal Date for Christmas. Others will love this movie. I tried. I really did. But I could only make it halfway. And I had such high hopes for this one since there was no European royal crown prince of Somewhere-dovia or Someplace-gravia, but, instead, just a humble, aristocratic Duke. 😊 And there was no general store, or drive-in, or town Christmas Festival that absolutely must be saved, so I thought I was safe on that front. But nope, Danica’s character decided to try and save a Duke. Go figure, who would’ve thought that was gonna happen? Not me, I totally missed that angle of the story.

Damon as the Duke was fairly good. Danica is beautiful and sweet and I like her mathematical brain but when it comes to her movies, I find them to be hit or miss. I like it better when she isn’t trying so hard to be cute & perky. When you hear her talk in interviews and such, she’s quite natural and refreshingly mature, but then somehow, she picks sappy movies where she has to try too hard with the role and the dialogue to be upbeat and bubbly and too youthful. I don’t know what it is, but in some of her movies I can “feel” her trying to act the part instead of me just feeling the character she’s playing, it’s like she’s not comfortable or relaxed in the role, and that makes me think those roles are just not natural fits for her. (My favorite Danica movies: Crown for Christmas, Matchmaker Mysteries, Love and Sunshine, Coming Home for Christmas.) In this particular “Duke” movie, the underlying storyline of Bella and her boutique needing to supply clothing for the Duke is believable and okay but then the writers added the weird idea that she also needed to accompany him to his various charity events throughout the week as a paid date/groupie/who-knows-what?? That is just bizarre and makes no sense that he would bring along (and pay) a strange woman to stand around while he gives speeches and such, and it only adds fodder for the tabloids, which is what he supposedly wants to avoid. And then they have her doing and suggesting silly, clumsy things throughout the movie (“how about a selfie?!”, “let’s build a snowman!”, ugh). I think I blame the writing and directing for this mess. They had a story that could have been okay if they’d gone for a bit more decorum and restraint but, instead, they took it too far down the paths of unbelievability and awkwardness. And the dialogue and direction for Danica’s character just make her seem kind of silly and immature and ill at ease, at times. I really, really, wish she would choose movies with writers and directors that would capitalize on her beauty and charm and natural sweetness along with her maturity and intelligence; instead, they keep trying to make her into a grown-up-sized Winnie from The Wonder Years. She’s almost 50 years old, I feel like she needs roles with maturity that are less about perkiness & fairytales and more about substance and depth of character. I would love to see her shine in a really good role. For me, this movie was not that role. But I imagine others will love it, especially if they’re “royal” movie fans. What I saw of this movie was family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ A Royal Date for Christmas: A decent enough movie, but it didn't keep me fully engaged throughout. Danica and Damon were good, but I'm just not a fan of royal movies. The fashion was nice, but the fake snowman made an appearance and I'm definitely not a fan of that. Supporting cast was good. Probably not a rewatch for me or at least not until next year anyway. ~ Debbie

πŸŽ„ I also tryed Danica's movie, but couldn't get past 30 minutes. I didn't care for the pairing. ~Abigail


A Christmas for the Ages- November 26, 2023

πŸŽ„ A Christmas for the Ages: I absolutely loved this movie! Truly enjoyed the storyline and it put me all in my feels for remembering my own past Christmases. I laughed, teared up, and thought the budding relationship between Natasha and Anthony's characters Savannah and Rudy was wonderfully done. I'm glad their characters had been dating for a while before meeting the parents/grandparents as I thought her reasoning for that was special. Anna Ferguson and Mel Tuck were great as Marie and Jim (so adorable), Cheryl Ladd and Dean Paul Gibson were wonderful as well as Joan and Paul, and Kate Craven and Giles Panton were so fun as Kristi and Steve (and all their relationships with each other were so loving). I thought Giles' portrayal of the protective father was hilarious and Anthony nailed the nervous suitor so well. Taking us back to the 40's, 60's and 90's was fabulous. I loved the decor/food that was portrayed as it brought back some great memories. The double-date scene was lovely! Seeing the Boom Box definitely took me back and hearing Tickle Me Elmo reminded me of when my daughter was a toddler. She had Tickle Me Elmo! So fun! The scenery/decor was really nice, and I thought the ending was terrific (especially the guys coming on stage). The singing, mentioning of God/faith/praying and the gifts we have been given were exceptional. Natasha did wonderful! I'll definitely be watching this one over and over! ~ Debbie

πŸŽ„ A Christmas for the Ages….this movie was so enjoyable! Family friendly and fun!! It was exciting to see Cheryl Ladd! I loved the relationship between the generations and the throwbacks to decades past, including the costumes, decorations, and food! It was some funny, but I was really impressed with how often they talked of God, having a man who loved God, and knowing God will work it out the way it should be. It’s probably the movie that talks about God the most! Refreshing. Natasha is a really good actress. I like her better than her mother. The dates were very off though. Someone needed to calculate the math a little better between the third and fourth generations. Oh well. It’s definitely one I will be watching again! -Anonymous1

πŸŽ„ A Christmas for the Ages is absolutely amazing!! –Maria

πŸŽ„ A Christmas for the Ages I have absolutely loved the new Christmas movies on GAF this year. I have so many new favorites that it is hard to pick my most favorite ….A Paris Christmas Waltz, A Christmas Blessing, My Christmas Hero, A Royal Date for Christmas, Twas the Text Before Christmas, Bringing Home Christmas, Destined 2, A Dash of Christmas, Christmas Keepsake…..They have all been outstanding. However……I am shocking myself, but I think A Christmas for the Ages just might be my number one pick!!

I knew I was going to enjoy this movie, but I didn't expect to love it this much! It is a wonderful movie. Everything from the script, production, actors, set decorations, and wardrobe were so professional and heartfelt!! I loved that the storyline was different and focused on family relationships with a sprinkling of romance. It was just so fun to watch but also pulled at the heartstrings. It also incorporated faith in such a positive way that was natural and not forced. All four ladies were just fabulous throughout the entire movie but they really shined in the finale! GAF needs to sign them all up for more movies! Natasha Bure was just delightful in this movie! ~blessedgigi23

πŸŽ„ A Christmas for the Ages is family friendly about 4 generations of women celebrate Christmas & family in the style of 40s for Great Grandma Marie, 60s for Grandma Joan, 90s for Kristi, & today for Savannah’s clothing festive parties each family & friends prompted by their Granddaughter named Savannah. Savannah’s Great Grandmother (Nana) Marie, Grandmother (Granny) Joan, Mother Kristi, & Savannah sing together for Nutcracker Suite onstage with their guys! ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I loved all 3 GAF Thanksgiving weekend movies. I loved a Christmas for the ages talked about God many times. ~Ken


Christmas in Maple Hills: A Christmas Card Mystery- November 27, 2023

πŸŽ„ I watched Maple Hills Christmas on Hoopla last night. It’s family friendly. I liked the storyline and the characters. Spoiler alert: I thought the relationship was rushed. They only knew each for a month and he proposed. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Christmas in Maple Hills is a wonderful patriotic mystery! -Maria

πŸŽ„ GAF’s “Christmas in Maple Valley” is a family-friendly and touching story about Valerie (played by Emily Alatalo), a woman trying to grow her family’s dairy farm and prove the rightful ownership of the land. The story includes a number of flashbacks to WWII and the wartime relationship between her grandparents who were supposedly the original owners of the farm. With the help of a local doctor (played by Marcus Rosner), Valerie uncovers the secret behind the mysterious deed for her farm, and of course romance ensues. I’m quickly becoming a fan of Emily Alatalo too! One of my favorites of the season thus far. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ This is another movie that surprised me! Usually, I don't like watching Marcus Rosner in anything, but this is his best role to date. I loved his character in Christmas In Maple Hills which he played to perfection. He and Emily Alatalo had good chemistry. This is a sweet movie and I will watch this again. ~kitkat


Christmas on Windmill Way- December 2, 2023

πŸŽ„ For some reason GAF “Christmas on Windmill Way” was available on Pure Flix. I watched it. Chad Michael Murray was terrific along with the supporting cast. I will be interested in everyone’s take. ~Gabe’s Mom

πŸŽ„ Christmas on Windmill Way was charming, if not a bit boring. –Maria


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Checkin' it Twice - October 20, 2023

πŸŽ„ Checkin’ It Twice. Cute movie but, for me, it was kind of lackluster or missing something, and I’m not quite sure what that something was. It had all the many required parts for a typical Hallmark Christmas movie, and all the parts were, individually, great, but for some reason it didn’t feel like all those parts were put together all that smoothly (or something like that??). The cast was good although I got tired of Kim Matula’s long, lingering, awkward looks toward Kevin McGarry. I’d watch this movie again next year simply because Kevin’s such a cutie pie 😊, plus I liked the warm family atmosphere; but this one’s not a keeper for me. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Checkin’ It Twice” is a family-friendly rom-com about a NYC real estate agent (Kim Matula) and a minor-league hockey player (Kevin McGarry). The chemistry between the two leads is fantastic, and the ice hockey theme works in nicely with the Christmas-time story. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ Checkin it twice is a nice, uncomplicated movie. Prior WCTH i had never understood the hype around Kevin but he really is a handsome and charming man. Definitely will watch more movies with him. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: Checkin' It Twice -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? At most a one-time view -

This movie just kind of plodded along for me, with the cookie-cutter storyline of someone from a big city returning back home for Christmas...gee, what will happen? Not a bad movie, just nothing to really recommend it. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ I watched Checkin It Twice....and I really liked it! It had plenty of Family Christmas activities and Kevin and Kim had really good chemistry together. I would say that this movie is Family Friendly! ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ Checking it Twice - So far, I watched "Checking it Twice" and "Twas the Text Before Christmas". I enjoyed "Twas the Text Before Christmas much more than the other movie. I thought Kevin and Kim had nice chemistry but overall the movie felt slow. It is a one-time watch for sure. Kim, though, is one of my favorite actresses. In fact, I am going to re-watch "Ghost of Christmas Always" again this week. Hands down, that movie is one of my favorites that has aired on Hallmark. The ending seriously reduced me to a blubbering mess but in a good way! :-) ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Checkin’ It Twice is family friendly about Real estate executive Ashley & minor league hockey pro Scott bump into each other at the Idaho Falls airport gift shop moments after they have broken up with their significant others. Unbeknownst to them, they accidentally pocket each other’s credit cards when making their purchases at the gift shop. Ashley is home to visit family after needing a break from her high-pressure real estate job in New York City, & Scott is newly arrived to play for the popular local Division III hockey team while keeping his dream alive of making it to the big leagues. They meet again when Ashley learns Scott will be staying in her family’s guest house. Sparks fly when they begin to spend time together & partake in Ashley’s family’s holiday traditions & the local town festivities. When Scott’s dream comes true & is called up to a Division II team, & Ashley has a shot at a high-profile real estate deal back in New York City, it seems they will part ways forever, but could their new dreams be with each other instead? ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I enjoyed "Checkin' it Twice". How can you go wrong when you have Christmas, sports, and pretty women all in one movie. ~Jim

πŸŽ„ The one with Kevin McGarry and Kim Matula was cute. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Watched my first movie Checkin It Twice and I have to say I just love Kim Matula. I really forward to seeing her in more. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Checkin it Twice – This is such a fun movie with Kevin McGarry and Kim Matula. I quite enjoyed the pairing of these two together; their banter was most fun to watch, and I adored Ashley’s (Kim Matula) family. They were so funny and welcoming to Luke (Kevin McGarry) all throughout the movie. The eggnog scene cracks me up every time I watch it. Overall, a fun family movie for all ages, and since there’s hockey in this, it’s one guys will likely enjoy, as well. ~Net


Where Are You, Christmas? - October 21, 2023

πŸŽ„ Where are you Christmas is clean, and definitely just a 1 time watch for me. Too much of a mixed bag. –Maria

πŸŽ„ Review: Where Are You, Christmas? -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Maybe, but definitely worth a one-time view -

This movie probably has the most way-out storyline of any Christmas movie this season! After Lyndsey's character wishes that there was no Christmas, everyone and everything turns to black-and-white, and only by rediscovering the joy of Christmas, usually by a memory of long-ago, does a person get back to color. I know...crazy! But because the plot is so original, I found myself really enjoying this movie, and will most likely watch it again.

That, and because of Lyndsey's performance. I don't think anybody can portray surprise or astonishment as well as she can - her reactions always put a smile on my face. She did it in Last Stop, Christmas, and she does it here as well. She is such a joy to watch!

So, is this a great film? No, not at all. If you look closely there are a lot of holes, and it seemed the people and setting were returning to color awfully quickly. But because it is so original, and because of Lyndsey's performance, I recommend giving it at least a one-time view...and maybe more. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Where Are You, Christmas? is family friendly! Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but there were definitely pluses and minuses for me. The pluses: * Unique spin on the over-used trope of the big city girl who works too hard and has disconnected with her family.
* The relationship with Addy and her father being mended.
* The humor! I laughed a lot. It was especially funny to hear Hallmark poke fun at themselves with jokes about Christmas movies. The minuses:
* The special effects! Ugh - they were so obviously on a green screen so much of the time. If they were tackling such a visual premise with the black and white vs. color, they should have upped the budget.
* The romance was a little flat. I didn't really feel any chemistry between the two leads. I was far more invested in Addy's relationship with her family.
So, a mixed bag, but my daughter and I enjoyed it. I was also relieved that it was family friendly. I wasn't going to have my daughter watch with me, but after the first ten minutes with no male fiance for the brother or "husband" for the mayor (who was a little flamboyant), I let her join me. Though you know how they sometimes sneak it in at the end! Here, it was family friendly throughout - thank goodness! ~melnewlife

πŸŽ„ Where are You, Christmas? – This is truly one of the most unique Christmas movies I’ve ever seen. If you were sitting next to me while watching, you would’ve heard me say – “This is… interesting, crazy, wild, nuts, cheesy, heartwarming, odd, intriguing, unusual, and fascinating!” As far as movies go, this is one that truly stands out as being different, very memorable.

I liked how remembering the joy of Christmas brought color and life back into their individual lives. Course, the actual true meaning of Christmas is never mentioned, which was unfortunate.

Lyndsy Fonseca performance as Addy was top-notch, as always! I love the way she’s always so expressive, with the way she speaks and the looks she gives. Since Next Stop, Christmas, she quickly became a favorite of mine, and Michael Rady is also a favorite! I have a theory, though, with him. I always say, the movie’s where he has facial hair are either not-so-great or so-so, and the movies when he is clean-shaven are his best, like A Joyous Christmas, Two Turtle Doves, The Christmas Bow, etc… Since he was both in this movie (he’s clean-shaven for a brief flashback scene), I’m going to say this movie falls in the in-between category.

Where are You, Christmas? is family-friendly, but you really have to be in the mood for a quirky holiday story that is rather Twilight Zone-ish.

I wish we could’ve seen more details in the transformations with the people around Addy, especially the doctor and his daughter. That story started out interesting, but wrapped up quickly without giving us more info on how the resolution in their relationship really happened.

Also, (Spoiler Alert) I thought when Addy and her father had a special, deep, meaningful talk, that would be the moment when they both got their color back, but it didn’t happen. The moment Addy does get her color, didn’t seem to have any real connection with Christmas or the past at all. That part of the story seemed weak to me, and the romantic chemistry between the leads was a bit lacking. (End of Spoiler)

Overall, Where are You, Christmas is eccentric, entertaining, extraordinary, and filled with emotion! Whether you watch it once or several times, it’s one of those movies you won’t easily forget, since the storyline is truly unique.

My heart swelled with emotion as soon as I heard the title’s theme song “Where are You, Christmas?” play near the end of the movie. I haven’t decided, yet, if it’s a DVR keeper, but it’s probably one I’ll watch again, sometime, when it airs on TV. ~Net

πŸŽ„ I was able to watch Where Are You Christmas? as well and I liked this one! I liked that this wasn't a typical story line, and Lyndsey Fonsica is just so good in this! I really enjoy her as an actress. Her and Michael I thought had really good chemistry! And Yes this one is family friendly! ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Where Are You, Christmas?” is family friendly but totally missed an opportunity to promote the “true spirit of Christmas” from a Christian perspective. The story presents a fantasy where the lead woman wishes Christmas didn’t exist, and through a creepy Santa app on her phone, her wish is granted. The use of selective-color editing (non-believers are depicted in black & white) wears thin however, especially as she attempts to revive the secular version of “Christmas spirit” among the residents in her small town. This film is a one-trick-pony for me – very disappointing. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ I tried Where Are You Christmas and just didn't like it at all. Didn't care if the color came back or not. Skipped most of it. Gave it credit for being about Christmas & special effects. Missing the romance & chemistry. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ Where Are You Christmas. Meh. I almost deleted after 15 minutes (the opening scene alone is too weird for words) but I kept going just to find out if Michael Rady could redeem this movie. He couldn’t. The movie did improve (somewhat?) as it went on but, to me, it was still a waste of 90 minutes. I think the writers/director/producer were going for cute, quirky and creative, but they fell short, in my opinion, and ended up with more of a bizarre mish mash. Lines that were supposed to be funny or clever… usually weren’t. The acting by all the secondary characters (and occasionally the lead actress) was just way too over-the-top. (I really liked the lead actress in Next Stop, Christmas and North to Home, but in this one something felt forced and unnatural.) This movie had a few redeeming qualities and warm fuzzies but just not enough for me to ever want to watch again. (And zero romantic chemistry.) Nice to delete and make some room on the dvr. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Where Are You, Christmas?, is family friendly about Addison “Addy” Deans wishes for year without Christmas on Santa App & she wakes up in black-and-white world. She must with together with town mechanic named Hunter Blakeman to restore the holiday to all its glory where the holiday doesn’t exist. “No one remembers Christmas,” while running around a black-and-white world in search of someone who can recall the magical time of year. “You don’t understand what we’re going to lose if Christmas joy doesn’t happen!” If townspeople in black & white would help to remember that they turned back into color. Nick Dean’s charity called; “Operation Christmas Smile”, for veterans’ families when Nick Dean restores his color from black & white. Black & White world turned into color world. Addy’s color is back from black n white ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I've watched the Hallmark movies this week. Checkin it Twice, Where are You, Christmas? and Under the Christmas Sky were all family friendly. I like the colorization and B/W technique in Where are You, Christmas? and would rewatch it again. – Maire

πŸŽ„ For the most part, I enjoyed "Where are you Christmas" but I did not think Michael and Lyndsy had any chemistry. I did enjoy seeing Julie Warner again and I thought Lyndsy did a good job in her role. But, it was a one-time watch for me. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ I’m not sure how I feel about the way “Where Are You Christmas?” incorporated the “Pleasantville” technique. I found it a little visually distracting. But maybe that’s just me?

There’s definitely solid acting, though. I think Hallmark Christmas movies tend to sort their male lead characters into one of three categories: “goofy guy”, or “earnest guy” or “sarcastic guy.” Michael Rady does “earnest guy” really well. His character is a veteran (for those who like Christmas movies with military tie-ins) and I feel like he and the actor portraying the dad (Jim O’Heir) are the two standouts in this one. Very sincere performances.

The storyline has some sweet themes, mostly about community service, family, and staying connected with loved ones. It was family friendly but in a mainly broad-appeal “holiday” way (so mentions of Santa, cookies, trees, etc., but not really religious things). ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ While I enjoyed Where are You Christmas--it was a Christmas version of Pleasantville that had Reese Witherspoon in it. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Where are You Christmas... I really enjoyed this movie! I know and wish they would’ve done more with the true meaning of Christmas, but if you dig deeper you could see how they really did. In my mind, if someone does not have Christmas, does not have Jesus in their heart then their world is colorless and joyless. When people accept Him is when their world lights up.

I loved the actors in the movie, especially Lyndsay and Julie Warner. The mom was so funny and enjoyable. Her expressions made it for me. Our First Christmas is one of my favorites and is a yearly must watch for me! So having Julie Warner made me like the movie even more! It was also a bit of a mystery as it kept you guessing how Lyndsay was going to get back to color and find her Christmas spirit. It was funny, family friendly, and definitely a recommended watch! Plus it made me so happy when they started playing the song, “Where Are You Christmas?” !!! So many times these movies have a Christmas song title yet they don’t play it in the movie. Made the movie complete! -Anonymous1


Under the Christmas Sky - October 22, 2023

πŸŽ„ Under the Christmas Sky. Nope. Made it halfway and deleted. Not my cup of tea. What I saw was family friendly but, overall, I’m just not buying what Hallmark is selling this year (including all their little thinly-veiled agendas). I’m not usually a huge Ryan Paevey fan but I thought he was okay in this one, but the rest of the actors felt “off”. There was a scene where they went curling (yes, like the Olympic winter sport) and I appreciated the uniqueness and fun of that. What I did not appreciate was their explanation that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of the sun. Of course I understand that the story revolved around them setting up an exhibit at the planetarium, but I was not thrilled with lines like: “A lot of Christmas traditions, like having dinner with our families and exchanging presents, started in ancient Roman culture by celebrating the birth of the sun.” Ad nauseam, we are told that the birth of the sun and Santa’s relationship to the sun are the reason and the spirit of Christmas (and other such blather!!). Delete! ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Under the Christmas Sky is family friendly about Kat Butler is an esteemed astrophysicist, who is scheduled for her first trip into space next year until an accident grounds her. She works at National Space Program. While on leave, coming to terms with the reality that her dream of being an astronaut is over, she volunteers at the local planetarium as NSP Expert at The Apollo Planetarium where her younger Brother named Andy Butler works as Christmas Ornament Decorating party & Celeste works at Sun Ray Cafe. The Apollo Planetariums very first Santa Tracker Christmas Eve Party employees & volunteers at Planetarium Theater to find Santa. Celeste gets Andy a book of Design for Neophytes.

