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Its a Wonderful Movie - Your Guide to Family and Christmas Movies on TV

At Its a Wonderful Movie you will find News, Fashion, and Updates on Original Family Movies on TV plus Christmas Movies on the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, UP, Lifetime, INSP, ION, TCM, and More! Youโ€™ll receive Updates, TV Schedule, Pictures and More on Movie Premieres on TV - All Year Long!

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Hello Movie Friends! By popular request, I am continuing the list of NEW DVD Releases by year. I hope my list below will be a great source of the family-friendly movies that are available THIS YEAR in 2023!

This year will be a little different, however, as I'll be sharing Hallmark, Great American Family, UPtv, and Faith-Based DVD releases and more.

Please be sure to bookmark this page and check back, as I'll be adding to this post when new DVD releases become available all throughout the year.

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DVD RELEASES for 2023:


Love in the Limelight

DVD Release Date: January 3, 2023

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Season Of Love Double Feature
Harmony From The Heart and An Autumn Romance

DVD Release Date: January 10, 2023

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Crossword Mysteries: 2-Movie Collection
Terminal Descent & Riddle Me Dead

DVD Release Date: January 10, 2023

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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection:
Welcome to Mama's & Playing Cupid

DVD Release Date: January 17, 2023

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Mayberry Man

DVD Release Date: January 17, 2023

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Chesapeake Shores: The Complete Series

DVD Release Date: January 24, 2023

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Caution: Chesapeake Series is mostly family-friendly; however, there was some adult dialogue and situations in a few episodes.



Big Sky River

DVD Release Date: February 7, 2023

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Unthinkably Good Things

DVD Release Date: February 7, 2023

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Sappy Holiday

DVD Release Date: February 7, 2023

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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection:
Don't Forget I Love You & Marry Me in Yosemite

DVD Release Date: February 14, 2023

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When Calls the Heart: Springtime in Hope Valley
4-Film DVD Collection

DVD Release Date: February 14, 2023

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Nothing Is Impossible

DVD Release Date: February 14, 2023

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Sweet Revenge: A Hannah Swensen Mystery

DVD Release Date: February 21, 2023

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Running the Bases

DVD Release Date: February 21, 2023

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The Snowball Effect

DVD Release Date: March 14, 2023

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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection:
Romance in Style & Road Trip Romance

DVD Release Date: March 21, 2023

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Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist

DVD Release Date: March 21, 2023

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An Unlikely Angel

DVD Release Date: March 21, 2023

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County Line: No Fear

DVD Release Date: April 11, 2023

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Caution: This movie contains violence.


Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: A Splash of Love & High Flying Romance

DVD Release Date: April 11, 2023

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Stay tuned, as Iโ€™ll be adding more DVDโ€™s to the list above as they become available!

Please Note: I try to share only family-friendly movies; however, I haven't seen every movie listed above. Some of the movies shared are based on positive reviews from my followers and other reviews.

I hope you enjoy your next movie night!

Blessings, Net

๐ŸŽ„2022 CHRISTMAS MOVIE REVIEWS๐ŸŽ„ from the *It's a Wonderful Movie* Family! ๐ŸŽ… SEE HERE:

Welcome, Friends,
to the 2022 Christmas Movie Review Page!

Here's what you'll find here...

To give us all a sense of which NEW Christmas Movies ARE and which movies ARE NOT family-friendly, once again, I am going to be updating this page with reviews and comments on almost every NEW MOVIE from *It's a Wonderful Movie* family members throughout Christmastime. Be sure to bookmark this page by adding it to your favorites and return for reviews added for more movies throughout the season. Hopefully, this will help us all enjoy many of the wonderful Christmas movies airing this Holiday Season - and make our Christmas movie viewing experience a whole lot easier!

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!

I hope you enjoy all of the movie reviews below...





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


Destined at Christmas - October 22, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Destined At Christmas was absolutely delightful." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Just watched GAC Destined at Christmas very nice story. It reminded me of Hallmark movies 5 years ago. It was family friendly." ~Ken

๐ŸŽ„ "We thought Destined at Christmas was delightful too." ~Karen E J Klein

๐ŸŽ„ "Destined at Christmas was so lovely! And the ads with Candace in them were also really sweet." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Destined at Christmas Family-friendly? Yes Keeper? I am probably in the minority here, because yes, this is a very cute movie with the two leads doing a great job in their roles! And I like the plot about the characters trying to find each other. But...the fact that there were just so many - so many! - near misses in hooking up made the storyline just too unbelievable. (In fact, at one point I said out loud to the TV, "okay, this is ridiculous!" Yes, I talk to the TV!) While obviously we have to forgo some sense of reality with these movies, this one just went too far for me. Oh well..." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Mark 25, I agree with you. The missing each other went on much too long which made the movie tiring. Not a keeper for me!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "Quite enjoyed Destined at Christmas. Thought the actors/actresses were very natural (including the young girl); I felt like I was watching a story unfold instead of watching them acting out a story. One of the only negatives for me was that it felt like the directors dragged out the search between the star-crossed lovers for way too long; it became a bit frustrating, although the story was still entertaining. And then when they finally found each other it all ended quite abruptly and a bit oddly with some loose ends. Not sure if this one's a keeper for me but it's definitely worth a re-watch at some time. This one would probably be good for the whole family to watch, partly due to the refreshing young girl and the dinosaur angle and partly because there wasn't an overkill of sappy romance or long lingering looks at each other's lips." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Destined at Christmas won my optimistic, romantic heart over! The movie's concept was more unique than the typical romantic-comedy. I love that these two people, Kim and Theo, met by happenstance while doing some early shopping on Black Friday. It was also fun to get a taste of Thanksgiving weekend โ€“ as the family discussed eating leftovers. I thought Kim and Theoโ€™s individual searches for one another were fun throughout the movie, and I personally enjoyed all of the close-calls; however, I wouldโ€™ve liked just a little more time seeing them actually together at the end. My only real qualm was that Kim never really finalized things with her ex-boyfriend, and (*SPOILER ALERT*) knowing he was standing there at the end when Theo and she finally met again, felt a little awkward. (*SPOILER END*) Overall, though, this was such a delightful, feel good movie, a wonderful start to the second Great American Christmas season! I will look forward to watching encore airings, especially as we get closer and closer to Black Friday!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "DESTINED AT CHRISTMAS - It was sweet, but there was too much separation time. The way that they keep missing each other was pretty frustrating, although I guess that's the whole point of the movie. I found myself wanting to fast forward a lot. I do think it's cool that the leading female is a paleontologist." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Destined at Christmas is family friendly. The movie is delightful. (Review may contain Spoilers) After Dr. Kim French & Theo Hall meet in the midst of Black Friday shopping madness when the store blackout just before dawn. When thereโ€™s spark in between Kim & Theo but they get separated due to panic while theyโ€™re searching everywhere when they attempt to find each other? They doesnโ€™t forget each other to try to search information. Ashley is at the Dinosaur museum with their classmate where Kim works as a paleontologist. They across same path as their families, Ashleyโ€™s Aunt Clarissa & Uncle Hunter search their Niece as Kim finds Ashley at the playground unless her Aunt & Uncle look everywhere for her. Kimโ€™s family & her friendโ€™s family are attending Christmas Carol when Kimโ€™s Mom hands an extra tickets to Theo & his Daughter named Ashley. Kimโ€™s friend tells Kim heโ€™s a carpentry is Theo. The Families & Zack are attending Christmas Festival in the middle of the night. Ashley tells her Dad, Theo that sheโ€™s Dinosaur Lady is Kim who works at Dinosaur Museum. Ashley runs toward to Kim & her Dad, Theo follows his Daughter, Ashley to find Kim. Ashley tells Kim that sheโ€™s with her Dad. Theo & Kim look everywhere that night. Kim us searching for Theo during daytime. Theo gets his Daughter; Ashley a triceratops ornament to put on Christmas tree. Ashley wants to be a Paleontologist just like Dr. Kim French. Theo & Kim introduce each other again with Ashley. One year later, the family celebrates Christmas. Hunter & Clarissa are having a baby so, Ashley will become Cousin when she thinks itโ€™s a girl. They named their Daughter; Victoria โ€œVickiโ€ Hall. Ashley hands her Dadโ€™s gift to Kim & Kimโ€™s gift to her Dad, Theo. She hands Christmas gifts each other." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Thank goodness for GACF saving my weekend with their movies from last year and new premier I saw, Destined At Christmas. It was a beautiful story in several ways." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "This was family friendly even though the hunt was long & tiresome. ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„ "Destined at Christmas - This was a nice family friendly story. I thought the case did a fine job. The families were believable. The story line had a leisurely pace and wasn't choppy. This is one of those movies that sets the scene for Christmas. I would watch this again or having it playing as a backdrop to my own Christmas preparations." ~Anonymous

Catering Christmas - October 29, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Catering Christmas was very sweet!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "I loved Catering Christmas! Daniel Lissing and Merritt Patterson had great chemistry. The storyline was enjoyable and shared some great messages about family, helping the community and making the most of the gifts youโ€™ve been given. Loved the side characters and the fun surprise towards the end. I donโ€™t want to spoil it. Oh and the sets were beautiful and pulled it all together." - Jennifer R

๐ŸŽ„ "Catering Christmas is family friendly about fledgling caterer Molly Frost whose owns Mollyโ€™s Menu Magic is hired by perfectionist Jean Harrison for renowned Harrison Foundationโ€™s Annual Christmas Gala, but things get complicated when Molly falls for Jeanโ€™s Nephew named Carson Harrison. Carsonโ€™s family owns Harrison Community Center. Some yummy Christmas fudges, Christmas fudge with walnuts, Christmas fudge with Hickory nuts. Molly used some research Jeanโ€™s Grandfatherโ€™s Christmas fudges with Hickory Nuts from Hickory Trees in Maine but didnโ€™t use walnuts in his recipe. Jean plays matchmaker for Carson & Molly at Christmas in h to r Square when Molly brings Christmas Cookies for Harrison Foundation Booth" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I watched โ€œCatering Christmasโ€ and โ€œChristmas Bedtime Stories.โ€ Both were family friendly. โ€œCatering Christmasโ€ was absolutely delightful and if you are a fan of โ€œAnne of Avonleaโ€ with Megan Follows youโ€™ll recognize Aunt Jean as Katherine the Principal of the Kingsport Ladies College where Anne taught. So fun to see her again. I wasnโ€™t a fan of the paring of Erin Cahill with Steve Lund in โ€œChristmas Bedtime Stories,โ€ but the story was good and *possible spoiler alert* has a surprise ending. I also shed some tears." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Catering Christmas was worth the excitement. This is a keeper! Enjoyed seeing Merritt Patterson and Daniel Lissing together." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "Catering Christmas โ€“ This was such a sweet story throughout. I enjoyed the surprise romance I didnโ€™t know I needed, and Daniel Lissing and Merritt Patterson were a fantastic pairing. I could definitely feel a growing tension/spark between them. The fudge storyline was satisfying, as well. Overall, this feel-good, family-friendly Christmas film is a definite keeper for me!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "I echo what Jennifer said. This is a great feel-good movie with wonderful chemistry between Daniel and Merritt. That said, maybe I'm biased here, because Merritt has become one of my favorite actresses. There could probably be a movie of her reading a phone book in front of a Christmas fire, and I would praise it! ;) (Oh, for those of you young ones, a phone book is what people used years ago to...oh, never mind!)" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Catering Christmas. Sweet, feel-good movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Keeper, and would probably buy the dvd. Family friendly." ~~Jane

Christmas Lover's Anonymous - October 30, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Lovers Anonymous is family friendly about a best selling book author named Katrina Marks hides her love for Christmas after an ugly breakup, but she finds love again when she joins a website for people who are crazy fur Christmas called; โ€œChristmas Lovers Anonymousโ€. Just Say No to Ho Ho Ho!, by Katrina Marks." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Lovers Anonymous is really sweet!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Christmas Lovers Anonymous - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? No - This movie just seemed like a cheap rip-off of You've Got Mail (except the leads are no Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan). The main problem I had is that the story takes place in a very small town, yet it never occurs to anyone that Santa's Little Helper and Jolly Soul are the same people as the main characters. I mean, there was even a hint about a broken Santa figurine that was completely missed! Also, without mentioning names, some of the acting by the cast was terrible! Not a GAF winner for me." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Loverโ€™s Anonymous โ€“ This movie is family-friendly, but rather cheesy, at times. I tried to get into it, but just couldnโ€™t do so. The story concept was interesting โ€“ about a writer who is tired of being pushed into doing all sorts of activities EVERY Christmas and writes the book, Just Say No to Ho, Ho, Ho. Well, her book becomes very popular and basically traps her into having a public persona of NOT doing Christmas at all. And then, the trouble comes when she realizes how much she misses doing Christmassy things. Overall, itโ€™s a sweet, wholesome movie, but not a keeper for me." ~Net

A Royal Christmas on Ice - November 5, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Christmas on Ice is very beautiful!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Christmas on Ice - My only thought is that it left a lot of things up in the air. Maybe a lead in to a sequel." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Christmas on Ice is family friendly about a dashing Prince of Donegel is looking to escape his royal life z& he comes to United States of America to start a business in small town in upstate New York & winds up falling for a former Olympic Ice Skater. He meets up with Dylan Blake is a Creative Consultant. Prince John fondly of hockey. He has a Brother & Marshall. Abbie returns on Ice for Christmas Ice Parade at Evanston Ice Area. Prince John Lackston of Dongel takes a duo or duet with Abigail to take a bow" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Christmas on Ice- First, the highlightsโ€ฆ this movie is light-hearted, family-friendly, and the ice skating is fun and lovely to watch. The low points for meโ€ฆ there was very little chemistry between the leads, Abigail and Prince John, and the acting was a bit stiff. At first, Abigail seemed moody all the time, and the lead guy, who happens to be royal Prince, of course, is a bit too pushy for my liking. Also, the romance seems very rushed, in my opinion. Actor William (Billy) Baldwin also makes an appearance, but his role is very small. Overall, this was not a keeper for me, but to put a positive spin on itโ€ฆ someone who really likes ice skating may enjoy it, and itโ€™s wholesome for all ages." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: A Royal Christmas on Ice - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? No - I think after having so many "royal" Christmas movies lately, it is going to take a really special one for me to recommend it. And this isn't it. The main problem I had is the lead actress - maybe the script called for it, but she seemed so gloomy throughout the movie, especially at the beginning. Whenever she smiled - which was rarely - it seemed forced. (She's not even smiling in the poster.) And maybe that's why there didn't seem to be any chemistry between the leads. For me, not a fun movie at all!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Royal Christmas on Ice, just had to review this far it is my favorite one and I've watched it about 4 times already. I love both actors and I noticed one person stated that the actress was too sad, but I think she did a great job portraying someone who had watched her dreams being shattered. I could identify with her. Good chemistry and definitely family friendly." ~Clara

Love At the Christmas Contest - November 6, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Love at the Christmas Contest was really fun and sweet!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Love at Christmas Contest is family family us about Angie enters a tree decorating contest to honor the memory of her Mother. Angie seems seems surprise that her High School Sweetheart named David & his Daughter named Gabby have entered the contest too" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Love at the Christmas Contest - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? No - I just couldn't get into this movie - it just seemed to plod along. You know how some people like to make fun of these kind of movies for being to cheesy or whatever? Unfortunately this seemed like the kind of movie that would make an easy target for them. So-so plot, so-so acting, very predictable with a lot of the usual happenings (snow-ball fight, building a snowman, baking Christmas cookies, decorating a tree, etc.). And in the story, unless I missed something, he turns down a job offer in London, but in a later scene he says he is leaving for London because he has taken a job there. Sorry - not for me." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Love at the Christmas Contest โ€“ This family-friendly movie was sweet and simple, fairly straight-forward. It was fun to see the different styles of Christmas trees designed for the contest, but none of them were truly spectacular, in my opinion. I didnโ€™t feel a spark between the leads, so this movie was not a keeper for me, but itโ€™s still a pleasant end-of-the-day watch. Children may even like it, too, since there is a young girl included throughout the story." ~Net

A Merry Christmas Wish - November 12, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Loved A Merry Christmas Wish! Loved Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison together! Another movie with a fantastic message and so many Christmas carols as background music. I also loved the actress who played the sister. She added a nice element to the story." - Jennifer R

๐ŸŽ„ "Watched A Merry Christmas Wish last night and was not disappointed. Loved the music for starters and acting was up to par as usual. Scenery was so much better than other movies so far. Only complaint was that it was very predictable. Storyline follows many that I have seen before. Would definitely be a keeper." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„ "A Merry Christmas Wish โ€“ I enjoyed this movie so much I didnโ€™t want it to end. Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison are absolutely fantastic together. I only wish we couldโ€™ve seen more fun moments of Janie (Jill Wagner) and Dylan (Cameron Mathison) on the farm together. It was obvious that Jill and her character, Janie, were at home there. This movie is completely family-friendly and ideal for all ages. I also loved seeing the little girl, who was adorable, by the way, from When Hope Calls. This is one of those sweet, lighthearted movies I already know Iโ€™m going to enjoy watching over and over again!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "A Merry Christmas Wish is family friendly about an NYC Advertising Executive returns to her hometown to her family farm but instead reconnects her childhood friend named Dylan & gets involved with organizing the yearly Woodland Falls Winter Wonderland, which takes place on the property. Dylan is staying at guest house next to Randallโ€™s farmhouse. They manage to save farmhouse whose runs by Dylan. Dylan has a Sister named Nicole, their Mom named Esther, & Niece named Gracie. It tells the story of Janie. She returns to her hometown of Woodland Falls when her great-uncle passes away. He surprises Janie with a special gift: the family homestead, her childhood home." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Merry Christmas Wish is worth watching. It has a great and festive atmosphere, a beautiful setting, a great acting from Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison, a heartwarming story. I'm so happy we have the Great American Family, their movies are always great and you can enjoy them without worrying about their content." Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„ "A MERRY CHRISTMAS WISH. For starters, I'm never a fan of love triangle, so I couldn't love this as much as I wished. Cameron Mathison was so charming and Jill Wagner was just wonderful, and I'd watch anything they're on. Both are really great actors and perfect for the roles. The plot is wayyy overdone though. It's another "cookie cutter" type of Christmas movie to me. I wished the storyline was more interesting but it's same old "city girl going back to country" story. It was enjoyable to watch but not a keeper for me." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: A Merry Christmas Wish - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Most definitely! - I'm not sure how you can go wrong with having Jill Wagner and Cameron Mathison together in a movie. In my opinion, these are two of the very best actors for these kind of movies! You can tell that they enjoy each other's company - they both seemed to be having fun and even ad-libbing some of their lines to each other. The movie itself seemed like a throwback to the old Hallmark movies of years ago, and the supporting cast - especially the sister and the little girl - were great! One of the best so far this year!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Finally found the time to watch A Merry Christmas Wish, and I loved it!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "A Merry Christmas Wish. A feel-good, family-friendly, movie that I liked but didnโ€™t love. Nice for a small dose of Christmas cheer. I liked the Christmas set on the farm (with real Christmas trees โ€“ thank you!). And the story was sweet but itโ€™s been done over and over and over, and this particular version had nothing to really make it stand out and sparkle, other than a pair of good veteran actors and a nice cast and nothing fake or cringeworthy happening. Love Jill and Cameron, they were nice in this movie and I could maybe see them together as a couple, but theyโ€™ve each had better chemistry in other movies with other actors. I kind of wish they would embrace their real-life ages a bit more in these movies; I think thereโ€™s room in the movie world for stories focused on younger romances as well as older romances. So, for me, a sweet movie thatโ€™s maybe worth a re-watch next year but not really a keeper on the dvr." ~~Jane

Christmas Sweethearts - November 13, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Sweethearts" aka "My Best Friend's Christmas" is one I watched via streaming earlier this year. Maybe I was just in a mood, but, as I recall, it just didn't seem quite on par with Great American Family's movies last year. The music was loud over the dialogue in parts, and the plot was a wee bit too silly for my tastes. Still good for a one time watch, though--everybody likes different things, and maybe it'll be a winner for you! ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Sweethearts is family friendly about when a woman named Ashley returns home to find her ex boyfriend named Grant is in relationship with Bella, she enlists her best friend named Liam to act as her fake boyfriend. Grant & Bella and Ashley & Liam get along at the lodge" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Christmas Sweethearts - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Ugh! It's not too often when I want a movie to end before it actually does, but this was one of those times. This movie is bad in so many ways! First, the storyline. Ashley will lie and deceive in order to get back with her ex-boyfriend Grant. Grant meanwhile has hooked up with arrogant Bella, although he keeps eyeing Ashley. Liam, Ashley's friend, has romantic feelings for Ashley, but is willing to help Ashley in her deception to win back Grant. People, can't you just be honest and tell each other how you truly feel? How old are you anyway? Which leads me to what I really dislike about this movie. The two leading ladies act like they are teenage schoolgirls. Their mannerisms, their displays of giddiness, their mile-a-minute talking - this really wore on me after awhile. Finally, the whole movie (and especially the ending) just seemed rushed and had a cheap look to it. For me, there is nothing to recommend Christmas Sweethearts." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Sweethearts was a bit of a dud for me. -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Sweethearts โ€“ I must admit, I didnโ€™t care for this movie. Some of the characters act rather strange, at times. The lead girl acted superior to everyone else and took her best guy friend for granted all throughout the movie. It was painful to watch her tell him she actually had feelings for him near the end after basically treating him like a doormat the entire time he was pretending to be her boyfriend. One bright spot: It was delightful to see Beth Broderick (Romance at Reindeer Lodge, Christmas Town) in this, but her role was too small to save it. This was not a keeper for me." ~Net

