** Christmas on the Bayou

Active Entertainment,

Hilarie Burton, Tyler Hilton, Ed Asner, Markie Post, Randy Travis

Katherine (Hilarie Burton)’s marriage has failed so she jumped into her career with both feet. As a NYC marketing executive, she is a workaholic, but her 8 year old son, Zack (Brody Rose) is having a hard time dealing with. Katherine decides to spend Christmas in her home town in Louisiana’s bayou country, where her mother, Lilly (Markie Post)tries to match her up with Caleb (Tyler Hilton), Katherine’s old boyfriend. He’s anxious to win her back and convince her to move back home. Katherine can’t decide between the big city and the quiet, gentler rhythms of her Southern roots. But Papa Noel (Ed Asner) makes a connection with Zack and pulls off a miracle or two.

This is a very different Christmas movie due to the Cajun background in the film. Zack is not familiar with life in the Bayou, so as he learns the customs and traditions of Christmas in a new world where Santa is Papa Noel and travels the swamps in a boat pulled by an alligator, things are very different. But the difference helps to point out how no matter how vastly different, it’s still pretty much all the same. The hopes and wishes of the little boy is the same all over. Ed Asner is very good, as is Markie Post. Actually all the actors are pretty good in this film. It was nice to see Randy Travis, although his part is very small. All in all, this was a warm and touching 2013 premier movie from Lifetime, and one of many nice new additions to the holiday fare. This one is nicely different, and worth catching on TV.

[Here is the home page for this film from Lifetime]

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