Kat is paired up with by-the-book David Robinson to work on an exhibit called; “Dwarf Stars Exhibit opening right before Christmas. Will the stars align to bring these two together at the holidays? Kat meets David’s Daughter named Lila & she gets her Planetarium Project as Christmas gift. Kat meets Jenna’s friend named Roy Ketz who works at Space Center in Chicago to add team section for Porter Probe on cutting edge. Kat doesn’t take a job at Space Center in Chicago. She has a reason to stay & works at NSP & be with David. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ "Under the Christmas Sky" did not draw me in. After ten minutes I stopped watching and deleted the movie from my DVR. The lead actress was lovely and I normally like anything Ryan is in, but unfortunately this movie left me cold. -Joan

πŸŽ„ Under the Christmas Sky - I couldn't get through this one. It wasn't science-y enough to be interesting from that perspective, and it the parts I caught didn't seem particularly Christmas-y or romantic. – MS


Christmas By Design - October 27, 2023

πŸŽ„ Christmas by Design is clean and quite enjoyable. –Maria

πŸŽ„ Christmas by Design was one that I was pleasantly surprised by. I thought it was going to the a “play in the background while I cook” but I couldn’t look away. Yes the storyline about returning home has been done…but everything was great, chemistry between the leads, the wardrobe, decor, cute diner, etc. Hallmark knows how to do what they do, can’t argue with that. It was a sweet story about them both helping each other to open their hearts again, and what he did with the dad’s truck at the end was so sweet. Also didn’t notice anything inappropriate so I believe it is family friendly. ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Really enjoyed Christmas by Design. Family friendly, loved the characters and different type of story line. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: Christmas By Design -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Recommended? No -

This was another movie this season where I had trouble getting into the storyline - too cookie-cutter. But my main problem was with some of the acting. While I thought Rebecca Dalton was great as Charlotte (and yes, gorgeous too!), I found Jonathan Keltz' acting to be, well, wooden - I didn't think he showed any charisma at all. And then those girls who were fawning over him - waaaay too over the top. So this one is a pass for me. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Christmas by Design is family friendly about a fashion designer named Charlotte “Charlie” learns what’s most important in life when she joins a Christmas challenge to create a new holiday-theme collection. Charlie sews Pajamboree for Christmas Fashion Show. Charlie mentions Elfscapeda. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Christmas by Design – I quite enjoyed this family friendly Christmas movie. Mind you, the lead girl, Charlotte (AKA Charlie, to her friends), was a little arrogant and stuck-up, at times, but she got better as the movie went along. Spencer is the local mechanic, whose shop Charlotte brings her car – when she literally runs it into his truck and damages hers. I loved that Spencer’s classic truck didn’t receive any damage, while her modern day car literally fell to pieces! One of the best scenes is when Charlotte shares a sweet childhood Christmas memory about her father. It made this big city girl feel more down-to-earth and vulnerable. Christmas by Design is a lighthearted, simple, feel-good film, although there is a bit of family conflict that isn’t exactly sugar-coated. Overall, it’s a nice story about love and forgiveness. ~Net

πŸŽ„ Net, I watched "Christmas by Design" yesterday, all the way through this time. And you were right! It was a sweet movie! ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Christmas by Design. It had its sweet moments and was somewhat cute but, overall, it was pretty much the standard fare. The set was good and I appreciated that the decorations were not too overblown; I think I loved the beautiful old house in the movie better than the rest of the movie. The dialogue and development of romance between the leads was good. I liked Jonathan’s character much better than Rebecca’s. Her character is so self-centered and snobbish and bratty and hurtful throughout the majority of the movie that by the time she makes a turnaround I really didn’t care and kind of wished she’d just leave town and let her family members finally breathe a sigh of relief and let the nice guy find a sweet girl who truly appreciated him (but, please!, NOT one of those giggling and fawning girls that were totally over-the-top and ridiculous!). And the whole way the fashion show at the ending and department store contract was handled was absolutely unbelievable (that’s just not how the real world works). I understand the writers were going for warm fuzzies and redemption and tying everything up in a nice happily-ever-after Christmas bow, but it was totally unrealistic (and actually flowed right along with today’s “me” culture where, evidently, it’s okay to shirk your commitments and leave your boss hanging, so long as you feel it’s for a good reason – and you get hugely rewarded for doing so!!! Say what??? -- I guess nowadays in the work world, businesses reward those who are all about “self” instead of rewarding those who are dedicated to following through on their obligations -- argh!! -- Hallmark glossed it all over and made it seem like she was doing it for her family, but it just didn't sit right with me. Obviously. 🀣). And this was, yet again, another one of those movies where the female makes the first move. Ugh, I want the good old days to come back. Not a keeper for me, but okay for a one-time watch and I think this is one that others will enjoy much more than I did. Family friendly. ~~Jane


Mystic Christmas - October 28, 2023

πŸŽ„ "Mystic Christmas" -- not family-friendly; about halfway through the movie, viewers are introduced to the idea of one of the interns being gay. Ten minutes later, it's confirmed and we see he and the baker go off to dance together. Bummer, as I was enjoying the quick-talking banter and slightly goofy tone of this one. Oh well. Still a Merry Christmas, friends! :-) ~Alicia

πŸŽ„ Review: Mystic Christmas -
Family-friendly? One guy develops a crush on another guy -
Recommended? No

I just couldn't get into this movie. I did not care for the plot, the people were talking fast and over each other, I did not sense any chemistry between the leads, and the whole movie just seemed disjointed. This was one of those rare movies where I couldn't wait for it to end. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Mystic Christmas. Not family friendly. At about the halfway point we find out one of the male characters (he's a secondary character but fairly important to the story) has a crush on another male character and a romantic relationship is talked about and encouraged by others and for the rest of the movie we see them holding hands or showing affection in their new romance (no kissing, unless I missed something). Also, the movie was very pro divorce. Other than that, … I liked all of the actors, especially Jessy Schram, who is adorable and so expressive. There was good, quick, witty dialogue and some humor (which I like). It was a somewhat unique storyline, which was a positive (and maybe sometimes a negative??). Unlike traditional Hallmark Christmas movies, this one didn’t really feel all that Christmas-y. I usually like movies, such as this one, which are set in locations with history and with more restrained decorations, and I appreciate uniqueness and a divergence from the standard Hallmark fare of tree lightings, gingerbread houses and snowball fights, but this one just felt like it could have been set at any time of year other than Christmas. I think Jessy and Chandler Massey could make a cute couple but, for some reason, I just wasn’t buying it in this movie (and I’m not sure why because they were fun to watch together). Overall, the story felt kind of blah, to me. It might be because I fast-forwarded through the second half of the movie, so, not sure if that second half would have “wow’d” me? Either way, it’s not a keeper because of the same-sex couple. Seriously Hallmark, you just can’t help yourself, can you?!? Delete. (p.s. - Caught the very last words of this movie at the beginning of the dvr’d Joyeux Noel and they were saying something about Nick and Eric’s engagement party. So, yup, they carried the homosexual thread all the way through from the halfway point to the end.) ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Mystic Christmas was a no-go for me….I don’t know I just noticed I kept getting up to do stuff in between and not caring if I missed something so I deleted it about 30 minutes in….maybe it wasn’t Christmas enough for me?? ~Paula

πŸŽ„ As others have said, "Mystic Christmas" was not family-friendly. Extremely disappointed. :-( I stopped watching when I saw where things were headed and deleted the movie. The main leads had zero chemistry and I was bored anyway. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Mystic Christmas” is neither family friendly nor entertaining. The story has little to do with Christmas, and a subplot revolves around the budding romance between two homosexual men. This ranks as one of the worst Hallmark Christmas movies I’ve ever watched – pathetic. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ Mystic Christmas was by far the best Hallmark so far (still early in the season). It does have a background character flirting/ budding romance with two men. If you don't want to see that, don't watch. The movie itself was one that highlighted a real local place instead of generic filmed in Canada, i like these. The movie had very little to do with Christmas but had good dialogue and chemistry between leads. I think Chandler is becoming one of my new favorites after this and the Train back in time one a few years ago. The characters have believable problems and actually talk ( some) to work them out rather than making wild assumptions after miscommunication ( the second time around). –MS

πŸŽ„ Mystic Christmas isn’t family friendly about Dr. Juniper Jones is a world traveling marine veterinarian who isn’t afraid of anything except getting stuck in one place. When a favor for her college roommate named Candice Adams works at Mystic Aquarium & Rehabilitation Center to bring her to the seafaring town of Mystic, Connecticut during the holidays, Juniper is happy to visit a new place & take a temporary position at the Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Center & Mystic Aquarium. Here she works to help a harbor seal named Peppermint get released back into the wild. Candice has a Daughter named Louisa.

In between her work, Juniper explores Mystic & finds herself smitten with the town, its people, and much to her dismay, the owner of the pizza shop called; “Mango’s Wood-Fried Pizza Co.”, Sawyer, whom she had spent a romantic night with years prior. After an awkward reunion, Juniper & Sawyer agree to move forward & forget about their past but their spark is ignited once again. Ken owned “Anchor Mystic Cafe & Sweets”, he’s Theresa’s Father. Juniper catches up with Peter, Eric, & Theresa at Milne Ocean Science & Conservation Center. Juniper takes Peppermint the harbor seal 🦭 to Greenwich Veterinary Clinic with Theresa. There’s 2 seals at Mystic Aquarium.

There’s a ticking clock on their romance since Juniper is only in Mystic temporarily & Sawyer insists he’s too entrenched in his hometown to leave (even at the expense of some of his own dreams).

While Juniper has no plans to stay, the interns Juniper oversees & Sawyer himself entrench Juniper in the community, and she finds herself catching the holiday spirit. Juniper realizes that what she initially thought she wanted out of life may have changed. Peter works at Mystic Seaport Museum that has Press Station for flyers. Juniper gets call from her parents; her Mom is on the cruise 🚒 & her Dad goes hiking πŸ₯Ύ with other people.

Juniper inspires Sawyer to go after the life he’s always dreamed of, while Sawyer (and the rest of Mystic) will show Juniper what it feels like to really belong to a community. Juniper & Sawyer want to stay in Mystic, Connecticut.Nick & Eric’s engagement party. Next December, Sawyer is back to his hometown in Mystic. Theresa is at Galapagos FaceTime with her Father, Ken. A young woman wants her Boss; Sawyer back at Pizza Shop. ~Anonymous


Joyeux Noel - October 29, 2023

πŸŽ„ Joyeux Noel. I really liked this sweet movie and the actors. Bit of mystery. Bit of warm, French, Christmas atmosphere. Bit of romance. Keeper for now. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ I tried Joyful Noel and didn't finish it. No chemistry and the leading male character was so annoying to me. He's good looking, but that's it. Points for it being about Christmas and the French girl. The lead actress was good to.me. Didn't care about the mystery that was similar to Bringing Christmas Home, but didn't have the same impact. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ I was pleasantly surprised with Hallmark’s “Joyeux Noel”, which is family-friendly and beautifully filmed in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. The romance between the two leads (Jaicy Elliot and Brant Daugherty) blossoms as they attempt to solve the mystery behind a newly displayed painting and a music box for a Christmas cover story. A dash of French humor was skillfully provided by Ciara Prioux, who plays Sophie, the hotelier’s tween-age daughter and prankster. Time to brush up on your French, sit back, and enjoy. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ Joyeux Noel - this did not keep my attention. I let it play on but wasn't paying much attention. I like both leads in other films, but no chemistry here. –MS

πŸŽ„ Joyeux Noel.....This movie is a one time watch for me. It was nice to have a different cast and location, but it was really dragging. The actors even talked slow. It was a sweet story, but just didn’t click. Family friendly, but that’s about all it had going for it. - Anonymous1

πŸŽ„ Joyeux Noel – This movie was rather slow and dull, in my opinion. I didn’t feel ANY romantic sparks between Jaicy Elliot and Brant Daugherty’s characters, Lea and Mark. To me, they just seemed like sparring co-workers who simply became friends along their journey. I found it really annoying how Lea would often correct Mark’s grammar. Sheesh! That was so obnoxious how she treated him like a child. And then there was the young girl, Sophie, the pre-teen daughter of the hotel manager, who was bright and cheerful, but I found it to be extremely odd that she would just wonder into Mark’s bedroom all alone to talk to him and give him advice. He was a stranger to her, but she acted if she had known him forever. What parents let a little girl do that? And don’t get me started on the scene where the children gather around Mark and start kicking him – just because he didn’t leave gifts out for the gnomes? What in the world was that? No one should have to be threatened to do something and then be treated so violently. That was awful. Do these children have no respect for their elders or visitors to the country? I was appalled at their behavior and that everyone thought it was acceptable and funny. I’ve liked both Jaicy Elliot and Brant Daugherty in previous movies, but not in this one together. ~Net


Flipping for Christmas - November 3, 2023

πŸŽ„ Flipping for Christmas is clean, heartfelt, filled with great humor, and is overall fantastic! –Maria

πŸŽ„ Review: Flipping for Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper - On the fence -

I have to admit that this movie held my interest, and the acting was excellent with good chemistry between the leads. But, at least a couple of scenes early on were too ridiculous for me to totally embrace this film. Early on, we have the two main characters disagreeing on what changes to make to this house. So instead of first sitting down and trying to find some common ground (and with time against them), they start painting the same wall the color they each want. Seriously? And then they get silly and chase each other through the house with paint. Yeah, that's a time saver and won't make a mess! So, with both likes and dislikes, I'm not sure whether it is a keeper or not for me. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ "Flipping for Christmas" is also family friendly-I really liked Ashley and Marc together they had decent chemistry and I liked the storyline! ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ Flipping for Christmas is family friendly (Review May Contain Spoilers!) about Christmas just around the corner, ambitious realtor/designer Abigail (Ashley Newbrough) has no time for holiday spirit. Having just landed a career-changing opportunity to represent DevelaCorp, the largest property development company in the city, a busy Abigail is torn when her sister calls for help during the holidays with the “simple flip” of a recently inherited home. Abigail, who buries herself in her work, reluctantly sets off to help the family but is thrown a curveball when she learns the inherited house has a co-beneficiary, Bo (Marcus Rosner), the town’s altruistic contractor.

Abigail needs to sell the home for her sister who needs the money to make room for her growing family, including their dad who has recently moved in. Bo, on the other hand, wants to use the house as a bed & breakfast. As Abigail & Bo negotiate the pros & cons of each option, her holiday spirits are lifted as their collaboration leads to a reinvigorated sense of community. However, when Abigail unwittingly draws DevelaCorp’s attention to some local prime real estate, they bid to purchase the vacant land with the intent to regentrify Bo’s beloved community.

Abigail is devastated after revealing the impending sale to Bo, knowing she’s dampened their budding relationship. As she sets out to quash the deal & rescue the local community spirit, she discovers what’s truly important in life – the love of family, friends, & that special someone, especially during the holidays. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Flipping for Christmas is clean, heartfelt, filled with great humor, and is overall fantastic! –Maria

πŸŽ„ Flipping for Christmas. Nope. And, nope. This movie was all over the place and none of it really made sense. Ashley and Marcus were pretty to look at, but I didn’t really like either character (and they were not given much of a script to work with); and the production was pretty to look at but, otherwise, not worth my time. It was as if a newbie writer/director team decided to cut and paste ideas from every other standard Christmas movie and patched them all together with no real cohesiveness. We have a deceased loved one -- well, of course!, you have to have one of those in your Christmas movie to create a touching situation. Then we have the leads who just met 24 hours ago and absolutely do not like each other… but all of a sudden, they’re having a playful, flirty paint fight where they chase each other with paint brushes, laughing and giggling around the house. (Eye roll!!) And then very shortly thereafter we have a silly snowball fight and a chase through the Christmas tree farm and then he has to put his arms around her and help her cut down the tree. (Oh, good grief! I’m waiting for the flour fight to start while they’re baking cookies!) And then, naturally, we have an evil big developer who is going to demolish the town so the movie also morphs into a “save the town” movie. Next comes the ridiculous, manufactured, HUGELY overblown conflict. (My eyeballs are in danger of getting stuck up in my head!) And then Marcus tells her some nonsense mumbo jumbo about the best part of cutting a Christmas tree down is that you get to take away the part above ground that you’ve been looking at for years, but the roots still remain with all the memories and DNA of the tree becoming a part of the earth and never really going away (very close paraphrase) – ick!! – what was that?!?! I’m sure others will think this movie was cute (and it had its sweet moments – such as the memory tree), but I’ve become such a Grumpy Gus that movies like this one just annoy me. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Flipping Christmas - standard fare. Hits all the basic clichΓ©'s, good chemistry between leads. The enemy here is big bad business.. really over the top with glossing over the concerns of "gentrification" . There was good family bonds between sisters. --MS

πŸŽ„ We also watched "Flipping for Christmas" which was good. I liked the leads. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Flipping for Christmas – This is a fairly sweet and simple Christmas rom-com. I agree with Mark and Jane; it drove me crazy when they started flirting and chasing each other around in this beautiful old home with paint, potentially making a mess when they were supposed to be making improvements. I did like, however, how Marcus’ character had a woodworking shop and made (or repaired) things for the people in the community. That was a nice touch to the story. This movie isn’t a keeper for me, but perhaps, it’s something I would watch when it airs on TV again. ~Net

πŸŽ„ Flipping for Christmas - I can usually stomach both these actors but Marcus Rosner is a flat actor. He is so the same in most movies he is in. I had to turn this one off--too boring. ~Anonymous


Never Been Chris'd - November 4, 2023

πŸŽ„ Never Been Chris'd - I had low expectations for this one based on the tagline and previews but was pleasantly surprised. My taste is definitely for the comedy movies over dramatic and this fits that category. Overall, good performance, Tyler is always a favorite. This doesn't follow the usual template which was nice. I liked the focus on the girls friendship and each's relationships with their mothers. I didn't like how they portrayed the 35 year old women acting like immature teens at situations. The "back to hometown and thrown in HS friends/situations" vibe led to some funny scenes. Overall I felt this was good, but may be because the preview looked so bad. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I tried to watch Never Been Chris’d and I seriously couldn’t stand it. These two grown women act like they are in high school. It’s awful. Usually Tyler Hynes has a good movie but not this year. I don’t know if it’s family friendly for sure, but saw someone on Facebook say it was. If you can stand to watch it. -Allie B

πŸŽ„ Never Been Chris’d is family friendly about 2 BFFs Naomi & Liz reconnect with High School crush named Chris Silver. A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives & find the value of friendship. This movie is awful ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Never Been Chris’d” is family-friendly but the bantering dialogue and middle-school antics of the BFFs made this one hard to watch. I typically enjoy Tyler Hynes, but his cool/aloof demeanor was overdone in this film. One bright spot was Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes, who is the actress who plays Liz opposite Janel Parrish’s character. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ Never Been Chris’d. That. Was. Horrible. Total train wreck. Waste of 90 minutes of my life. I’m sure someone thought it was funny and quirky but no, just NO!!! I love Tyler Hynes but even he was horrible in this one. This was not a Christmas movie. And the romance? Tyler had better chemistry with the friend the writers did not pair him with. And, honestly, there was more chemistry between the two girl friends (platonic chemistry). Technically it was “family friendly” (other than alcohol), but why would anyone want to watch this with their family??!? ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ So I watched Never Been Chris’d and the preview was misleading. I mean yes, both girls had a little crush on him in high school (along with everyone else) but there was no love triangle. When they all reconnected he never hit on/flirted/perused both women and they never fought over or competed for him. The movie was more about them both finding their voices with their mothers and working through their friendship issues. I never saw the Liz character in anything and I really liked her, she was funny without trying to be. There was one gay character (I think) and he mentioned he had a baby but I never heard him say he had a husband and nothing inappropriate was said or done. I really liked how they both made it right with their moms in the end. One time watch for me, but it was fine. I don’t understand what the big deal some people are making of it, it’s a group of high school friends meeting back up and reminiscing about old times nothing wild 🀷🏻‍♀️ ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Agreed, Never Been Chris’d is the worst Christmas movie so far! I love Tyler, but this one wasn’t good ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ “Never Been Chris’d” on Hallmark Channel is a mixed bag. It is family-friendly, but the acting is over the top. The story features a lot of tangled relationships, and the characters are not overly likable. It is hard to believe that 35-year-old women would be so immature and do things like hide from Chris behind a store clothing rack. My high school daughter said that they actually behaved more like middle schoolers. It is not as bad as some reviewers have asserted, but it is definitely not something I would watch again. Laurie

πŸŽ„ Jane and Allie - I couldn't agree with you more on this movie! I almost turned it off after about 20 minutes, but kept watching, hoping it would improve. Nope. These two leading women totally turned me off. Like you said Allie, these supposedly professional women act like high-school teenagers. And like you said Jane, Tyler was not good - it's like he didn't know how to react to these immature women! And one more thing - I didn't like the attitude these women had with their mothers - very disrespectful! No need to give this even a one-time watch! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Never Been Chris’d is family friendly.

Home for the Holidays, BFFs Naomi & Liz reconnect with high school crush Chris Silver. A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives & find the value of friendship

Naomi & Liz are high school BFFs whose friendship endured through college and now powers their startup app, BestPal (essentially Tinder but for making friends). From sitting far, far away from the cool table in high school to being two girlbosses on the rise, these two have made it — and now they have to spend the holidays back at home. Liz and Naomi aren’t home for two seconds before they run into Chris Silver (Three Wise Men and a Baby’s Tyler Hynes), the hottest guy in their graduating class who has grown up to be the hottest guy in town. The decades have piled up but Liz and Naomi’s crush on Chris is easily unearthed.