Christmas in Pine Valley - November 19, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at Pine Valley. Not up to Great American past presentations. Built on a Lie from the beginning and then continuing to add on as it went just to justify the first. Definitely not a keeper no matter how it ends. Not really my idea of a strong Christmas movie." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in Pine Valley was quite charming!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in Pine Valley is family friendly about a reporter named Josh interviews an entrepreneur named Natalie Cameron thinking her company is family owned that not knowing itโ€™s run by her friends. (Review may contain Spoilers) Natalie Cameron is the owner of a successful handmade soap company that garners the attention of a major magazine. The magazine sends a reporter named Josh to profile Natalieโ€™s company thinking itโ€™s a family-run business. Little does he know that Natalieโ€™s business is run by her with the help of longtime family friends, Mary, Carlos, Elsa, & Lisa! Knowing how much the article will help Mary hang on to her struggling Christmas tree farm, Natalie must convince Josh that her โ€œfamilyโ€ and Christmas traditions are all real. As Josh spends time around Natalie & her โ€œfamilyโ€ to write his story, Natalie narrowly avoids blowing her cover, especially when Lisaโ€™s friend named Dave arrives unannounced. Determined not to jeopardize the ruse, Lisa introduces Dave to Josh as Natalieโ€™s fiancรฉ. Everyone struggles to keep up the faรงade of being a family-owned business, & matters only get more complicated when Josh uncovers the truthโ€”just as he & Natalie are falling for each other. Angry about being lied to, Josh plans to leave the farm but, after seeing that Natalieโ€™s business really is a โ€œfamilyโ€ effort, decides to stay to be with Natalie & her so-called family." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in Pine Valley is NOT family friendly in my opinion. Near the end of the movie, a couple is walked in on getting up from the floor or couch with there clothes disheveled and in the process of being removed. It's obvious what was in the process of happening. It could have been totally family friendly if they were walked in on sharing an innocent kiss but this ruined the movie for me." ~J. Adams

๐ŸŽ„ "CHRISTMAS IN PINE VALLEY - I am not a big fan of the deception story line. It was making me nervous and uncomfortable the whole time. It felt so much better once the lies were out in the open. If youโ€™re watching with younger kids, there was a scene that insinuated Dave and Lisa was making out. That said, overall it was a cute movie. Some cute and funny moments. Chemistry was spot on. Would love to see the 2 leading actors again in other movies." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Christmas in Pine Valley - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? No This movie seemed disjointed to me, like a bunch of writers were given scenes to write - the stereotypical Christmas scenes - and then someone took them and put them together to make this movie. There didn't seem to be any flow to the movie, and the characters weren't believable at all. Skip it!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "The Holiday Swap was family friendly but not something Iโ€™d watch again. Same goes for Christmas in Pine Valley. The actors/actresses seemed like they were uncomfortable around each other." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in Pine Valley โ€“ I thought this movie was somewhat fun. The story is based upon a bunch of people pretending to be a family, which unfortunately, snowballs into lying, but thankfully, the characters do feel a sense of guilt about deceiving others. The worst part in the story was when Natalieโ€™s best friend Lisa is caught making out with this guy she likes, Dave. The scene was a bit too much โ€“ and cheapened the story, in my opinion. Overall, this couldโ€™ve been a cute movie, but the romantic chemistry between the leads was a little stiff and that romantic situation I mentioned โ€“ was completely unnecessary." ~Net

My Favorite Christmas Tree - November 20, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I've enjoyed My Favorite Christmas Tree so much! It was a great movie with great actors, very beautiful Christmas tree farm, cosy winter atmosphere, great story, actually two stories: about Christmas tree farm and search for the answers about family ancestry. The leading actors Emma Johnson and Giles Panton were so great together. Recommended!" ~Oksanka~

๐ŸŽ„ "My Favorite Christmas Tree is family friendly about Kyla is a genealogy researcher who travels to the charming town of Conifer, hoping to piece together her ancestry. The search leads Kyla to a Christmas tree farm, its stubborn but handsome owner - and, possibly, love. Kyla visits a small town who attempting her ancestry & meets a Christmas Tree Farm owner named Joel" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Awww, My Favorite Christmas Tree was so charming and sweet!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TREE - It was a sweet movie. The leading actress was new to me but she was very likeable. The leading actor I've seen before but not as a main character. Their bickering was pretty cute. I like the sisterly's relationship too, and that the sister got a developing romance. The mystery aspect is quite engaging. It was enjoyable to watch. ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Long Lost Christmas and My Favorite Christmas Tree were other family friendly movies." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "My Favorite Christmas Tree. I rather liked this sweet and gentle movie. The genealogy angle was a refreshing change of pace which kind of made up for the other, standard, save-the-family-business angle. The bit of mystery was fun. I liked the two lead actors (especially the leading lady) and their banter was cute and I also enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters. Parts of the movie felt totally unbelievable but there were also parts that felt quite natural. I thought the snow angel scene was done better than any other movie I can recall. And, like Oksanka mentioned, the โ€œcosy winter atmosphereโ€ was quite nice. Family friendly. Not sure yet if I would buy the dvd but this is definitely worth a re-watch next Christmas." ~~Jane

Christmas at the Drive-In - November 25, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at the Drive-In was great! Danica and Neal have such great chemistry and the one-liners were funny. Definitely family friendly and a must watch!" - Jennifer R

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas At The Drive-In was great! Family friendly and the atmosphere screamed Christmas. Keeper for me." ~Misty

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas At The Drive-In is a fun movie. I would have enjoyed it more if Xfinity had been working last night. The sound kept disappearing along with the picture. I stuck with it anyway. Neal Bledsoe is so much better without that accent. He and Danica are most definitely a perfect match. Love them together!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at the Drive In is very lovely and charming! Plus, A Hot Cocoa Christmas makes a brief cameo." โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at the Drive-In is family friendly about Sadie Walker is a property lawyer fighting to save her hometownโ€™s last surviving drive-in. In a Youโ€™ve Got Mailโ€“style twist, the person trying to sell the property is a developer in favor of a more profitable tenant. He also happens to be Sadieโ€™s high school ex-boyfriend named Holden McCarthy. Sadie hasnโ€™t seen Holden in 20 years when they become rivals. Sadie finds romance during the holidays while trying to save her townโ€™s local drive-in from closing down. Sadie & Holden manage to save McCarthy Drive-In & including Mendoza Christmas Tree Farm as collaborators" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Don't give up before the miracle" "Christmas at the Drive-In" was such a great and wonderful movie. I've enjoyed every minute of it. The whole theme of the drive-in was so exciting to watch. I've watched all the movies with Danica McKellar and Neal Bledsoe and it seems that every time they're greater and greater together. They look so comfortable around each other. All in all it was one of those movies which leave you feeling so good and warm. It's like Christmas movies used to be some time ago. Looking forward to the rest of Great American Family Christmas movies. Happy Thanksgiving!" ~Oksanka~

๐ŸŽ„ "Still going through the DVR here. Christmas at the Drive - In is family friendly. I enjoyed the story line." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at the Drive-In โ€“ This was a fun, unique, family-friendly story! I liked the tension between Sadie (Danica McKellar) and Holden (Neal Bledsoe) and how they both had unresolved issues and feelings from the past. Not sure about an outdoor drive-in theater during winter in real-life (brrr!!!), but it sure looked pretty on screen with all the decorated trees and Christmas lights around. Plus, I liked the nostalgia and history of the drive-in theater and how these characters fought so hard to save it. The movie brought to mind my own sweet personal memories from the past at the drive-in, and Iโ€™m sure it will do the same for others. Christmas at the Drive-In was an enjoyable watch with a feel-good, happy ending." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at the Drive-In. So, I think Iโ€™m the oddball here because I didnโ€™t love this movie like everyone else did. I liked it for a one-time viewing, but I just didnโ€™t love it. It certainly had a bunch of nice Christmassy decorations and the drive-in felt so nostalgic and fun (we have one, locally, but itโ€™s only open in the summer โ€“ all I could think about in this movie was breathing in all the exhaust fumes as people in cars around you tried to keep warm for a two-hour movie in below freezing temperatures - instant migraine headache for me!). The leads are good together and there was chemistry between them and some fun dialogue. But I just found the whole premise of saving the drive-in to be too separated from reality and quite silly and melodramatic. I definitely rolled my eyeballs way too many times while watching. I mean, seriously? A save-the-drive-in โ€œmiracleโ€? Plus, Danicaโ€™s character just annoyed me from the get-go. I didnโ€™t like how she butts in and tells him what to do with HIS inheritance and his money; evidently, SHE - not him - knows what his late father really wanted, and she has also appointed herself the keeper of the entire townโ€™s best interests. โ€œThis town NEEDS the drive-in and I have to save it!โ€ Really? Really??? Obviously, the drive-in is way more important than a proposed distribution center that would provide employment for many people. Nostalgia & movies => good. Capitalism & financial security for people => bad. And the town zoning board tells the two of them that they have to work together and try โ€œin good faithโ€ to reinvigorate the drive-in instead of allowing him to go forward with his signed contract of sale?!? Say what?? And he ends up footing most of the bill for her nonsense?! None of this has any base in reality. Ugh! Misguided do-gooders! Rolling my eyeballs as I type and thereโ€™s a good chance they could get stuck up in my head. Honestly, if Miss Do-Gooder loved the drive-in that much, she should have taken out a mortgage and bought it for herself. And then she could, benevolently, give it away to the town or attempt to make it into a viable and profitable business prospect for herself. But, nope, that wouldnโ€™t be as rewarding as the glory of fighting for a โ€œcauseโ€, at someone elseโ€™s expense. Of course, in this fairytale movie everybody ends up happy because not only do we save some unprofitable and unsustainable nostalgia but we also save some trees. And, oh yeah, we manage to find a spot to build the big bad warehouse facility back behind the trees where we donโ€™t have to see people actually going to work so they can afford to pay to go to the drive-in every night to keep it up and running. Yay. {Alrighty then, I guess I might be done with my snarkiness (for now๐Ÿ˜Š).} I really do think Danica and Neal are good together in movies (my favorite is Coming Home for Christmas), I just wish they would give them a more believable and mature plot and script to work with. This movie wouldโ€™ve been better, for me, if they had focused less on the unrealistic drive-in stuff and put it more in the back seat of the movie to just quietly and nostalgically and festively carry the story forward, and then focused more on D & N gradually getting to know each other again and re-kindling their old romance. The movie was family friendly and I think if youโ€™re not as critical as me, it could be a fun movie to watch with the whole family as itโ€™s fun to see all the Christmas decorations and food truck going up at the drive-in, plus it could be fun to then research drive-ins and plan to visit one in the warmer months." ~~Jane

Iโ€™m Glad Itโ€™s Christmas - November 26, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I'm Glad it's Christmas is verysweet! 100% recommend." โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: I'm Glad It's Christmas - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Undecided - I was really looking forward to this movie! I liked the idea of music being a part of the storyline, and I know that both Jessica and Paul are wonderful singers. And Gladys Knight - what a treat! It was so nice to hear religious songs being performed by the three of them, and they were fantastic! So my problem? Surprisingly, it was the acting by Paul who I have enjoyed in so many other films. I don't know if it was his excitement of being part of this movie, but in just about every scene he was like a giddy little boy! For example, in the scene where Jessica's character Holly tells Paul's character Jason that she can't do the show, instead of acting upset or at least disappointed, he smiles and seems pleased! And yet later, when Holly tells her friend about what happened, she says he seemed really upset. I thought, "Wait, what, no he didn't!" Still, because of Gladys and Jessica (who were both excellent) and the music, I might keep this one. I'm just not sure yet." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Loved, loved, loved I'm Glad It's Christmas! Everything about this movie is wonderful. Gladys Knight still has a beautiful voice. My surprise was how much weight Jessica had lost, and that she cut her hair. This has nothing to do with the content of the movie; just an observation." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "Iโ€™m Glad Itโ€™s Christmas is family friendly about An aspiring singer named Chloe Bose is convinced to participate in a local production. Along the way, she finds hope and mentorship in her career. But will her professional success come at the cost of her chance at love?" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Iโ€™m Glad Itโ€™s Christmas is family friendly & an entertaining movie about Chloe Bose has aspirations of becoming a Broadway star, so when the mysterious Cora Lawson enlists Hollingsworth Clerk Chloe & the talented/handsome store santa, Jason Murphy, to put on a Christmas musical revue, she sees it as an opportunity to make a splash. But as she and Jason work together, they realize they have more in common than just musical talent... Chloe is an aspiring singer is convinced to participate in a local production. Along the way, she finds hope & mentorship in her career. But will her professional success come at the cost of her chance at love? (Review may contain some Spoilers) Jason owns Home Studio with his Daughter named Angela in apartment. Jason sings Christmas Feels Like Falling Love. & Cora sings Go Tell It on the Mountain. Jason as store Santa cracked me up at Hollingsworth Gift Shop. Brickton Brings Back Holiday Lane Christmas Concert Tonight on December 23 at 7pm. Chloe has audition at 5pm for Cassandra Rogers just before concert. Coraโ€™s red dress looks completely ravishing. Cora & Jason sing Christmas Feels Like Falling in Love when Chloe comes along onstage to sing Christmas Feels Like Falling in Love so, Cora too as trio. Theyโ€™re all singing Christmas Songs. Chloe gets the part for Broadway Musical. Cassandraโ€™s assistant found a song that she never heard - original song maybe falling in love . Jason is a songwriter who wrote Christmas Feels Like Falling in Love. Chloe looks amused when she gets part that sheโ€™s so exciting from Cassandra Rogers. I hope thereโ€™s Iโ€™m Glad Itโ€™s Christmas sequel - โ€œIโ€™m So Glad Itโ€™s Christmasโ€. I hope thereโ€™s legendary singers to sing in Iโ€™m So Glad Itโ€™s Christmas. I hope thereโ€™s another Christmas songs." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "My daughter and I just finished watching I'm Glad It's Christmas. I think it is a fabulous movie. I wasn't sure but I was so involved from the very beginning. The characters were so well written and acted that during part of it when she got the call to come in and see the woman for a second call back, my daughter looked at me and said why are you smiling and I looked at her and I said I am so excited for her it felt like she was a real person that I knew. It's been a long time since I have had a movie that I have felt so connected to that I thought was so well-rounded in every aspect. This is definitely a keeper and I hope they can make more shows together it was fantastic." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Iโ€™m Glad Itโ€™s Christmas was a pleasant family friendly watch. I enjoyed the singing." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "I'm Glad it's Christmas โ€“ This is a family-friendly, delightful movie. I thought Jessica Lowndes and Paul Greene were great together; they have such a natural chemistry on-screen. Paul Greeneโ€™s character, Jason Murphy, is sadly divorced, and his adorable, cheerful daughter, Angela, lives with him, off and on. Jessica Lowndes plays the role of the struggling wannabe Broadway actress well, and all of the singing was beautiful with her, Paul Greene, and Gladys Knight. I especially liked the scene where Cora Lawson (Gladys) teaches Chloe and Jason to sing from the heart. The new Christmas song, โ€œChristmas Feels like Falling in Love,โ€ is lovely and very catchy. In fact, Iโ€™m still humming it! Overall, โ€œI'm Glad it's Christmasโ€ is an upbeat, entertaining movie, and thereโ€™s, of course, a happy ending!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Iโ€™m Glad Itโ€™s Christmas. Another feel-good, family-friendly movie that I liked but didnโ€™t love. The music (of course!) was the best part of this movie. The very best part was when Gladys Knight sings a bit of Joy to the World to demonstrate to Jessica and Paul how to sing โ€œfrom the heartโ€. Nice movie for a re-watch next year but not a keeper on the dvr." ~~Jane

A Christmasโ€ฆ Present - November 27, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmasโ€ฆPresent was great. Of course family friendly and it's a keeper! Can't believe that we actually have such a strong faith based movie on tv in the world we live in! A must see film!!" ~ Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmasโ€ฆPresent is absolutely the best Christmas movie Iโ€™ve watched in a very long time. Such a wonderful message for Christmas! All the actors were fantastic! And Hillary Scott singing at the end! So beautiful!" - Jennifer R

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Present is by far the best GAF movie I've seen all year! A + from me!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "There are no words to express how I feel about A Christmas Present. Just WOW! Awesome! My heart was overflowing with joy at the end of this movie. Thank you Candace and GAF!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "I have been looking forward to watching "Candace Cameron Bure Presents: A Christmasโ€ฆ Present" since I first saw the trailer and heard Matthew West's song. Now the wait is over and I'm just so happy to have watched this truly special movie! It really is about Christmas, about our greatest gift - Jesus, about family, about what really matters in life. I'm so grateful to Candace Cameron Bure and all the creators of this movie for all the Bible verses, for all the deep conversations about God and faith. You don't happen to see it often in Christmas movies though they're called Christmas. Thank you GAF for not being afraid to be different in this world. That's what faith all about!" ~Oksanka~

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmasโ€ฆPresent is family friendly about Eric & Maggie Larson are professionals, with busy work schedules that include some high-maintenance clients. The entire Larson family has every moment scheduled, with activities and events. However, they stop all their extra holiday plans because they are reminded that this is the first Christmas for Maggieโ€™s brother since her sister-in-law passed away. Therefore, they have decided to spend Christmas with Maggieโ€™s brother, Paul, and his daughter, Ashley. This is a difficult time and family is more important than ever. Things donโ€™t start too smoothly. Maggie likes to stay busy, and check items off a list. Meanwhile, her brother prefers to take things slower and embrace the moment. Therefore, their ideas about Christmas are dramatically different. Yet, after a few unexpected events, things start to transform for the Larsons. Maybe Christmas is meant to be more peaceful than busy?" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Candace Cameron Bure Present: A Christmas Present is family friendly. Itโ€™s refresh & emotional movie about Real Estate Agent Maggie Larson is determined to give her Brother named Paul & Niece named Ashley the best Christmas possible & to lift their spirits when they most need it. (Review contains Spoilers) Itโ€™s about God, Faith, & Family. Bible Reference & Quotes. Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:8 - Love never fails โค๏ธ Love bears all things โ€ฆ endures all things. Love never ends.โ€ (1 Cor. 13:7โ€“8a). Maggie & Eric keep their marriage strong & heal. Whatโ€™s God has plan for them? Hilary Scott sings Thy Will?; at the church" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Present The message of faith means so much, especially at this time." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmasโ€ฆPresent was a wonderful Christmas gift to everyone. GAC and CCB wrapped up a special gift that when opened we have faith, family and the reason for the season." - Gabeโ€™s Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "The Christmas...Present...Wow! I was really looking forward to this one partly because Marc Blucas would be in it, but it was way more than I expected. I haven't watched a movie of this caliber in a long time. Kudos to GAF and Candace for presenting this wonderful spiritual movie that presented Christ, Scripture and a great message about death of a loved one and living a Christian life." ~Clara

๐ŸŽ„ "Candace Cameron Bure Presents: A Christmas Present FEATURED REVIEW from IMDb 10/10 Beautiful! I loved this movie! It's what Christmas is about, spending time with family. It's a beautiful Christian Christmas movie, and it's not traditional. There are a lot of Bible quotes and that's why our family really enjoyed it. I think we tend to forget what Christmas is all about, and this movie really shows the true meaning behind Christmas. It has a lot to do with church too. Her kids in the movie are respectful and kind to their parents, when we rarely see that in movies nowadays. Candace is a beautiful actress, her movies are all wonderful. I love her! This movie is different from all her other movies, but it's more meaningful. I recommend this movie!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I watched this last night. Really well done and something I could (and would) watch again. I happen to believe that Candace is actually a very good actress. I never feel like I'm just watching her act like she did as a previous character, i.e. I really buy into her characters because she does. But, I also really loved Paul Fitzgerald as her brother and I thought she and Marc Blucas were a great match as well. I read a review by a critic who claimed she watched unbiasedly (as if that is really possible) and just dumped on the movie for saying that everything will be fixed by going to church. Point missed. If religion and God, but especially Christ during the Christmas season, is not something you care for, then there really is no point in even watching this movie. But, hey, for those of us who see Christmas as actually being about its namesake, we will always love a movie that showcases this. Bravo for A Christmas . . . Present for doing this." ~Marianne

