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** With Love, Christmas

The Hallmark Channel,

Emilie Ullerup, Aaron O’Connell


Melanie Welch (Emille Ullerup) is an ad executive who is really into Christmas and the secret Santa in the office. She is assigned to work with a really introverted co-worked Donovan (Aaron O’Connell) on a new commercial for the newest cell phone. But he is also secret Santa for him and wants to get to know him to find the perfect gift. Not wanting to tip him off, she works hard at misdirecting him, and he’s sure someone else is his secret Santa, but Melanie starts really falling for him and finds herself getting really jealous after all.

This is a nice little holiday movie, but unfortunately nothing really special. At least they two leads are not those we see over and over again, and so they are a fresh pair, and they do seem to have a nice chemistry between them. It’s just that there’s no hook to this film to bring you in, and nothing really special happens. Mostly this is just a straight forward rom-com with no edge. It’s sweet enough, and fills 2 hours of TV time, but there’s no real reason to seek this film out. If you happen to run across it, go ahead and watch as it’s harmless fluff, but not worth the effort seeking on it’s own merit.

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** A Bramble House Christmas

4 Ever Christmas Productions,

Autumn Reeser, David Haydn-Jones, Liam Hughes, Teryl Rothery, Andrew Airlie, Bruce Dawson, Hilary Jardine, Julia Benson


Willa Fairchild (Autumn Reeser) is the nurse/caretaker of an very wealthy gentleman. When he died, he left his estate to her and her son, Scout (Liam Hughes) plus a vacation to The Bramble House, a wonderful lodge that he enjoyed himself. But his two grown children, Finn (David Haydn Jones, and Molly Conrad (Julia Benson) also read the will and have assumed that Willa played their father and swindled his father. Looking for evidence, Finn follows her to the Bramble House undercover to gather evidence to prove Willa is a fraud.(

This is a warm and fulfilling Christmas film with lots of mystery and surprises and lots of heart. The location is stupendous, and the story is very well told. Naturally there is holiday cheer and romance from end to end, with enough problems and issues to fill up the two hours. Some may think “Ebenezer” is redeemed a little too fast, but the point is that these two come to their senses in the end. With lots of heart and a good story to tell with excellent acting, this film has much to offer and is well worth seeking out this Christmas to enjoy.

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** Finding Santa

The Hallmark Channel,

Jodie Sweetin, Eric Winter, Laura Mitchell, Jay Brazeau, Karen Holness, Ava Telekm, Brenden Sunderland, Katey Hoffman, Karen Kruper, Dolores Drake


Grace Long (Jodie Sweetin) has taken over for her parents, managing their business and continuing their tradition of managing the town’s Christmas parade, but Tom White (Jay Brazeau) who always plays the role of Santa is laid up this year and unable to pull it off. Tom has been teaching a well known Santa school teaching others how to play the jolly old man. One of his top students was his son Ben (Eric Winter) who has moved to Los Angeles to get away from the family Christmas tradition. Tom had hoped Ben would be happy to take his place, but Ben wants nothing to do with it. But Grace is in a bad way, as this year’s parade is being covered by network TV. Ben and Grace lock horns with her trying to convince him to step up, and with him refusing to listen.

The real message of this Christmas tale is about putting your life on hold to follow someone else’s dreams. To that extent, it’s rather successful. I did enjoy Jodie Sweetin in her role, and I think she handled it pretty well. There’s no real suspense or danger here, and the problems are rather superficial, but this is entertainment, and it is a decent little story. It doesn’t have a lot of depth, but it light and festive, and a good enough movie for the holiday lineup. Personally, I think they are stretching themselves a little too thin tyring to bring out dozens of new films, and we might be better served with half as many with the best of the scripts, but as long as the market clamors for more, there’s no reason not to keep cranking them out. After all, Christmas in the U.S. has turned into a marathon starting at Veterans Day, so that’s the way it is. This is harmless and relatively brainless entertainment, and at that, it does it’s job./span>

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** The Mistletoe Inn

The Hallmark Channel,

Alicia Witt, David Alpay


Kim Ross (Alicia Witt) is a wannabe writer who has been working on her first novel for years. Her boyfriend Garth thinks he’s about to be published, so he breaks up with her to find someone more successful, like him. Kim is kind of devastated and feeling really down, but when she hear about a winter retreat for writers over the holidays which is featuring her favorite writer as the keynote speaker, so she does something rash and signs up. As soon as she arrives she learns that her ex boyfriend Garth is also enrolled and she bumps, literally, into Zeke (David Alpay) who is also attending the conference. They seem to rub each other the wrong way more and more at every meeting, but when it turns out they are assigned to be partners in the labs, it seems like they are in for a war. But the more they got on each other’s nerves, the more they seem to actually like each other.

Alicia Witt is a really good actress, and I generally enjoy her performances. This is completely her movie, but I was a bit underwhelmed with it. the story just wasn’t very deep, and while skimming across the surface of these characters, the bit twist at the end is perfectly in your face from the very first moments of the conference. There is no big surprise. It’s very straight forward and predictable and the connections to the holidays are very slim indeed. In fact, this could take place in the middle of the summer. It was entertaining and kept my interest, but it was just a mediocre Christmas Movie. Don’t expect a lot from this one, and you won’t be disappointed.

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** When Calls the Heart Christmas

WCTH 5 Productions,

Erin Krakow, Terence Kelly, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Martin Cummins, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin, Kavan Smith, Andrea Brooks, Carter Ryan Evancic, Eva Bourne, Mark Humphrey, Aren Buchholz, Loretta Walsh, Erica Carroll


A strange peddler comes to the frontier town in this series with the promise of having just what you need. He manages to pull out the exact solution for the problems they are facing. Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin) is acting mayor, and is overwhelmed with trying to do the right things. But there is an accident and the train with all the supplies they need for their Christmas plans is unable to get through with will dash everyone’s hope for a great holiday. So the whole town comes together under Abigail’s lead to make their own Christmas out of whatever they have. Everyone opens their pantries and they put together a great celebration. Even Elizabeth who has been dreaming of the Mountie Ball all her life, and has to give up her chance for the good of the town, gets her own special Christmas gift.

When Calls the Heart is a series on The Hallmark Channel. In this Season 3 episode, a two hour Christmas Special was played. It’s a wonderful story, and the pioneer days feel very real. I have only heard bits and snippets about this series, but this really caught my interest. I suspect that the entire series may be well worth watching. But whether or not you are a fan of the series, or if you have never heard of it before, this episode is as good if not better than any of the batch of new Hallmark holiday films which is why I included it in my reviews. If you get a chance to see When Calls the Heart Christmas, please make sure you take the time to watch this. It was a wonderful and very interesting Christmas story.

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