So, how awkward is it for two best friends to kinda sorta be flirting with, and possibly even dating, the same guy? There’s also the anxiety that comes from ex-nerds Naomi & Liz now sitting at the cool kids’ table. And to make matters feel even more like high school, these two 35-year-old women are suddenly having a lot of problems with their mothers. Like, “Geez, mom, why won’t you recognize the healthy boundaries I set with you? Ugh!” Will Liz and Naomi’s friendship handle all this stress, especially if Chris ends up Chrissing just one of them? Although I guess it would be worse if he Chris’d both of them

Well, Liz usually goes to Hawaii with Naomi & her mom for Christmas — but not this year. Liz’s mom has also started a new tradition of sending out Hanukkah cards, even though Liz is not home to be in the photo. And then there’s the high school’s Jingle Ball, a festive dance that Liz always wanted to go to. Will this be her year? I’m mentioning it, so yes it will be two longtime best friends home for the Christmas season. Naomi & Liz, close as ever, were into the same guy back in high school, Chris Silver. While on holiday, they decide to reach back out to him, hanging out together and rekindling both of their old teenage crushes — a strange love triangle that tests their friendship in ways that were not in the celebratory plans for Christmas vacation. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Never been Chris'd was AWFUL. Not a Janel Parrish fan by any stretch--she cannot act her way out of anything, and this movie proves it. Usually like Tyler Hynes but he would have been better just sitting and having a cup of coffee and it would have been more interesting. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Never Been Chris'd - (The flop of 2023)?
From the initial Christmas movie list this was the one I immediately picked out as likely to be the best and was going to hold this back for the family to watch on Christmas night.

However as the reviews came in it was obvious this had majorly bombed (a disastrous 5.4 on IMDb) so going by the reviews both here and on IMDb we are now keeping Bringing Christmas Home with Jill Wagner and Paul Greene with a second choice not yet decided.

You've got to wonder just what Hallmark was thinking of here, this was a mish mash, disjointed and not really much of a plot or direction even romance. As for the fish-eating vegan aspect of Chris (Taylor Hynes) and his need to hide it it was just ridiculous.
to be continued
There wasn't even ~ rubcale


The Santa Summit - November 5, 2023

πŸŽ„ The Santa Summit - My preferences are comedy movies and this one was in that category. It takes place mostly over a single day, the premise was a departure for Hallmark and leaned more toward a classic comedy style. Three girls spend the evening chasing down a chance encounter for one of the girls with near misses and other relationship building along the way. Very well done. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ "Santa Summit" was just a fun movie, I really liked the chemistry with everyone and it was a new and different storyline. This one is family friendly! ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ "The Santa Summit" was seriously so much fun! I was beaming from ear to ear. I LOVED IT! :-) I also like it when actors and actresses make cameo's that you weren't expecting. Anyway, I hope Amy G. continues to get work. She was delightful as the nerdy and adorable teacher. Also, I have to give a shout-out to Stephanie who played Stella. Oh my she was sarcastic and witty and so very talented. It was so cool seeing her bust out of her shell. :-) Plus, the guy in the reindeer costume was brilliant! ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “The Santa Summit” is a family-friendly story that follows the escapades of three single teachers. One of the women (played by Hunter King) meets a man with whom she has an instant connection, and they spend the rest of the night trying to reconnect. The story line leaves little opportunity for them to interact, and the overall bantering dialogue left me exhausted by the end of the film. Entertaining, but definitely not a keeper for me. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ The Santa Summit. I almost deleted this in the first 10 minutes, but I’m glad I didn’t. The whole idea of a Santa Summit (to this magnitude) was bizarre and ridiculous but I found I just couldn’t turn away from the strange happenings on the screen. As a whole, I actually really enjoyed this movie – this was one where they went for quirky and they hit it spot on. The whole thing was very secular and there were parts that were shallow and frustrating. But, on the other hand, it was quite fun and funny and unique, and I loved the friendship between the three women schoolteachers (and each of their romances were sweet, too). I’ve never heard of such a thing as a Santa Summit but it was actually fun to watch a bunch of crazy people dressed as Santa go on a sort of pub crawl version of a scavenger hunt. I never would’ve thought I would/could enjoy that!?! But it was just so much fun to watch! And well-acted all around. Words I scribbled down as I watched this movie: wacky, bizarre, cute, annoying, zany, odd, geeky, fun, unique, madcap, secular, quirky, weird, unbelievable, shallow, sweet, uncomfortable, different, nerdly, frustrating, funny. This movie is a keeper for now, and I’m actually still surprised to be saying that!! Family friendly other than the negatives I list below, plus there is alcohol consumption at bars but it’s not excessive and it’s not about getting inebriated. {Negatives, for me: The whole movie was very secular. I expected that a Santa movie would miss the True Reason for Christmas, but I still didn’t appreciate the mumbo jumbo about “the universe” making Christmas magic or some such nonsense, but that’s fairly standard in most Hallmark movies nowadays. And along with hearing secular Christmas songs (which is fine because that’s what I expected – and one of the girls singing Jingle Bells was a quite lovely addition to the movie) once or twice they would interject a snippet of a religious Christmas song (at a karaoke contest or something) and that song would be screeched or butchered and sound ugly as they were singing “Joy to the world the Lord has come” or some other song of faith – it almost seemed to be done on purpose by the writers/directors, but who knows???} ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ The Santa Summit was such a fun movie to watch. Loved it. ~dstoutholcomb

πŸŽ„ Santa Summit....Hilarious! Family-friendly (although a couple scenes with the reindeer were awkward). I can definitely see how Hallmark was trying to copy GAC’s Destined at Christmas. It was the same base plot. Sorry, GAC, but this one was SO MUCH better. The key ingredient in any movie is the humor. This one was extremely funny whereas Destined wasn’t really funny at all. I had to pause Summit to get all my laughter out. Stephanie was probably the best. She was really the star with her story and humor. I highly recommend watching! It is definitely at the top of the keep list! It could possibly be the best movie of the year. (Minus the reindeer. Uncomfortable.) -Anonymous1

πŸŽ„ The Santa Summit- Charming moments, Bit of Fun, But not good enough to want to warrant more then a 1 time watch from me due to various reasons. -Maria


Everything Christmas - November 10, 2023

πŸŽ„ Everything Christmas is clean, and quite the magical experience! –Maria

πŸŽ„ Everything Christmas. Not my cup of tea. I imagine I’ll be the unpopular one here, but I really did not like this movie. I probably shouldn’t have watched it since I know I’m not a fan of Cindy Busby’s acting abilities but I keep hoping one day she’ll have a good performance again like she did in the 2019 Godwink movie. Unfortunately, this movie was not it. This one was an immature, silly, mess and I’m thinking whoever wrote this sappy pablum had to still be in junior high school. Cindy’s character was juvenile, irresponsible and artificially enthusiastic. The whole storyline was just whackadoodle. Santa is all about doing magic tricks for the kids (yay, isn’t that special). You would think Corey Sevier would help to elevate this movie since he occasionally turns in a really good performance, but in this one he didn’t/couldn’t. The most realistic actor was the guy who played Jason, the love interest for Cindy’s bff. There was so much about this movie that felt awkward but it did have a few warm moments and the ending was sweet, so I think others will like this far more than I did. It's another one of this season’s movies that I think will appeal to a younger audience more than to me. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Just watched Everything Christmas. One time watch for me but it was really cute. I like movies that mention Santa, reminds me of the old Hallmark ones. The best friend was cute in her role & honestly it was just nice to see Cindy Busby in a movie that wasn’t about mountains/being out in the wild. I feel like she had made 10 of those! ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Everything Christmas I thought was cute, and it is family friendly. I just love Corey Sevier is whatever he does. I loved how there were 2 different "meet cutes" for the 2 couples. I loved how it had a bit of mystery to it as well! ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Everything Christmas - liked it more than i expected. Cindy and Corey had a cute chemistry (they were like two adorable puppies) and the movie was truly enjoyable and magical. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: Everything Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes -

This is simply one fun movie! Cindy plays an absolute lover of Christmas, to the extreme! (And yet, aren't some of us bordering on her love of the season?!) On the road to a destination with her friend to celebrate her late grandmother, she keeps encountering Santa (or is it Santa?) and ends up in the most Christmassy of towns. This movie kept my interest completely throughout, as I kept wondering how it was all going to play out. The focus is definitely on Cindy - everyone else is basically a supporting player, including Corey - and she plays her quirky role so well! I loved the plot with the ornament, and you feel for her at the end when...well, I don't want to spoil it. Yes, some of the things that happen are unbelievable, but throw believability out the window and just go along for ride. I'm glad I did! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Everything Christmas is family friendly about Christmas enthusiast Lori Jo & her roommate named Victoria “Tori” embark on 3 day on a road trip to Yuletide Springs, a town where Christmas is celebrated one-round. They run into handsome, like-minded strangers Carl & Jason. They go to participate in a longstanding town tradition to honor her late Grandmother has light up ornament from E.C.E.A.T.T (Everything Christmas Everywhere All The Time) store. Every time Lori Jo’s Grandma has a gift certificate to keep inside the envelope. The foursome make stops during their journey to enjoy more small-town Christmas attractions. But when a series of events puts a damper on their plans, a little Christmas magic may put this trip back on the right path ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Everything Christmas was a light-hearted movie. ~Maire

πŸŽ„ Everything Christmas – This movie is definitely cute and interesting! I kept getting a Matchmaker Santa vibe with it. In both movies, there is a curious Santa who makes magical things happen. That was such a fun part of the story that made these four adults believe in the wonder of Santa Claus. I loved that! Even adults still like to believe, too, at times. The building romances were also fun; Cindy Busby and Corey Sevier were especially sweet as two over-the-top Christmas lovers. Even though the movie is silly, at times, I was okay with that, but what really bugged me was the ornament.

*SPOILER ALERT* (I was personally crushed when Cindy’s special ornament she made with her grandmother broke, and for me, nothing could EVER replace a sentimental ornament, not even an exact replica.) *END OF SPOILER*

Minus that, this movie is enjoyable, family-friendly, lighthearted, and amusing. It’s quite the trip! ~Net


Christmas Island - November 11, 2023

πŸŽ„ Christmas Island is clean, enjoyable, and that's about all I have to say. –Maria

πŸŽ„ Christmas Island is family friendly about when a snowstorm diverts Kate Gabriel’s first private flight to Christmas Island, she must team up with an air traffic controller named Oliver McLead to secure her dream job as the Sharpe family’s pilot. Christmas Island is too expensive is part of Australia territory ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Christmas Island. Meh. Mixed opinion. Sweet, but something just felt “off” (especially for the romance part of the movie). Were they going for quirky and got cheesy and ridiculous instead?? Ultimately, this was a cute story but it also was frustrating to me. The attention to detail was nonexistent and so many things were silly and sloppy and just made no sense. For instance, this is a very luxurious private flight flying a wealthy, high-powered, family to Switzerland and yet, there is no staff and the captain (Rachel) has to load everyone’s luggage on the plane by herself and then she has to get up out of the cockpit and go serve drinks to the passengers while the co-pilot handles the flying?!?! And then there’s supposedly a HUGE blizzard that grounds them mid-flight on Christmas Island… but it’s always sunny and clear for the four days they’re grounded in the town (except for every once in a while, the director must remember there’s supposed to be bad weather and a bit of snow is thrown in a shot) – don’t get me started on all the many aspects of this weather storyline that were just so messed up! The whole thing felt like a B-rated movie that had been written and directed by a middle-schooler, and I’m kind of wondering if that’s what they were going for on purpose because, otherwise, it doesn’t make sense, especially for these top-rated actors and crew. The actors and the writer and the director have all turned in excellent work in the past and yet this all just felt so mixed up, messed up and juvenile. And yet, somewhere in the mess there was still a sweet story -- it was just executed rather sloppily. Most of the actors were good (although I liked Rachel much better in last year’s Royal Nanny). And I’ve never been a huge Andrew W. fan but he’s been growing on me lately but, unfortunately, this time, he was not appealing; I don’t know if it was his acting or the directing, but his character seemed way too odd and silly. Even so, this movie had its sweet moments and I appreciated that there were nice family-oriented, warm aspects that would be fun to watch with one’s family, including a unique community tree lighting, and the depiction of a family that is forced to slow down and ends up rediscovering the simple things and their love for one another. Actually, the family story was much stronger and more believable than the romance. For the most part, this movie annoyed me and is not a keeper, but the cute parts were cute and it was okay for a one-time watch and I feel others will enjoy it much more than I did. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Review: Christmas Island -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Only if you have trouble sleeping -

I could not get into this movie at all! The plot was boring, and the acting left a lot to be desired. Simply, Rachel Skarsten was not the person for the role of Kate. Andrew's performance pales in comparison to his role last year in Three Wise Men and a Baby, where he obviously was having a lot of fun. Not the case here - at times it seemed like he was just going through the motions. Sorry, but there is nothing for me to recommend this one. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Christmas Island was a great reminder for me to slow down and be present to my children and rethink why I am doing what I do. ~Maire


A Heidelberg Holiday - November 12, 2023

πŸŽ„ A Heidelberg Holiday. Very enjoyable! Sweet, cozy, warm, welcoming, family-oriented. Loved the beautiful German setting and warm family traditions, including lighting of advent wreath. I liked the craftsmanship and artistry angle of the movie, including woodworking and handblown glass ornaments (now I want to go take a glass blowing class!). Tasteful set and decorations. Good acting all around. Nice, seamless, intermixing of German and English language. The movie wasn’t perfect but it was, as a whole, quite well done and a keeper for now. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ A Heidelberg Holiday really surprised me. I almost wanted to stop watching within the first 20 minutes just because it wasn’t “Christmas enough” for me, as I really love the decor and over the top from most Hallmark Christmas movies. But I am glad I stuck with it because the movie was such a nice one! I love how the romance developed between Heidi and Lukas, they had great chemistry and were so natural together. They first kissed midway into the movie and we got to see them really connect, not just within the last 5 minutes of the movie like a lot of times. Of course the scenery and architecture was beautiful but the family really stole the show, especially the 2 little boys they were so cute. Not the norm for what I would be drawn to from Hallmark but I really enjoyed this one and I would watch it again! ~Paula

πŸŽ„ A Heidelberg Holiday - I watched it on YouTube and it was a very well done movie! The chemistry was off the charts. Good story line. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ A Heidelberg Holiday - Jonathan Bennett makes a cameo & his real life Husband in “A Heidelberg Holiday” with his real life husband in the background of a scene. Apparently they were vacationing in town ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A Heidelberg Holiday - Thought I’d chime in, just in case anyone was interested. I watched Heidelberg Holiday and there was absolutely no "content" or visible homosexual agenda in it. I did not notice Jonathan Bennett or any homosexual displays of affection in any of the scenes; of course, they could have just had cameos as “tourists” walking in the background (and from what I’ve read online, they actually were just there, coincidentally, as tourists anyway). The movie was completely family friendly. Moreover, there were actually several times in the movie where they lighted an Advent wreath as a family and mentioned having done the same in church -- mind you, there was no recitation of Scripture but they still emphasized Advent which I appreciated since it is very much a Christian tradition. ~Jane

πŸŽ„ A Heidelberg Holiday - Don’t know if I could say anymore. One of the best so far. ~JoCo

πŸŽ„ Review: A Heidelberg Holiday -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Maybe a one-time watch

I agree with Paula above - it is so nice to have a movie where the leads kiss in the middle of the movie, and you get to see the romance develop from there.

But that said, this movie came across mostly like a travelogue for Heidelberg, making a point to show all of the wonderful sites of the city. There were also some major holes in the storyline that can't be ignored: 1) For someone who was anxious to get her booth to sell her ornaments, she sure spends A LOT of time away from it, taking in the sites of the city. (Obviously so the movie could show off those sites!) While she is told not to do a "hard sell", that doesn't mean no sell. I would hate to be customer who had questions and no one is there to answer them for almost a whole day! 2) She had, what, 15 or 20 large boxes packed with ornaments, so that means hundreds of ornaments that she had orders for. There is no way they had that many good-size mosaics to replace the ornaments. 3) And not everybody would be happy with the replacement as the movie indicates. A lot of customers would still want the ornament!

So, it is worth a watch because of the romance, but because of the holes, it is not a keeper for me. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “A Heidelberg Holiday” is a family-friendly story that showcases German Advent and Christmas traditions amidst the beautiful scenery of Heidelberg. Ginna Claire Mason plays the leading role, and her performance is just as inspiring as in her 2022 hit movie, “A Holiday Spectacular”. There’s plenty of German dialogue thrown in to totally immerse the viewer in the story and the sweet romance between the leads. This film gets five stars for me – wunderbar! ~MPT

πŸŽ„ A Heidelberg Holiday- Ah, this was so lovely. I'm glad Jane talked me into watching it. :) -Maria


Navigating Christmas - November 13, 2023

πŸŽ„ Navigating Christmas. That was thoroughly enjoyable! I was expecting it to be totally shallow and cheesy, but instead, that was a really sweet movie. Well written, well directed (Peter Benson) and well-acted all around (I especially liked the teenage boy). Chelsea Hobbs was better than I've seen her before; Stephen Huszar is gorgeous but he can sometimes come off a bit too plastic-Ken-doll stiff but I thought this movie was one of his better performances. The sets were sparkly, cozy and festive but not too over-the-top (although, the mayor was rather over-enthusiastic!!). The town festival had “reindeer games” that were fun and unique. Stephen’s dance moves were hilarious and made me spit out my tea! I didn't like the "big conflict", nor the one-week time frame to fall happily ever after in love, but those are both typical for Christmas movies. I’m guessing this movie won’t make my top ten list but it’s a keeper for now and definitely worth watching again next year. Family friendly (except for divorce and talk of the teen’s father leaving them a year ago to marry another woman who is now pregnant). Also, there was some mumbo jumbo about how if, on Christmas Eve, anyone kisses the same spot at the lighthouse that St. Nicholas did, then they are endowed with divine direction and the ability to see where they’re supposed to go (they used this mini-storyline in one part of the movie and it wasn’t as objectionable as it could’ve been. – I’m trying to explain without spoilers – In a better movie they would’ve just prayed for guidance from God, but this is Hallmark, so they kissed the anchor at the lighthouse….??). ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Navigating Christmas is clean, wholesome fun (and lots of it!). -Maria

πŸŽ„ Navigating Christmas was really good and thankfully I didn't pick up on anything "agenda-like". ~Grace

πŸŽ„ Review: Navigating Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Leaning toward no -

This isn't really a bad movie, there is just nothing about it that makes me recommend it. I think the meanness of the mother and son turned me off at the start, and although they come around, it set a bad tone for me. And while I enjoyed Huszar in some past movies, here I just couldn't get into his character. And one more thing...I'm getting tired of lighthouses! So, a meh movie for me. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Navigating Christmas is family friendly about Melanie is recently divorced from her Husband is portrayed by Lochlyn Munro & her son Jason visit a remote island for Christmas called; “St. Nicholas Island Lighthouse”, only to find themselves running a real working lighthouse with a local cafe where she connects with the curt but cute owner named Peter. Melanie & Jason meet Earl, Mayor Katy Cameron, & Sarah. Peter teaches Jason how to use Morse Code by using spotlight by using Morse Code book.Townspeople play games. Peter gets Melanie a gifted lighthouse globe ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I usually avoid most that Chelsea Hobbs is in. Ever since the line in Nine Lives of Christmas --I am a professional model. She needed more acting lessons from that movie. She might have gotten a few so this was better. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ NAVIGATING CHRISTMAS **clean**
This was quite a sweet movie, although I can already tell it would probably be a bit forgettable for me. It was still enjoyable throughout. The struggle about being a mom of teenagers is real and something I am going through currently, so I can totally relate to the female lead character. I agree with what Jane said about Stephen Huszar - i feel the same.. he had always seemed to be so stiff, aloof and not showing too much personality. He was a bit better here than on some other movies. ~CH Mom


A Merry Scottish Christmas - November 18, 2023

πŸŽ„ A Merry Scottish Christmas - despite the fact that i am not fan of Royal themed movies i enjoyed this one. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A Merry Scottish Christmas is FANTASTIC!! –Maria

πŸŽ„ A Merry Scottish Christmas….the best thing about it was the scenery. Honestly it didn’t keep my attention and I kept leaving to do other things. ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Review: A Merry Scottish Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? You bet!