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Present; Wow! What a treat! We finally have a network that says Jesus's name! Hallmark always did everything they could to avoid it. This film was family-friendly. Candace and Mark were great. It was nice to see a movie with Christ in the center of it! It was neat to see how God worked in the brother's grief. He would always miss his wife, but rejoice that she was in Heaven and would see her again one day. I would have liked to see it have the true gospel in there, but it was still good to see a Christian film with Bible verses. If you haven't seen it, watch it, it was great!" ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas โ€ฆ Present. I was surprised with how much I struggled with this family friendly movie. It didnโ€™t feel authentic. It seemed like the conversations were forced and not natural at all." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: A Christmas...Present - Family-friendly? Of course! - Keeper? By all means! - Nothing really to add that hasn't already been said! A pure joy! I hope this is the first of many faith-themed movies that will be coming our way!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Candace Cameron Bure and Marc Blucas deliver in their new film Actors Candace Cameron Bure (โ€œFull Houseโ€) & Marc Blucas (โ€œBuffy the Vampire Slayerโ€) deliver in their new film โ€œA Christmasโ€ฆ Present,โ€ which premiered on Great American Family over Thanksgiving Weekend. In โ€œA Christmasโ€ฆ Present,โ€ real estate agent Maggie Larson (Candace Cameron Bure) & her family will be spending Christmas with her recently widowed brother, Paul (Paul Fitzgerald), and his young daughter named Ashley at their house. Maggie is determined to give her brother and niece the best Christmas possible and to lift their spirits when they most need it. Though Maggieโ€™s plan is to aid her brother, his faith and parenting style ultimately help her to understand issues within her own life and a need for closeness in her own family. Marc Blucas is charming in the role of Eric Lansing. Director Lesley Demetriades did a solid job with its direction, and the movie deserves to be enjoyed for its rawness, honesty, and authenticity. There is something in it for the entire family. Compliments to screenwriter Rick Garman for writing such a relatable, realistic, and resonant screenplay. It garners two thumbs up." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Best GAF movie of all time!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Just watched "A Christmas...Present". Only the 3rd Christmas movie I've seen so far. I'm sure I'll watch more but after watching this movie it almost seems pointless to watch any more of them. This had everything that we've seen missing from all the others. I know in my life when Jesus isn't front and center in my life, I am lying flat on my face in the mud trying to figure out the chaos and I am so totally lost. Thank you, Candace, for making me cry and thank you God for your light that dispels the darkness. Loved it!!" ~Jim

๐ŸŽ„ "I am SO thankful for Great American Country. We have thoroughly enjoyed their wonderful movies this Christmas season, and it is such a blessing that Candace Cameron Bure is influencing the content. I just finished watching "A Christmas...Present." I LOVED it. It is so God-filled, and they even quoted Scripture in it." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmasโ€ฆ Present. What a good movie!! I quite enjoyed it. The cast was great. Obviously, loved the faith and family elements. Loved the verse of Silent Night sung in the church at the end! The movie is a keeper for me, and I'll definitely buy the dvd, but Iโ€™m not sure yet if it will make my top 5 movies of this season (I need to watch it again plus Iโ€™ve got lots more movies still waiting on the dvr). I totally agree with Abigailโ€™s review and, oddly enough, I also kind of agree with Maryโ€™s review โ€“ it was nice to have a movie focused on God and faith (and I was holding my breath just hoping theyโ€™d be brave enough to mention the name of Jesus and, yay!, they did), but I also felt a little bit of what Mary mentioned, in that parts of it felt somewhat forced or not authentic, and, yet, other parts and dialogue felt completely natural to me (so, a bit of a mixed-bag there). Overall, a great movie and I hope Candace and GAF will continue along the same lines. - - - - - I have to keep reminding myself that, although Candace and others who profess a faith in Christ are a part of GAF, it is still a secular tv channel. I feel as if watching Hallmark-type Christmas movies leaves me parched for genuineness and truth and, therefore, the little nugget that was put in this movie makes me rejoice. Untilโ€ฆ I stop and reflect and realize we didnโ€™t really get the WHOLE Truth, but just a piece of it. Iโ€™m very thankful for that little sliver of truth in a secular movie on a secular tv channel, but Iโ€™m sad that in our society it is considered bold and controversial to talk about Jesus in a Christmas movie. Kudos to Candace for pushing the envelope, but itโ€™s sad that she couldnโ€™t push it further and, as Abigail said in her review, โ€œI would have liked to see it have the true gospel in thereโ€ โ€“- me, too!" ~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "A CHRISTMASโ€ฆ PRESENT I finally got a chance to watch this. Wow, if thereโ€™s a Christmas movie that speaks to me the most, it would be this. I am a Type A planner mom so I can totally relate to CCBโ€™s character (Maggie), and my husband is a jokester. The issues and the storyline in this movie are simple but just very real-life. Love all the Bible verses and the faith filled messages. Love the message of being present. The ending was touching. Itโ€™s definitely more family oriented movies, instead of romance. For me I think itโ€™s the best movie GAC has put out this year." ~CH Mom

Christmas on Candy Cane Lane - December 3, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is very delightful!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is family friendly is based on the book by Shiela Roberts about Ivy Donaldson struggles her Momโ€™s shadow, Muriel Sterling was the Christmas Darling of Icicle Falls. (Review contains Spoilers) She is now separated from Husband named Rob & tries her best with her Daughter named Jordan. Devon Johnson decorates Officer Tilda Morrisonโ€™s House. Rob decorates Christmas Lights at Donaldsonโ€™s house. Devon & Tilda kiss under the mistletoe. Rob proposes Ivy at Officer Morrisonโ€™s house. Rob & Ivy are back together." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane was a good movie. Family-Friendly, and somewhat funny. The neighbor lady did get a little annoying and Dan Payne is a horrible Santa. I also didnโ€™t really like the whole divorced couple thing where he decides he doesnโ€™t want to be divorced anymore. **Spoiler*** Iโ€™m glad they got back together, thatโ€™s how it should be, but it was still really weird. All in all it was a good movie that I would watch again." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane was a cute movie. Loved Andrea Barber! And for her first Christmas movie, I thought she did a great job. The secondary storyline with Tilda and Devon was fun to watch as well." ~Jennifer R

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane โ€“ I really enjoyed the ensemble cast in this movie, and Andrea Barber was fantastic in her first leading role. Everything about it seemed plausibly real and down-to-earth. The casting of Ivy and Jordan as mother and daughter was such a great match-up. It was fun that there were several different storylines going on within this suburban community, and there was a little mystery as to who the Christmas dรฉcor prankster was. I also liked the storyline about how things arenโ€™t always as they seem. This lighthearted movie has everythingโ€ฆ itโ€™s a wonderful mix of comedy and heartwarming moments. Note: A couple does discuss their separation and the possibility of divorce intermittently throughout the movie. Iโ€™m not going to spoil the end, but Iโ€™ll just say there is, of course, a happy ending for everyone on Candy Cane Lane." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "CHRISTMAS ON CANDY CANE LANE This was a sweet movie. Family friendly, but there was a divorce/separation topic. I really like Robโ€™s character who appeared very loyal and steadfast. Ivyโ€™s character was not as likable, but as a wife I do understand the her struggle and why she was acting more resistant and guarded. I liked the secondary storyline also with Tilda and Devon. They made a cute couple (although their kiss scene was a tad awkward, ha!). Enjoyable and sweet but probably only a one time watch for me." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane. Cute for a one-time viewing and I imagine others will enjoy it more than I did. Overall, it was a sweet, lighthearted movie, but I also found parts of it to be rather awkward and silly and not quite as heartwarming as Iโ€™m sure they intended it to be. And the pesky, busy-body-neighbor character was overdone to the point of being so annoying I almost hit the delete button. I thought the actor who played the handyman was excellent in his role, the best of the whole bunch. Family friendly but the whole muddy separation/divorce thing was weird and never really made clear and it just felt awkward." ~~Jane

B&B Merry - December 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I watched "Merry B&B" last night but didn't get through it. It was implied that Tracy would be sharing a room with her boyfriend, had he arrived for the trip. I also felt the best friend "chemistry" was non-existent and the relationship felt forced. I love Jen and Jesse but this movie had me scratching my head for one on GAC." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "B and B Merry was quite charming. (even though I was mostly distracted because the time that my mom decided to turn it on was when I was busy on my computer)." โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "B&B Merry is underwhelming. The writing is uninspired and while I liked all the leads, I feel like they could have benefitted from much better directing. There are many awkward moments (aside from the scripted ones), and the ending isn't as satisfying as I would have liked. And as another reviewer mentioned, there's talk of the couples traveling together with no mention of marriage. While I'm happy to support GAC as an alternative to Hallmark, I hope the quality of their movies improves as they get going." ~Sharon

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: B&B Merry - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? No - I don't know, I guess I'm at a point where because I have seen so many "Hallmark" (or such) movies over the years, it takes something different or special to make me recommend it. Unfortunately, as much as I love Jen, this movie was very run-of-the-mill and predictable. Also, the acting seemed wooden with little chemistry between the leads. Not a bad movie, just nothing to get excited about." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "B&B Merry I really enjoyed, it had a unique story line and the chemistry was good between the actors. The only thing that bothered me is that it is hinted in the beginning that the lead actress and her boyfriend will be sharing a room for the weekend, although this is never shown or spoken of again." ~J. Adams

๐ŸŽ„ "B&B Merry.... How wonderful to have a channel that's always family-friendly! This film was a treat and a huge success! The story was so warm and heartfelt and had the sweetest, kindest characters. I loved his aunt, she made me laugh. Another good film from Jen Lilley and they had great chemistry, which I believe is very important. I would have been nice if she told them the truth early on, but she was in a difficult situation, she does try to in the beginning. And I would have liked it if they didn't mention Mother Nature, but other than that it was a delightful movie. Makes you want a peppermint hot chocolate! Give it a try! You'll all LOVE it!! P.S. The mother made Peppermint smores, as much as I love peppermint... Stick with the original smores! No adding or changing them. Hahaha ;)" ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "B&B MERRY. Family Friendly. This movie was just alright for me, sort of forgettable. I wished it was written better and directed better. There were some good moments, but I feel that it's just another one of those cookie cutter Christmas movies with a similar storyline. Not a big fan of the deception storyline. I do loooove Jen Lilley and Jesse Hutch and I was really hoping and expecting more from this. I hope they will be paired together again in another movie with a better storyline." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "B&B Merry. Agree with Mark 25 and CH Mom. It was an okay, cute movie with some Christmassy settings, but not a keeper. I enjoyed the whole cast and would like to see them in a movie with more polish and feeling. ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "B&B Merry โ€“ I really enjoyed this lighthearted movie! Jen Lilley and Jesse Hutch were both wonderful in their roles โ€“ I could feel a spark building between their characters. Jen portrayed Tracey Wise, a travel writer, and Jesse Hutch portrayed Graham, who owns a B&B with his mother. I loved seeing the contrast between the small town Bed & Breakfast vs. the luxury hotel with all the amenities, except the homey feeling. This sweet, family-friendly movie was a keeper for me and my family!" ~Net

The Art of Christmas - December 10, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Art of Christmas is a gorgeous movie!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Maria, I loved this movie too! The Art Of Christmas surprised me in a good way. It is a keeper for me! I noticed Bill Abbott was listed as a producer or director of this movie. Could that be the Bill Abbott of GAF?" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "The Art of Christmas is family friendly about After her latest gallery exhibition literally goes up in flames, struggling artist Olivia โ€œLivโ€ James accepts a teaching job at a local elementary school to make ends meet. Through this reluctant career move she discovers her true self, a new sense of purpose and a surprising romance. Liv meets Jake Hartley at J. Morgan Heights Elementary since she hasnโ€™t catch his name at Art Exhibition for Christmas Gala. Jake introduces Liv to Reggie at ice rink who plays hockey. Britt & Reggie get along at art gallery exhibition for Liv. Jake has Christmas Concert ๐ŸŽต with students on stage at school. Bobby plays guitar ๐ŸŽธ while Trisha sings Silent Night. Trisha misses school & her friends." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Art of Christmas was family friendly, except for the lead female characters dresses were always way too revealing." ~Grace

๐ŸŽ„ "ART OF CHRISTMAS I started watching it a while ago and never finished and itโ€™s been just sitting on my DVR. It didnโ€™t really keep me engaged in the beginning and Iโ€™m not sure why. The boyfriendโ€™s character (Bradley) was so obnoxious to me, I couldnโ€™t stand him. The female lead is sweet but her expression was borderline phlegmatic to meโ€ฆ and I might have worded it wrong but I canโ€™t quite explain it. Male lead was such a perfect gentleman though. There are many cliches in the movie that made me cringe, but it has some good moments that made me smile. Unfortunately it was not a keeper for me, but I can see that others might like it more than I do." ~CH Mom

Crown Prince of Christmas - December 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Crown Prince for Christmas was so adorable!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Crown Prince Of Christmas was cute and family friendly. I did notice that they changed the line in "Hark The Herald Angels Sing". She did not say "God and sinners reconciled". That makes me sad. Especially on GAC." ~Grace

๐ŸŽ„ "Crown Prince of Christmas โ€“ Cindy Busby is lively, cheerful, and delightful in this family-friendly film. Some of the other acting isnโ€™t the best, but Cindy is great and carries the movie. The romance is sweet and gradual. Agree with others, that the changing of Christmas Carol lyrics was disappointing, like in โ€œO Night Devine.โ€ However, I think it may have been done for time and not for religious reasons, since she still sang the line, โ€œIt is the night of our dear Saviorโ€™s birth.โ€ Overall, the story is lighthearted, a little cheesy, at times, but itโ€™s a feel good Royal movie." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Crown Prince of Christmas is family friendly about Madison is an aspiring musician, jokingly tells her overbearing family that she is dating the prince of a small European nation. (REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS) The joke goes to far as her friend/co-worker Sebastian is roped into impersonating the prince while visiting her family in New Jersey. Little does Madison know that Sebastian happens to be hiding a royal secret from her. Sebastian is his middle name. Although Sebastianโ€™s real name is Prince Andreas Sebastian MAGNUS OF LUXENBERG. Madison sings Silent Night in front of audience of Prince Andreas Sebastianโ€™s parents, Queen & King. Sebastian tells Madison Sebastian is his middle name & although he tells Madison, she may wants to call him Sebastian. His Full name is Andreas Sebastian Magnus. Madison & Sebastian dance on the flloor." ~Anonymous

Aisle Be Home for Christmas - December 17, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Aisle be home for Christmas was so amazing!! Plus, there was a sneak preview of the January line up! Here's 2 of the movie titles: Lease on Love (trailer too!) and A Royal in Paradise." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Aisle Be Home for Christmas is family friendly is an exceptional movie about 2 exes named Drew Watts & Dr. Michelle Nicholas reconnect when a snowstorm leaves him stranded in superstore called; โ€œAngelaโ€™s Super Martโ€, (without cell service & Wi-Fi) just before Christmas when snowstorm is over. Angela, Courtney, Michelle, Drew, Richie, & Tristan Havan have hot chocolate, trimming Christmas tree, gingerbread house, etc... Michelle & Drew get some cookies & others. Including Michelle gets Vitange LED Lantern with D battery. Although thereโ€™s no D Batteriee at the store. Michelle, Drew, Angela, Tristan, Richie pray before meal during Thanksgiving & Christmas Day while Courtney plays guitar ๐ŸŽธ with Christmas songs. Michelle finds Robotic Building Kit for Tristanโ€™s Granddaughter with Drew gets for Coach Tristan Havan. Drew & Michelle go to Drewโ€™s Aunt Bevโ€™s place without his Uncle Doug. Drew puts wreath on the door at his Aunt Bevโ€™s house." ~Anonymous
๐ŸŽ„ "Aisle Be Home for Christmas - December 17, 2022 This, in my opinion, is the worst of all the GAF new movies this year. It was over the top silly. Not great acting and pretty mindless story line. Even my kids, who love Christmas movies, stopped watching. Their comment was โ€œthis is boring.โ€ I know GAF can do better. I wished I had shut it off. I kept waiting for it to get better but it didnโ€™t." ~Anonmous

A Brush with Christmas - December 18, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Brush With Christmas Is family friendly about Disheartened & struggling to find time for her art, Charlotte throws out her latest painting, only to discover that it has been anonymously submitted to the Christmas art festival Charlotte works at her family restaurant & sheโ€™s an artist. She allows her painting ๐Ÿ–ผ at art gallery. When Charlotte meets Wyatt is also an artist just like Charlie!!!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Brush with Christmas was very nice! I'm very grateful for this 2nd year of Great American Christmas, and I look forward to see what they do next year!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: A Brush With Christmas - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Nope - I was intrigued with the opening credits when I saw that Robin Dunne was the producer and director of this movie. Robin was the lead actor in a couple of my all-time favorite Hallmark movies some years ago - On the 12th Day of Christmas and Sound of Christmas - and I thought he was excellent. So I figured that if he's directing, he would have the actors do a great job. Not the case! While the two main ladies were fine (one of whom is Robin's wife and who co-starred in Sound of Christmas), the two main guys were sooooo bad that it took away any sense of reality. A lot of the dialogue was pretty lame as well. A skipper for sure!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "A BRUSH WITH CHRISTMAS Family friendly. This was alright for me. I wanted to love it so bad. I really like Jillian Murray and she was actually great in this, but the rest of the movie was not really that great. I love art and have a degree in Fine Art, and the brush vs pencil thing just doesnโ€™t quite make sense to me. When you paint, donโ€™t you need to sketch with pencil too? Iโ€™m also not a big fan of the mom. Although she did make it up in the end, for the most part she just didnโ€™t seem sincere and warm to me, and she came across as selfish, more like a boss not a mom. The dialogues between the two leads were way too cheesy for my taste. The whole thing was just meh.. to me. So after watching many GAC movies after movies, I hate to say that although I love what the GAC network stands for, many of them are just lacking in finesse and left much to be desired. A lot of them are very cookie cutter, forgettable, and dare I say itโ€ฆ boring. I know this is going to be unpopular opinion as many of the regular commenters here seem to be very pro GAC and love many GAC moviesโ€ฆ and thatโ€™s okay, we can agree to disagree :) I am still pro GAC also and I believe in them. I do really hope that GAC movies will get better in the coming year. They are just getting started." ~CH Mom


Noel Next Door - October 21, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Noel Next Door is family friendly and has a great theme: "You never know what someone else is going through." The "Grinch" of the story, Jeffrey, had a stroke that left him disabled and unable to continue his career as a pianist. My heart broke for him when he was on a blind date and struggled to get his coat off. The woman told him he was embarrassing her! Enter Noelle, who melts his grinchy heart. It was a very sweet story. My only complaint was the kid who played Noelle's son. He was really annoying and looked way too old to be her kid. Minor complaint, however, especially these days!" ~melnewlife

