It’s the middle of January, and what’s happening with me? I’m already thinking of next Christmas.
The temperature is 5 degrees today with a windchill of -14. The sun is the brightest it’s been this month and the reflection from the new snow is almost daring me to come outside. Sorry, Mr. Sol; I’m content to look. Continue reading
If you like your Christmas movies romantic, mysterious, and intense, my selection for Day 20 of my Christmas Movie Review is The Spirit of Christmas aka Hollygrove – 2015, Lifetime.
Kate, a woman who initially scoffs at the possibility of ghosts, finds herself helping Daniel (a ghost) discover the reason he becomes a real person for twelve days before Christmas every year since he died 95 years earlier at the Hollygrove Inn. Continue reading
Aha. I’m going a little off script on the Day 16 selection for my Christmas Movie Review (in case you’re pre-screening for minors) with Holiday in Handcuffs – 2007, ABC Family.
This movie skips the traditional decorating the tree and baking Christmas cookies scenes in favor of spiking the eggnog for Grandma, ironically played by June Lockhart – everyone’s favorite TV mom from Lassie. Combine the language and creepy old man at the gas station, and I don’t see watching this selection with wee ones who soak up every word. You won’t find a real Santa in sight. Continue reading
Ice Sculpture Christmas – 2015, Hallmark, is my Day 15 selection for my Christmas Movie Review. Though it might seem predictable (and it ultimately is), there are a few moments that break the mold (ha) along the way.
Break out (I’m on a roll.) moments include:
- Ice sculpting facts and techniques that made the movie more real, and piqued my interest in the art. It actually gave me a new respect for the skill involved, and no, I’m not jumping into a new hobby.
The Christmas Gift, 2015, Lifetime, is the Day 12 selection for my Christmas Movie Review. Interestingly, it is also a very popular title as versions of The Christmas Gift aired in 1986, 2001, 2009, 2014 (short), 2015, and is in development for 2016.
My gift to this movie is to get in and get out with my review. Continue reading
We’re almost to the halfway point in my Christmas Movie Review as we countdown to Christmas.
Of course, I’m hoping for coconut and dark chocolate.
One of the most famous lines in “Forrest Gump” is “Life is like a box of chocolates….” Well, watching Christmas movies is like picking a present from under the tree. (Unless you peeked), you never know exactly what you’ll open until you finish unwrapping it – maybe there will be a gem stashed somewhere inside?… Or you’re like Ralphie in “The Christmas Story“ and the real present isn’t under the tree – but hidden elsewhere. Continue reading
On Day 11 of my Christmas Movie Review, the calendar shows that it is exactly two weeks before Christmas, which means shopping opportunities are growing limited. So, in keeping with that… here are my thoughts on 12 Gifts of Christmas, 2015, Hallmark.
I thought about saving this for Day 12, but it didn’t go with my two week shopping theme.
Cute guy, Marc, is so busy with his career that he doesn’t do well at Christmastime (or any other family time for that matter), so under a frantic corporate deadline, he hires a personal shopper who turns out to be none other than the cute girl, Anna, who took pity on him when she overheard him struggling to pick out a cookie at the local bakery for his secretary’s birthday. Continue reading
Yes, I’m feeling a little Scroog-ey. I watched these two movies almost back-to-back. They are so similar, I couldn’t help but lump (no pun intended) them together, especially as they are both 2015 offerings. Here they are:
The Flight Before Christmas, 2015 – Lifetime (Not to be confused with The Flight Before Christmas, 2008 – with animated reindeer that now I want to watch!)
A Christmas Detour, 2015 – Hallmark
This is pretty much the show.
There’s that vision board…
I’ll be as brief as I can without spoiling anyone’s holiday spirit. Continue reading
I’m on a magic sleigh ride! For Day 8 of my Christmas Movie Review, the fun continues with Northpole: Open For Christmas, 2015 – Hallmark, which is a sequel to Northpole, 2014 (seen, but not reviewed).
Warning: Again, I will be using the word “magic” repetitively.
Some of the devices are familiar: Snow globes with special powers, quirky elves, a really cool workshop where toys are made, and Santa’s magical sleigh. Oh, and magic snow. Continue reading
Hitched for the Holidays, 2012, Hallmark, is a surprisingly refreshing movie. This is the selection for Day 6 of my Christmas Movie Review.
Two people, pressured by their parents to “have” someone by New Year’s Eve, find themselves backed into proverbial corners. Continue reading