This was a treat from start to finish! Another recent movie where the romance angle takes a back seat to the relationships among family members. Here, the focus is primarily on repairing the relationship between brother and sister (Lacey and Scott) but also between these two and their mother and, to a lesser extent, between Scott and his wife. Lacey and Scott have a natural rapport together, perhaps because of their history. Top notch acting all around, and how about that surprise cameo...and Lacey's references to it?!! And the romance, while not the main focus, was still handled in a very believable manner. A charming and fun movie, not to be missed! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ I was tad let down by A Merry Scottish Christmas. The storyline for the brother fell flat. The character playing his wife was just a waste to me. So much storyline and not enough time? I wouldn't mind seeing it again, but IDK if I will? Family friendly, but missing something. Misty

πŸŽ„ A Merry Scottish Christmas... I enjoyed this one. Lacey is one of my favorites! It was family-friendly, a tad cheesy, but cute, warm, and charming! I could have done without the whiskey. I am very Scottish, but I don't drink. And I loved the accents, bagpipes and the highland fling dancers. It's been so long since I had my kilt on and do the Sword Dance. ;)

I thought Max was very sweet and was enjoying the character (still do), but then Will Kemp made an appearance!!! I would have loved to see him as the love interest, but I guess they thought he would take attention away from the brother. Am I the only one...When Lacey says,"Have we met before? " Was it because she acted with him in many films. An inside joke. If so, that was fun. ~Abigail

πŸŽ„ A Merry Scottish Christmas and A Paris Christmas Waltz. I guess I’m over saturated. Where is the Christmas. The waltz compitition could have been anytime. More of a Paris Travel ad. Liked characters but not much else. Same with the Scottish Christmas. A lot of traditions but most included drinking. Not really what Christmas means to me. Probably not many that will agree with me, but just my thoughts. ~JoCo

πŸŽ„ I also watched "A Merry Scottish Christmas" which was cute and had a fantastic cameo that I wasn't expecting but LOVED it. :-) I enjoyed Scott and Lacey together. Plus, the scenery was nice. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ A Merry Scottish Christmas. I’ll pretty much watch anything about Scotland! 😊 And the setting was so beautiful! Warning: possible spoilers ahead (but probably not anything that others haven’t already shared). Overall, the movie was cute and I enjoyed it, but the actual storyline was kinda “meh” and had a lot of holes (especially all the fabricated nonsense relating to succession for Dukes and who gets the estates and titles). And let’s assume that all that succession nonsense was accurate (which it is not) … why doesn’t the mother just make everything easy and become the Duchess (what else has she got to do?) and let Mac continue to run the estates and then she and her children can come and go as needed? I thought Lacey and Scott were good together as siblings but the storyline with Scott and his wife was a bit awkward. Not sure if that was due to the actress/singer who played his wife and seemed to be trying too hard to focus on acting and having an American accent instead of her native Irish (it’s a shame they couldn’t find a way to let her sing Christmas carols or something since that’s where she could’ve shined). Also, the infertility storyline was really too deep a subject to be a part of this lightweight movie, not to mention Scott is probably old enough to be a grandfather instead of a first-time father. And the actress who played their mother looked about the same age as Scott, so that was weird. On a bright note, I thought the Scottish actor that played Lacey’s romantic interest, Mac, was perfection for the role (we need to see more of him in future films!). And speaking of bright notes… I never watched Party of Five so I missed any hidden references. But I absolutely loved the hilarious Will Kemp cameo and the cute references to his movies with Lacey when she says “I only know how to waltz and tango” (The Christmas Waltz and The Dancing Detective)

This movie wasn’t really all that much about Christmas. It was more so about Scottish traditions, including winter solstice celebrations which are traditionally pagan affairs. The whiskey judging was weird. The character of Hamish was an over-the-top, hot mess. The ending of this movie was also a bit of a mess. But I loved the “dirty reindeer” drink of crushed cookies in hot chocolate – yum!! And I enjoyed the warmth of community that was shown in pubs and elsewhere.

So much about this movie just didn’t make sense but it was a lot of fun, nevertheless, especially for a lover of all things Scottish!! I loved these lines (paraphrased): “I think we took a wrong turn between Buckingham Palace and Downton Abbey.” and “Where is the snooze button on this guy?” Hah! Hamish and his bagpipes! Family friendly except for lots of alcohol; I doubt kids would like this one anyway (although, on second thought, they might find Hamish funny instead of annoying). ~~Jane


Holiday Hotline - November 19, 2023

πŸŽ„ Holiday Hotline- Such a funny and cute movie! :) –Maria

πŸŽ„ Holiday Hotline is family friendly about Abby moved out of London and has been working for a cooking hotline at a hotline for at-home chefs with Christmas cooking questions. And when she connects a frequent anonymous caller named Jack, a single Father becomes her in-person love interest, the virtual job makes its way into her personal life who is unknowingly smitten in real life. Jack has a Daughter named Jessica ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: Holiday Hotline -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Slightly leaning toward yes -

I have gone back and forth in deciding how to evaluate this movie. It has some really good stuff...which unfortunately is offset by some not-so-good stuff! First, the bad - the storyline is very contrived, where we once again have the two leads "accidentally" running into each other a lot. We have the dad, who (we assume) is British since it is mentioned more than once that the mom is American, but who speaks with an American accent. But the worst for me is the leader of the hotline...sooooo flamboyant and annoying...I cringed every time he came on. But then there is the good. I love Emily Tennant in this film. She is so good, and she reminds me a bit of Lyndsy Fonseca with her facial expressions when she is shocked or astonished, so charming! I also liked the actress who played the daughter - I thought she was very good. And finally, I thought it was very clever how the did the "split screen", actually having the two leads in the same room. Clever! So, at least for now, I am going to rate one a keeper, since I think the pros outway the cons. I would definitely give it at least a one-time watch. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Review: Holiday Hotline, part 2

Ooops...I forgot a couple of things in my review - sorry! Good: I was laughing out loud at a lot of the scenes where the callers were asking their questions on the hotline. And here is where you see the priceless facial expressions of Emily. So, so funny! Bad: Too many cringeworthy turkey jokes. But here too, the good outweighs the bad! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ I just watched Holiday Hotline and it was sweet. The daughter was super cute and I loved how the father was trying his best to make thanksgiving dinner special for her. There was one line where the girl asked her “do you need to buy a gift for a boyfriend, girlfriend, friend?” But nothing more, nothing to ruin the film. One time watch for me, but still cute. ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Mark, I forgot to mention that in my review. Yes, the supervisor of the hotline was borderline creepy! I don’t know something about his eyes and how he kept popping up. He also looked very similar to another actor who sometimes plays strange characters, Steve Buscemi, so I just kept seeing him 🀦🏻‍♀️πŸ˜‚ ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Movies I liked so far ( I do not have GAC). Navigating Christmas, A Very Scottish Christmas, Holiday Hotline, A Season for Family, Hall out the Holly--Lit Up. Out of these I really liked Holiday Hotline the best--great chemistry with the leads, and then A Very Scottish Christmas. Loved Lacey and Scott as brother and sister again. All family friendly, of course. ~Savvy Girl


Catch Me If You Claus - November 20, 2023

πŸŽ„ Catch Me if You Claus is family friendly is like reimagining Home Alone. Avery Quinn's shot at anchoring news clashes with a Santa-suited intruder named Chris, who insists he's Santa's Son on a first Christmas mission. They unravel a career-making story together. Twas the night before Christmas at Avery Quinn’s when her slumber’s disrupted by a would-be burglar.

She creeps through the house to check out the clatter & spies a Santa-clad man she thought would be Father. Avery jumps into action & ties him up tight, but he pleads for his freedom so he can finish the night. He claims to be Chris, Santa’s own son, who’s got to get going and finish his run. His Dad will be angry & kids will be sad, if they rise Christmas morning with no gifts to be had.

Avery thinks he’s the "Santa Crook" who’s been on the news & is bound and determined to not let him loose. The aspiring news anchor gets a great thought—she’ll take him to the cops and tell them he’s caught! Solving this crime wave will boost her career, but soon Avery & Chris will have much to fear.
A series of mishaps lead them to take flight from the police & the bad guys searching all night. Avery & Chris go place to place as Avery begins to crack this big case. The two work together to figure it out and soon Avery sees she has nothing to doubt. Chris brings gift for Avery a new boots & he points up his finger to bring up snow. They’re on Santa’s sleigh πŸ›· with reindeer. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Review: Catch Me if You Claus -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? No, no, no, no, NO! -

To be frank, this is one of the absolute worst movies I have ever seen on Hallmark!! I am not even going to begin to describe the various unbelievable plots and subplots - you can get an idea by reading the synopsis above - but a movie that portrays Santa's son as a bumbling idiot? And one that also includes crooks, cops, and, oh, a gangly musical troupe? I am guessing that they were going for comedy here (perhaps given the success of Three Wise Men and a Baby?) - at least I hope they were - but anything resembling humor falls completely flat. I can't tell you how many times during the movie I kept thinking to myself, "I don't believe this...I don't believe this..."! So, I am pretty sure that if you watch this movie, you will be sorry that you wasted a couple of precious hours. I know I am! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ Catch Me if You Claus Is family friendly and hilarious. I don't watch as much Hallmark as I used to, but decided to watch the beginning of this one just to see. I was laughing out loud after just a few scenes. Never thought about Luke MacFarlane playing slap stick comedy, but that's basically what this was in the beginning of the movie! Good movie! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Catch Me if You Claus” was neither family friendly nor entertaining. Despite being a big fan of Italia Ricci, I had to bail on this film when her character and Santa’s bumbling son (played by Luke Macfarlane) took refuge during a not-so-funny cops and robbers chase in the Rainbow Club, which featured a troupe of homosexual actors. Creepy and stupid are the only words I can think of to describe this clunker – Italia deserves better. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ Catch Me If You Claus. This one’s a “no”, for me. There were a few funny moments in this caper-type movie and I tried to stick with it, but this one was just more mess than I was in the mood to watch, so I quit when Santa Jr. (Luke) and Anchor Girl (Italia) got abducted around the halfway point. I see there have been questions as to whether it’s family friendly and I can’t say for sure since I didn’t watch all the way through. I will say that the questionable thespian troupe, in my opinion, was not blatantly homosexual and, honestly, kind of looked like any group of actors I have ever known (they’re generally all a bit of a unique lot!!). However, it WAS called the “Rainbow Club” and there were a few of the men that could be considered a bit effeminate and mildly flamboyant, so my guess would be that it truly was a homosexual acting troupe; but there was nothing really objectionable that I caught, at least in the first half of the movie. ~~Jane


Letters to Santa - November 24, 2023

πŸŽ„ Letters To Santa….Bummer because I feel like there was potential to be so much more with this storyline. The magic of Santa is always an exciting storyline for me, as I know many others love these movies as well. The magic pen writing letters was something new I hadn’t seen before but the relationship between the parents kind of ruined the film for me. I mean, they both clearly still had love for one another but neither seemed to be putting in the work. His whole reason for giving his mom the loan was “you have to help family” yes that is true, but to an extent. No one expects someone to abandon their parents when they marry but his new family was his wife when he married her so he should have acknowledged how she felt betrayed and apologized for not communicating with her. Then she admits she never asked for help/expressed herself growing up but doesn’t seem to want to change. I also don’t understand why the assistant Candy was even in the film. To throw a curveball in their working toward repairing their marriage? She wasn’t flirtatious with him, nor was he with her. No one was trying to play matchmaker with them so it was just strange to even have her in the film. The salsa class scene made no sense, and neither did her inviting the guy from her editor office to the holiday Christmas sweater party. I actually wanted to stop watching many times but wanted to be able to give a review to others so I continued watching. My favorite part was the grandma taking the letters from the mailbox and getting excited about playing Santa, but not enough to watch it again. ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Letters to Santa is family friendly about when young siblings named Sam & Izzy receive a magic pen πŸ–Š️ from Santa that appears to be granting wishes, they request a Christmas gift they want more than anything — for their separated parents named Rebecca & Enrique to reunite them. Sam writes to Santa & Izzy draw it, put them in the colored envelopes. Camilla or Candace gets Santa’s letter each night or early morning. Rebecca works at Hines Publishing for the booksπŸ“š. Camilla gets the family a dog. Enrique plays guitar 🎸 & sing 🎀. Sam & Izzy find their parents on bed πŸ›Œ. Sam gets a gift: PlayStation 5. Izzy gets a gift: Letters to Santa book to read. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Letters to Santa. Meh. It deals with a couple who have separated and are trying (mostly unsuccessfully due to busy, or their perceived busy, schedules) to make time for counseling in order to save their marriage and family, and they have two adorable children who now get bounced between homes (although, the parents, thankfully, do try to still do activities as a family unit). So, the topic is not a warm, fuzzy Christmas classic, to say the least! But, in some respects, this was handled rather realistically; even in our churches we see marriages in rocky situations, and at least this couple was trying to reconcile, and even though we saw their anger and frustration, we also saw the love and warmth they still had for each other. HOWEVER, I quit watching. Oops. I think I quit mainly because I was just not in the mood for marital issues (and I wasn’t overly fond of the wife character), but then they introduced a beautiful young female manager at the husband’s family restaurant and it just felt like the writers/director were trying to throw an infidelity-type obstacle into the movie. From what I saw and from reading other reviews, I don’t think that really happened but I just was not in the mood to keep watching to see get to the happily ever after. It probably actually turned out to be an okay movie, especially with the grandmother character, who was great. The parts I saw were technically clean and there were adorable kids and a puppy, but I really don’t think it’s a movie to watch with young children. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ As charming as Letters to Santa looked, it was lame. –Maria


Holiday Road - November 24, 2023

πŸŽ„ Holiday Road is clean, and probably 1 of my favorite Hallmark movies this Season. –Maria

πŸŽ„ Holiday Road is family friendly is based an inspired true story about a group of holiday travelers are stranded at an airport for holidays due bad weather & agree to rent a van due a road trip to Denver. When their expected journey leads them into uncharted territory, they must navigate a series of misadventures that brings them closer together. A tech entrepreneur, a travel writer, a devoted Mother & her Son, a stubborn Senior, an enigmatic woman with a hint of mystery, a couple traveling from HK, & a social media influencer agree to rent a shared van to embark on the road trip to Denver. Those travelers are at Maya’s place who is alone at Christmas. They bring some food & eat together. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Holiday Road is family friendly. It’s a true story. Every holiday season, over 7 million of us take to the skies… Unless you’re one of thousands of flights that get cancelled. It’s an inspired true events ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Holiday Road. I tend to like more the deep-heart drama stories but that one had just the right mix of light and depth. ~Lizzy R.

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Holiday Road” is a touching and family-friendly story about nine travelers forced to share a van from Portland to Denver for Christmas, after their flight gets cancelled. I mostly enjoyed how they became friends during the journey as their personal stories and life circumstances were shared among each other. The romance and chemistry between Dana and Clay (played by Sara Canning and Warren Christie) is classic Hallmark, and both were a joy to watch. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ HOLIDAY ROAD **clean** I haven't watched a lot of Christmas movies this month but this one was sooo good! Honestly, it might be hard to top. I was skeptical when I read the synopsis but it was nothing like I imagined. It was so enjoyable and really really fun to watch! It was like watching 7 Christmas stories in 1 movie. Some parts were so funny, some were touching, some parts were heartbreaking. Loved the banter between the leads which couldn't be more different, but opposite definitely attracted :) My favorite scene was when Ember sang Amazing Grace and the group broke into tears. This was such a beautiful movie. Really well done! ~CH Mom


Christmas in Notting Hill - November 25, 2023

πŸŽ„ As nice as Christmas in Notting Hill looks, I wouldn't consider it to be entirely clean: Men in drag are included before the1st hour is up. –Maria

πŸŽ„ CHRISTMAS IN NOTTING HILLS **clean** We are a big soccer family in our home and as someone who watches English Premier League football/soccer.. this movie is right up my alley. It did make me cringe a lot at a few of the small details. The game scene in the stadium of course had to be creatively recorded somehow, but it just looked fake. For someone who claimed to like soccer, how could Georgia not know who Graham was? It was not quite believable. Also I am not sure about the ending. Did Georgia move, but she took the special Ed job? I am confused. Other than that, the movie was quite sweet. Probably forgettable, and definitely won't be the best one this year. ~CH Mom

πŸŽ„ Christmas in Notting Hill. Nope. Most of the acting was subpar. Although, I think I would like the lead actor in a better movie with a better lead actress. And I’m not sure if it’s the writing or the directing, but this movie just felt weird and awkward. Even so, it would’ve probably had potential to be a decent “second-string” movie, if they hadn’t completely ruined it with the drag show and the whole family attending and cheering for the men in drag. Yuck. Not to mention, in the beginning we find out that usually the one sister lives with her boyfriend but he temporarily moved out to make room for the visiting sister to stay. So… not family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Christmas in Notting Hill - Didn't care for this at all. Just had it on for background waiting for Haul out the Holly to come on, but the actors were not great and no chemistry at all. Didn't seem like a Christmas movie at all. ~Savvy Girl

πŸŽ„ Christmas in Notting Hill - nice, one time watch. Didn't understand the meaning of her dream job, travelling special edication teacher? To travel internationally? I've studied something similar and i've never heard about this occupation. Not everywhere people speakenglish so i don't understand how this could work. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Christmas in Notting Hill” fell flat for me because it’s hard to believe that the sister visiting from the USA would not have known her future brother-in-law was a world-famous soccer player. Secondly, the film makes reference to the sister living in London co-habitating with her soon-to-be fiancΓ©, and it includes a totally unnecessary scene of a Christmas drag show (in which a 10-year old girl was watching). Shame on Hallmark for promoting this kind of depravity and ruining a promising story with wokeness. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ Movies like Christmas at Notting Hill is the reason I hate watching the Hallmark channel. Why do the always need to slip in woke messages. I loved all 3 GAF Thanksgiving weekend movies. I loved a Christmas for the ages talked about God many times. ~Ken


Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up - November 25, 2023

πŸŽ„ Review: Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? No -

I didn't care for the first Haul Out the Holly movie, because everyone (except for Lacey) was too self-centered for my liking. Same with this one, except now we have more self-centered people with the arrival of the new neighbors. So because of this, plus the over-the-top storyline, this sequel is a non-keeper for me. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ The antics on the sequel of Haul out the Holly was over the top. I know that is the reason for the movie--BUT I can only take so much before I turn the channel or turn the TV off --which is what I did tonight. I hate saying this as I usually enjoy most of Lacey Chabert's and Wes Brown's work. This was not to my liking. I am sure that it was others cup of tea. Just one I did not care for. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Haul out the Holly Lit up - i have to agree with others, it's unbelievably silly movie. Lacey plays the only sane character in these movies. Wes character is slightly less irritating in this one but still unbearable most of the time. Only scenes that are worth watching are romantic scenes between Lacey's and Wes's characters. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Watched Haul Out the Holly 2 last night. I will say I liked it better the first, I love the happily ever after sequels. When we can see the 2 main cast as a loving couple. And these two(Jared and Emily) were greatly paired. No strife, and in stressed moments they supported one another. Both of them did a great job acting. Now, the neighbors were harder to watch. Way to childish. I probably skipped about 1/3 of their scenes. ~Abigail


Our Christmas Mural - November 26, 2023

πŸŽ„ Our Christmas Mural is family friendly about a single Mother named Olivia returns home for Christmas with her Son & she teams up with a teacher named Will to create a mural for holiday contest & Benjamin Ayres makes a cameo at the beginning of the movie. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “Our Christmas Mural” is a family-friendly story featuring Alex Paxton-Beesley as Olivia, a painter looking for inspiration; and Dan Jeannotte as Will, an art teacher who teams with Olivia to paint a mural for their town’s Christmas celebration. The dialogue was upbeat and fun, and the romance was sweet. ~MPT

πŸŽ„ Our Christmas Mural. I really enjoyed this one and thought it was an excellent, mature production that was well-acted all around and well written and directed. Sweet movie with a unique twist for a town’s Christmas celebration. Nice, warm, caring family. Great chemistry between the leads, with some cute banter. I love Dan Jeannotte and he was perfect as an elementary school art teacher and art therapist. This one’s a keeper, for me, and I would definitely consider buying the dvd. Family friendly. ~~Jane


A Biltmore Christmas - November 26, 2023

πŸŽ„ I loved A Biltmore Christmas! The dialogue, costume, location, music, it was all so lovely and magical. I have never seen Bethany & Kristoffer together but they had such a natural chemistry. But honestly I am so confused on the ending, can someone please explain…. ~Paula

πŸŽ„ BILTMORE CHRISTMAS **clean** Oh wow! I was so happy to be surprised by this movie. I did not read the synopsis of it nor saw the preview before watching it. I just knew that with Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha as the leads, it's a must-watch. I have a soft spot for old movies and I couldn't love this more. I honestly did not know what to expect and I was totally engaged from beginning to end. This movie has everything: a little suspense, a little Christmas miracle, a ton of chemistry. It was a delight to watch and I was sad when it ended... I wanted more, ha! Kris Polaha was just soooo charming and Bethany Joy was incredible. This will be hard to top. Well done, Hallmark! ~CH Mom

πŸŽ„ I watched both ‘A World Record Christmas’ and ‘A Biltmore Christmas’ last evening. And, I have to say both movies brought me so much joy. The cast in both movies was exceptional. Let’s breakdown why both of these gems are now on my favorite Christmas movies of 2023 list. 😊

I LOVED ‘A Biltmore Christmas’ so much! I also highly recommend this movie as well. Full disclosure, my husband and I have been vacationing in Western North Carolina since 2011. We visit multiple times a year and we even went once during the first year of covid. There is a lovely B & B, where we stay, that I knew would be a safe haven. So, this movie hold’s a special place in my heart because Biltmore is one of my favorite places on earth. The way the brought the estate to life with lighting and clothing and dialogue. It was exquisite. And memorable and just beautiful. I thought Kristoffer and Bethany were perfectly cast. Their onscreen chemistry was off the charts. This movie has now replaced ‘A Paris Christmas Waltz’ as my favorite Christmas movie of 2023. Time travel movies can be tricky, if they aren’t done right, but for me, this one checked all of the boxes. Also, the cameos were priceless. The 1940’s are my favorite era and this movie made me so very happy. 😊 This one is a keeper! ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Biltmore Christmas……This was the one movie I was really looking forward to and so happy to report it was really great! Family- friendly! Funny, nostalgic, and just very well done. Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristopher Polaha were perfect. I love all the nods to classic Christmas movies. I think they based His Merry Wife roughly on The Bishop’s Wife. The male lead in Merry Wife was quite similar to David Niven and Kristopher Polaha could pass for Cary Grant, though not comical. They also had scenes similar to Shop Around the Corner, White Christmas, and of corse Clarence from It’s A Wonderful Life. That just made it so special! The actors were great and the photographer friend was so funny!!! I’m glad they included her in a more important role! Usually a character wouldn’t share a time traveling secret but I’m so glad they did! I usually do not like the time travel movies. They’re just sort of weird. But I don’t know how anyone could not like Biltmore. I wanted to watch it again as soon as I finished! ***Spoilers**** The end was still pretty weird. I was thinking, don’t tell me they’re not going to end up together, but then they did and that really didn’t make sense. Where was he for 80 years? Floating through space? Strange! Plus, how is she going to explain it to everyone? I do wish they would’ve let the photographer meet him at the end. That would’ve added another funny scene to sort of complete the movie. This is a must watch movie for everyone especially old movie fans!!! Well done! -

The scene with Rachel and Wes was funny too. And did anyone else notice who the director was in that end scene? Mary McDonough who played Erin in the original Waltons. That was neat! —Anonymous1

πŸŽ„ Absolutely loved A Biltmore Christmas. What a perfect movie. The last time I felt like this about one of their movies was Crown for Christmas. A Biltmore Christmas was original and the chemistry was perfect between Bethany and Kristopher. I especially loved Margaret and Winston. Bravo, Hallmark! Well done. ~Savvy Girl

πŸŽ„ Review: A Biltmore Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes, with a caveat -

I have a problem with time travel movies, because unless a person travels back just to observe and does not become part of the past events, there are always holes that can be found...because when a person become involved in the past, they must be part of what actually happened - no one can change what has happened in the past. So when Lucy goes back to 1947 and becomes part of that setting, she had to actually had been there in 1947...which apparently she was, since she broke the hourglass. But then, why wasn't she the actual candy/cigarette girl in the film when she was filmed on the set? But here's an even bigger hole - what has happened to Lucy in the interim period? And what about Jack - what happened to him between 1947 and when he arrives in the present? Non-existent?