๐ŸŽ„ "Noel Next Door" -- Sort of family-friendly. Not best for younger viewers, as adultery is the reason for Noel's divorce, there's a scene involving a box of tampons, and grumpy neighbor eases his frustration with a bottle of booze. The storyline had some plot bumps and sharp turns that really needed smoothing, as well as jumping quickly between very serious and goofy, leaving me feeling a bit of whiplash. There were some sweet parts that I liked, for sure, even though I probably won't watch again." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Didn't watch Noel Next Door, but from reading a few Tweets, I heard that it went political by saying that the earth is flat and that conspiracy theorists are awful people. I definitely recommend skipping this one." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "It is with great disappointment I write a negative review of the new Hallmark movie- Noel Next Door. I stopped watching when the main characters (Jeremy and Noelle) meet at a drug store. Noelle presses the fact she is purchasing a feminine hygiene product to Jeremy, a man she recently met. Why not be purchasing wrapping paper or a Hallmark Christmas card? This is the character she will have a romantic interest. Hallmark -itโ€™s a Christmas movie. On a positive note, the children were very good actors and far better than the โ€œadultsโ€. Oh, well maybe the next one will be better." -Gabeโ€™s Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Noel Next Door is family friendly.. Itโ€™s based on the book called; โ€œHow the Grinch Who Stole My Heartโ€, by Annabelle Costa. Jeremy met Noelle whereโ€™s Noelle works as a waitress & they across the same path. They live in neighborhood. Noelleโ€™s name on her apron where she works. Jeremy is a grinchy neighbor & He meets Noelleโ€™s Son named Henry who plays soccer against the wall of house for many times. Jeremy stole Noelleโ€™s heart & they spend more times together. Henry calls Jeremy Geier Scrooge because heโ€™s grinch but he turns out that heโ€™s a nice guy. He owes Jeremy an apologize at his own faults because Jeremy is telling the truth to Henryโ€™s Mom; Noelle. Jeremy is listening orchestra on his turntable for records. Noelle asks Jeremy why he hates Christmas because Jeremy had a stoke & he lost his Wife for 3 years. Although itโ€™s been a lonely day!!! Jeremy & Henry play soccer โšฝ๏ธ . Jeremy gets Henry & Noelle Christmas gifts ๐ŸŽ when Noelle asks him for coming Christmas Morning. He has 1 more surprise for people by Christmas tree. Jeremy, Noelle, Henry, & others attending orchestra in concert. Jeremy will teach Henry chorus when he, Noelle, Henry will get home from concert." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "We weren't sure whether we should watch "Noel Next Door" since we weren't sure if it was family-friendly, but we took a chance. I was on edge the entire time, afraid they would slip something in that wasn't right. Sure enough, they let us down. The movie was laced with liberal, woke vibes, & was poking fun at "conspiracy theorists" & talked about someone spreading "misinformation" & being banned from social media! Seriously? Could they have been any more obvious in their disdain for conservatives & those who don't buy into their lies & woke agenda? They even chose an actor who looks exactly like Matt Walsh, (a very conservative talk show host with the Daily Wire.) It was sickening to see how blatant they were about it. There was also a disgusting scene where the lead actress was standing in a store aisle holding a box of tampons!! Again, seriously, Hallmark? So tacky, such poor taste, & so off-putting! Other than the lead male actor, the acting wasn't the best, & I just really wish we hadn't wasted our time & regret giving them a view. Hallmark has completely lost their way." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Noel Next Door Family-friendly? Yes Keeper? Yes And we're off and running with the new Christmas movie season...and I am happy to say that, after the disappointing movies that premiered in July, we are off to a good start here! I enjoyed Noel Next Door mainly because of how good-natured it is. It's not too often we have a lead character who is handicapped and whose love interest treats the person with such warmth and kindness! Corey was really great in this role - you could sympathize with his suffering - and the chemistry between him and Natalie seemed right on! I agree that Natalie's son seems to old for the role, and he is not likeable at first, being a brat and a liar, but at least he redeems himself in the end. There is a scene where Corey hits the bottle, but the scene fits. For me, the movie is definitely worth at least one viewing." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Mark 25, this movie wasn't a keeper for me, but I agree with much of what you noted. I loved that Corey portrayed someone who had had a stroke and was having a hard time dealing with all the many physical and emotional facets of that situation (and who wasn't the usual "Hallmark-perfect" character!). His portrayal seemed, for the most part, real and natural (as opposed to Hallmark trying to hit us over the head with their lesson on the right way we should all view and treat anyone with any type of challenge or handicap or disability!). I also loved how Natalie treated him with warmth and kindness and offered help when needed, but didn't make a huge deal over his situation. For me, this movie had flaws which took it off my keeper list; but as you said, it also had a "good-natured" feel about it." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "p.s. - At first, I actually thought it WAS Matt Walsh in the movie doing a cameo as a sort of refreshing, tongue-in-cheek, laugh at all the woke, "misinformation", silliness in these movies. Ah, silly me for thinking Hollywood could actually have any self-awareness! I love Matt and now I'm curious if he'll mention all this on one of his shows this week on the Daily Wire?" ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Noel Next Door was a beautiful movie! I thought it was well-written, well-acted, a refreshing set, good costumes, neat tie-ins, and a beautiful story! I was pleasantly surprised for the first Hallmark for the season. To top it all off -- the main character had a paralyzed arm and used a cane. Turns out later he says he had a stroke. I loved that Hallmark went so far to create such a relatable storyline. My mom watches every Hallmark movie and she is a double-stroke survivor. I was so pleased to be able to put this movie on for her, to have a character to relate to." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I watched Noel Next Door and it was alright. What I didn't care for was the lying of Noelle's son Henry. At least he apologized to Grinch Jeremy at the end." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„ "Noel was cute but once is good for me, Iโ€™m so disappointed in the other two movies, they stunk, I could not even watch them till the end!" -Susan Ann

๐ŸŽ„ "This was a different story line than I was expecting. As mentioned, one of the characters had a stroke. The viewer sees his various emotions about living life and how different it is for him now. The message I got was don't judge others because we don't always know what they are dealing with. Over all, I liked it." - Maire

๐ŸŽ„ "Noel Next Door Firstly, I'm not sure I have a problem with a few of the issues other commenters have mentioned. The drug store meetcute with Noel holding a Tampon box was a bit too cringey, but that was it. It is family friendly, in my opinion. Other than that, I think that the chemistry is spot on. Noel's character might be a bit too flirty for my taste, but she is alright I guess. Couple things I'm not a fan of: - I'm not sure I liked it that Henry lied, but I guess that's very normal for kids his age. - Jeremy quickly opened a bottle of alcohol after the date was canceled But I do love these couple of things: - Henry apologizing to Jeremy and their whole conversation at his door - I adore all the classical music - Love that the main characters are not perfect." ~CH Mom

We Wish You a Married Christmas - October 22, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "We Wish You a Married Christmas" -- Not family-friendly. A gay couple owns the inn." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Unfortunately, according to what I just read. The folks on here who were getting a bad feeling after looking at the photos for We wish you a Married Christmas were right: There's a gay couple in this movie." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Sadly my suspicions about We Wish You A Married Christmas were correct. When they get to the inn at the very beginning one of the owners introduces himself and then says โ€œand this is my husbandโ€ฆ.โ€ I turned it off and deleted it after that." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The suspicions are confirmed. We Wish You a Married Christmas is not family friendly. Married gay couple run the hotel and are thus an integral part of movie. I love Kris Polaha and really wish he'd said "no" to this movie and instead chosen to be a part of a family friendly movie." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "We Wish You a Married Christmas is not family friendly. Greenbrae Inn: Resturant & Cafe. Robby & Becca take a advice from their marriage coach. A Marriage therapist or Counselor hands a travel magazine to Rebecca to go to Gracious, Vermont with her Husband; Robby & their dog named Jerry. A couple meet the owner of Greenbrae Inn; Vince & his Husband named Brian. The ornament falls on the car shield. Robby & Becca own their dog named Jerry. Their marriage problem could be fix because of theyโ€™re still family. Becca gets present for Robby of a portrait of their dog; Jerry until theyโ€™re back together. The couple at Greenbrae Inn that when the ornament falls on the car shield too" ~ Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Was really looking forward to the new Kristopher Polaha movie. NOT family friendly. This time really in your face with the same sex relationships. Deleted if from the dvr. So sad." ~ Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "We Wish You A Married Christmas is not family friendly. So disappointed but not surprised. I was expecting this as they pushed the movie so hard. Turned it off after about 15 minutes. That was hard for me as I am a huge Kristoffer Polaha fan!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„ "I didn't see all of We wish you a Married Christmas but what I saw looked terrible." ~Chris

๐ŸŽ„ "We also agree with you about We Wish You A Married Christmas. We turned it off at the same time you did and also deleted it from our DVR. Disappointed with Hallmark." ~Karen E J Klein

๐ŸŽ„ "We Wish You a Married Christmas as mentioned is not family friendly. I appreciated the storyline and the lead actors but not the PDA of the two innkeepers." โ€“ Mary

A Kismet Christmas - October 23, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Kismet Christmas - I found it to be family friendly. Iโ€™m not a believer in the whole magical Christmas cookie thing, but it was still cute. The father of the little girl is divorced, by the way." Allie B

๐ŸŽ„ "Of all the movies i tried watching this weekend, I liked Kismet Christmas the best. Was not a fan of Noel i didnt even watch it all, it was drabby, boring, and I guess HM's new theme in movies for the year is people that are divorced. And she even called her ex's new girl a "mistress" at least twice that i heard. The We wish you a married christmas, i watched it, it was ok. Glad someone finally didnt get divorced, but if you thought this one didnt contain divorce, oh it did, the girl that painted the animal portraits, just went thru a terrible divorce. I get it, people get divorced, but it is not something i want to hear in every single happy christmas movie. Kismet Christmas, did have a divorce, if counting 3rd movie in a row, but I kind of figured that was coming since he married a woman when he probably loved Sarah. And they didnt dwell on it, and there were no "mistresses". I loved the actress Sarah Ramos, she was a good addition to HM. Loved the girl Jazzy too, I always cringe when i see child actors cause some of them are just way to over the top, but she was great and this movie was great, I kept and will watch again. It was a bit rushed at the end making the kismet cookies and i was like when are we going to get to the kismet cookies and it wasnt til the last 5 mins or so. But it was a great movie." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„ "A Kismet Christmas is family friendly. Sarah Grace Collins is a children book author. She is book storyteller at the bookstore. She lives with her Grandma Mia while confronting a legend that may actually come true is a magical Kismet Christmas Cookies according to Helen itโ€™s actually work because Sarah made Kismet Christmas Cookies are true love kinds unless Jasmine โ€œJazzyโ€ Walker overheard them talking when Sarah discovers her family legend might come true. Jazzy & her Dad, go Scavenger Hunt with photographs taken. Sarah read a book called; โ€œA Winkle in Timeโ€ They keep saying itโ€™s work because of Kismet Christmas Cookies. Jazzy puts Kismet Cookie with a wrap under the pillow on Dadโ€™s bed. Travis finds under the pillow is Kimet cookie with gift wrap. If Sarah asks Travis dreamt about her but he doesnโ€™t matter what dreams of. Sarah & her family have family recipe of Kismet Christmas Cookies recipe in the cubby. When Sarah makes Kismet Cookies by using a family recipe?" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Kismet Christmas was really sweet. I enjoyed everything about it. What impressed me most is in the beginning it wasn't like they had always loved each other but they were very good childhood friends. There was time getting to know each other again and falling in love. It wasn't a rushed relationship. A gradual growing is much more realistic." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "I just finished watching all the Christmas movies I recorded last weekend. A Kismet Christmas was a playful surprise. Any storyline involving books or a bookstore gets my attention. I really like having the children in the movies. This is another family friendly movie that I'd watch again." โ€“ Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "I thought A Kismet Christmas was very sweet and family-friendly. The whole Kismet cookie predicting your soul-mate part was a bit silly to me and made the movie seem somewhat cheesy, at times, but overall, it was still very cute, a delightful watch for all ages! ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "A Kismet Christmas. I almost stopped watching this in the first 15 minutes because the beginning was just a highlight of all the silly ridiculousness of this movie and the "magic" cookies nonsense. However, I'm glad I kept going because it turned out to, overall, be a really sweet movie. I've come to appreciate Carlo Marks as an actor and I like Marilu Henner. I'm not sure I really knew who Sarah Ramos was, but I liked her in this movie. I'm sick of "magic" turning up in more and more Hallmark movies and the whole premise of these cookies was absolutely silly and ridiculous. But the movie, as a whole, was very cute and worth a one time watch. Other than the emphasis on "magic", this was family friendly and lots of fun." ~~Jane

A Cozy Christmas Inn - October 28, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Cozy Christmas Inn is family friendly. I was nervous going into it in regards to it being a sequel to Candaceโ€™s Christmas Under Wraps, but I really enjoyed it and Iโ€™m just going to pretend that they are two separate stories." ๐Ÿ˜Š ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"A Cozy Christmas Inn is family friendly. (Review may contain Spoilers) Itโ€™s a sequel to Christmas Under Wraps. Real Estate Executive Erika MacNicollโ€™s Boss named Sharon Farris in Seattle. Erika talks to Stephanie who owned Restaurant when Andy was dating that doctor as referred to Dr. Lauren Brunell. Erika ahead to Garland, Alaska to Garland Inn to meet up with Claire. She finds out Garland Inn owned by her ex-boyfriend named Andrew โ€œAndyโ€ Holliday. Andy shows Erika The Alaska Volcano Observatory to look up the starsโญ๏ธ ๐ŸŒŸ โญ๏ธ. Andy gets Erika space registry to name Star after her as a Christmas gift. Andy & Erika do Christmas Mixer, by adding coffee & tea cafe at the Garland Inn. Some yummy cappuccino. Erika is such a genius. Andy tells Erika about that he & Lauren havenโ€™t keep in touch each other. Frank Holliday tells his Son, Andy that Garland Inn is his. Garland Inn is to keep its belong to Andyโ€™s. Andyโ€™s Cousin Joy works at his Dad; Frank Holliday at Holliday Shipping Family Company. Erika meets Ed, Oscar, Alanna, Taxi & Reporter, & Real Estate Developer. Erika is staying at Andyโ€™s Mother named Faith Holiday. Erika gets Andy a frame of Garland Reaches for the Stars by check in front desk for Andy gonna run Garland Inn. Itโ€™s not for sale. Although Erika quits her job to be with Andy if heโ€™ll still have her. Thereโ€™s Santa Claus with reindeers by saying HO HO HO! Merry Christmas! Frank Holliday is Santa Claus." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "It is disappointing they made the couple in Christmas under wraps not work out. Iโ€™m not sure if this was to do a dis on Candace leaving Hallmark or if they wanted to do a sequel and had to do something different because Candace left Hallmark. The movie was cute to watch once for me." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Under Wraps is in my top 5 favorite Hallmark Christmas movies (others include Crown for Christmas, Return to Christmas Creek, Let it Snow, and The Christmas Secret). That said, I felt it was a dig at CCB. C'mon, those of us who know CUW KNOW that Lauren and Andy were meant to be together! Their chemistry was perfect, while I found Andy and Erika's chemistry to be sorely lacking. And I did not for one moment believe that had a previous romantic relationship. I also found it strange that Jodi Sweetin (not a fave of mine) actually starred in this "sequel." I really wanted to like it, but I truly felt Lauren fell in love with Garland just as much as she did Andy, and never would have left." ~Savvy Girl

๐ŸŽ„ "A Cozy Christmas Inn NO - JUST NO I suppose I always knew how this would pan out but some part of me was just hoping that there would be a surprise twist that I couldn't possibly have imagined. I'm sorry but I can only describe Hallmark's actions in airing this movie as despicable. This is a "sequel" to Christmas Under Wraps which was first aired some 8 years ago so there will probably be many unaware of it. For years the whole purpose of Hallmark's Rom.Coms was that whatever path they tread the two leads fall in love and "live happily ever after". That seems to be changing - in fact in many of their recent movies I have felt at the end they were just in a "relationship of the moment". I did like Christmas Under Wraps and although it wouldn't be on my all-time favourite list we were left in the glow that Lauren and Andy had fallen in love and Lauren would re-locate to Garland where she realised what direction her future life would take. We are, of course, aware of the changes which have been occurring at the channel in the last couple of years. Candace Cameron Bure was always recognised as their leading female actress although she was becoming increasingly challenged by Lacey Chabert. Then came the shock news that Ms Bure had signed a lon-term deal with Great American Family a new rival channel. Suudenly this sequel to Christmas Under Wraps appears in which Lauren and Andy have broken up. Can we really believe this is random? - I don't believe so. I know last year Hallmark aired The Nine Kittens Of Christmas a sequel to The Nine Lives Of Christmas which had one of the most perfect Hallmark endings ever. Marilee and Zachary had broken up but at least in the end they re-united. I somehow don't think this was Hallmark's hand. The movie came through Reel One Entertainment - it seemed to me as if someone else had produced this and Hallmark decided it would be better if they aired it and at least Marlee and Zachary ended up together. Why would Hallmark want to produce a sequel to what in terms of number of viewers is their highest-ever rated movie and totally negate the whole content of the original movie? I could never watch Christmas Under Wraps comfortably again. Personally, I can only believe that it is an act of revenge against Ms Bure - what else could it be? It really is an insult to their long-time fans and like a slap in the face. I would dearly love to say I will never watch Hallmark again but why should I cut off my nose to spite my face? Although, sadly, it happens with less frequency now when they get it right Hallmark is still the leader in the Rom.Com field. I can only say with a heavy heart in this case: SHAME ON YOU HALLMARK" Florence

๐ŸŽ„ "A Cozy Christmas Inn โ€“ So much of what was said by Savvy Girl and Florence above is how I feel, as well. This story truly felt like a revenge plot against Candace Cameron Bure. I felt this movie betrayed Candace and her past with Hallmark, especially since she and Jodie are so close in real life, from their many years on Full House portraying sisters. I personally donโ€™t understand why Jodie would take this role, which was an obvious replacement for Christmas Under Wraps. Basically, this new movie erased the possibility of Andy and Laurenโ€™s happily ever after. This truly makes Christmas Under Wraps a complete mockery. Lauren was supposed to put love before work, and now we find out in this new movie โ€“ she didnโ€™t follow her heart after all โ€“ and took the medical fellowship instead. None of this made sense and the sequel felt pointless. On itโ€™s own, A Cozy Christmas Inn felt rather silly, in my opinion. Nearly every scene, or at least, every other scene, someone used the phrase: โ€œThatโ€™s Garland for ya!โ€ It started to become so consistent, you could almost predict it and say it along with the characters. Overall, it was family friendly, but most definitely not a keeper for me." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: A Cozy Christmas Inn - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Absolutely Not! - Much of what I was going to say has already been said by Net, Savvy Girl and Florence. There are so many things wrong with this movie - the town doesn't look anything like it did in Christmas Under Wraps (CUW), they never reference or show the hospital where Candace worked (or have any of the staff appear), the continuous saying of "That's Garland for you", and so much more. But worst of all, yes, this movie seems like a dig at Candace and CUW! I mean, saying that she left Garland because of a fellowship in the same year that she arrived there, just contradicts the main storyline of CUW of Lauren putting the town and its people, and her relationship with Andy, above her career aspirations! As far as I am concerned, this sequel doesn't exist, and I will continue to watch CUW and assume that life goes on with Lauren and Andy." ~Mark 25

Jolly Good Christmas - October 29, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Jolly Bad Christmas is not family friendly" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Jolly Good Christmas is NOT family friendly. In first 15 minutes we are introduced to Will Kemp's closest friend in London and, of course, the guy talks about his husband. I fast forwarded and about halfway through the movie Will is in the married guy's home and he's asking them how they knew they were right for each other, how they knew when it was "the one" they wanted to marry. This is the second big disappointment for me (after Kris Polaha) since I loved Will Kemp in other movies and this could have been such a cute movie. Ugh, I'm so done with this tarnished society that's out of control! ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Jolly Good Christmas is NOT family friendly. Gay married men shown. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Jolly Good Christmas, unfortunately, is NOT family friendly. Gay couple are friends of lead character & even kiss. So sad Hallmark has come to this decision. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Unfortunately Jolly Good Christmas is not family friendly. There is a gay couple! I stopped watching it after 12 minutes. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I was so looking forward to watching Jolly Good Christmas. Another one ruined by Hallmark along with We Wish You a Married Christmas. It might be better for us to stop watching Hallmark altogether if this is their agenda. Really disappointed." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I thought that Jolly Good Christmas was terrible and very boring." ~Chris

๐ŸŽ„ "Jolly Good Christmas Didn't really know what to expect of this movie. Will Kemp, of course, is remembered for the enchanting Christmas Waltz but I hadn't heard of Reshma Shetty before. Right from the start you could feel the amazing chemistry between David and Anji although Will's American accent was a bit off-putting - I don't think him being American particularly added anything to the story. The movie was filmed in London so the setting was authentic and it was good to see so many familiar landmarks. I felt there was a lot of depth to the movie, the dialogue was to the point and witty and the situations were entertaining if perhaps a little OTT! David's girl-friend was stiff and lacking in emotion. I particularly enjoyed the glimpses into Anji's Indian heritage and it was nice the way they portrayed her parents with upper-class British accents and running a pub! It was just unfortunate that they decided to include a gay couple as David's best friends but they didn't take up overmuch screen time and I could live with this - unfortunately, of course, this means that many here won't watch this movie which is sad as it is well worth an airing. One particularly pleasing aspect was a superb ending - something which Hallmark often fails to provide now. There was no ambiguity and the short "one year later" clip gave the feeling of permanence which sadly I don't feel is the norm now. If only they had given the same thought to the ending of Christmas Waltz instead of the shoddy one they employed it could have been the best Hallmark Christmas movie ever. If the rest of Hallmark's Christmas output is anywhere near this standard then it's going to be a great Season and it's removed a little of the bad taste left in my mouth after A Cozy Christmas Inn. Florence's rating 9 - could have been a rare 10 but for the inclusion of the gay couple. As the Blog says "It's A Wonderful Movie" and at least it' " ~Florence