I know, I am probably analyzing this way too closely and should just go with the flow. (But that is why I have trouble with time travel movies.) So, if I just go with the flow, yes, this is a really good movie. The Biltmore was beautiful, the acting (and singing!) by Bethany Joy and Kristoffer was top-notch with great chemistry between the two, the cinematography was right on, and the storyline - time-travel aside - was unique and interesting. Plus, I loved the cameos and their reference to their movie! So for these reasons, yes, it is a keeper, but it is also why I enjoy last year's A Holiday Spectacular more - a setting in the past without any time travel. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ I just watched A Biltmore Christmas, and I can honestly say it was my favorite so far this season! Absolutely family friendly, and it had me invested from the very beginning. There wasn't a moment where I was bored or distracted. Kristoffer Polana was made to play a classic Hollywood leading man; he was absolutely perfect in the role of 40s actor John Huston. He also had great chemistry with Bethany Joy Lenz. I wasn't sure how they were going to resolve it, either, which is rare in a Hallmark movie. There were moments that were so hilarious while others brought tears to my eyes. I would 100% watch this again. My entire family loved it! ~melnewlife

πŸŽ„ Oooh!! I just adored A Biltmore Christmas. My favorite of the year so far!! I could watch it over and over again! Family friendly and great chemistry!! Kristoffer was terrific for that time setting. Loved the two of them singing in a old Jazzy style, the wardrobe, and the characters were all very charming. This is one that I'll buy, wish we could see more films in that era.

I love how Hallmark has been putting inside jokes, mentioning other movies during a film and it was fun seeing Wes Brown and Rachel Boston. ~Abigail

πŸŽ„ A Biltmore Christmas is absolutely amazing!! –Maria

πŸŽ„ A Biltmore Christmas - i am not really sure if i've even planned to watch this but i gave it a try because i hoped it will be a little bit realistic, silly me, it was basically fairytale with clear message "older is better". Want to add, i just watched 15 minutes or so. I know that Hallmark and Hallmark-like movies are already known as unrealistic romantic fantasies but i probably sometimes forget about that. It will be (probably) a bit hit but it's definitely nothing for me. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A Biltmore Christmas was wonderful. Bethany and Kris were prefect together. Their on screen chemistry literally jumps off the screen!! I'm not a real big fan of time travel but this one is different. Of course I was happy to see the Biltmore featured in a movie since it's located in my state!! It's a magical place and was a perfect setting for the movie. Instant classic!! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ Agree A Biltmore Christmas is a great movie. Hallmark is making more holiday movies that are family friendly maybe because they see people are leaving and going to GAC. ~Ken


My Norwegian Holiday - December 1, 2023

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “My Norwegian Holiday” is family-friendly and features Rhiannon Fish as a PhD student who accompanies an injured Olympic skier back to his hometown in Bergen, Norway. The story is a little far-fetched given the endless series of coincidences, but the Nordic scenery and holiday traditions that were showcased made this most enjoyable. Kudos to Ms. Fish and her co-star David Elsendoorn. ~MPT


A Not So Royal Christmas - December 2, 2023

πŸŽ„ A Not so Royal Christmas is so much fun and a sheer delight! (plus, did anyone catch that small promo blip for Lovuary?). Only vice I could find is that the female lead admitted to previously living unmarried with her ex at the start. –Maria


Christmas With a Kiss (working title) - December 3, 2023

Magic in Mistletoe - December 8, 2023

Christmas on Cherry Lane - December 9, 2023
*Please note: This movie will feature a same-sex couple.

Round and Round - December 10, 2023

The Secret Gift of Christmas (working title) - December 15, 2023

Sealed With a List - December 16, 2023

Friends & Family Christmas - December 17, 2023
*Please note: This movie will feature a same-sex couple.


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Ms. Christmas Comes to Town - October 26, 2023

πŸŽ„ "Ms. Christmas Comes to Town" -- family-friendly. The stellar cast made a beautiful story here! I'm not sure any other actors could have pulled it off with the right feel. It brought both smiles and misty eyes, and I enjoyed the watch. ~Alicia

πŸŽ„ Ms. Christmas Comes To Town is family friendly and a great movie. Was a little slow at the start but boy did it take off! I believe this is best performance I have ever seen Barbara Niven do! Everyone was great, but she was outstanding. It a must watch! Warning...tear jerker! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ I loved "Ms Christmas Comes to Town" ! It is family friendly, and it was nice to hear "Merry Christmas" so much in this movie. It was very well acted and Barbara Niven was PERFECT for this role. There was plenty of Christmas in this and it was just really good! So many sweet moments, but heartbreaking as well. This is one i will definitely watch again. ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ I broke my own rule last night and watched Ms. Christmas Comes To Town on HMM. Family friendly! Brennan Elliott was good with Erica Durance. Barbara Niven was outstanding in her role. This movie surprised me. I skipped all the commercials so I would not see something offensive. So glad I watched this! First Hallmark movie in a while for me. ~kitkat

πŸŽ„ Thank you Hallmark for eulogizing Ms. Christmas passing down commercializing Christmas to a protege. The story would have been fine if they'd left Christmas out of it entirely. Who had the bright idea of reversing the message of Brendan's movie Love You like Christmas? ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Ms. Christmas was amazing! Family friendly and will definitely watch again. Love Brennan Elliot , Barbara, and Erica together. This story was emotional, and was full of love, and second chances. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ "Ms. Christmas Comes to Town" was also very good. I am sorry to hear the ratings were terrible because it was worth watching. :-) ~Joan

πŸŽ„ Ms. Christmas Comes to Town. Sweet little movie with a slightly different twist from all the others out there. It was kind of slow and underwhelming but also quite nice. I loved the very festive Holiday Tour bus and kind of want one of my own now (so long as it comes with a Murray to drive it!). The romance was sweet but it was kind of backseat to the rest of the story; the romantic meet-cute was good and I appreciated that "the kiss" and the feelings were revealed early in the movie instead of the last two minutes. The casting was perfect for this story; Erica and Brennan were spot-on (although I would have liked more development of Brennan’s character); Barbara Niven was great (and I loved that she had zero makeup on in the hospital scenes). I’m glad they didn’t get all mawkish and depressing at the end, but I also thought it ended rather abruptly and awkwardly. The other thing that didn’t thrill me was the constant stressing of the need to believe in Christmas magic – ugh. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ "Ms. Christmas Comes to Town" is definitely one you have to be prepared to watch. But, even though there were sad parts, there was also joy, a meet-cute, great acting and reconnections. Barbara was sublime. I forget sometimes how great she is. She was perfect in her role. But, Brennan, Erica and Mark were also fantastic. ~Joan


My Christmas Guide - November 2, 2023

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Guide was family friendly and pretty sweet. ~Grace

πŸŽ„ Review: My Christmas Guide -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes -

I really enjoyed this movie! An original plot, with a lead actor who is legally blind in real life! The romance was nicely paced (read: not rushed!), with good acting and chemistry between the leads. Plus, I learned so much about guide dogs and their relationship with their trainers and owners! The only downside was the editing - choppy in places, and what was with the sped-up traffic scene near the end?? Still, this is one of the most heartwarming movies I've seen in a while. A definite keeper for me! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Guide. Two words kept coming to mind throughout this whole movie: “awkward” and “odd”. The dialogue was often quite awkward. The music was odd and overpowering. The lead guy was initially grumpy and rude, and a bit odd through the whole movie. The lead actress had another boyfriend during most of the movie and that character was so distasteful that it made the whole thing unenjoyable. I found myself cringing throughout a good bit of the movie. On the other hand, the young girl was sweet and I loved the dog! It wasn’t a horrible movie, probably okay for a one-time watch, but it just didn’t float my boat, plus it wasn’t all that Christmassy. I think this had potential but I don’t feel like the writers/directors lived up to that potential. I’m not against movies with characters who have certain disabilities or hurdles that they must face in life, but I am getting a bit tired of Hallmark preaching to us, it seems to be all the rage now. (I still have not watched “Guiding Emily” and based on all the reviews here, I’m hoping I will like that “disability” movie much more than this one.) Family friendly but not a keeper for me. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Guide is clean, and so so good!! –Maria

πŸŽ„ My Christmas Guide. Some may not like, but I liked seeing Amber Marshall again. I liked that it dealt with another side of disabilities and how they cope. Felt there was a good chemistry with both leads and the daughter. I personally would watch again. ~JoCo

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “My Christmas Guide” is a family-friendly and touching story about a blind college professor/single father (Ben Mehl) adopting a seeing-eye dog from guide dog trainer (Amber Marshall). The two leads bond despite him not being able to see how beautiful she is, and because of her appreciating his willingness to share his fears and feelings about being blind. The chemistry between the two is portrayed in a unique and sweet way given his disability, and the love they share with Max, the guide dog, is adorable. It’s a keeper! ~MPT

πŸŽ„ "My Christmas Guide" ... is an exceptional movie. My husband and I finally carved out time to view it last night and I have to say it was worth the wait. Both Amber and Ben pulled at our heartstrings as did Ben's daughter Ava. Great movie that I highly recommend. Wonderful message about forgiveness and helping people even when they have been awful to you. ~Joan

πŸŽ„ "My Christmas Guide" is family friendly and this was my top pick of the weekend! I really enjoyed this one. I thought the actors were terrific and had really good chemistry together. I really emjoyed the actress who played the daughter, she was such a cutie! I learned so much about guide dogs, and was glad that was part of the story line! ~Sarah

πŸŽ„ Hallmark’s “My Christmas Guide” is a family-friendly and touching story about a blind college professor/single father (Ben Mehl) adopting a seeing-eye dog from guide dog trainer (Amber Marshall). The two leads bond despite him not being able to see how beautiful she is, and because of her appreciating his willingness to share his fears and feelings about being blind. The chemistry between the two is portrayed in a unique and sweet way given his disability, and the love they share with Max, the guide dog, is adorable. It’s a keeper! ~MPT

πŸŽ„ I totally disagree with the 'odd' and 'awkward' comment about My Christmas Guide. I love this movie, one of the best Hallmark movies I've seen in a long time! Yes, the two lead characters end up falling for each other at the end, (predictable for Hallmark) but the storyline about a person with a sudden disability (blindness), the struggles he has with coping with such a life-changing event, the compassion and beautiful humanity of the dog trainer, was beautifully and emotionally portrayed. It was not 'preachy' at all. And of course you had to love the guide dog. I also loved Guiding Emily. I watch both of them whenever they are shown and will continue to. Way to go Hallmark! ~Anonymous


Mystery on Mistletoe Lane - November 9, 2023

πŸŽ„ I really liked Mystery on Mistletoe Lane. It was very clean and family friendly, other than divorced parents. It was a new a different story line and good acting. ~Lizzy R

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane. That was really fun! A nice sentimental mystery/scavenger hunt. Sweet budding romance(s). Beautiful, refined decorations in the Mistletoe Manor house and historical society (such a breath of fresh air after the fake and over-the-top decorating in other movies). All the actors were quite good. The movie had its unrealistic moments but, overall, it was just a really nice, feel-good, family movie. A keeper, for now. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Review: Mystery on Mistletoe Lane -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes -

I wouldn't think it would be easy to come up with a plot that incorporates Christmas with a mystery and that is family-friendly (that is, it doesn't involve a murder). But this movie does the job very nicely. Granted, the kids (and later with the adults' help) seemed to solve each clue rather quickly, but it helped in moving the movie right along. It was also nice to see romance develop between the older couple as well as between the two leads, and how David's dad changed because of the end result. Very enjoyable from start to finish! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ I caught some of Mystery of Mistletoe Lane on YouTube and it was ok. The storyline wasn't as as emotional as it was trying to be to me. The house was gorgeous, but it wasn't used to the greatest effect and there was no chemistry at all between anyone. She seemed more of an aunt than mother. It was obviously not cold when they filmed and to me took away from creating that Christmas feel. The ending seemed to rushed and there was no romance. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane is clean, and quite intriguing. Felt nice to watch a stand alone mystery on this network for the 1st time in a couple of years. –Maria

πŸŽ„ We enjoyed Mystery on Mistletoe Lane. Family-friendly. The kids were cute and it was nice to see Victor Webster again. Seems like it's been a long time since the Wedding Veil movies. CJ

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane is family friendly about Heidi Wicks, the new historical society director for cozy New England town New Hollow. She’s just relocated from North Carolina with her two kids named Annie & Garrett just in time to spruce up the historical center for the holidays. Her family also took up the historical society’s offer to move into a historical home, a home that the previous director steered clear of. Oh — and the previous director David Rawlings is still hanging around doing handyman work for the historical society called; “The New Hollow Historical Society & Museum”. That’s not an awkward working arrangement at all!

Then a pair of discoveries rock Heidi’s status quo & give her kids a surprise mystery to solve. First, Heidi learns that she’s actually moved into Mistletoe Manor, a house that once upon a time lit up New Hollow like it was Rockefeller Center. As for her kids, who are not too pleased about this December move, they discover that there are reindeer figurines hidden throughout the manor that are paired with tiny scrolls that contain clues to the other figurines. Suddenly moving to this tiny town doesn’t seem so dull, does it?

With her job potentially on the line thanks to a real scrooge of a deputy mayor, Heidi sets out to resurrect Mistletoe Manor to its early 20th century glamour while her kids try to uncover the the secrets contained in the manor’s walls — literally. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane - brilliant! Though I prefer comedies this light hearted family mystery was a great watch. Definitely one to watch with the kids as the kids in this movie are not accessories but a part of the actual plot. A woman moves to New England to lead the historical society, the house she moves into has a reindeer figurine treasure hunt through the old house. ~Anonymous
 
πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane is family friendly. Was a little slow to me in the beginning but it's gets better as the movie goes along. Different storyline for sure and lots of twist and turns. Good acting and chemistry between the leads. It's a 2 time watch for me. ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane – This is a fun, family-friendly, mystery-themed Christmas movie from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. I enjoyed watching the children get wrapped up in trying to solve this mystery from the past and how each clue led to another puzzle. The only thing I thought was unrealistic was that there should’ve been a lot more dust/webs with each clue and puzzle since they had been there for nearly 70 years! Other than that, it was a cute story all ages can enjoy together. ~Net

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane - Joyce in Carolina, I agree with you. I loved this movie! Victor Webster is a favorite of mine. ~kitkat

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane: I really enjoyed this movie on HMM. I haven't watched anything Hallmark in a while, but I gave this a shot since Victor Webster was in it. He is best when he's like that character, love him like that and the banter between the leads was fun to watch (their romance at the end was just a bonus in this movie)! This was a really cool mystery intertwined with the Christmas season. The supporting cast was great, especially the kids. The characters of Wallace and Linda were too cute (although I wasn't sure about Wallace at first). I liked that the kids took on the mystery and then eventually asked for help (loved the clues/reindeer). When Wallace comes clean about himself, it's such an endearing and somewhat heartbreaking story that put a few tears in my eyes. When we saw/heard the last clue/poem, well that was just a tearjerker moment. Overall, it was a really good movie that I'll definitely put on my favorites list. ~Debbie

πŸŽ„ Mystery on Mistletoe Lane is family friendly. I thought it was fun how the kids got all into figuring out their mystery and the 2 leads had really sweet chemistry. Had some fun family moments. It was fun to try and figure out the clues with the kids. Just a really well done movie. Its is definitely one I will watch again :) ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Whew! I need more time to get through the movie options. All were family-friendly. The ones that stand out to me were Mystery on Mistletoe Lane, Everything Christmas, Christmas Island, Christmas Keepsake, and A Christmas Blessing. I liked the multi-generational aspect of Mystery on Mistletoe Lane. ~Maire


A World Record Christmas - November 16, 2023

πŸŽ„ A World Record Christmas is by far and away, the best HMM Christmas movie I have seen this year!!!! This needs to be on DVD next year!! –Maria

πŸŽ„ Review: A World Record Christmas -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Oh Yes! -

I'll be honest, after reading the plot description a while ago, I didn't think I would like this movie. Turns out, I was right - I LOVE this movie! The romance part - about the mother of an autistic 12-year-old boy and her new husband who try to deepen their relationship - is a minor subplot to the real storyline about this boy and his relationship to his mother, father, stepdad and girl friend (two words) as he challenges himself to break a Jenga world record. This movie captivated me from start to finish, and near the end when disaster strikes (not wanting to give too much away here), I felt soooo bad for him! The acting throughout is top-notch, especially by the young man who has autism in real life. And this movie supports my long-held belief that Nikki DeLoach is one of the best Hallmark actresses around! A must-see! ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ A World Record Christmas - very ambitious to create a film centered around an autistic character, given how deeply personal the subject is to so many people. I am autistic, and at first I did not intend to see the movie, because due to mental health issues I’ve developed in adulthood, I’ve sometimes had panic attacks when encountering negative depictions of autistics. But I decided to take a chance and I’m glad I did, because I did not experience panic, and I found the family relationship moments very moving and beautiful. Autism is such a tricky subject because there are such highs and lows to being autistic and I think it’s important to show both. It brings such great challenges, but it is not a disease or a tragedy, and finding a balanced way to depict it is about as tricky as balancing all those Jenga blocks. But while I might quibble with some of the details, I thought it had a really good overall tone, which is not an easy feat. And the relationships in their little family are truly beautiful, from the sweet romance between a husband and wife who don’t handle everything perfectly but are consistently deeply committed and loving toward each other; to the mother-son relationship in which the mom always tries to discern and address his needs, even when he has a hard time articulating them; to the relationship between the boy and his kind, caring, accepting, devoted stepdad (which I may have shed tears over at one point). Overall a sweet enjoyable movie - and the stepdad is definitely my favorite Lucas Bryant role to date! :) ~RC

πŸŽ„ A World Record Christmas was a very sweet movie! I enjoyed it. A nice change from Hallmark's chick flicks. Of course I want to see the romance most of the time, but every now and then it's enjoyable to see a family film. It was nice to see them as a happy married couple. And family-friendly. ~Abigail

πŸŽ„ I watched “A World Record Christmas” on YouTube. Charlie is an autistic boy, his Mom named Marissa, his Stepfather named Eric, his biological Father named Peter, his best friend named Amy is with her Mom named Jane.