Ghosts of Christmas Always - October 30, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Ghosts of Christmas Always is family friendly is about โ€œa little riffโ€ on A Christmas Carol, Katherine Marley works for the Department of Restoring Christmas Spirit as a Ghost of Christmas Present. This year, Katherine and her co-workers, Arlene is the Ghost of Christmas Past, & Roy is the Ghost of Christmas Future are sent to earth to help a man named Peter Baron. But Peter isnโ€™t lacking in the holiday spirit, leaving Katherine & her colleagues wondering why theyโ€™ve been given this unusual assignment. โ€œI donโ€™t want to give anything away, but we definitely find out that there is more to it than just restoring Christmas spirit this year. Katherine is a Ghost of Christmas Present and she must help one soul, Peter, rediscover his Christmas spirit. But this year has something unusual in store.โ€ Peter is only person can see Katherine at his restaurant. Charlie hands portfolio books to Arlene, Katherine, & Roy of Peter Baron. Arlene takes Peter & Katherine to Christmas Past - Peterโ€™s Grandma Betsy was with Katherine & his Grandpa Bob. Arlene, Katherine, & Roy return to Department of Christmas restoring spirit. Roy asks Katherine to see the future when she closed her eyes. Katherine enters The Great Unknown. Katherine starts her life with Peter." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Ghosts of Christmas Always" -- Family-friendly unless something happened during the few minutes I missed. ๐Ÿ™‚ On the whole, I found it to be quirky and entertaining; just don't think too hard! Be prepared to accept the fantasy of it. I found it to be a fun twist on Dickens with delightful leads and heart-warming redemption of all scroogey-ness." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Ghosts of Christmas Always. I felt like I should have stopped watching this movie. But, I didn't - I kept going. I kept going because the main actors were quite good, and the storyline and production were very well crafted and, overall, it was a fun movie with a lot of positives and warm fuzzies. But... there were also negatives... I probably should have stopped because this wasn't an innocuous, sweet, Dickens' story - it was Hollywood's version - so, therefore, it included a whole lot of questionable spiritual things and lots of magic and, of course, ghosts. I'm so tired of "magic" in Hallmark movies. I understand when some of us refer to Christmas magic we really just mean the specialness of the season, or the sparkle and twinkle, or kindness, or warm fuzzy feelings, or the mystery and miracle of the birth of our Savior. But, more and more, I feel like Hallmark really wants us to embrace actual magic. And every time I watch a sweet movie that has some silly magic cookies or ornaments or snowglobes or whatever, I feel like I'm opening my mind and my heart just a tiny bit more to something that I shouldn't be giving a foothold in there. My faith is strong but I worry about people and children who are more impressionable. I don't have any young ones in my household right now but if I did, I don't think I would let them watch a lot of these movies (at the very least, we would sit down and have a biblical teaching moment!). So, is this movie family friendly? Maybe?? Maybe not?? I think people should prescreen it before sharing with kids. Also, btw, Hallmark added two characters who were female but teetering on that genderless line. There were no "gender" "statements" made (only implied) so I think it would be okay for families, maybe with some discussion, or perhaps just ignoring it would work, as well." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "I'm reviewing Ghosts of Christmas Always - I'm way behind on my Christmas movie-viewing, and am wondering if everyone else is too. I am very surprised there are only 3 reviews of this movie, and none of them glowing. I found it to be absolutely delightful! I thought all the actors were excellent, I loved the chemistry between Catherine and Peter, the storyline was engaging, there was some great humor, and I can't wait to share it with my family!" ~Sharon

๐ŸŽ„ "Also, really liked A Big Fat Family Christmas(the song at the end was amazing), A Maple Valley Christmas, Ghost of Christmas Always(looked at the ghosts more as angels, ghosts wouldn't help people), and Time for Him to come Home for Christmas(favorite since the first one), and Long Lost Christmas. Noel Next Door and The Royal Nanny were good also." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Found Ghosts of Christmas Always and Three Wise Men and a Baby not only family friendly but fun to watch. I would buy both of those." ~Anonymous

A Magical Christmas Village - November 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Magical Christmas Village" -- free from same-sex content. However, the grandmother is a bit of a free spirit type who was living with some man we never meet before he sells his house and moves away. She is very into "the universe" working things out. Also confused about Alison Sweeney's character and her daughter's fatherโ€”we just hear that she moved nearer family when she "decided" to have her daughter. I enjoyed parts, including Alison's acting and, especially, the daughter, who is sweet and imaginative and not a brat! But, for me, the movie is not going to make the favorites list. ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Alicia, I totally agree with you! I had a feeling I wasn't going to like this movie because of the "magical village" thing, but on top of that, they go on about relying on "the universe". Whatever happened to praying for help and guidance?? And that ending, where Alison totally interrupts Luke when he's handing out gifts to the kids? Ughh! I won't be watching this one again!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Just finished Magic Christmas Village - this falls into the category of a previous comment about the silliness of Christmas "magic." Seems the Hallmark writers are hung up on a pseudo-hippie view of the world - just do your own thing - the daughter who works hard, and plans things out will be shown the error of her ways by the end of the show by just believing in magic. Probably the biggest mistake in the production was the casting of Marlo Thomas, her appearance was actually scary. One last thing - this is the second Hallmark movie I watched recently where a woman was a mother and there was no mention of a father - his absence due to either divorced or death - a father figure is no longer considered an important element in their movies? ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Magical Christmas Village is family friendly about a woman named Vivian Todd tells her young Granddaughter named Chloe, that her miniature Christmas village can be magically grant holiday wishes. as Chloe begins setting up the figurines; real life events seem to mimic the scenes she creates. Vivian moves in with her Daughter named Summer & Granddaughter named Chloe and immediately sets up a miniature Christmas village. Vivian is a firm believer in magic & her Daughter Summer who doesnโ€™t believe in magic & Granddaughter who does believe in magic. Chloe playing with figurines to make Summer & Ryan together alongside the way to cross the path when the Christmas village lit up like magic. Ryan meets with Summerโ€™s Mom named Vivian by saying that his Brother named Chris bought her house. Christmas Village seems Magical. Chloe tells her Mom; Summer thatโ€™s him whose turned out to be Ryan when her Mom tells her heโ€™s Toy Drive Donations. Ryan meets Matt Dutton & Chloe. Matt tells Ryan that he knew his Brother; Chris. Summerโ€™s Sister named April & her Brother in Law named Matt Dutton have children on their own. Summer is totally into Ryan when he kisses her they dressed in costumes. Chloe makes a snow in Christmas Village when comes true when her catchphrase โ€œBest Christmas Wishes Everโ€. Summer shows Ryan a Christmas Village & when they go outside & sees the snow. ~Anonymous

Lights, Camera, Christmas! - November 5, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Light, Camera, Christmas is family friendly about a fashion designer named Kerry Devine signs on to be a costume designer for movie called; โ€œMy Favorite Santaโ€, thatโ€™s shooting in her hometown in LA. While rediscovering her passion for crafts, she winds up falling for filmโ€™s famous leading man named Brad Baxter. Jill & Caleb and Brad Kerry get together" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Lights, Camera Christmas. Okay, that was a lot of fun!! Well-acted all around. Not so much a warm, fuzzy, Christmas โ€œfeelsโ€ kind of movie where they make gingerbread and such, but it was sweet and funny with good banter between the leads. The only thing that didnโ€™t thrill me was the resolution of the conflict, it didnโ€™t ring completely realistic and almost seemed like someone else wrote the ending or was a bit like they patched it in at the end because they didnโ€™t know how to resolve it; but still a good movie. Family friendly. I think itโ€™s a keeper (at least for now)." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "I loved "Lights, Camera, Christmas!".Kimberley Sustad & John Brotherton were a great pairing. Family friendly. While "A Magical Christmas Village" was a good, Family Friendly, there was talk of chakras, feng shui, & magic. I'm considering deleting it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!" ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„ "Love, Lights, Christmas - I went into this movie with some trepidation, but it turns out I really enjoyed it. It reminded me a little bit of A Christmas Movie Christmas, which also had a character playing a stuck-up actor. (In fact, I found it amusing that in both movies the stuck-up actor talks to a character named "Evie"!) I thought the chemistry here was right on, and the two leads looked like they were having a lot of fun. It had some humorous moments, which is always a plus for me. And what do you make of Kimberly's wink to the audience at the end of the movie? For me, I think she was just saying, "Well, what did you expect for an ending?" (Like I said, humorous.) This one's a keeper for me!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "LIGHT, CAMERA, CHRISTMAS Family friendly as far as i know. This movie was quite hilarious. I love Kimberly Sustad and how she is always so good in making her character appear so relatable. Brad Baxter's character was pretty hard to like in the beginning and I couldn't really picture them as a couple when he was being such a goofball. He did get a bit more vulnerable towards the middle of the movie although I'm still unsure I like how John Brotherton portrayed this character. The chemistry was alright, I personally felt more of a friend vibe. ~CH Mom

All Saints Christmas - November 6, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "All Saints Christmas" -- family-friendly. This is a gently-paced movie that I enjoyed on a sleepy Sunday night. Not complicated, but had sweetness, family, some nice music, and a touch of humor. Loved the dad's rule that unmarried couples stay in different rooms." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "All Saints Christmas is family friendly about Lisette is a popular R&B singer who's getting ready to travel home to New Orleans for Christmas. When the media mistakes a photo of her with her ex as an engagement announcement, her family insists that he join her on the trip. Lisette is a successful R&B artist traveling with her music producerโ€”and ex boyfriendโ€”before the holidays. As she prepares to return home to New Orleans to celebrate Christmas with her family, the press accidentally interpret a photo of Lisette and her ex as an engagement announcement. Her family canโ€™t wait to meet him, and pressure Lisette to bring him alone. Lisette & Matthew back together & he proposes to her in front of her family & Gia Cole with cameraman see the snow" ~Anonymous

In Merry Measure - November 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "In Merry Measure" -- family-friendly, this is one I quite enjoyed! Upbeat, with lots of joking, it has substance, as well. Most surprising is the fact that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated far more than is typical in a Hallmark movie, during the group's performance at the end as they sing of Him in these songs: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" "Go Tell it on the Mountain" Merry Christmas, all!" ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "In Merry Measure" was such a good and heartwarming movie. I liked the idea of high school choir and all the preparations for the competition. Music was just great in this movie, all these Christmas songs. All the cast was so good. I liked the leading actors Brendan Penny and Patti Murin. By the way I didn't watch any movies with Patti Murin and was very impressed by her acting. She is so bright. All in all it was a really good movie and most importantly it was family-friendly." Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„ "In Merry Measure is family friendly about Darcy was a one hit wonder singer. Sheโ€™s come home to spend time with her family for Christmas. While there, she discovers her niece wants to sing for a local choir, The Herald Angels, but isnโ€™t selected to join. The choir coach, Adam is very selective on who can join the choir, because itโ€™s won a local competition 6 times and he wants to continue the winning streak. So, Darcy creates her own choir group from the people who werenโ€™t selected. Only one choir can participate in the competition. So Darcy & Adam decide to compete to see who will go to the big competition." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "In Merry Measure was one of the best Hallmark movies theyโ€™ve had in years! I was not expecting to like this movie at all, but the humor really drew me in. I didnโ€™t care for the teenage actors, although their singing was great fun. I did enjoy the adult actors and how hilarious they were. This is a must watch, highly recommended, family-friendly movie! I loved their choices in Christmas Carols too!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "IN MERRY MEASURE This was sweet and fun to watch. Brendan Penny was quite hilarious especially in the beginning, when the rivalry between him and the female lead was strong. The female lead was new to me but she was down to earth and relatable. The acapella performances were all quite a treat to watch. I enjoyed this one." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "In Merry Measure โ€“ I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I loved the delightful, fun relationship between the sisters, and the aunt and niece. The romance was slow and steady; you could feel a spark building between Darcy (Patti Murin) and Adam (Brendan Penny) as their choir groups competed each other and as they combined their teams. All of the singing was beautiful to listen to; I simply enjoyed how happy this movie was from start to finish. One of my favorite scenes was when Patty Murin played the piano and sang an original song. Patty has such a lovely voice; I couldnโ€™t help from cheering for her to succeed throughout the film, even though her character, Darcy, hasnโ€™t had much success in the music industry since her pop album in her youth. It was nice to see her struggle a bit to keep herself current and relevant in that ever-changing entertainment world. Even though her character was/is famous, she seems very normal and at home in her small town. I loved the quick nod to Home Alone โ€“ when Darcy and her sister, Gretchen, put their hands on their cheeks and shouted, โ€œAhhh!!!!โ€ That was soooo cute. This movie seemed so down-to-earth and relatable. This is a definite keeper I plan to watch over and over again." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "In Merry Measure. Loved this heartwarming movie. The music was fantastic! I felt the lead actors (and the script and director?) all brought a certain maturity or polish to the production; most of it felt natural and nothing was too overly cringeworthy. I liked the slowly growing and changing relationship between Patti and Brendan; and also loved the relationship between the โ€œsistersโ€ because it felt quite real, both in moments of handling grief as well as in moments of sisterly fun. The girl who played the niece was equally good at acting and singing. This one is a keeper and I would buy the dvd. Family friendly." ~~Jane

The Royal Nanny - November 12, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Royal Nanny was family friendly, very cute, and a fun change from the usual Hallmark Christmas movie. I'm surprised it wasn't on Movies & Mysteries because it had a fun Aurora Teagarden vibe to it with the mystery of who was targeting the royal family." ~melnewlife

๐ŸŽ„ "The Royal Nanny is very interesting, and best of all, clean! Pretty good considering this is the 1st new Countdown to Christmas movie I've actually seen this year." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: The Royal Nanny - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper - Undecided - Well, I give Hallmark points for originality on this one - a combination of a Christmas movie, a spy thriller, and a mystery! It made for a interesting storyline, and I admit I didn't know how this one was going to end. I thought the lead actress did a wonderful job in her role, and the supporting cast was enjoyable as well. Good for a one-time view, although I'm not sure it's a keeper for me - the romance is almost secondary to the spy plot, and that's not exactly what I'm looking for in a Hallmark Christmas movie!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "The Royal Nanny is family friendly about MI5 agent Claire Champion is working undercover nanny & she must resist the charms of Prince Collin while keeping the royal family: Princess Rose & Elle, and Prince Robert safe during Christmastime. Princess Roseโ€™s Husband is a King. Prince Colin is a Prince of Pranks. Claire is trading with a guy & including Ms. Lansbury with an umbrella ๐ŸŒ‚." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Nanny is family friendly about Once Claire gets her unusual assignment in The Royal Nanny, she goes to work inside Kensington Palace. She gets a crash course in nannying from Ms. Lansbury who has spent the past three decades training the caretakers for the royal family. Unfortunately, Clarieโ€™s royal charges prove to be quite a handful. Both Princess Elle & Prince Robert are eager to send the new nanny packing. Claire relies on a combination of her spy skills and nanny training to get the kids in line and make the lives of everyone in the royal household better. At the same time, a spark grows between Claire & Prince Colin is the younger Brother of Princess Rose is the Mother of Claireโ€™s charges & the heir to the throne. However, things get complicated when MI5 wrongly suspects a member of the royal family of plotting against the throne? Claire puts her career, as well as her life, on the line to protect both the royal family and the man she is falling in love with." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Royal Nanny was a very unique style of Christmas movie which I enjoyed! Family-friendly and intriguing right from the start! They probably couldโ€™ve passed this off as any regular mystery movie, but having it set at Christmas time made it that much better. I do wish there was more humor and that the actors showed more emotion." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "ROYAL NANNY Finally got to watch this! I almost forgot to watch it, it was sitting on my DVR for a while ๐Ÿ˜. Iโ€™ve read many reviews about it so going into it, I tried to keep an open mind. Iโ€™m unsure how I feel about the spy movie storyline part because there were many things that felt off about it (especially being a detail oriented person, and then in my head I couldnโ€™t help but compare it to a standard Hollywood spy movie production, ha!). But one thing for sure, I think Rachel Skarsten was truly amazing in this role and she was spot on as the Royal nanny character. I also loved the male lead who played Prince Collin. He was so charming and likeable and I would LOVE to see him in more Hallmark/GAC movies! Both male and female lead were sooo adorable together and had great chemistry. The romance part was written really well. The dialogues were not cheesy or lame. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance part! Some nitpicky things: The princess/mom looked so young that I mistaken her as an older sister in the beginning, since her daughter was almost as tall as her. Her acting was just fine though. I also wouldโ€™ve loved the children to have more personality. I guess I just expected them to be more obnoxious, ha! The spy movie part was not very well executed. It couldโ€™ve been made a little bit simpler. In my opinion there were too many twists, but not executed well (such as Claire picking up the package with Collinโ€™s phone inside, not making sure it was not a bomb or something. Or, the way that prince Collin was taken by the thugsโ€ฆ it just didnโ€™t seem realistic. A royal family would have a ton of guards who wouldnโ€™t let this happen on their watch.) Anyhowโ€ฆ that was just me nitpicking. All nitpicking aside, I actually REALLY enjoyed thisโ€ฆ a lot! It might even make it to my favorite Hallmark Christmas movie list this year (the romance really won it for me). It is different, it is unique, kept me engaged, and it is a keeper! Will definitely watch again!" ~CH Mom

Christmas at the Golden Dragon - November 13, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at Golden Dragon is family friendly about Growing up, Romy & Rick spent the holidays working at their parentsโ€™ popular Chinese restaurant, the Golden Dragon. When Romyโ€™s boyfriend named Blake invites her to spend the holidays with his family in Vermont, she is thrilled that her parents let her off the hook, so she can finally experience a โ€œreal Christmas.โ€ Her Brother named Rick currently works for the restaurant fulltime while he figures out his future, but secretly harbors a passion for cooking. When Rick & Romyโ€™s parents named Jim & Sue Chen & Vincent Cheng announce they will be closing the Golden Dragon for good just before the holidays, the siblings must each figure out what that means for their futures. Also impacted by the news are the landmark restaurantโ€™s loyal patrons and staff: workaholic executive Veronica who longs to be a Mother; recent widow Jane who is planning her first Christmas without her husband; Nate is a single father trying to do the best by his Daughters named Jesse & Vivi during the holidays; and helpful delivery driver named Miguel who is hoping to secure a college scholarship. As each of them face the closure of the Golden Dragon, they discover what Christmas & family truly means to each of them. Romy & her Brother Rick gather some family friends to cook at Restaurant for Christmas & how they manage to pull it out for their parents to save Chinese restaurant. Rick asks Sadie to go prom with him at Golden Dragon Restaurant. Nate & Veronicaโ€™s Daughters named Jessa & Vivi make Christmas Muddy Buddies in the kitchen with their Dad named Nate. When Romy & Rickโ€™s parents surprise them with news that theyโ€™ll be closing their decades-old Chinese Restaurant, the siblings soon find themselves reevaluating their futures?" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at the Golden Dragon. Was not the complete dud I expected it to be. It won't be a keeper for me, but it was oddly entertaining for a one-time watch. It wasn't a traditional Christmas movie, but it was kind of fun and heartwarming to watch all the different lives intersect/connect through the Golden Dragon restaurant; and, yet, at times, it also felt a bit out-of-control and weird (the ending seemed a bit "off the rails" and unbelievable). There were some feel-good moments and some good messages in the movie, as well as some questionable ones. I would say, for the most part, it is family friendly. One dating couple appear to maybe be sharing a bedroom when they go visit their parent's home, but it's not blatantly obvious. A single woman is desperately trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization to have a baby all on her own with no husband in the picture (unfortunately, this seems to be a new trend in these movies). That same woman has some strong "feminist" ideas and some other questionable opinions, but, thankfully, her mother sometimes points out the opposing viewpoints. There's a single father with two little girls and for most of the movie I thought he was a widower, but then it turns out he's newly divorced and it's all handled kind of weirdly with the kids (I didn't understand why their mother wasn't a part of their lives at Christmas?? Was she out of town? Maybe I missed something in the beginning?). Overall, a cute and quirky movie that is non-traditional and would be fun to watch if you've exhausted all your other options. (By the way, I can't stand it when these movies throw in very obvious commercials for products and try to make it seem like a natural part of the movie. In this movie we got to extol the wonders of Walmart and Chex Mix. Ugh.)" ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas at the Golden Dragon - We enjoyed "Christmas at the Golden Dragon" as it was a departure from the usual Hallmark Christmas movie formula which is focused solely on romance. It was family-friendly and incorporated multiple story lines that all connected through the Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant and the place it held in each character's heart. The movie would not be interesting to younger children, but I found it heart-warming and engaging, and it even incorporated a scene from a Nativity pageant. I recommend this movie to people who want to watch a little something different this Christmas season." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "CHRISTMAS AT THE GOLDEN DRAGON Family friendly. Going into this, I didn't know what to expect. There were several storylines going on in the movie that it was a bit confusing to me at times. I do love the family aspect. It was heartwarming and touching, and some moments made me cry. I can totally relate to some of the storylines, as an immigrant and raised in Asian family. I think there were one too many stories going on though. This was quite enjoyable to watch but I'm not sure I'll watch it again." ~CH Mom

Inventing the Christmas Prince - November 18, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Really enjoyed 'Inventing the Christmas Prince' and very family friendly!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Inventing the Christmas Prince. I should've learned by now not to listen to the cranky reviews on other websites. I almost deleted this movie without even giving it a chance. That would've been a shame since it turned out to be a very sweet movie. Like any other movie, there are, of course, lots of unrealistic parts. And for those who don't like any level of lies or fabrication or deception in their movies, then this should be avoided since it's all based on a mother's fabricated bedtime fairy tale story about a Christmas prince, and her later efforts to basically blackmail her curmudgeonly boss into playing that role after her daughter's imagination leads her to believe the boss really is the actual prince from the story. I don't have a problem with any of that since I find many of these secular Christmas movies have some sort of misleading element to them, or deception, or fabrication, or magic, or the fantasy of a lie known as Santa. Anyway, all of the cast in this movie were good and it was fun to watch the main actor gradually change from a stiff, antisocial person into one who is comfortable and caring. He is so awkward at first it's funny, his version of small talk on a date is "I see you have carrots on your plate. Do you eat carrots often?". Overall, this was a very cute movie and the ending was sweet (especially for those who like a little "royal" element to their movies). Good for a re-watch next year; it's not necessarily a definite keeper for me but I'll keep it on the dvr until I run out of room. Family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Inventing the Christmas Prince is family friendly. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "Inventing the Christmas Prince โ€“ I must say this one took a little effort to get into, but once the story developed, it was interesting to watch Shelbyโ€™s boss, Evan, come out of his reserved shell and step into the role of the Christmas Prince. Evan is someone who has never connected well with people. In his job, as a scientist, he deals with facts and figures, so he seems very disconnected from human behavior, until Shelbyโ€™s daughter awakens this new world of emotions for him. Shelby sees and likes this new transformation in Evan, as well. The movie is kind of odd and quirky, at times, but itโ€™s also a unique story with a heartwarming message. Inventing the Christmas Prince is family-friendly, a great watch for all ages. By the way, the little girl is absolutely precious โ€“ she often steals the show!" ~Net

Three Wise Men and a Baby - November 19, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I LOVE Three Wise Men And A Baby! So heartwarming sprinkle with funny moments. It's a keeper for me!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Three Wise Men And A Baby is family friendly and hilarious, especially in the beginning of the movie. It also helps the brothers work through some issues personally and as brothers. Very sweet ending!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„ "Three Wise Men and a Baby. I laughed so hard during parts of this movie that I think the neighbors probably heard me! Loved it! It's a keeper for me. These three actors are great together. And, thankfully, Paul Campbell kept his woke agenda out of this one. It was family friendly (there was a single mother who left her baby and there were questions and eyebrows raised by people implying that maybe Andrew was the father - he wasn't - but there wasn't anything explicit said and I think it would be considered by most people to be ok for families). There was a part of the movie where they have one of those neighborhood decorating contests and that part got a bit over-the-top; it's the part where they dress up as wise men for a live nativity scene with the baby. I did not consider it sacrilegious; I myself have been in live nativity scenes. I don't ever expect Hollywood to get it right, they usually mess up anything that has to do with church or prayer or pastors or the meaning of Christmas, and it doesn't matter if it's Hallmark, GAF, or UP - rarely do they truly honor Christ in these movies (and I don't go into these secular movies expecting them to get it right, I just hope they'll give us a nice, clean Christmas movie with warm feelings). The whole decorating contest was a small part of this movie and it was wonky and awkward and could have been left out, but at least in this movie the wise men actually say they've come to see the King. Other than that part of the movie, I thought it was a lot of fun. It wasn't the typical "warm fuzzy feels" Christmas movie, it was more about restoring the relationships between the three brothers and I thought they handled that quite well. There were romances, but they weren't the main thread of the movie. Of course it was all unrealistic but, overall, it was just a lot of fun on a night when I really needed a laugh." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Three Wise Men & a Baby is family friendly. Itโ€™s hilarious movie. Itโ€™s parody modern day of 3 Men & a Baby. Three brothers named Stephan, Taylor, & Luke are surprised when they find themselves forced to care for a baby named Thomas during the holidays, during the journey they begin to rebuild their relationships as brothers while rediscovering their love for Christmas. The 3 Brothersโ€™ Mother named Barbara. Taylor & Fiona, Stephan & Susie, and Luke, Sophie, & a baby Thomas. Stephan mentions the show by name; The Twilight Zone (1959), Stephan refers to Taylor as Mommie Dearest (1981), Taylor refers to Stephan as a pet detective from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Luke referred to Michael from 3 Men & a Baby (1987) who found a baby with a baby bag at doorsteps. Thereโ€™s a young woman named Sophie with her baby Son; Thomas that Luke is holding him." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "We loved Three Wise Men and a Baby!! Extremely family friendly, hilarious in several parts. Happily the brothers grow in this film with forgiveness for each other and learn to work together for baby Thomas and their Mother (Barbara). The Paul (Michael) Andrew (Luke) and Tyler (Taylor0 were great together. I don't know about a sequel - I don't know how Paul Campbell & Kimberley Sustad can top this script!! We've watched the movie several times and "re-round" the choreographed dance to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to see it again (great choreography, btw, and very funny.) I hope it comes out on dvd soon. I was watching my sister when the dance came on because I wanted to see her reaction to it. She laughed until she cried and I was laughing along with her. It's a keeper. This is one of the best Hallmark Christmas movies." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„ "THREE WISE MEN AND A BABY **spoiler alert** Hilarious! And surprisingly heartwarming and touching too. So many scenes that made me chuckle. Loved the unique storyline and the three different personalities of the guys. Not much romance. Family friendly but if you're watching it with younger kids, the story about the baby getting dropped off to one of the leading men (Andrew Walker's character) brought up some conversation that sort of raised my eyebrow and might have a sense of normalizing pregnancy before marriage. I do love the reconciliation that happened between the family, and even with the neighbor. Some of my favorite hilarious moments: - tyler hynes and paul campbell getting the baby to bath after the cookie making fiasco - assembling baby swing - tyler hynes doing a squat putting the baby to sleep - andrew walker grabbed the wrong car seat - the three guys in elf costume - the sugar plum fairy dance" ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Hi Net! I haven't had much time to watch movies or hang out here, but I just want you to know I still rely on your blog for all my TV movie info and appreciate your efforts so much! I haven't seen many movies so far, but I couldn't miss Three Wise Men and a Baby. That was the one I was most looking forward to out of all of the movies this season, and, happily, it didn't disappoint! It is as hilarious as I thought it would be and also heartwarming and touching. I giggled and laughed out loud throughout, especially at their dance! That was priceless! I also teared up a couple times. I love that it was something different from the usual storyline. The romances are great, but we get so many of those, I appreciate when the story centers around something else, especially when that "something else" is family relationships. I'm particularly partial to stories involving siblings because I have four brothers and one sister of my own who I'm very fond of. The ending was wonderful. Endings are too often abrupt in Hallmark movies, so I loved the more extended wrap-up in this one. I will definitely be watching this movie over and over again, and I'll be surprised if anything else tops it for me this year." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„ "Three Wise Men and a Baby Wow, I was not expecting to like this movie. I thought for sure I wouldn't, but I was so wrong. It was wonderful, sweet and really funny! Family friendly (just how we like it ;) and I loved how it was about the importance of family. It was sweet to see them have mistakes in the first half, but then improving after they realised to not think of themselves, but of their mother. I loved how they couldn't resist the Baby's First Ornament, and that baby swap thing(in real life, that would have been terrifying!) Another great addition to the film was the women in the movie. It was so kind of them to help out, and I literally said, "ahh," when she brought a casserole. The year later ending was sweet as well, all of them together! The only thing that bothered me was during the pageant scene. You could tell Hallmark did everything they could to not say Jesus Christ's name. They did not even mention that He's our Savior. That scene really made me upset me, and it's a shame because the rest was fantastic! I gotta say it though, the corgi fan in me LOVED that dog Arnold!๐Ÿ˜‚ And I liked Stephen's character, he kinda reminded me of Niles from Frasier. If you have not seen it yet, give it a try. It has it's corny moments, but it was a delight! I think with the story plot it would have made a great Thanksgiving film as well! God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends here!" ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "Three Wise Men and a Baby. I found this movie really good, except for the Nativity scene. I know it was to be funny and in some ways it was but I found it a little sad that they knew so little about Christ's birth. It was family friendly and I found myself laughing out loud many times (and I'm alone so that is a good feat). I did really appreciate the impact of the baby and taking care of it on the brothers." ~Clara

๐ŸŽ„ "Three Wise Men And A Baby - Perhaps it is just me but I felt Three Wise Men And A Baby was a spoof on something sacred to me. If they had not made this a Christmas story, then I might feel differently." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "Found Ghosts of Christmas Always and Three Wise Men and a Baby not only family friendly but fun to watch. I would buy both of those." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Three Wise Men and a Baby had me laughing so hard. Thatโ€™s my number one show of the season so far." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "I too liked Three Wise Men and a Baby. Thought it had a lot of funny parts and I liked that the brothers were able to heal their differences. Nice to see a family come back together." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "GHOST OF CHRISTMAS ALWAYS Going into this I wasnโ€™t really sure what to expect. I guess the best way to enjoy this movie is by keeping an open mind and knowing itโ€™s not your regular Hallmark movies. I do really like it when I donโ€™t know how the story would endโ€ฆ since that doesnโ€™t happen often in Hallmark movies. Iโ€™m not sure how I felt about the magic element, but I guess that was a given, knowing that itโ€™s inspired by the Charles Dickenโ€™s story. That said, the movie was so engaging and I was invested to watch from beginning to end. Loved both leads which were new to me. Even though the storyline was unrealistic, the flow of the story and the way it was written made it felt natural. Even my husband agreed he quite enjoyed this one. Really well done by Hallmark." ~CH Mom

When I Think of Christmas - November 20, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "When I Think for Christmas is family friendly about Sara Ferguson reunites her ex-boyfriend named Josh Hartman when she returns to her hometown to her Mother named Anna Ferguson move. When Sara makes a surprising discovery, she & Josh forge a bold plan for upcoming Christmas concert that takes them back to their musical roots. Sara finds music sheets of When I Think of Christmas was written by Saraโ€™s Dad named Shane Ferguson. Josh convinces Anna Ferguson to sing a Christmas song; When I Think of Christmas onstage. Anna & George and Sara & Josh get along ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "When I Think of Christmas is family friendly. Some great music and a couple of cameos, one of which is hilarious. ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„ "Watched When I Think Of Christmas last night. It was on Hallmark so I had recorded it to wait for a review. I really enjoyed this movie. Family friendly all the way! Niall Matter is a favorite of mine. There is some beautiful music in this. It is a keeper for me. Shenae Grimes (probably not her full name) from Christmas Inc. with Steve Lund is starring opposite Niall." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "When I Think Of Christmas - Hallmark has surprised me once again. First of all, with When I Think Of Christmas, which I loved! Now with My Southern Family Christmas. Both of these are rated G on TV guide and completely family friendly. The most surprising thing about When I think Of Christmas is how much they honored the meaning of Christmas. Wish this movie had gotten the attention it deserved!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "When I Think of Christmas. This movie was more of a miss, for me, than a hit, but maybe okay for a one-time watch and Iโ€™m sure others will like it far more than I did. Itโ€™s good that we all like different things in our movies! I have really liked Niall Matter in other movies like Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater, the Father Christmas movies, and the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, but I felt this particular movie was missing something and even Niall couldnโ€™t fix it. There wasn't one thing or one person that was horrible, instead it was just kind of overall lackluster. The movie had a heavy focus on characters who supposedly have great musical talent and, therefore, you would think there would be phenomenal music in the movie; and, yet, the singing (and their famed Christmas music show that the movie revolved around) was just average. I thought Niallโ€™s and Shenaeโ€™s characters were both kind of whiny and unrealistic and bitter for no good reason other than harboring anger and pain from a broken high school romance and lost teenage dreams over TEN years ago (and, honestly, both actors look old enough for it to have been 15-20 years ago!). And Shenaeโ€™s character (who had a paid scholarship to Yale and then went on to law school and a good career) was especially bratty, blaming her widowed mother for guiding her in wise decision-making as a teenager (and her mother apologizes for being a good mother โ€“ sheesh!!). The best part of the movie was the budding relationship between Shenaeโ€™s mother and a carpenter she just met (I liked his character the best of any of them). Oh, and Peter Benson had a sort of funny cameo as a guy auditioning for the Christmas show. This one was family friendly but not a keeper for me and not really interested in watching again next year." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "I also enjoyed the singing in the family friendly movie, When I Think of Christmas." ~Mary

My Southern Family Christmas (8 p.m.) - November 24, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "My Southern Family Christmas - Hallmark has surprised me once again. First of all, with When I Think Of Christmas, which I loved! Now with My Southern Family Christmas. Both of these are rated G on TV guide and completely family friendly." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "My Southern Family is family friendly about Turned into a journalist, Campbell gets the chance to meet his biological Father named Bergeron for the first time without him who she really is.. In the end, Campbell must decide if she will reveal the truth, a decision that will change Christmas Campbell is with her birth Father during the holidays with a newfound family coming together and connecting and bonding in Louisiana for Pete Noel Christmas when she doesnโ€™t reveal her truth identity to her Biological Father. Campbell keeps her identity secret or reveal the truth to her birth Father.Although, Itโ€™s up to Campbell reveal her truth identity, it will change their familyโ€™s Christmas forever." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Southern Family is family friendly about Campbell is a journalist who has completely lost touch with her Father. Theyโ€™ve been estranged for years, and he has even settled down with an entirely new family unit. So when she finds out that her next assignment is taking her to Louisiana โ€” where her father and his family now live โ€” for a Pere Noel Christmas celebration, Campbell has to prepare herself for an emotional reunion m. But with holiday magic & warmth all around them, the meeting, article, & Christmas season are sure to be a success. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Southern Family Christmas "It's basically the reconnection of a girl with her birth father during the holidays. So it's a really, you know, focus on this newfound family coming together and connecting and bonding. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "My Southern Family Christmas" is delightful! I wasn't expecting a lot from it but ended up loving every minute of it. It's a beautiful story of family and connection that gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings. There's a fun cameo at the beginning too. It's in my top three favorites of what I've seen so far this year. This was my first time seeing Jaicy Elliot in anything, and I hope it won't be my last. She made Campbell very likable and relatable. ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„ "My Southern Family Christmas--I wasn't going to watch it but kept seeing the previews and it looked good. It was family friendly, and a pretty good movie, probably wont watch again though. The one thing I hate about movies like this is the careless way they go about telling the family "oh and btw, i fathered another child and here she is". I kept wondering when the reveal was going to happen and there was like 8 mins left of the movie and i was like is she just going to tell everyone including her sisters at once and sure enough she did. they were happy, of course, but I just think it is pretty careless how Hallmark movies bring up subjects like this. I remember that Hannukah movie with ben savage and Marilu Henner is sitting at the table with her birth daughter and her other 2 kids and she just tells them all right there, oh btw, this is your sister, i gave her away and never told my 2 grown, adult children until now, just out in the open, in front of my birth daughter, at the kitchen table while having breakfast. Campbell was worried all movie that what she was doing was bad by hanging out with the family and not telling them, and I would have liked some sort of emotions and being a little upset by the sisters and her father, just a little something more than the one sister saying "I knew it" when Campbell told them the truth. You knew it??????? How????? I wanted to watch Haul out the Holly, but honestly from the previews it looked really dumb and just over the top. I hope it wasnt. I guess Lacey is the Hallmark star now, she took over for CCB, but it just seems her movies over the last few years have been not so good, to me. I recorded Cookie Catastrophe movie, and the Holiday Spectacular, and also the Corgi movie, and the kelsey grammar movie and Christmas Spark on Lifetime. I hope they were good. I was pleasantly surprised the 2 hallmark movies i watched this weekend didnt have woke agendas. Thank you Hallmark, for that. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving :)" ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„ "This one was so good! I've enjoyed both of Jaicy's Hallmark movies and hope to see her again." :-) ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Watched two movies with my sister, who is not usually a fan of Hallmark-type movies, and they got thumbs up from both of us. My Southern Family Christmas. Loved it. The whole cast was fantastic. Keeper. Would buy the dvd. Family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ My Southern Family Christmas โ€“ This movie was refreshingly different. I like how the story and the setting were mostly unique for Christmas movies. It was also nice to see Wes Brown have a cameo in this. Too bad he couldnโ€™t be in the part of the story where Campbell went to Louisiana, since heโ€™s actually from there in real-life, and I know those Southern traditions and customs mean a great deal to him. Some drawbacks for me, personally โ€“ the shouting of the Christmas alligators or reingators (the southern version of reindeers) was a little odd to me, and was it really ever explained WHY her father divorced her Mother and neither kept in contact regarding their daughter??? Very strange. Plus, WHEN exactly did he see her last? Did he not recognize her, at all? Had she really changed that much? Other than those questions I found myself asking โ€“ the movie was rather captivating. It moved at a nice pace, and the romance portion was low-key, but sweet. Watching Everett connect with Campbell, with him not realizing she was his daughter, was interesting and painfully awkward, too, since so many people knew the truth, including his wife. It was suspenseful โ€“ wondering how the truth would eventually be revealed, and all Iโ€™ll say isโ€ฆ I thought it was done in a sweet way, although it was all summed up rather quickly. If you live down south and enjoy a warm Christmas, then this might appeal more to you. I thought Jaicy Elliot was excellent, but overall, there were many unanswered questions. Not a keeper for me, but still a nice watch. ~Net

#Xmas (6 p.m.) - November 25, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I really enjoyed #xmas (despite the name). I was surprised. It didnโ€™t feel that formulaic though the plot line wasnโ€™t unique. The main ladyโ€™s acting style in this reminded me of Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping. That added a lot. I recommend this one. Nothing objectionable I can think of if anyoneโ€™s concerned." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "#XMAS Family friendly, as far as I know. I do like the best friend turned lovers trope. I wish that the lead actress is just a little bit more likeable. I tried hard to like her. I guess she is quirky and cute in her own way. Her quirkiness was hard to watch sometimes. It's hard to explain and I try not to give negative comments on actors, but when she's talking, she appears like she's about to suffocate. Anyway, I tried hard to get past that. Brant Daughterty was adorable. The message of the story about "nothing's perfect" was good too, especially in this age of social media. I also was hoping the ending was elaborated a bit more. It felt like it ended abruptly to me." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Xmas. Liked the movie for most parts, but like Florence doesnโ€™t like the Single parent movies, I donโ€™t really like the ones that start out based on a lie. In real life they donโ€™t always end well." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„ "#XMAS is family friendly about when interior designer named Jen is selected for social media competition for a design brand, she poses as an influencer with best friend playing her Husband & her Nephew as her baby? When Jen gets the chance to enter a brandโ€™s design contest, she poses as a family influencer, enlisting the help of her best friend, Max, & her baby nephew. When her video is selected as a finalist, Jen is torn on whether to go on with her perfect โ€˜familyโ€™ or reveal the truth?" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I liked #Xmas too, but didnt save it." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„ "#Xmas. I keep coming back and trying to watch this movie but I canโ€™t quite get through it. I seem to be okay with minor deceptions and fibs in all these Christmas movies, but in this one there was flat-out lying and they knew it was wrong and they chose to continue to keep doing it and rearranging entire lives to continue the deception (and it wasnโ€™t done for romance or to keep the family happy or anything like that, it was basically done just to help their store and brand get ahead financially); it was just too much for me and was distasteful. However, there were things I did like and, therefore, itโ€™s still on my dvr waiting to maybe someday be watched. I liked the interior design/home goods shop โ€“ it looked real and not like a Hallmark phony set. The whole production felt a little less cookie-cutter than other movies. I liked the entire cast and would love to see them all in a different movie; especially liked the lead actor. The lead actress is beautiful and quirky but her character might be a tad bit too over-the-top quirky and neurotic to watch, plus itโ€™s hard to understand her dialogue. She kind of talks fast, blurs her words, gestures, mumbles, and drops her volume so that you canโ€™t understand all the funny things sheโ€™s saying; Iโ€™m not sure if thatโ€™s the actressโ€™s normal diction or whether itโ€™s just her portrayal of her quirky, neurotic character, but I felt that she really needed to enunciate better (or give the viewer some subtitles!) because the dialogue in the script was actually quite sharp and funny at times, if only we could hear it!" ~~Jane