This movie is really emotional. Charlie’s best friend Amy doesn’t know that she hurt Charlie’s feelings - by he’s saying heartbeat. Charlie’s best friend Amy thinks he’s weird because of complicated & he ran upstairs in his room until his Stepfather Eric talks to him. Amy talks with Marissa that she doesn’t mean to because of his emotional. She talks to Charlie for seconds until Charlie’s parents done at Brookview Library . Amy tells Charlie, it’s not complicated & she gives him a hug. Amy & Charlie get along so well. Eric & Marissa rekindled their relationship. Charlie’s biological Father Matt is there watching Charlie to break the record 1,401 Jenga Blocks ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ A World Record Christmas is family friendly and a great movie that addresses a very sensitive subject. The whole cast did a very good job in their roles! I have a grandson and great nephew that is autistic, so this story was very special to me. I have to say Hallmark did a great job on this movie! ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„ World Record Christmas - This was really nice, an emotional family film. Hallmark is diversifying their stories and this one I really enjoyed, it isn't a romance at all just relationships between established families and the struggles of raising a kid on the spectrum and dealing with emotions. Very nicely done. There was a bit at the end with the bio father I didn't like but I won't spoil it. Definitely a watch and you might need tissues. –MS

πŸŽ„ A World Record Christmas was such a sweet movie! Tears throughout the movie. Nikki Deloach and Lucas Bryant were both perfect and so natural as his parents. The boy who played Charlie, I don’t know if he was really autistic but he was so great in his role as well. The end was so cute seeing them have another baby. The only thing I was a little letdown by was the whole story with his biological dad. It was heartbreaking to see him wish and hope for him to show up but then when he did at the end, I don’t know if that was good or not. I mean, no one saw him so he just smiled and left as if he was content to leave seeing Charlie happy and well with his mom and stepdad. But what was the story of why he was never present in his life? He looked confused when he met with the mom at the restaurant and she stormed out….I think it was probably for the best that charlie didn’t see him at the end so that he wouldn’t be let down if he disappeared again. Family friendly and such a touching story about teaching kids to believe in themselves. ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Since her movie Taking the Reins, I'm not a big Nikki fan, personally, but her acting is good and the movies she chooses are more unique choices than others. A World Record Christmas is a deeply moving film. Fam-friendly. ~Allie B

πŸŽ„ A World Record Christmas is family & friendly. It’s based an inspired true story of courage 12 years old Auldin Maxwell. The movie is so emotional & heartfelt. Charlie Parsons is based on Auldin Maxwell, he’s an autism is determined to break a Guinness World Record by stacking 1,400 Jenga blocks. In the spirit of the holidays, his Mother named Marissa & Stepfather named Eric Parsons organize a fundraiser to give the townspeople an opportunity to decorate & donate a block. Charlie’s best friend named Amy, she’s a caring friend of Charlie. 15 years old Auldin Maxwell with an autism spectrum makes a cameo when he walks toward Charlie & Amy. Aias Dalman is an autistic actor in real life as Charlie Parsons. Charlie’s biological Father named Peter isn’t around much in Charlie’s life because he’s busy working & he works at Shaw Law Firm. Charlie’s gift his best friend; Amy with a pendant with birthstone for Christmas. Charlie could have his own personal record by stacking 1,401 Jenga Blocks. Eric & Marissa rekindle their relationship. Charlie offers his Stepfather; Eric a reserved a seat πŸ’Ί for being his real Dad. Eric & Charlie hug. Charlie’s biological Father; Peter is there. Eric & Marissa are so proud of Charlie. Marissa takes a picture of Charlie & Amy, Jenga Champion of the universe. Amy & Charlie get along. Amy wears reindeer sweater looks exactly that Chris wore it with help with her Twin Sister; Kate Lockhart to choice snowman or reindeer sweaters from Switched for Christmas ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ HMM has the most heart-felt movies! I watched A World Record Christmas because I love Lucas Bryant. When that young man's tears fell because his dad was not there, tears fell from my eyes too. If you love kids, this movie will tug at your heartstrings. Great acting by everyone in this movie. I will definitely watch again. ~kitkat

πŸŽ„ I watched both ‘A World Record Christmas’ and ‘A Biltmore Christmas’ last evening. And, I have to say both movies brought me so much joy. The cast in both movies was exceptional. Let’s breakdown why both of these gems are now on my favorite Christmas movies of 2023 list. 😊

‘A World Record Christmas’ was wholesome and so realistic. It was refreshing to see a family dynamic that was authentic in every way possible. Oh my gosh Nikki and Lucas was phenomenal together. The love they had for Charlie was so moving and it was nice seeing a solid couple who weren’t trying to find out how they fit. Nikki and Lucas already figured it out and together they built a relationship that most people strive for and pray for. I highly recommend this sweet movie. ~Joan


A Season for Family - November 22, 2023

πŸŽ„ A Season for Family was such a sweet movie! Brendan Penny is one of those actors who can do the romantic comedies and dramas really well, he did an amazing job. I could really feel his inner conflict of wanting to give his son his brother but also protecting him from what he didn’t know for fear of how he would take it, as well as grieving doing that without his wife. The sister was great in her role, Iv seen her in another movie but can’t remember the title. Family friendly, would definitely watch again. ~Paula

πŸŽ„ Review: A Season for Family -
Family-friendly? Yes -
Keeper? Yes -

I'm amazed at how many movies this season have the love story take a back seat to relationships among family members...and all of them have been keepers for me. Here we have developing relationships between two brothers who have been adopted by different families, become friends, but don't know they are brothers. We also have the dad of one boy who is struggling with whether-or-not to tell his son he is adopted. And yes, we have the romance between the dad and the mother of the other adopted boy. I thought that how the parents handled the relationships with their children and with each other was handled very well, very sweetly. And while Brendan Penny did another fine job here (he was great in Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas), I was not familiar with Stacey Farber, and I thought she was really, really good, with a great range of emotions. An unusual and wonderfully told story makes this a keeper for me. ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„ A Season for Family is a very sweet (and clean) movie! –Maria

πŸŽ„ I enjoyed A Season For Family. The only issue I had is that I could not see Brendan Penny and Jessica Sipos as siblings-- I kept seeing them as the married couple they played on Chesapeake Shores. ~Suburban Prep


Time for Her to Come Home for Christmas - November 30, 2023

πŸŽ„ I got to watch Time for Her to Come Home for Christmas early, and I am so happy to report that it is a perfectly clean movie!! Plus, there is a couple of Easter Eggs included in it, so you may want to keep your eyes peeled. –Maria

πŸŽ„ Time For Her To Come Home For Christmas. Family -friendly. END OF AN ERA? This "Coming Home" Series has been one of my favourites with last year's Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas the high point. I have seen all but Time For You.........where the female lead had been married before. It feels to me that they are beginning to run out of ideas. Although this is overall enjoyable enough it just didn't quite measure up to the previous movies.

It's a long time since I've seen Chris Cormack and we don't see Shenae Grimes Beech that often - the two had a certain but somewhat low-key chemistry. Carly (Shenae) devastated by the loss of her mother took a job in a small town to coach a church choir into shape in a fortnight before Christmas and meets Matthew (Chris) returning home from the forces. I was initially wary that Ali Liebert was directing but fair enough she did a competent job. The big problem was that the "mystery" was reasonably easy to solve although I have to hold my hand up and admit I overthought things. Quite a lot of the action took place inside a church which was incredibly small - they might just have managed to squeeze about 40 people into it. There was plenty to laugh about in the initial stages with the members of the choir about 6 or 7 strong off-key and out of sync! Generally free-flowing and fine for a one time watch but I personally feel it might now to be time to bring the curtain down on the franchise while it still retains commendable merit. Florence's rating - 7


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We’re Scrooged – November 5, 2023

πŸŽ„ We’re Scrooged. Meh. Made it halfway and deleted. It’s probably an okay movie but I just couldn’t get into it. The part I watched was family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ We're Scrooged is quite fun. -Maria

πŸŽ„ We’re Scoorged is family friendly about reimagining Christmas Carol & Scoorged about Years after parting ways, former high school sweethearts named Sarah Russel & Scott Mayford reunite at their 10 year’s Christmastime reunion at Samson Mills High School, where they are visited by 3 ghosts: Mr. Fletcher is a ghost of Christmas Past, J.O.I is a female Virtual Christmas of Christmas Present, & Future Ghosts Sarah & Scott of Christmas Future who try to make them reconsider their decision to part ways. In the future, Sarah Russel Architects & Scott Mayford’s Sport Management Corporation in New York.

Sarah Russel is at Georgian Room & Scott Mayford are at Huronia Room at Fizzwick Hotel. Nick works at Fizzwick Hotel has a key of Grandfather Clock. Sarah & Scott meets Mr. Fletcher is a Christmas Ghost of Past when Scott handed a gift of Snowflake necklace to Sarah. Scott & Sarah broke up on Christmas Day, he had a ring to propose to her. Scott & Sarah meet J.O.I on laptop computer as she tells Scott about Angelique & Sarah about Kylie’s Mom. Nick sends Sarah & Scott separately to the future to meet future Sarah & Scott. Scott tells Nick that Sarah & himself’s relationship takes worth the risk with magical feelings. Their connection is so real & Sarah feels it too. Sarah manages to fix it & Scott could give himself more times just before too late. Scott & Sarah get together at Christmas Snowflake High School Reunion at Sampson Mills High School ~Anonymous


Christmas Time Capsule – November 12, 2023

πŸŽ„ Christmas Time Capsule - I didn't like the movie. Ten years to read a note? Him really asking her to be h I s best man at yhe wedding!?I don't buy it. ~Misty

πŸŽ„ Christmas Time Capsule- very watchable and you can see all the plot ending within the first 10 min, but enjoyable for a watch. Does appear low budget. The lead actor is gorgeous, you won't want to look away! Story is about solider who is about to leave active duty and struggling with "Whats next" both in his professional and personal life. He plans to propose to his (fairly new) girlfriend but has to get the engagement ring he left with his female BFF. I think you see where this is going. Side plot about the BFF's parents' health journey led to some comedic breaks. –MS

πŸŽ„ Christmas Time Capsule. Um? It had its sweet moments and some humor, but also some things that were odd and other stuff that made absolutely no sense (like what she found in the time capsule – it made no sense that her younger self would have put it in there 10 years ago without looking at it first). The movie wasn’t all that Christmassy, and really could have been set at any time of year with different decorations (the Alien Christmas Bazaar was weird but I suppose I’ll give them points for uniqueness because, you know, nothing says warm Christmas cheer better than little green space people!?πŸ‘½πŸŽ„πŸ€£). The lead actress was fairly good. The lead actor is quite pretty to look at but he sometimes comes off rather flat, I liked him better in last year’s “Well Suited for Christmas” (which is not entirely family friendly). For a low-budget, second-string movie, this one really wasn’t all that bad. If you’re a diehard Christmas movie fan, it would be cute for a one-time watch. Family friendly except maybe(?) this: the two leads have to share a hotel room (strictly as platonic, long-time bffs), he somehow finds a massive rope and hangs a sheet between the beds to give them some privacy (a little trick he learned in the army – eyeroll!), they’re both wearing appropriate sleepwear/pjs, but then there is a scene in the morning where she wakes up to see him doing push-ups on the floor and, of course, the privacy sheet has been taken down and he somehow managed to lose his t-shirt during the night so we get to see his beautiful, muscled and naked torso (eyeroll, again!), then when he’s finished with his push-ups he puts his t-shirt back on (…and another eyeroll from me! -- but the boy really is pretty to look at so, I guess flaunt it while you’ve still got it!? 😊) p.s. - I laughed at one point in the movie because the production company upcycled the exact same ugly Christmas sweaters used in their other movies (one was so distinct, it was unmistakable). I’m used to them reusing the exact same charming, snow-covered Canadian town in all these movies but this is the first time I’ve noticed a repurposed ugly sweater. p.p.s. – And, ugh. If the directors want us to read the text messages on the screen, please make them big enough and hold the shot for more than two seconds! ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ I started watching Christmas Time Capsule, they started talking about astrology ( not to be confused with Astronomy) and they to some alien thing. Ugh ~ Anonymous


Country Hearts Christmas – November 19, 2023

πŸŽ„ UPtv’s “Country Hearts Christmas” is family-friendly, although it deals with serious issues such as alcohol abuse and a love triangle. The film has a strong Christian theme, and another highlight is the singing of two sisters looking for their big break in country music, played by Lanie McAuley and Katerina Maria. The story felt too much like a soap opera however, one that finally provides closure when the family comes together for a Christmas Eve service. As sequels go, this one is just average. ~MPT


Mistletoe Connection – November 26, 2023

πŸŽ„ Mistletoe Connection. Just ran across this on PIXL network. It shows date of 2023 but had not remembered seeing mention of this. Was a pleasant surprise. Family Friendly and an enjoyable watch. Have enjoyed Jessica Sipos from Chesapeake Shores. Definitely worth a watch. ~JoCo

πŸŽ„ Mistletoe Connection. Delightful movie with good acting all around and nice chemistry between the leads. And there’s more than one sweet romance; plus, some nice warm Christmas cozy feeling. On the other hand, this was one of those movies that tries to play on our emotions by pitting the poor, poor, pitiful and clueless, small-shop owner against the big bad mean and greedy business developer. I absolutely abhor those types of movies and the way Hollywood paints as bad any business that has more than ten employees and actually tries to make a profit for their business. (I imagine people will think - because I whine so much about this topic! – that I must work for some huge corporate conglomerate, but I don’t, I actually come from an entrepreneurial/small business background but I just don’t like Hallmark’s agendas.) However, I thought this movie did a better job with making it slightly more believable and less ridiculous than others. Of course, there is still a last-minute Christmas miracle that saves the shop – eye-roll! Just once, I’d like them to show all the shop owners gladly taking the big bucks and giving nice bonuses to their employees and opening up in their new location right down the street and living happily ever after in lovely harmony with the new sparkly development that is bringing revival and new economic booms to their dying small town. Oh well, at least the sappy miracle in this one was maybe slightly different from all the rest and the big bad business owner had a heart. The movie is quite sweet and I truly enjoyed it; it’s not a keeper but I would definitely watch next year and recommend to others. Family friendly. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Mistletoe Connection - no, no, no. I've stopped it around 20 minutes in. What are those writers thinking while writing these scripts? Another example of movie where secondary character, usually best friend of the main character, is pathologically nosy. She knows the main male character is trying to close their shop and she still thinks it's really good idea to help him to get closer to the main female character, her boss and friend? Why the story can't be organic like some other movies from Hallmark? Without sketchy, convenient interference of anyone around the main character? Why the main character never meddle in secondary characters lives, let them make their own life's decisions but the main character has to be manipulated into everything? Sorry for this but i am really disappointed. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ UPtv’s “Mistletoe Connection” is family-friendly and features wonderful chemistry between the two leads (Jessica Sipos as Kate and Markian Tarasiuk as Mark). I especially liked the clever ending, and means by which Kate was able to avoid the corporate buy-out and save her beloved boutique. ~MPT


Yuletide the Knot - December 3, 2023

Christmas at an Amish Bakery - December 10, 2023

Dial S for Santa - December 17, 2023

A Christmas Letter - December 24, 2023


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Christmas Plus One - November 18, 2023

πŸŽ„ Christmas Plus One is a personal favourite of mine. ~Florence

πŸŽ„ Christmas Plus One was soooo nice!! –Maria

πŸŽ„ Christmas Plus One was clean and very enjoyable. ~Grace


Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees - November 19, 2023

πŸŽ„ Planes Trains and Christmas Trees was very nice! -Maria

πŸŽ„ Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees. I absolutely cannot remember many specifics, but I think I deleted this at about the halfway point. I do remember that it wasn’t quite as bad or silly as I thought it was going to be, so I’m surprised that I deleted it before finishing. It’s probably an okay movie. But perhaps it just became too much of a same old, same old, “second-string” Christmas movie with bad audio?? I do like the lead actor and sometimes the lead actress when she isn’t over-acting, so I don’t know, I guess I just got tired of the movie and decided to move on to something else. Or maybe it had the usual bad audio issues that a lot of Reel One movies have?? Dunno? Can’t remember. Family friendly, I think? 🀷‍♀️ πŸ˜‚ ~~Jane


Christmas at the Chalet - November 25, 2023

πŸŽ„ Christmas at the Chalet - i've already seen it and it was nice. Terri is playing her usual silly, over the place character she has played so many times before but it's enjoyable movie. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Christmas at the Chalet. From the blurb, I was fully expecting this to be a tacky movie but it turned out to be rather nice. Of course, it had some awkward moments and the whole topic of split families and ex-spouses and their new, younger love interests wasn’t nice but, overall, I enjoyed this movie. I appreciate watching mature, experienced actors and Teri Hatcher and William DeVry made a cute couple. It was fun to watch Teri’s character of a woman in her fifties embrace social media with her grown son and attempt to re-invent herself for a possible second (third) career after having quit her high-profile tv reporter job some twenty years ago to become a stay-at-home mom (a role that she absolutely adored but now her son is grown and she’s an empty nester). Not a whole lot of substance to this movie but fun fluff for the evening. And the “Aspen” (really Canada) ski slope setting was beautiful. The ski chalet was so warm and cozy with beautiful twinkling lights and Christmas trees – I want to go live there! However, beyond the Christmas trees and some holiday traditions, this movie really could have been just as good as a January/February “winter” movie. This one was family friendly because it was clean, other than divorce topic; and even though there is an adorable little girl in the movie, I doubt this is really a movie kids would like. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Christmas at the Chalet was quite fun. Even though I was mostly distracted while watching it. -Maria


Laughing All the Way - November 26, 2023

πŸŽ„ Laughing All the Way. This was an unusual little movie that didn’t scream warm, cozy Christmas to me. That doesn’t mean it was bad, it was just different – a little on the quirky, peculiar side, but still kind of cute. Jake Epstein was the lead actor and he was good, but I’ve liked him so much better in movies such as ‘Eight Gifts of Hanukkah’ and ‘Mistletoe and Menorahs’. The lead actress was also quite good in this one. But I think the story about a comedy club was just not my favorite. And none of it really hit my funny bone. There was lots of Canadian snow so it definitely had the winter vibe. And the romance was so lowkey it almost didn’t exist (but maybe lowkey is good sometimes, especially as I often get tired of them overdoing it with instalove in all the other movies?). I’d say this movie is okay for a watch, if you’ve exhausted all your other movie options; it would even be fine to watch in the winter since it’s not especially Christmassy. Family friendly, but I don't think it would appeal to kids. ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Laughing all the Way is very delightful and filled with good humor (and a few alcoholic references)! -Maria


Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas - December 2, 2023

πŸŽ„ Despite the swearing and 1 of the divas admitting she kissed a girl in collage, Ladies of the 80's was so much fun! -Maria


Mistletoe Match - December 3, 2023

A Cowboy Christmas Romance - December 9, 2023

Yes, Chef! Christmas - December 10, 2023

The Holiday Proposal Plan - December 16, 2023

A Christmas Intern - December 16, 2023

Merry Magic Christmas - December 17, 2023

Mom’s Christmas Boyfriend - December 23, 2023


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🌟STREAMING MOVIES:


🌟ROKU CHANNEL:


How to Fall In Love By the Holidays

πŸŽ„ How to Fall In Love By the Holidays is a clean and very, very delightful romp! -Maria


πŸŽ„ I watched a cute movie, last night, on Roku. It was "How to Fall in Love by the Holidays". My husband and I really enjoyed it. It was clean and a lot of fun. Teri Hatcher and Dan Payne were the leads and they had warm, natural chemistry. It was nice seeing older leads fall in love. :-) They had a really interesting meet-cute. I laughed out loud. ~Joan


πŸŽ„ How to Fall in Love by Christmas. Cute movie with more mature leads, which I appreciated. Teri and Dan were great and believable (the meet-cute was fun). The premise about the 10-step dating article and the company board not being happy was a bit convoluted and confusing to me but it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the movie. This was a nice little standard Christmas movie with some warm “feels” good for a one-time watch (and possibly a re-watch in the future?). Not as good as Teri’s “A Kiss Before Christmas” from two years ago. Family friendly. ~~Jane


🌟XUMO PLAY:


Coupled Up For Christmas

πŸŽ„ We watched Coupled Up For Christmas last night and enjoyed it, the picture quality was excellent - one of Marcus Rosner's better outings - Florence

The Fabric of Christmas

πŸŽ„ Reel One's The Fabric of Christmas is clean and very sweet. (streaming on Xumo). -Maria

πŸŽ„ The Fabric of Christmas - This was a surprise - a low budget movie about a fireman and a quilting teacher joining up to make a Christmas quilt for the fireman's sister's wedding. Sounded like a sure-fire recipe for 90 minutes of boredom! But hey, the two leads Kyana Teresa (Amy) and Harmon Walsh (Liam) both previously unknown to me were perfect together with great chemistry. It was engaging to se Liam try to keep on top of his burgeoning feelings. It started off nicely with friction between Amy and Liam as he had to fail Amy's premises in a fire inspection and there was a side plot of the business threatened with going under. The movie was full of warmth and humour and the mechanics surrounding the production of the quilt turned out to be fascinating. A little bit different and an unexpected delight - Florence Rating 8.5


The 12 Dares of Christmas

πŸŽ„ Reel One's The 12 Dares of Christmas is clean (aside from a small rainbow flag on a cash register), and a whole lot of fun. (streaming on Xumo) -Maria

πŸŽ„ 12 Dares of Christmas. Double meh, for me. Cringey, low-budget, b-list mess. I couldn’t make it all the way through. The movie was a weird mish mash of storylines. The part that was “12 Dares” could have been cute had it been better planned out with a better script and better actors and “dares” that were all wholesome (as most of them were). Unfortunately, the first dare was the tacky “go to bar and give your phone number to 12 strangers” – yuck! The actress who plays the sister is better than the lead actress, but they both acted silly, especially with lines like “Yay! Hot girl winter!” – cringe! And the lead actor is just not my version of swoony – more like an effeminate nerd. I kept watching for a while and just when I’d think there was some cute banter or positive elements, they’d go and ruin it with more silly scenes and subpar acting. This thing was a train wreck. It was a Reel One movie so, of course, it had the obligatory annoying and odd background music that plays too loudly through scenes where people are talking. And I don’t think it was even Christmas music (unless it was some weird version of Jingle Bells), it sounded more like oompa-loompa polka music or game show music that’s been slowed way down. What was that?!! So, I probably only made it a third of the way through. What I saw was family friendly and I’m guessing a teenage crowd might like this movie better than I did (but caution, the pharmaceutical commercials were not wholesome and there was no way to skip through them). Also, the director is an actress/director/producer who has been a part of several homosexual projects and whose bio paints her as a “queer Muslim Middle Eastern-Canadian” who is “very passionate about joyful representations of minority groups”  so who knows what might be included in the rest of this movie?? (I watched this on the XumoPlay app, free on Roku.) ~~Jane


Unforgettable Christmas

πŸŽ„ Reel One's Unforgettable Christmas is a very lovely and clean movie! (streaming on Xumo Play). -Maria


A Vineyard Christmas

πŸŽ„ Reel One's A Vineyard Christmas is clean and very sweet! (streaming on Xumo). -Maria


Christmas by Candlelight

πŸŽ„ Reel One's Christmas by Candlelight is clean and very sweet! (streaming on Xumo). -Maria


Christmas in Scotland

πŸŽ„ Christmas in Scotland. Cute movie. (Watched on Xumo Play app, free on Roku but you just have to endure commercials.) I’ll give pretty much any movie based in Scotland a watch and I loved that this one was filmed locally and we could see authentic scenery and set locations instead of it being somewhere in Canada. The script and the premise are rather lacking and the movie had some typical “eye roll” moments but it also had its share of sweet and warm moments (the hot chocolate game was a cute and unique twist on a Christmas-movie staple) and I appreciated hearing some genuine UK accents instead of Americans faking it. The lead actor was kind of different than the usual leading man but I thought he felt pretty genuine in his role. The lead actress was okay but I didn’t really think she was a perfect fit for a warm fuzzy Christmas role (she has the look of Autumn Reeser but her mannerisms and tone of voice comes off as much less lighthearted than Autumn, in my opinion). I could better see her in a role that is more serious or serious with a side of quirky or light sarcasm; maybe in a mystery movie as the serious detective or the coroner along with a male lead who can provide the touch of lightness and humor and also just a hint of romance. And the two leads didn’t have the greatest of romantic chemistry, it was okay but could have been better with different casting. (Also, I was not crazy that she had a loser boyfriend throughout the movie so it felt weird for her to be falling for another guy, even though the boyfriend was an ocean away.) One cringeworthy element to the movie was the actor that played her father - he was way over-acting to the point of being ridiculous (I’ve seen him in other roles years ago and he wasn’t nearly as horrible as this one; I was actually wondering if he’s had a stroke or something that affected the way he acts?). I’m not a huge fan of Reel One movies, I feel they tend to be a bit low-budget and the sound is usually rather bad, but I’m happy to say this one was good and fun for a one-time watch, for me. Family friendly (except there is a weird, awkward scene at the beginning of the movie where the loser boyfriend briefly says he’s rented them a suite at The Plaza hotel so they could spend Christmas there, implying they’d be sharing the room???). ~~Jane


A Very English Christmas

πŸŽ„ A Very English Christmas. Ugh. No. Couldn’t make it all the way through. This movie had almost everything I dislike about Reel One movies. Frustratingly horrible (!*@!*#!) sound issues – either too soft and muffled or too loud (Reel One needs to fire all their sound people!). Ridiculous story premise (but that could be said about many Hallmark/GAF/UpTv movies, as well). Loud music that, annoyingly, overpowers every scene (seriously, need new sound people). Lack of attention to detail – one minute it’s sunny and the next minute after walking one block away it’s pitch-black nighttime. Editing and filming need some help. Horrible acting, mainly by the lead actress. The whole thing just feels like it was written, directed and produced by a tweenager on an adolescent’s budget. The movie did have some nice Christmassy decorations at the craft market and most of the other actors were okay-ish. I think if they got a new lead actress and a new director, had an adult re-write and tighten up the script, and got rid of the technical issues, it could have been a cute low-budget film good for a one-time watch. Who knows? Maybe it got better in the second half? The part I saw was clean, except the sister getting married is already pregnant (so, oops). (I watched this on the Xumo Play app, free on Roku.) ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ A Very English Christmas (streaming on Xumo) Dear, oh dear. oh dear. 90 minutes of utter boredom, slower than slow-pace, little happening , poor and stilted dialogue. Originally called Christmas in the Cotswolds (a hilly country region in England). Perhaps a Christmas market in a small settlement could be successful at the weekends with tourists etc but in cold and frosty weather it opened early in the morning - utter nonsense. Little chemistry between the leads and the female lead's half-sister whose wedding she has come to organise is already pregnant so not family friendly. I can only offer one piece of advice - if you get the chance to watch this - DON'T. - Florence's rating 2


Christmas Casanova

πŸŽ„ Christmas Casanova. Very cute movie with some warm fuzzies and a sweet romance. Filmed in Canada but I still got the intended NYC Christmas vibe with sparkly sights and fun NY holiday winter activities. I almost skipped this movie because of the cheesy title but it turns out it was nothing more than the title of a podcast. I usually complain about Reel One movies but this one was fairly well done and only had very minimal sound and other issues (just don’t ever watch the ROE movie trailers since they always give away the entire movie, including the ending). The actors were new to me, but quite good all around. I would definitely watch this again next year. Family friendly. (Watched on Xumo Play app, free on Roku but you just have to endure random, but brief, commercials; I couldn’t figure out how to skip the commercials but could definitely mute them; and, so far, if I remember correctly (?), the commercials were all okay for family viewing.) ~~Jane

πŸŽ„ Christmas Casanova (streaming on Xumo) I seem to be out on a limb with this one - a disappointing 5.9 on IMDb but this one of my favourites so far this Christmas (not that I've watched a lot yet). Kalinka Petrie (Elise) and Fuad Ahmed (Daniyal) were just brilliant together, they acted well above their grade and the banter was superb. I was surprised that Fuad was of Pakistani origin - he was obviously not Caucasion but he was light-skinned and had an English accent. Daniyal's best friend from childhood Tanya has just become engaged and he suddenly believes he actually loves her. Passing himself as Kris Kringle (ha-ha)! he contacts the podcast Elise is co-hosting to solicit advice but things get heated..........and it goes viral. Then Elise's boss insists she follows up on the phone call. At first Daniyal is resistant but thanks to Tanya (the best friend) seduced by the offer of a luxury apartment for her family for the holidays he agrees to participate and he and Elise work out a plan to show the family the best of New York at Christmas and place Daniyal in a new and good light. Take it from there - we've seen it before snowshoe walking in Central Park, a carriage ride, Christmas window-shopping but the freshness, originality, and camaraderie between Tanya's family, boyfriend, Elise and Daniyal make this a hit for me. There are also a couple of interesting side plots - Daniyal pitching for an account in his business and eventually his rediscovering Christmas winning this for him plus he reconnects with his family. One of the best features for me was that you could see the growing love between Elise and Daniel as the movie progressed and the bewildered look on Daniyal's face at times as he wonders what is happening to him! Everything just seemed to come together - it's been a while since I punched the air at the final kiss and shouted -YES!! Absolutely loved this. Florence's rating - a whopping 9


Waking Up to Christmas

πŸŽ„ Waking Up to Christmas (aka Just Like a Christmas Movie). Not family friendly. This was a weirdly entertaining and funny low-budget movie that was a spoof of typical cheesy, sappy, Christmas movies. Emily is a cynical workaholic who does not like Christmas; she falls and hits her head and is transported (with a little help from a creepy Santa) smack dab into being the leading lady in a pretend Christmas movie world; she then must find her Christmas cheer and help save the town’s Christmas Fair and fall in love in order to get back to her real life. The actor that played the leading man was one of the policemen in the Aurora Teagarden movies; his acting seemed a bit flat but sometimes I think it was intended as part of the crazy parody. There were some really funny lines and characters in this movie and it would have qualified as a one-time fun & silly watch for me but, alas, it was ruined. About two-thirds through, the best-friend character falls into a lesbian romance, so that’s when I stopped watching. (This was a Reel One movie that I watched streaming on the XumoPlay app on Roku.) ~~Jane


🌟Hulu:


Reporting for Christmas

πŸŽ„ Nicely's Reporting for Christmas is a clean, delightful ride! (streaming on Hulu). –Maria


πŸŽ„ Nicely's A Christmas Frequency is clean and very delightful! (streaming on Hulu). -Maria


🌟Freevee:


A Perfect Christmas Pairing

πŸŽ„ Nicely's A Perfect Christmas Pairing is clean, yummy, delightful, and all around amazing! (streaming on Freevee). –Maria


πŸŽ„ Nicely's The Christmas Venue is also clean, and quite fun! (streaming on Freevee) -Maria


πŸŽ„ If you like 'The Taming of the Shrew', then Nicely's A Christmas Vintage is for you! (streaming on Freevee). Clean, Hilarious, Heatfelt, and good wine. –Maria


🌟Pluto TV:


Love by Design

πŸŽ„ Nicely's Love by Design has it's charming moments, with 2 cons: Female lead is living with her ex boyfriend at the start of the movie, and there is 1 uttering of the H word midway through the movie. Other then those, it's a slightly clean movie. (streaming on PlutoTV). –Maria


Fox Nation / Amazon Prime

πŸŽ„ Christmas with the Knightlys. What a cute little movie! Sweet, romantic, funny. Most all of the actors were new to me and they all did a good job. Family friendly. Glad I own the dvd so I can watch this again sometime. (I bought the dvd thru Net’s arrangement with Amazon but the movie is also scheduled to start streaming on FoxNation beginning on Thanksgiving and I think they offer a 7-day free trial.) ~~Jane

*Thank you, Jane, for purchasing this DVD through my site! I'm so glad you enjoyed this movie in the collection set. If anyone else is interested, here's the DVD link at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Z9o0Ee.
Blessings, Net


🌟Tubi:


Colorado Christmas

πŸŽ„ I watched Colorado Christmas on streaming service

Colorado Christmas is family friendly a single mom named Melody decides to follow her dreams when she meets a charming country music singer named Johnny Colorado who becomes her inspiration, and more

Struggling single mother, Melody Miller, has left her dream job as a music teacher to work in home health care in order to provide for her young daughter. When one of her clients falls ill, his family rush home, and to Melody’s surprise his son turns out to be none other than country music superstar, Johnny Colorado. As the unlikely pair grow closer, it looks like it could be the start of the perfect Christmas romance, until an old flame of John’s arrives at the family ranch, threatening their relationship before it’s even begun ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„ Colorado Christmas is clean and fairly decent (streaming on Tubi) ~Maria


Saving Christmas Spirit

πŸŽ„ Nicely's Saving Christmas Spirit is clean (aside from 1 swear word), refreshing, magical, and stunning! (streaming on Tubi). –Maria


A Christmas Vintage

πŸŽ„ I watched A Christmas Vintage on streaming service Tubi or Prime

A Christmas Vintage is family friendly about Samantha Hermannhof goes home to help her love struck Sister, Emily, during the holidays. She discovers that Emily & Tony can not be together unless Samantha attracts & dates the unpleasant Parker Williams, an owner of a competing winery. Tony and Emily are in love, but they've had to keep their relationship a secret because they are heirs to rival wineries. If Tony's half-brother/co-owner Parker discovers Tony's relationship, he has grounds to take over Tony's share of the winery due to a contract they have promising that neither of them will "jeopardize the company." Emily begs her older sister Samantha, a flight attendant visiting from out of town, to woo Parker in the hopes that he will be convinced that falling in love with a rival isn't the end of the world. Meanwhile, Samantha grapples with her own relationship with her dad and the family business, while rekindling her love for making wine just in time for the annual Christmas Blend competition. As Parker gets to know Samantha & her keen taste for wine, he begins to develop true feelings & lose some of his more unpleasant up-tight qualities. But will the reveal of Samantha's true identity ruin their budding relationship? Or can he see past the deception in the name of true love? Based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. ~Anonymous


🌟Amazon Prime:


Elf Me


πŸŽ„ I watched this Elf Me on streaming service on Prime. It’s Italian Christmas movie was release on Prime last November 24, 2023. Elf Me is so typical movie is like Small Soldiers. Trip is an unconventional elf. As Santa's helper, he seems to succeed only in building bizarre weapons rather than toys. Fate will lead him to meet Elia, a shy and unconventional boy pursued by a gang of bullies. The two will help each other and together discover the value of friendship Trip whose portrayal as an unconventional elf that builds weapons instead of toys adds a humorous note to the film. Things take an unexpected turn in his life after he befriends a shy, bullied boy Elia. Together they embark on an adventurous journey to save Christmas from a haughty, merciless businessman. ~Anonymous


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Stay tuned...

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God Bless Us, Everyone!
Net

84 comments:

  1. I love this big post! Hoping to see lots of good reviews over the next 2 months (well, namely for GAF movies!)! -Maria

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    1. Maria, I'm so glad you enjoy it!

      I, too, look forward to this post every year now and hearing everyone's thoughts on the new movies throughout the Christmas season.

      Thank you for being such a valued movie reviewer here!

      Blessings to you! Net

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    2. You're very welcome! -Maria

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  2. Thank you for all you do NET.

    We appreciate you!

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    1. Awww, thank you! I'm so grateful for you and all of you who visit here!

      Blessings! Net

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  3. I really enjoy Christmas movies!

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  4. Net,

    I know I have said this before but I will say it again because new people keep finding their way to your blog... I know each one of us are so incredibly thankful that you started this blog. I have been coming here for years and I never had to worry about ugliness, or nonsense or hidden agendas. I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts about God and faith without hesitation. So many like-minded folks have found this safe place which is wonderful.

    I always smile whenever I read your responses to my posts as well as your responses to others. I also smile when I read comments from other friends on this site who take the time to comment on things I post. Anyway, I hope you continue hosting this lovely blog for many years to come. Net, you are a blessing to us all and I am so glad I found this place. It has brought me joy, peace and friendships with you and others I have not had the pleasure to meet. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart! :-)

    Joan

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    1. Joan, Oh my... thank you soooo much!!! I can't begin to tell you how meaningful your comment is to me today. It has certainly brought a bright smile to my face and blessed me more than you'll ever know!!! :)

      At the end of each year, I pray about it and decide whether or not I will continue to keep this blog. Comments like yours are truly the reason why I continue - and the wonderful friends I've met here. I'm so encouraged and uplifted today by your thoughtful words!

      Thank you for taking the time to share! I'm so grateful YOU found It's a Wonderful Movie and are a special part of this family!!!

      Hugs to You, my dear Friend!!!
      Blessings on your day!!! Net :)

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    2. Net,

      You are welcome! I am so happy to hear my comment uplifted and encouraged you. :-) Thank you so much for your sweet words. Once again, they brought a smile to my face. Blessings to you as well.

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    3. Amen to everything you said Joan! It is so nice to be able to come to a safe place where we can share our belief in God (and not be attacked) and also share our love for these movies. I grew up with my mom watching Hallmark and now as a mom myself I have grown to love it as well as discovering UpTv and GAF Channel. I always share this blog with her and we love discussing the movies together. I hope you continue this blog Net, it kind of feels like we are all in a book club of sorts together.
      Have a blessed day everyone!
      ~Paula

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    4. I don't comment much, but I too have been following Net's posts for years and consider it a ministry to those of us who want clean programming! So thankful for all you do here Net and the Scriptures you share. You are a light and a blessing!

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  5. thanks for creating an organized post.

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    1. dstoutholcomb, Thank you for being such a wonderful contributor here and friend! :)

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  6. Net thank you for providing this website for us to review the movies and give feedback to other watchers! This website has been a godsend, and it is all because of you! I have added this to my bookmarked websites so I can check for the latest reviews! I will also try to add to this as much as I can :) I hope you are able to enjoy time with your family and just THANK YOU!

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    1. Sarah, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this sweet message! It truly means the world to me. I'm so glad you enjoy your visits here.

      I will absolutely enjoy this Christmas season with my family, and I wish for you the same! :)

      God bless you!!! Net

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  7. Loved, loved, loved the Destined 2. I liked this first one but this one was really great. Loved the touching scene of the little girl praying. Love your and others reviews to so, thanks.

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    Where are You, Christmas? – This is truly one of the most unique Christmas movies I’ve ever seen. If you were sitting next to me while watching, you would’ve heard me say – “This is… interesting, crazy, wild, nuts, cheesy, heartwarming, odd, intriguing, unusual, and fascinating!”

    As far as movies go, this is one that truly stands out as being different, very memorable. I liked how remembering the joy of Christmas brought color and life back into their individual lives. Course, the actual true meaning of Christmas is never mentioned, which was unfortunate.

    Lyndsy Fonseca performance as Addy was top-notch, as always! I love the way she’s always so expressive, with the way she speaks and the looks she gives. Since Next Stop, Christmas, she quickly became a favorite of mine, and Michael Rady is also a favorite! I have a theory, though, with him. I always say, the movie’s where he has facial hair are either not-so-great or so-so, and the movies when he is clean-shaven are his best, like A Joyous Christmas, Two Turtle Doves, The Christmas Bow, etc… Since he was both in this movie (he’s clean-shaven for a brief flashback scene), I’m going to say this movie falls in the in-between category.

    Where are You, Christmas? is family-friendly, but you really have to be in the mood for a quirky holiday story that is rather Twilight Zone-ish.

    I wish we could’ve seen more details in the transformations with the people around Addy, especially the doctor and his daughter. That story started out interesting, but wrapped up quickly without giving us more info on how the resolution in their relationship really happened.

    Also, (Spoiler Alert) I thought when Addy and her father had a special, deep, meaningful talk, that would be the moment when they both got their color back, but it didn’t happen. The moment Addy does get her color, didn’t seem to have any real connection with Christmas or the past at all. That part of the story seemed weak to me, and the romantic chemistry between the leads was a bit lacking. (End of Spoiler)

    Overall, Where are You, Christmas is eccentric, entertaining, extraordinary, and filled with emotion! Whether you watch it once or several times, it’s one of those movies you won’t easily forget, since the storyline is truly unique.

    My heart swelled with emotion as soon as I heard the title’s theme song “Where are You, Christmas?” play near the end of the movie. I haven’t decided, yet, if it’s a DVR keeper, but it’s probably one I’ll watch again, sometime, when it airs on TV. ~Net

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    1. Net, my daughter and I thought the exact same thing - that Addy and her dad should have gotten their color back together as they mended their relationship! Wasted opportunity for sure with all the emphasis on how they had drifted apart. Father/daughter relationships always hit me in a deep way, maybe because my Dad is my spiritual hero and I can't imagine not being close to him!

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    2. melnewlife, That was beautifully said! I still feel the same way about my Daddy, too.

      When they healed their relationship, it just didn't make sense to me that that wasn't THE moment.

      And what you said about the special effects/green screen was so true; it was rather bad, at times.

      Glad you were still able to enjoy it with your daughter; my family and I watched it together too. :)

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  9. While I enjoyed Where are You Christmas--it was a Christmas version of Pleasantville that had Reese Witherspoon in it.
    Could not watch Destined 2. The one with Kevin McGarry and Kim Matula was cute.

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  10. Thanks for the Hallmark reviews.. Under The Christmas Sky is an example of its not a Christmas movie. Doesn't sound romantic either.
    Misty

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  11. Really enjoyed Christmas by Design. Family friendly, loved the characters and different type of story line.

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  12. Ms. Christmas was amazing! Family friendly and will definitely watch again. Love Brennan Elliot , Barbara, and Erica together. This story was emotional, and was full of love, and second chances.

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  13. I really enjoyed Twas the Text Before Christmas! It had a unique plotline that kept me interested all the way through, the acting was good, and it definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. Also, did anyone else notice that they used some of the sets from When Hope Calls? The interior of the inn where she stays is the hotel and Nana's house is the orphanage from Brookfield!

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  14. How to Fall In Love By the Holidays is a clean and very, very delightful romp! -Maria

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  15. Reel One's Unforgettable Christmas is a very lovely and clean movie! (streaming on Xumo Play). -Maria

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    1. Maria, Thank you for these great streaming Christmas movie reviews! Nice to hear they are both family-friendly.

      I've added both above in a new streaming section. :)

      Blessings! Net

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    2. You're welcome! -Maria

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    3. Maria, haven't seen these two yet.

      The characters in How To Fall In Love....... are older.

      Has either been married before?

      Thanks - Florence

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    4. I don't know. I'm never concerned about that kind of little detail. -Maria

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    5. Florence, I was thinking about watching it tonight or tomorrow. I'll let you know if they mention whether they were married before. ~~Jane

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    6. Florence, I watched How to Fall in Love by Christmas. It was cute but I think you'll probably decide to pass on this one. Teri's character hasn't dated in a very long time but she says she was married, briefly, a very long time ago to a "fantastic" guy and they really loved each other but just weren't a good fit because her career in the city was taking off and he wanted to move out to a farm and raise a family so they decided to split. Dan's character was never married, but engaged twice and he regrets having put his career first and jeopardizing those engagements. Also, I can't remember if you like movies with or without children so just to let you know, Dan temporarily has his young nephew with him for a week or so because his sister is a single mom and a busy ER doctor and needed his childcare help. ~~Jane

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  16. Nicely's Saving Christmas Spirit is clean (aside from 1 swear word), refreshing, magical, and stunning! (streaming on Tubi). -Maria

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  17. If you like 'The Taming of the Shrew', then Nicely's A Christmas Vintage is for you! (streaming on Freevee). Clean, Hilarious, Heatfelt, and good wine. -Maria

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  18. Reel One's The 12 Dares of Christmas is clean (aside from a small rainbow flag on a cash register), and a whole lot of fun. (streaming on Xumo) -Maria

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  19. Mystic Christmas was by far the best Hallmark so far (still early in the season). It does have a background character flirting/ budding romance with two men. If you don't want to see that, don't watch. The movie itself was one that highlighted a real local place instead of generic filmed in Canada, i like these. The movie had very little to do with Christmas but had good dialogue and chemistry between leads. I think Chandler is becoming one of my new favorites after this and the Train back in time one a few years ago. The characters have believable problems and actually talk ( some) to work them out rather than making wild assumptions after miscommunication ( the second time around).
    -MS

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  20. Joyeux Noel - this did not keep my attention. I let it play on but wasn't paying much attention. I like both leads in other films, but no chemistry here. --MS

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  21. Twas the Text Before Christmas - This was OK, I think best of GAC that I have seen so far this year but would be average or below for Hallmark. I like both leads, which kept me through it. The plot was different enough and i have seen real stories like this about strangers joining holiday festivities of a wrong number. --MS

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  22. Under the Christmas Sky - I couldn't get through this one. It wasn't science-y enough to be interesting from that perspective, and it the parts I caught didn't seem particularly Christmas-y or romantic. -- MS

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  23. Flipping Christmas - standard fare. Hits all the basic clichΓ©'s, good chemistry between leads. The enemy here is big bad business.. really over the top with glossing over the concerns of "gentrification" . There was good family bonds between sisters. --MS

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  24. I forgot to mention in my Christmas By Design review (which I still don't like)...did any else notice that the boss Roger was played by Scott Gibson, who 10 years earlier played Alicia Witt's fiancΓ© Will in the classic A Very Merry Mix-up? I hadn't seen him in any roles during this interval. And he looks exactly the same!