A Royal Corgi Christmas  (8 p.m.) - November 25, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Corgi Christmas is family friendly about Sparks fly between a crown prince Edmund and a canine behavior expert Cecily as they work together to train a rambunctious dog before an annual holiday ball. To win his Motherโ€™s love, Prince Edmond gives her a corgi & hires Cecily, a dog trainer. Edmond & Cecily bond over the dog is a corgi named Mistletoe, and discover that love can grow in unexpected places." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Corgi Christmas; The only reason I finished this movie was because of the dogs! The rest was really boring and there was no chemistry of spark between the main characters. Not worth it. It was thankfully family-friendly, although her coworker, Jacob seemed a tiny bit feminine to me. I do wish Hallmark had done more research on Cardigan Welsh Corgis though. There was so much more they could have shown! Like, they love food so much they will practically jump up and down for it! It was obvious to me that those dogs were Pembrokes with their tails not docked. If they were truly Royal Pembroke Corgis, their tails would be docked. And only Pembrokes come in tri color. Cardigans have larger features and are smarter and more serious. They are smart enough, you wouldn't need a trainer. Sorry, I can be kinda serious when it comes to corgis. I love to watch the Westminster Dog Show and I've always bought mine from show breeders." ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Corgi Christmas. Ugh. No. Couldn't take more than about 25%; although, to be fair, I pretty much never like the "royal" movies (exceptions are: One Royal Holiday, Crown for Christmas, and a few others that I thought were good). What I saw was family friendly." ~~Jane

A Tale of Two Christmases (6 p.m.) - November 26, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Tale of Two Christmases is family friendly about Emma gets to experience 2 different Christmases โ€” one where stays in the city & celebrates with a new crush named Max & his friends, & one where she returns home for all the traditions with family & reunited with Drew. Thanks to Holiday Magic. An elderly guy looks like Santa says to Emma, May All Christmas Wishes Come true. Emma has to choice Max for going to ski trip or to be with her family & Drew. Although Emma choices to be with her family & Drew. Her Dad drives his Daughter Emma to Drewโ€™s place." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I have barely watched any of these christmas movies this year. I would rather watch Home Alone and Christmas Vacation and Christmas Story. But i did watch 2 this wekeend cause i was looking forward to Tale of 2 Christmases so here goes: Tale of 2 Christmases: It was family friendly, and ok, it was going well, then the twist and I am still not sure i entirely understand what happened. It was like a movie going along, really well and then they had to end it and it wrapped up in a minute and you are left going what happened? Emma gets to "live" 2 different days as she misses her flight home and gets to hang out with the guy who works in her building that she likes, and one of her makes it home in time for the christmas eve party and gets to spend time with her BFF/crush/high school buddy. She gets to see how it would be both ways, she stays back with guy she likes, gets to redo her project for work, and gets good news on the project, but that she wont be heading the project up, but just staying in the office working on other new projects. Then she gets to go home, get offered a job doing what she would love to do, hang out with Drew, a guy who had a crush onher and she on him, but they nevere told each other. I like the choices she made in the end, i just can't stop thinking and playing it thru my head of what actually happened. I liked the movie, but will liklely never watch it again." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„ "A Tale of Two Christmases. Family friendly. Cute for a one time watch (or re-watch next year), not a dvr keeper for me. I'm not a fan of time-jumping types of movies and I'd say this one was a tiny bit confusing in the very beginning until you figure out what they're doing; but I also don't think it would be a reason to skip the movie since it all settles down once you realize how they're jumping back and forth between realities (and it's all Hollywood make-believe anyway:)). One of the characters is an environmental lawyer and I'm not a fan of all the social environmental score points they had to get across in the movie, but it was tolerable (the most annoying was "ethically sourced cocoa" for the Christmas party -> seriously?!?). {And, p.s., what is it with the trend in these movies for the women to be the pursuers nowadays? Has anyone else noticed that the women are becoming more likely to initiate the happily-ever-after kisses?}" ~~Jane

Haul Out the Holly (8 p.m.) - November 26, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "HAUL OUT THE HOLLY Family friendly. So funny and ridiculous, but the ridiculousness made it fun to watch. There was no heavy or intense conflict in this movie, it was just all fun from beginning to end. All the characters in the neighborhood are so interesting, goofy, and hilarious. It's adorable how Wes Brown's character was trying to get close to Lacey's character. The white elephant party was hilarious. Wes Brown was so perfect for the role. It was a fun and stress-free holiday movie!" ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Haul Out the Holly is so ridiculous movie about Emily Melroseโ€™s parents have left her behind. Emily comes home to visit her parents, only to discover theyโ€™re leaving for a trip on their own. Whole staying at their house for the holidays, Emily meets members of community who want her to join in the neighborhoodโ€™s Christmas festivities!!!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Haul Out the Holly I haven't watched the whole movie yet, but I was disappointed to see it start with Dan and Emily living together." ~Karen

๐ŸŽ„ "Haul Out the Holly; Ok, I am shocked by how dumb this film was! I normally LOVE Lacey and Wes Brown! But really?? I love Christmas and I love decorating the house, inside and out, but I would go CRAZY if those were my neighbors! Bad job whoever wrote the script! Definitely not a keeper. I would be embarrassed if I was Hallmark... The only thing I really enjoyed was she was watching a Hallmark "Christmas in Vienna" movie on tv. But that only lasted for 2 seconds. It was family friendly-ish, she was living with her boyfriend in the beginning. She mentions to her parents, she's going to make him sleep on the couch, so that tells me they shared the bedroom. ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "I was disappointed with Emily's parents telling her at the last moments that they were leaving for Florida. Then dropping the other shoe that she needs to carry on what they have had 30 years in planning and developing the Evergreen Lane Christmas. Personally I think it showed poor choice of the parents pushing her, knowing that Emily needed to rest & relax. But being a loving & forgiving daughter she showed determination to please her parents. Wes Brown was funny. I loved the snowball fight and the White Elephant party. I was so happy to see Kristoffer Polaha and Eric Mabius in cameo roles.. Half-way through it started getting good so, I'm keeping the recording because it was Lacey's first Rom-Com movie. There were some odd ducks in that neighborhood flock of ducks. ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„ "Haul Out the Holly. Keeper!!! Everyoneโ€™s sense of humor is different, and there are some over-the-top silly movies that I just canโ€™t stand. But this one? โ€ฆ Oh, how I loved this chaotic movie!! This was wacky and bizarre and just downright hysterical. Itโ€™s not quite up there with Chevy Chaseโ€™s โ€œChristmas Vacationโ€ classic, but itโ€™s now on my list to watch every year. I cannot wait to watch this over and over with my crazy family and recite favorite lines. This movie was outrageously absurdโ€ฆ but thatโ€™s the whole point! The one-liners interspersed throughout and delivered so masterfully by the various actors (โ€œI feel like Iโ€™m in โ€˜Home Alone 4: Stuck in the Suburbsโ€™โ€), the side jokes referring to several other movies (Ned in this movie was also Ned in Groundhog Day), the cameos (Kris Polaha, Eric Mabius & others), the quirkiness, the goofiness --- it all had me laughing hysterically and snorting hot Christmas Spice tea out of my nose!! Watching Wes Brown through the window playing charades with Kris Polaha and Lacey and acting out โ€œChristmas Carltonโ€ had me rolling on the floor! The wacky White Elephant gift exchange was so similar to the fun and craziness with my own friends. The Barry Manilow Santa suit โ€“ lol -- who keeps one of those in their closet?!? For this movie, you just have to let go of your expectations and usual critiques and enjoy it as a completely off-the-rails rom-com (heavy on the "com"). For instance, I didnโ€™t like Laceyโ€™s parents in the beginning, and likewise with Wesโ€™s character being too ridiculous (I couldnโ€™t see him ever being a romantic interest for Lacey), and I was scribbling all kinds of critical notes, but then I just put the notepad down and let it all roll, and by the end of the movie I appreciated all of the characters and all of the different parodies in the movie. I would say if you and your family have never liked wacky, absurd movies where you can recite favorite lines and crack each other up (think classics like Christmas Vacation, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, What About Bob, Groundhog Day, Home Alone, etc.), then you should probably skip this movie. Otherwise, this would be fun to watch with the entire family. (Be forewarned on the family-friendly scale: there's a very short flashback prequel to the movie of Lacey as a child, but then when the movie actually starts the first scene is her coming into her apartment bringing Christmas gifts while her loser boyfriend is busy playing video games. The very first scene is them breaking up and then the next day she leaves to go home to her parentsโ€™ house. Nothing else is shown (they show worse things in commercials during football games!), but itโ€™s obvious theyโ€™ve been living together. I wish Lacey had not put this in her movie; but I think, otherwise, the movie would be fun for the whole family, so maybe use that first scene as a teaching moment or just fast-forward a couple of minutes to the point where sheโ€™s arriving at her parentsโ€™ home.)" ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "So, I don't think I've ever watched a new Christmas movie twice in the same season but I just did it with 'Haul Out the Holly'. I needed something fun and upbeat to watch last night and this one just appealed to my weird sense of humor. I actually caught funny lines in this second viewing that I missed in the first (Kris Polaha doing charades!). That re-watch was so much fun, I might just watch Three Wise Men and a Baby tonight for some more laughs!" ~Jane

A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe (6 p.m.) - November 27, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe is family friendly about โ€œAnnie Cooper has big shoes to fill when she takes over as CEO of her late grandmother's small-town cookie company," a synopsis for the film reads. "She's doing her best to help their struggling business get back on track but is under sharp scrutiny by the board of directors. Annie's task gets more daunting when her grandmother's secret recipe is stolen during the Christmas party." However, Annie gets a chance to fix things when she works with a local man to recreate the recipe in case she can't find the stolen one. In addition, she begins to find herself falling in love? As Annie tries to crack the case and uncover the culprit, she works with Sam (Webster), the owner of a local bakery, to recreate the recipe in the hope of saving the company and her job," the synopsis continues. "As Annie and Sam bake batch after batch in pursuit of the perfect one, they begin to learn that their lives go together like milk and cookies." Spark fly between the new CEO of small town cookie company name Annie & the owner of a local bakery named Sam as they try to recreate a stolen secret recipe." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe. Quite silly at times but I found it to be a very cute movie. This one has a bit of a mystery element (crazy spy caper) to it, but it also has warm Christmas fuzzies and romance. I feel like Victor Webster makes almost every movie better. This one was sweet for a one-time watch and a re-watch next year; I'm keeping it on the dvr right now, but will maybe delete once I start running low on space. Family friendly and I think it would be fun to watch as a family." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Cookie Catastrophe was pretty dumb." โ€“Maria

A Holiday Spectacular (8 p.m.) - November 27, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Holiday Spectacular" --family-friendly, this one put a smile on my face. Without time to write more, I'll just say to give it a try! :-) Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!" ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Time for Him to Come Home For Christmasโ€”is family friendly about a young woman named Elizabeth Athens who receives a mysterious message on her answering machine. It's from an unknown man named Charlie Bishop who is trying to win back his former love. The story then follows Elizabeth's attempt to track down the mystery man and bring the two lovers back together, while she searches for companionship herself. Elizabeth & Josh search for a woman named Madelyn when Josh notices Madelyn Hawn & the Holidays featuring Tenille Towne.. although Madelyn Hawn & The Holidays has concert. Elizabeth shows Madelyn a voice mail from the man named Charlie Bishop. Itโ€™s really hers. When Madelyn says Elizabethโ€™s name in voice mail & Madelyn shows Elizabeth a voice mail from Charlie Biahop? Elizabeth & Josh meet up with Charlie Bishop so, Elizabeth & Charlie talk at the Diner. Josh sees Madelyn & even Elizabeth unless Charlie turns his head around to see Madelyn at Diner. Charlie & Madelyn have second chance to talk each other. While Josh & Elizabeth outside watching them!!! Madelyn Hawn & The Holidays featuring Tenille Towne. Josh & Elizabeth are both at the audience" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Holiday Spectacular is family friendly about ''In 1958, Margaret โ€œMaggieโ€ Bennett is an heiress from Philadelphia who puts her high-society wedding plans on hold in order to sneak up to New York City to refill her secret dream of dancing in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular & make her secret dream come true: dancing live on stage in the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.'' She desperately wants to perform in Radio City Music Hallโ€™s annual Christmas Spectacular, and will do whatever it takes to become a Rockette. Maggie Bennett & the featuring a real life Radio City Rockettes onstage." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Holiday Spectacular; This was a spectacular film indeed!! And very refreshing! It was incredibly wonderful to step back in time when women were considered "ladies" and were not overly independent. It's nice to have the protection of a man when it's offered. And the young men were also a delight! So kind and gentlemanly! I loved how he walks with her outside because it wasn't safe for a lady alone. Oh, how I wish it were that way today! The movie was family friendly and speaking of friendly, the bond these women had was something special!! This film was a treat! With a positive kind cast! A little tiny thing....I would have liked it better if it didn't have the dancing part. I know that's practically the whole movie...๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I was raised to be modest in how I dress. I would have liked not seeing that much skin exposed...but I still adored the movie and would watch it again!" ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "A Holiday Spectacular was a wonderful movie that I enjoyed with my mom and teen daughter. I love how the story was told from the perspective of the grandmother (Ann Margret) looking back in time. It was a heart-warming movie about friendship, family, and the following your dreams. The time period in which it was set (1957-1958) added to the story, and the inclusion of real Rockettes helped make the story more realistic. This was a beautiful Christmas movie." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: A Holiday Spectacular - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Yes - I loved this movie! It was so nice to see an original movie with a storyline that hasn't been done before. And I loved how this movie was able to go back in time without resorting to time travel. It truly recaptured 1957 with the settings and way people acted and talked. It was nice to see the friendships among the women develop and the men treat the ladies with such respect. And finally, the Rockettes - such talent, and I enjoyed the dancing (of course I did...I'm a guy!) and seeing the behind-the-scenes action. For me, one of the best of the season so far! ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR So refreshing to see a movie set in a different time period. I was drooling to see all the costumes and cute dresses. I was not familiar with the Rockettes before watching this so I didn't know what to expect. In the beginning, I was not really a fan of how naive the female lead was with her rich girl attitude. Her character developed nicely though. I do like both male and female lead. I loved the camaraderie between the Rockette girls. Iโ€™m usually not a big fan of love triangle, but I guess this was not so much a love triangle between Maggie, John, and Maggieโ€™s fiancรฉโ€ฆ but more of Maggie, her rich life & family ties, and her new life as a Rockette. This was a very good one this year by Hallmark." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "A Holiday Spectacular โ€“ This movie was such a delightful surprise! I thought the focus would just be about the Rockettes, and while it was definitely a part of the story, the dancing wasnโ€™t shown as much as I had anticipated. I loved! โ€“ loved! โ€“ loved! the vintage clothing and retro hair styles. Plus, the old-fashioned cars were really cool, and the sets all included furniture and props from that era, too! The one thing I didnโ€™t like, was that Maggie was lying to her parents about her whereabouts and why she was really in New York. Besides that, I really enjoyed the story, the friendships of the dancers, and the romance part was sweet too. This was a definite keeper!" ~Net

A Big Fat Family Christmas - December 2, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Big Fat Family Christmas" -- I was in and out, but what I saw was family-friendly." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "A Big Fat Family Christmas is family friendly about a photojournalist named Liv gets a dream assignment of covering the Chang familyโ€™s annual holiday party for a front-page story โ€“ nobody at work knows that they are in fact, her family. She wants to confide in new co-worker Henry but doesnโ€™t want to jeopardize her big break Changtastic Party" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Also, really liked A Big Fat Family Christmas(the song at the end was amazing), A Maple Valley Christmas, Ghost of Christmas Always(looked at the ghosts more as angels, ghosts wouldn't help people), and Time for Him to come Home for Christmas(favorite since the first one), and Long Lost Christmas. Noel Next Door and The Royal Nanny were good also." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Big Fat Family Christmas. Great movie. Loved the focus on family and community. This one wasnโ€™t a hot cocoa and gingerbread kind of movie, but it was sweet, nonetheless, with an added touch of humor. Great cast, I especially liked the naturalness of the actor who plays the brother. Lead actor is from South Africa and has a yummy accent. Lead actress is a trained musician and sings โ€˜O Holy Nightโ€™ in Cantonese at the end of the movie โ€“ beautiful! The romance in this one was soft and low-key but I kind of appreciated that as a refreshing change of pace. This one is a keeper for me. Family friendly." ~~Jane

A Fabled Holiday - December 3, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Fabled Holiday" -- family-friendly. This cute, imaginative storyline was a nice way to spend an evening! *tiny SPOILER ALERT* I think it may have been Jane who mentioned that so many women, versus men, are initiating romantic declarations in movies this year--this is another one. I'm old-fashioned, and, to me, it seems to detract from the sweetness of the moment. Oh well!" ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "A Fabled Holiday is family friendly and a lot of fun. A definite keeper for me. I loved the fairy tale storybook aspect, the kind innkeeper family and their mission to help their guests get unstuck, and how the guests were brought together and each found what they needed. I didnโ€™t want the movie to end." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„ "A Fabled Holiday is family friendly about Talia & her childhood best friend named Anderson unexpectedly reunite in a curiously familiar-looking town town full of Christmas spirit" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Our Take: With this yearโ€™s Hallmark movies, itโ€™s been fun to pinpoint where the plots venture off the beaten path and into the woods. A Fabled Holiday really starts like a classic Hallmark movie: Talia dreams of being a writer, but instead she owns a small business. Her bestie is, of course, a best-selling author. And the only person who ever really believed in her writing is her childhood best friend Anderson, whoโ€™s suddenly come back into her life. Thereโ€™s another version of this movie where Talia and Anderson reconnect as adults and, as their romance blossoms, Talia realizes that this is the basis for a fairytale romance that could get the interest of publishers. Then, I dunno, Anderson would find Taliaโ€™s manuscript and think Talia was only dating him for the story but then sheโ€™d turn down the publisherโ€™s offer and theyโ€™d get back together and then Talia would self-publish a book and it would become a hit and etc. etc. etc. Iโ€™m just riffing here." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A FABLED CHRISTMAS Family friendly. This was cute, although the whole story was a bit odd to understand in the beginning. I do like the unique format of how the story was told like in itโ€™s happening a book. Iโ€™m not a big Ryan Paevey fan and I wasnโ€™t feeling the chemistry too much with Brooke Dโ€™orsay. I also wished that Brookeโ€™s character didnโ€™t proclaim her feeling before Ryanโ€™s character, but Iโ€™m just old fashioned ;)" ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "A Fabled Holiday is family friendly about A Wunderbrook Christmas by Robertson. Miles is King, Judy is Queen, Izzy is Freckled Princess, Jay is the Fool, & Mildred is the witch. Even Charles wanna stay at Gingerbread Inn if heโ€™s the Wizard. Welcome to Wunderbrook: Where Everything is Magic.Thereโ€™s only five people are Talia, Anderson, Charles. Diane. & Keith invited to Gingerbread Inn with the owners of Gingerbread Inn are Miles, Judy, & their Daughter named Izzy. When someone heard chime? Talia heard chime when she gave her best friend named Anderson. Talia Munro wrote Another Wunderbrook Christmas" ~Anonymous

Undercover Holiday - December 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Undercover Holiday. Cute movie, but not a keeper for me. Family friendly, except the whole movie revolves around the lead actress lying to her family and constantly making excuses for the lies (and I think her reasons are unfounded)." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Undercover Holiday is family friendly about Pop Star Jaylen Rodriguez returns home for the Holidays & tells her protective family that Matt is her new Beau, when in reality, heโ€™s her overzealous security guard" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Undercover Holiday is family friendly about Pop star Jaylen Rodriguez has recently catapulted to stardom and is about to headline her first tour, but before she does, sheโ€™s going back home for a REAL, traditional Rodriguez family Christmas. However, when she starts receiving concerning fan mail from a โ€œsecret admirer,โ€ her team insists that she hire round-the-clock security for her trip home. Security guards & overzealous fans are everything her family was concerned about when she set off to make it in the music business, but this is her new reality, so she relents. However, not wanting to worry her fun, tight-knit family, specifically her beloved abuela, she pretends her security guard Matt (Huszar), a former Navy SEAL, is her boyfriend. The family is delighted that Jaylen is dating and welcomes him with open arms. Meanwhile, Jaylen finds Mattโ€™s presence invasive. As they do their best to maintain the charade, they continually butt heads. She wants to relive the hometown Christmases of her youth and he struggles to protect her in potentially vulnerable situations. As the holiday progresses, Jaylen & Matt begin to soften to each other and bond over their shared secret, as he embraces her large, Hispanic familyโ€™s wonderful Christmas traditions. Mattโ€™s protection takes on a whole new meaning and the line between bodyguard & boyfriend becomes blurred as their lives are changed forever." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Undercover Holiday is family friendly, but it wasn't a keeper for me. Stephen Huszar is a favorite of mine, and I really liked the lead actress who I hadn't seen before, but their characters' relationship kind of fell flat for me. I never felt a connection between them. There wasn't enough buildup to their relationship or evidence that they liked each other romantically. Their first kiss felt like it came out of nowhere." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„ "Undercover Holiday - Within the first 2 minutes of the film, the lead actress sings a song suggestively with the lyrics "I can't sleep, to busy thinkin bout your hands on me" Not family friendly to me." ~J. Adams