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    1. I did notice this Mark. I even rewound it to see if it was him and i was like its Will. I love that the fun Mitchums called him Billy and she told them he goes by Will. Matt even says Billy/Will when they are driving before the car accident. They all think he changed to Will to sound more grown up. I LOVE that movie.

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    2. So do I, Sabrina! That is one of my all-time favorites!

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    3. Mark 25 and Sabrina, you've got me wanting to pull out my dvd's and watch A Very Merry Mix-Up. Love it. ~~Jane

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  25. How to Fall in Love by Christmas. Cute movie with more mature leads, which I appreciated. Teri and Dan were great and believable (the meet-cute was fun). The premise about the 10-step dating article and the company board not being happy was a bit convoluted and confusing to me but it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the movie. This was a nice little standard Christmas movie with some warm “feels” good for a one-time watch (and possibly a re-watch in the future?). Not as good as Teri’s “A Kiss Before Christmas” from two years ago. Family friendly. ~~Jane

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  26. Nicely's A Christmas Frequency is clean and very delightful! (streaming on Hulu). -Maria

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  27. Movie reviews:

    Colorado Christmas is clean and fairly decent (streaming on Tubi)

    Nicely's The Christmas Venue is also clean, and quite fun! (streaming on Freevee)

    -Maria

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  28. A Dash of Christmas -- I watched this one live on GAC when it aired. I love both leads in this, but the story/this movie didn't keep my attention. I did keep it on but will need to catch again sometime as I was easily distracted. I think Christopher has 3! movies this season. The bakery/ cooking themes was also one I enjoy.

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  29. Never Been Chris'd - I had low expectations for this one based on the tagline and previews but was pleasantly surprised. My taste is definitely for the comedy movies over dramatic and this fits that category. Overall, good performance, Tyler is always a favorite. This doesn't follow the usual template which was nice. I liked the focus on the girls friendship and each's relationships with their mothers. I didn't like how they portrayed the 35 year old women acting like immature teens at situations. The "back to hometown and thrown in HS friends/situations" vibe led to some funny scenes. Overall I felt this was good, but may be because the preview looked so bad.

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  30. The Santa Summit - My preferences are comedy movies and this one was in that category. It takes place mostly over a single day, the premise was a departure for Hallmark and leaned more toward a classic comedy style. Three girls spend the evening chasing down a chance encounter for one of the girls with near misses and other relationship building along the way. Very well done.

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  31. Christmas in Scotland. Cute movie. (Watched on Xumo Play app, free on Roku but you just have to endure commercials.) I’ll give pretty much any movie based in Scotland a watch and I loved that this one was filmed locally and we could see authentic scenery and set locations instead of it being somewhere in Canada. The script and the premise are rather lacking and the movie had some typical “eye roll” moments but it also had its share of sweet and warm moments (the hot chocolate game was a cute and unique twist on a Christmas-movie staple) and I appreciated hearing some genuine UK accents instead of Americans faking it. The lead actor was kind of different than the usual leading man but I thought he felt pretty genuine in his role. The lead actress was okay but I didn’t really think she was a perfect fit for a warm fuzzy Christmas role (she has the look of Autumn Reeser but her mannerisms and tone of voice comes off as much less lighthearted than Autumn, in my opinion). I could better see her in a role that is more serious or serious with a side of quirky or light sarcasm; maybe in a mystery movie as the serious detective or the coroner along with a male lead who can provide the touch of lightness and humor and also just a hint of romance. And the two leads didn’t have the greatest of romantic chemistry, it was okay but could have been better with different casting. (Also, I was not crazy that she had a loser boyfriend throughout the movie so it felt weird for her to be falling for another guy, even though the boyfriend was an ocean away.) One cringeworthy element to the movie was the actor that played her father - he was way over-acting to the point of being ridiculous (I’ve seen him in other roles years ago and he wasn’t nearly as horrible as this one; I was actually wondering if he’s had a stroke or something that affected the way he acts?). I’m not a huge fan of Reel One movies, I feel they tend to be a bit low-budget and the sound is usually rather bad, but I’m happy to say this one was good and fun for a one-time watch, for me. Family friendly (except there is a weird, awkward scene at the beginning of the movie where the loser boyfriend briefly says he’s rented them a suite at The Plaza hotel so they could spend Christmas there, implying they’d be sharing the room???). ~~Jane

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  32. A Very English Christmas. Ugh. No. Couldn’t make it all the way through. This movie had almost everything I dislike about Reel One movies. Frustratingly horrible (!*@!*#!) sound issues – either too soft and muffled or too loud (Reel One needs to fire all their sound people!). Ridiculous story premise (but that could be said about many Hallmark/GAF/UpTv movies, as well). Loud music that, annoyingly, overpowers every scene (seriously, need new sound people). Lack of attention to detail – one minute it’s sunny and the next minute after walking one block away it’s pitch-black nighttime. Editing and filming need some help. Horrible acting, mainly by the lead actress. The whole thing just feels like it was written, directed and produced by a tweenager on an adolescent’s budget. The movie did have some nice Christmassy decorations at the craft market and most of the other actors were okay-ish. I think if they got a new lead actress and a new director, had an adult re-write and tighten up the script, and got rid of the technical issues, it could have been a cute low-budget film good for a one-time watch. Who knows? Maybe it got better in the second half? The part I saw was clean, except the sister getting married is already pregnant (so, oops). (I watched this on the Xumo Play app, free on Roku.) ~~Jane

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  33. Reel One's Christmas by Candlelight is clean and very sweet! (streaming on Xumo). -Maria

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  34. Christmas Casanova. Very cute movie with some warm fuzzies and a sweet romance. Filmed in Canada but I still got the intended NYC Christmas vibe with sparkly sights and fun NY holiday winter activities. I almost skipped this movie because of the cheesy title but it turns out it was nothing more than the title of a podcast. I usually complain about Reel One movies but this one was fairly well done and only had very minimal sound and other issues (just don’t ever watch the ROE movie trailers since they always give away the entire movie, including the ending). The actors were new to me, but quite good all around. I would definitely watch this again next year. Family friendly. (Watched on Xumo Play app, free on Roku but you just have to endure random, but brief, commercials; I couldn’t figure out how to skip the commercials but could definitely mute them; and, so far, if I remember correctly (?), the commercials were all okay for family viewing.) ~~Jane

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  35. Mystery on Mistletoe Lane - brilliant! Though I prefer comedies this light hearted family mystery was a great watch. Definitely one to watch with the kids as the kids in this movie are not accessories but a part of the actual plot. A woman moves to New England to lead the historical society, the house she moves into has a reindeer figurine treasure hunt through the old house.

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  36. Joyeux Noel.....This movie is a one time watch for me. It was nice to have a different cast and location, but it was really dragging. The actors even talked slow. It was a sweet story, but just didn’t click. Family friendly, but that’s about all it had going for it. - Anonymous1

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  37. Journey to Christmas....The best part of this movie were the two main stars and it was nice to see Brad Johnson again. The actress’s goodwill heart was sweet and exactly what Christmas spirit is about. It wasn’t one of the great ones, but definitely a good movie. Worth a watch. Family friendly- Anonymous1

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  38. Destined 2.....This one was about as annoying as the first one. I didn’t understand why they needed a second movie. The daughter was probably the best one. I didn’t care for all the hectic, busy schedules they kept stressing. Especially since they weren’t that way in the last movie yet both still had the same jobs and roles. Idk. This one just didn’t do anything for me. It was more frustrating than anything and who really wants that in a movie that’s supposed to be relaxing? We’re trying to unwind from our own hectic lives not take part in a fictional one. -Anonymous1

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  39. Waking Up to Christmas (aka Just Like a Christmas Movie). Not family friendly. This was a weirdly entertaining and funny low-budget movie that was a spoof of typical cheesy, sappy, Christmas movies. Emily is a cynical workaholic who does not like Christmas; she falls and hits her head and is transported (with a little help from a creepy Santa) smack dab into being the leading lady in a pretend Christmas movie world; she then must find her Christmas cheer and help save the town’s Christmas Fair and fall in love in order to get back to her real life. The actor that played the leading man was one of the policemen in the Aurora Teagarden movies; his acting seemed a bit flat but sometimes I think it was intended as part of the crazy parody. There were some really funny lines and characters in this movie and it would have qualified as a one-time fun & silly watch for me but, alas, it was ruined. About two-thirds through, the best-friend character falls into a lesbian romance, so that’s when I stopped watching. (This was a Reel One movie that I watched streaming on the XumoPlay app on Roku.) ~~Jane

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  40. A Christmas Blessing - very standard fare, all the Canadian background actors I am used to seeing in Holiday movies. This was very watchable, nice to see Lori again. It was predictable and formulaic but thats what I watch these movies for! A story encouraging giving at the holidays. It had a slightly different name on IMDB, not sure why. --MS

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  41. Christmas Time Capsule- very watchable and you can see all the plot ending within the first 10 min, but enjoyable for a watch. Does appear low budget. The lead actor is gorgeous, you won't want to look away! Story is about solider who is about to leave active duty and struggling with "Whats next" both in his professional and personal life. He plans to propose to his (fairly new) girlfriend but has to get the engagement ring he left with his female BFF. I think you see where this is going. Side plot about the BFF's parents' health journey led to some comedic breaks. --MS

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  42. Reel One's A Vineyard Christmas is clean and very sweet! (streaming on Xumo). -Maria

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  43. Nicely's Reporting for Christmas is a clean, delightful ride! (streaming on Hulu). -Maria

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  44. Journey to Christmas...Ash Tsai (Cali) is absolutely adorable! I sure hope GAF has her in their movies again. Her good heart and smile shined through in this movie.

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  45. Nicely's A Perfect Christmas Pairing is clean, yummy, delightful, and all around amazing! (streaming on Freevee). -Maria

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  46. World Record Christmas - This was really nice, an emotional family film. Hallmark is diversifying their stories and this one I really enjoyed, it isn't a romance at all just relationships between established families and the struggles of raising a kid on the spectrum and dealing with emotions. Very nicely done. There was a bit at the end with the bio father I didn't like but I won't spoil it. Definitely a watch and you might need tissues. --MS

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  47. Reel One's The Fabirc of Christmas is clean and very sweet. (streaming on Xumo). -Maria

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    1. This was a surprise - a low budget movie about a fireman and a quilting teacher joining up to make a Christmas quilt for the fireman's sister's wedding.

      Sounded like a sure-fire recipe for 90 minutes of boredom!

      But hey, the two leads Kyana Teresa (Amy) and Harmon Walsh (Liam) both previously unknown to me were perfect together with great chemistry.

      It was engaging to se Liam try to keep on top of his burgeoning feelings.

      It started off nicely with friction between Amy and Liam as he had to fail Amy's premises in a fire inspection and there was a side plot of the business threatened with going under.

      The movie was full of warmth and humour and the mechanics surrounding the production of the quilt turned out to be fascinating.

      A little bit different and an unexpected delight - Florence

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  48. Movie reviews:

    A Heidelberg Holiday- Ah, this was so lovely. I'm glad Jane talked me into watching it. :)

    Holiday Hotline- Such a funny and cute movie! :) -Maria

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      I'm so glad you enjoyed A Heidelberg Holiday!
      Today is the first day this holiday weekend that I've had a chance to sit down and watch movies and I'm halfway through Holiday Hotline and enjoying it, just as you did. ~~Jane

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  49. A Very English Christmas (streaming on Xumo)

    Dear, oh dear. oh dear.

    90 minutes of utter boredom, slower than slow-pace, little happening , poor and stilted dialogue.

    Originally called Christmas in the Cotswolds (a hilly country region in England).

    Perhaps a Christmas market in a small settlement could be successful at the weekends with tourists etc but in cold and frosty weather it opened early in the morning - utter nonsense.

    Little chemistry between the leads and the female lead's half-sister whose wedding she has come to organise is already pregnant so not family friendly.

    I can only offer one piece of advice - if you get the chance to watch this - DON'T.

    Florence's rating 2

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  50. Our Christmas Wedding

    When this was first announces I commented as why on earth anyone would want to make a sequel to My Boss's Wedding.

    Judging from the reviews here it would seem most agree, even Net expresses reservations about this one.

    Poor acting and OTT - a ludicrous situation where someone who has been anticipating her wedding most of her life and then tries to do it in a couple of weeks AND leave everything to a co-worker.

    It all seemed very forced ad the acting was as if everyone was reting too hard.

    Difficult to sit through for an hour-and-a-half.

    Florence's rating 3.5

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  51. Time For Her To Come Home For Christmas.

    Family -friendly.

    END OF AN ERA?

    This "Coming Home" Series has been one of my favourites with last year's Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas the high point.

    I have seen all but Time For You.........where the female lead had been married before.

    It feels to me that they are beginning to run out of ideas.

    Although this is overall enjoyable enough it just didn't quite measure up to the previous movies.

    It's a long time since I've seen Chris Cormack and we don't see Shenae Grimes Beech that often - the two had a certain but somewhat low-key chemistry.

    Carly (Shenae) devastated by the loss of her mother took a job in a small town to coach a church choir into shape in a fortnight before Christmas and meets Matthew (Chris) returning home from the forces.

    I was initially wary that Ali Liebert was directing but fair enough she did a competent job.

    The big problem was that the "mystery" was reasonably easy to solve although I have to hold my hand up and admit I overthought things.

    Quite a lot of the action took place inside a church which was incredibly small - they might just have managed to squeeze about 40 people into it.

    There was plenty to laugh about in the initial stages with the members of the choir about 6 or 7 strong off-key and out of sync!

    Generally free-flowing and fine for a one time watch but I personally feel it might now to be time to bring the curtain down on the franchise while it still retains commendable merit.

    Florence's rating - 7

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  52. Christmas Casanova (streaming on Xumo)

    I seem to be out on a limb with this one - a disappointing 5.9 on IMDb but this one of my favourites so far this Christmas (not that I've watched a lot yet).

    Kalinka Petrie (Elise) and Fuad Ahmed (Daniyal) were just brilliant together, they acted well above their grade and the banter was superb.

    I was surprised that Fuad was of Pakistani origin - he was obviously not Caucasion but he was light-skinned and had an English accent.

    Daniyal's best friend from childhood Tanya has just become engaged and he suddenly believes he actually loves her.

    Passing himself as Kris Kringle (ha-ha)! he contacts the podcast Elise is co-hosting to solicit advice but things get heated..........and it goes viral.

    Then Elise's boss insists she follows up on the phone call.

    At first Daniyal is resistant but thanks to Tanya (the best friend) seduced by the offer of a luxury apartment for her family for the holidays he agrees to participate and he and Elise work out a plan to show the family the best of New York at Christmas and place Daniyal in a new and good light.

    Take it from there - we've seen it before snowshoe walking in Central Park, a carriage ride, Christmas window-shopping but the freshness, originality, and camaraderie between Tanya's family, boyfriend, Elise and Daniyal make this a hit for me.

    There are also a couple of interesting side plots - Daniyal pitching for an account in his business and eventually his rediscovering Christmas winning this for him plus he reconnects with his family.

    One of the best features for me was that you could see the growing love between Elise and Daniel as the movie progressed and the bewildered look on Daniyal's face at times as he wonders what is happening to him!

    Everything just seemed to come together - it's been a while since I punched the air at the final kiss and shouted -YES!!

    Absolutely loved this.

    Florence's rating - a whopping 9



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  53. Never Been Chris'd

    (The flop of 2023)?

    From the initial Christmas movie list this was the one I immediately picked out as likely to be the best and was going to hold this back for the family to watch on Christmas night.

    However as the reviews came in it was obvious this had majorly bombed (a disastrous 5.4 on IMDb) so going by the reviews both here and on IMDb we are now keeping Bringing Christmas Home with Jill Wagner and Paul Greene with a second choice not yet decided.

    You've got to wonder just what Hallmark was thinking of here, this was a mish mash, disjointed and not really much of a plot or direction even romance.

    As for the fish-eating vegan aspect of Chris (Taylor Hynes) and his need to hide it it was just ridiculous.

    to be continued

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  54. Yay! Florence, is back. I love reading your reviews! ~~Jane

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    1. Florence / Jane...

      Another sweet, thoughtful message, Jane!

      I agree... it's so fun to read your reviews again, Florence! You always have a refreshing take.

      Blessings & Merry Christmas!!! Net

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  55. 12 Dares of Christmas. Double meh, for me. Cringey, low-budget, b-list mess. I couldn’t make it all the way through. The movie was a weird mish mash of storylines. The part that was “12 Dares” could have been cute had it been better planned out with a better script and better actors and “dares” that were all wholesome (as most of them were). Unfortunately, the first dare was the tacky “go to bar and give your phone number to 12 strangers” – yuck! The actress who plays the sister is better than the lead actress, but they both acted silly, especially with lines like “Yay! Hot girl winter!” – cringe! And the lead actor is just not my version of swoony – more like an effeminate nerd. I kept watching for a while and just when I’d think there was some cute banter or positive elements, they’d go and ruin it with more silly scenes and subpar acting. This thing was a train wreck. It was a Reel One movie so, of course, it had the obligatory annoying and odd background music that plays too loudly through scenes where people are talking. And I don’t think it was even Christmas music (unless it was some weird version of Jingle Bells), it sounded more like oompa-loompa polka music or game show music that’s been slowed way down. What was that?!! So, I probably only made it a third of the way through. What I saw was family friendly and I’m guessing a teenage crowd might like this movie better than I did (but caution, the pharmaceutical commercials were not wholesome and there was no way to skip through them). Also, the director is an actress/director/producer who has been a part of several homosexual projects and whose bio paints her as a “queer Muslim Middle Eastern-Canadian” who is “very passionate about joyful representations of minority groups”  so who knows what might be included in the rest of this movie?? (I watched this on the XumoPlay app, free on Roku.) ~~Jane

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  56. Christmas Keepsake – This movie was a little slow for me and tinged with sadness. I thought the young girl found the Christmas time capsule way too easily in their backyard; it was barely hidden under a skiff of snow, and the box and all of its contents appeared to be in perfect condition. Nothing was wet, muddy, or messy in any way, and it had been “hidden” there for at least 15+ years.

    I do like Daniel Lissing and Jillian Murray, but this story just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t understand why Daniel would uproot his daughter and leave their family behind in Australia and move to America after his wife’s passing. Those are usually the times when families want to stay closer together.

    Christmas Keepsake is family-friendly, but not a keeper for me. ~Net

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    1. Yes! Totally agree. I didn't understand why they moved to the U.S. either; I thought maybe I had missed part of the storyline about him getting a new job or something?? But it must have been some kind of fantastic job because he didn't do anything other than plan his backyard Christmas Fair. Wait! Maybe that's it... maybe he has a new job as an event planner. πŸ˜πŸ˜‚
      And a 15-20 year old buried time capsule that just happens to be laying on top of the snow?!?! Hah!! 🀣🀣🀣
      It was still cute, but just not a keeper, for me. ~~Jane

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    2. Jane, I love that! You cracked me up! Maybe he was an "event planner"! LOL!!!

      Merry Christmas to You! NetπŸŽ„

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  57. Santa, Maybe – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this movie, but I found it be kind of interesting and entertaining.

    I enjoyed the character development for Glenn, who we learn was an obnoxious teenager who bullied other kids with practical jokes back in high school, especially Lila, who is his present day current coworker at the local ballet performance theater.

    It was nice to see Glenn feel shame for his past mistakes and ask Lila for forgiveness. However, I also understood Lila’s hesitancy to trust Glenn again after all of the humiliation and grief he put her through in high school. I think that would be really hard to do. And while I think adults could surely be civil as coworkers, I’m not sure it’s realistic for romance to develop after someone is treated so harshly.

    Another interesting point in the film was seeing Glenn’s interaction with his aging parents, including his father who has had a stroke and can’t speak. Those moments touched my heart, especially when the father and son crocheted scarves together, because that was helpful for the father's recovery.

    There are also some cute/comical scenes: when Glenn retrieves his mother’s mouth guard from the pipe beneath the sink, when they go ice skating, and the Secret Santa gift exchange.

    Altogether, it’s not my favorite movie of the season; however, I was still entertained, it warmed my heart, and I laughed out loud here and there.

    Santa, Maybe is a family-friendly story with a good lesson on forgiveness. ~Net

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  58. My Christmas Hero – I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful, inspirational Christmas movie that honored not only our military, but their spouses and families, as well.

    I also appreciated all of the little touches of faith throughout the film that highlighted the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of Jesus!

    Candace Cameron Bure and Gabe Hogan had fantastic chemistry together, and it was fun to see Candace on screen again with her “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries” costars Robin Dunne (Author Robin Daniels) and Andrew Airlie (Candace’s father, Charles Teagarden).

    The cast overall was excellent, but I thought the absolute best performance in the movie was by Anthony Timpano, who portrayed Private Landon Southworth, the young soldier who is dealing with physical injuries and PTSD. His emotional reaction to telling his battle story brought tears to my eyes as I thought of all of the soldiers like him dealing with these issues. It was encouraging to see both Major Daniel Ross (Gabe Hogan) and Captain Mark Jennings (Robin Dunne) reach out to help him.

    The ending was so beautiful (I want include any spoilers) it left me flooded with joyous tears. Much like It’s a Wonderful Life, it was incredible to see how one life impacts so many others.

    My father was in the army, and I think this movie may have an even deeper meaning for those who have family who have served our country or are currently serving.

    “My Christmas Hero” is a heartwarming, enriching, impactful story! Rank and order are most important in the military, and I would say this movie ranks very high on my 2023 Christmas movie list! ~Net

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