The Most Colorful Time of the Year - December 9, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "THE MOST COLORFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Family friendly. I think the storyline was promising, but honestly it was a tad on the boring side. I didn't like how the female lead was really pushy in applying for the trial glasses, and then it was all just too good to be true when the male lead just try it on and it worked. The whole movie wasn't very touching (i thought it would be), and it was just blehh to me, to be honest. Both lead actor and actress were fine, but I think just the writing of the story needs work. Christopher Russell appeared really cold and aloof almost the whole movie to me. I wasn't too convinced he actually had feelings for the female lead. The whole ex-boyfriend story addition was also just plain annoying. Not a keeper for me." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "The Most Colorful of the Year is family friendly about Ryan is an elementary school science teacher who meets Michelle is an optometrist, whose daughter Bailey is in his class. While helping out in the school gymnasium giving eye exams Michelle notices something different about Ryan โ€“ he lacks interest in color which is surprising given the holiday season. When Michelle is finished seeing the kids, she prompts Ryan to participate in an eye exam. He is reluctant and cuts it short, leaving her to suspect he may be colorblind. To confirm her suspicion, Michelle humorously tries to trick Ryan. He is guarded and sly but ultimately gives himself away. Michelle gain access to specialty glasses for Ryan but refuses them. When Bailey learns of this, she sneaks them into her backpack and leaves them on her teacherโ€™s desk with a handwritten note, โ€œThese glasses exist because of science, and you taught me that science should give us hope.โ€ As Michelle & Bailey are leaving, they see Ryan exit his class with the glasses in hand. Michelle follows him into a building where thereโ€™s a colorful nativity scene lit up beautifully. When Ryan puts on the colorblind glasses and opens his eyes for the first time, the world appears in technicolor. His reaction is significant and emotional. He canโ€™t believe how beautiful everything is!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Most Colorful Time of the Year. Meh. Agree with CH Momโ€™s review. The storyline was promising but I felt the execution of that promising storyline was a bust. It wouldโ€™ve been nice if they had bothered to do some research on actual ophthalmological science and grounded the story in reality. But even if they had done that, colorblindness of any variety can be interesting but I donโ€™t think itโ€™s interesting enough to carry the entire two-hour movie; they needed something else added to the story, and if nothing else, at least get us some chemistry between the lead characters. The acting was okay but somewhat lackluster. I really didnโ€™t like the lead actressโ€™s character and her pushy, inappropriate and unethical behavior (I was actually hoping Christopher Russellโ€™s character would fall for the gym teacher instead!). But I think the real problem with the movie was, perhaps, the script or the director. The whole thing was just kind of blah and felt uncomfortable and forced. Obviously, not a keeper for me, but it might be okay for a one-time watch for others who just want a light movie. Family friendly." ~~Jane

Christmas Class Reunion - December 10, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Class Reunion" -- not family-friendly. Early on we meet a very stereotypically flamboyant stylist, and between 30-45 minutes, he's in a couple of brief scenes that confirm my suspicions of a same-sex storyline." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "As I suspected from the trailers, Christmas Class Reunion is definitely not clean. From what I read, there's a gay couple, references to a 'throuple' (anyone know what that is? Cuz that sounds inappropriate) strip joints, and the whole reunion is actually cursed, for real. Could these movies possibly get any worse like this?" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Class Reunion is not family friendly!! Here we go again!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Class Reunion not family friendly." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "CHRISTMAS CLASS REUNION NOT family friendly. The gay friend was only a minor role, but the gay storyline was mixed in the story and it was prominently shown, not something sneaked in at all. I did watched it until the end (didnโ€™t have my kids around) and I so wished there wasnโ€™t the liberal agenda to this movie because other than that, it was a cute movie. Cute pairing between the two leads and wouldโ€™ve been a fun watch." ~CH Mom

The Holiday Sitter
(Please note: This movie includes a same-sex couple; I'm not promoting this movie due to it's content.)

Holiday Heritage - December 16, 2022

โ€™Twas the Night Before Christmas - December 17, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Family friendly. I thought this was a really exciting movie to watch. I loved the chemistry between the two leads. Torrey DeVitto and Zane Holtz were both wonderful individually, and together as a couple. I like the unique storyline. I truly didn't know what to expect, and that's something that doesn't happen often in Hallmark movies. ****SPOILER ALERT**** I have to say the ending was quite unsatisfying and puzzling to me when Mr Livingston didn't show up at the trial. Maybe i just didn't understand the whole history behind it. It still didn't take away the fact that this was a good and very enjoyable movie. ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ Twas the Night Before Christmas is family friendly is based upon the entitled โ€œThe Trail Before Christmasโ€ wriiten by Duncan Crary & Jack Casey in Troy NY, the city where 'Night Before Christmas about Madison Rush is a former actress & ready to retire from acting and pursue other creative entertainment industry passions, like directing. So, in an effort to break into that new competitive space, she takes on a Christmas Eve courtroom special. The topic: who really wrote the highly debated, and totally famous, โ€œA Visit from St. Nicholasโ€ poem? Itโ€™s a holiday challenge that will reveal whether or not she has what it takes to bring a behind-the-camera vision to life. Madison Rush needs to take charge of a town's annual Christmas Eve courtroom production debating the true authorship of the poem "A Visit from St. Nick". The Trail Before Christmas is directed by Madison Rush - one night only at 7pm on Christmas Eve. Madison Rush & Connor Avery meet the spirits of Clement Clarke Moore & Major Henry Livingston Jr.. a former actress, best known for a role she would rather forget, as she tries her luck at directing a play in Troy, New York, hoping to broaden her artistic horizon and change the pace of her rather shallow career. Her casting choices lead her to an old costar, Connor who is struggling to balance time for acting and his young daughter named Josie โ€œThe Night Before Christmasโ€ Hardcover: The Classic Edition was written by Clement C. Moore for Childrenโ€™s Books . Connor & Madison hold โ€œTwas the Night Before Christmasโ€ - by Clement C Moore ~Anonymous

Hanukkah on Rye - December 18, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Hanukkah on Rye is family friendly about Molly Spiegelman is the third generation behind the counter of the Gilbertโ€™s Deli family business on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A matchmaker connects 2 deli owners named Molly & Jacob during Hanukkah ๐Ÿ•Ž, but their new romance gets put to the test when they realize theyโ€™re competing against each other." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Hanukkah on Rye. Loved, loved, loved!! Definitely in my top 5 movies of the season (of course, I've got a lot more movies on the dvr, including most of the GAF ones, but I think this one will hold up as a favorite). Romantic, funny, family oriented, great ensemble cast - what's not to like? Family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Watched Hanukkah on Rye and loved it. Family friendly. Love your card covers Net and all the great scriptures. Let us remember that we all have sinned and Jesus will forgive all who come to Him and ask. What a great gift God sent to us and all we have to do is ask and repent. Merry Christmas to all and God bless." Roger

๐ŸŽ„ "Just watched Hannukah on Rye, ironically enough, on this Christmas night. I found it absolutely delightful. Both leads did an excellent job, and while anyone familiar with The Shop Around the Corner or You've Got Mail knew what would be coming, it was still different enough to be fresh and interesting." ~Sharon

๐ŸŽ„ "HANUKKAH ON RYE Wow I didnโ€™t have high expectations for this but this was exceptional! I truly didnโ€™t know how the MANY conflicts would resolve, which I could usually figure out less than halfway through in a Hallmark movie :) This was hilarious and so exciting to watch from beginning to end. It has an endearing quality to it. I really really like Mollyโ€™s character and tenacity, it made me want to root for her. The song contest had me chuckled so hard. I actually enjoyed the movie when the male and female leads fought and argued. I like the โ€œYouโ€™ve got mailโ€-ish storyline without being exactly similar. Loved the banters. That mailroom guy was a gem. And the editing, writing and directing were all just really well done. The ending was so beautiful. This was easily one of the best ones from Hallmark this season for me." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Hanukkah on Rye - This movie was one of the best holiday movies of the season on Hallmark Channel. It was family-friendly, funny, engaging, and rich in Jewish culture and tradition. I watched it with my mom and teenage daughter, and we all enjoyed it. Maybe it is because Hallmark only does one Hanukkah movie a year versus more 30-40 new Christmas ones, but their annual Hanukkah movie is usually better and more creative than at least 1/2-2/3 of their Christmas ones." ~Anonymous


We Need a Little Christmas - October 22, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "We Need A Little Christmas. Family friendly. Loved it. If you're looking for a cheesy movie with all the typical cringeworthy Hallmark stuff like brushing flour off the face while making cookies, the heroine skipping through town chirping fake greetings to every single person on the street, the heroine falling off a ladder into the hunky hero's arms while putting the star on top of the tree, silly snowball fight that ends in rolling in the snow locked in embrace, community tree lighting that's usually a bit anticlimactic, big passionate kiss at the end after they've only known each other one week, etc., etc.,..... this is NOT that movie. I think sweet, sappy/cheesy movies are awesome but it's nice every once in a while to have some that are a little bit different (maybe a bit more mature?). This one has it's share of Hallmark-non-realistic moments (of course!), but it's more a sweet, feel-good, movie about healing and new relationships than it is about romance (there is a budding romance, but it's just a bit more realistic than most Hallmark movies). I thought all of the actors were quite good. This one brought tears to my eyes and it's a keeper for my dvr (at least for now!)." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "We need a little Christmas is a winner! Bit sad, yet hopeful, very touching, and best of all, clean! I 100% recommend this movie." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "We Need a Little Christmas is family friendly. A single Mother named Julie develops an expected friendship with an older neighbor named Peter. She has a Son named Gavin. Peterโ€™s Brother served in Ajr Force. Ireneโ€™s Grandson named Miles. Irene & Gavin make special memories chest just like her Grandson Milesโ€™ memories chest too. Julie gets Peterโ€™s Christmas gift a clock. Julie doesnโ€™t have love interest. Peter brings Ireneโ€™s Grandson home because itโ€™s weather delayed. Irene & her Grandson reunited. Miles says new friends bring him him home to his Grandma Irene. Irene introduces Gavin to her Grandson; Miles" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Watched We Need A Little Christmas and thankful Hallmark didnโ€™t ruin it. Was family friendly if you consider we all deal with loss at some point. Only disappointment was that it would have been a great opportunity to include faith and Gods help when dealing with loss. Some may feel it was too deep, but Christmas time is hard for a lot of people, but I thought it was dealt with with respect, especially from a childโ€™s perspective." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„ "I thought that We Need a Little Christmas was very good. Julie and Irene are widowed." ~Chris

๐ŸŽ„ "We Need a Little Christmas is family friendly. A single Mother named Julie who faces her first Christmas with her Son named Gavin without her Husband. She develops an unexpected friendship with her older next neighbor named Irene. Julie & Nadine work at Sticks + Stones. Although Julie meets Peter who works his family Italian Restaurant called; The Old Place. Peter is Julieโ€™s client for renovation his restaurant. Gavin meets Irene at Campsite where she works. Ireneโ€™s Grandson named Miles works as military doctor at base camp. He plans to visit his Grandma Irene just before Christmas but he doesnโ€™t come home for Christmas. Irene has treasure chest for her Daughter & her Son in Law who served in military & her Grandsonโ€™s Memory Chest. Peterโ€™s Brother served Air Force in military & also Ireneโ€™s Grandson; Miles. Peter has open house at The Old Place, Peter introduces Julie some people to become her clients to have their business cards. Peter & Julie make phone call some people for Milesโ€™ homecoming for Christmas. Peter mentions Cargo Company to allow Miles to come home Christmas unless Julie asks Peter calls Miles & Julie gets boarding pass for Miles when the weather delay where the plane lands when itโ€™s reroute. Peter gonna pick Miles up there where the plane land for Christmas on Christmas Eve. Gavin hands his Mom; Julie a memory chest because she saves it for Christmas morning but Irene tells Julie to open it - could makes Julie cries. Irene looks surprise her Grandson Miles comes home for Christmas with help some new friends when Irene looks up to Peter & Julie. Julie says with help all clients. When Julie hands her Client Peter her Christmas gift but Peter doesnโ€™t have any gift for her until he opens the gift itโ€™s a clock that heโ€™s overwhelmed. Theyโ€™re all eating dinner." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Jane, I loved your comment on We Need a Little Christmas, especially where you describe a typical Hallmark movie - so true! Yes, this was definitely not your usual Christmas movie. It was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. I loved the black lady in the cast - she has such a warmth about her and a great smile! But tell me - is there another Hallmark Christmas movie where the two lead characters do not kiss at the end?? Anyway, I liked it, but undecided about keeping it." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "So far in my opinion, Hallmark is one out of four, I absolutely loved We Need a Little Christmas, it was sad, it was sweet, the acting was great, I will watch this one over and over! -Susan Ann

๐ŸŽ„ "We Need a Little Christmas is family friendly. (*Review may contain Spoilers*) Julie is adjusting to being a single mother to a grieving child while facing her first Christmas without her husband when she develops an unexpected friendship with her older neighbor Irene. Julie & her son, Gavin, just moved to a new town. She has got a case of โ€œMom Brainโ€ (Like leaving Peanut Butter in the toaster.) and is constantly on the go with her business (Sticks + Stones) and dealing with the loss of her husband. (Cancer. )Julie hasnโ€™t even had time to introduce herself to her neighbor, Irene. (She is a local do-gooder and prolific baker.) Gavin gets dropped off at a Christmas day camp, and Julie promises to make this Christmas just like the ones while his father was alive. Julie is not one to take help when offered, and the business is struggling. Percousious kids ALERT! We see the Christmas Camp, and Irene is one of the counselors leading the kids in Christmas songs and holiday cheer. She charms Gavin right away, Julie doesnโ€™t get a big account and goes into a bar to drown her sorrows with a latte with an extra shot of espresso. Peter, the bartender/owner, tells her that he is practically a therapist and lets Julie vent to him. They get to talking, and she takes him on as a client to redesign his restaurant. Gavin introduces Irene to his Mother, and Julie invites Irene to help decorate the Christmas tree. Irene is very excited for her grandson, Miles, to come home for the holidays, and she gushes to Julie about him. Julie & Peter go over her plan for the Bar reno. Peter shares some memories of the place, which used to be owned by his Father. Specifically, a clock that doesnโ€™t work that belonged to his Grandfather. Irene helps Julie take care of Gavin when she loses track of time. Irene relives her favorite memories of her grandson. Then he calls to tell her that he wonโ€™t make it home for Christmas. Irene and Gavin talk about their feelings, he opens up about his fatherโ€™s death. When Peter finds out that Julie is putting off family obligations, he pushes the reno date? Julie rushes to spend time with her son and is upset to find that he has opened up to Irene instead of her. On their way to do the traditions that Gavin and Julie did with his father, Gavin admits that it is hard for him to relive those memories. They decide to make new memories and go see Ireneโ€™s magic show. After the show, Julie apologizes for her behavior. Irene is understanding. Irene invites Gavin & Julie to help her create Christmas gift baskets for military families overseas. Irene quickly takes over babysitting duties, so Julie can go to the barโ€™s re-opening. Peterโ€™s bar opening goes so well that Julie gets her more business owners interested. She gets a lot of business cards & decides to use those contacts to help get Miles home to his Grandma for Christmas. Meanwhile, Irene shows Gavin a special box she made for Miles when he lost his mother at a young age. The box is full of memories and is a way to remember someone without everything serving as an unwanted reminder. Gavin decides to make his own box & give it to his Mother for a present. In the final 10 mins, things finally start happening! Gavin gives his Mother the memory box & is very touched by his thoughtfulness. Irene is also overjoyed when Miles shows up & surprises her." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ " โ€œWe Need a Little Christmasโ€ had a wonderful story line of helping others. We often don't know what other people are going through. When we take time to have a conversation we sometimes find that our experience isn't all that unique and if it is, there are people to walk alongside you on the journey. This is another one which I'd watch again or play in the background while doing Christmas preparations." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS Family friendly. I enjoyed this one. This was about an unlikely bond formed between neighbors. I just loved the message so much. To build a connection, we must be vulnerable and let people in. The little boy who played Gavin was excellent. I could really feel his grief and it broke my heart. I also really like Ms Irene's character and I could just feel the joy that radiated within her, and how perfect she was to be in Julie and Gavin's life. This movie was not centered in the romance aspect, but I didn't mind it." ~CH Mom

Christmas Bedtime Stories - October 29, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I'm a bit divided on Christmas Bedtime Stories. Yeah, it's clean, and very sweet. But that ending, well. It kind of made the whole thing a bit pointless considering it was promoted as 'trying to move on from a loss', then it turned out to not be that. I have a special love for these military type of movies, probably stems from having both grandfathers on my parents's sides having served in the military, but this one, just doesn't really feel right." โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Bedtime Stories is family friendly but would use caution when letting small children watch this one. Actors all did great performances. Not going to leave any spoilers. The story is emotional, but not one I will watch over and over." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„ "I watched โ€œCatering Christmasโ€ and โ€œChristmas Bedtime Stories.โ€ Both were family friendly. โ€œCatering Christmasโ€ was absolutely delightful and if you are a fan of โ€œAnne of Avonleaโ€ with Megan Follows youโ€™ll recognize Aunt Jean as Katherine the Principal of the Kingsport Ladies College where Anne taught. So fun to see her again. I wasnโ€™t a fan of the paring of Erin Cahill with Steve Lund in โ€œChristmas Bedtime Stories,โ€ but the story was good and *possible spoiler alert* has a surprise ending. I also shed some tears." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Bedtime Stories - October 29, 2022 IS CLEAN!!!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I just watched Christmas Bedtime Stories, and it is family friendly. I honestly wasn't sure where the movie was going, and I don't want to ruin it for anyone else with spoilers. You can usually guess what will happen in a Hallmark movie, but not this time, and it was a very emotional ride. Perhaps it's unrealistic (I'd be interested in how a real military wife would feel about it), but the ending warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. The ending was a little rushed maybe, but aren't they always? Anyways, I know this is a vague review, but I really did enjoy this one! You just have to watch it for yourself." ~melnewlife

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Bedtime Stories is family friendly. Danielleโ€™s marine husband, Colby, died while deployed. They never found his body. Danielle & her Daughter; Audrey moved on with their lives. Eventually Danielleโ€™s daughter starts asking questions about her Father by telling bedtime stories. Danielle tells her stories about her father at bedtime & the stories start coming true. At the same time, Danielle accepts her boyfriendโ€™; Pierce Hammondโ€™s proposal & begins to question if thereโ€™s a higher reason for these miracles & if Colby could still be alive. When Danielle's Husband; Colby goes missing in action during his deployment, she's left to raise her Daughter; Audrey on her own. Three years later, as she acclimates to life without him, she begins to tell her Daughter; Audrey bedtime stories about her Military Father; Colby. Star the yellow Labrador finds an ornament. Danielle goes to General Anderson if her Husband is still or not. although Father & Daughter Dance. Danielle & her her Daughter; Audrey are attending Father & Daughter Dance when Danielle look at ornament on Christmas Tree. So, Danielle sees someone in military uniform who turns out to be Danielleโ€™s Husband; Colby is betray alive. Audrey sees her Dad with her Mom when the 3 dance together. Colby tells his bedtime stories where he could be to his Daughter; Audrey & Wife; Danielle in Audreyโ€™s bedroom" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ SPOILER ALERT - Christmas Bedtime Stories: "Danielleโ€™s Husband is still alive or not - I forgot to add alive as in still alive Colby is barely alive, not betray alive" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Bedtime Christmas Stories" is family-friendly and had some sweet moments and potential, but I failed to be completely charmed because the storyline felt rushed. Merry Christmas, everybody!" ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Aside from it being a bit too serious of a Christmas movie for my liking, the ending seemed rushed and contrived and going against the point of the movie of dealing with loss." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Bedtime Stories is family friendly about Danielle was left to raise her Daughter named Audrey when her Husband named Colby goes MIA and is presumed dead during a military deployment overseas. (Review may contain Spoilers) Three years later, she has made great progress with moving on and has recently become engaged to an old friend, Pierce Hammond. Audrey begins to ask questions about her Dad when she learns of an upcoming father-daughter dance at school and she is feeling out of place. Danielle begins to tell Audrey bedtime stories of her father, which becomes a ritual; Audrey is rapt each night and through her motherโ€™s memories is able to envision her father as a flesh-and-blood hero. As Danielle tells Audrey these stories, she starts to see signs that leave her feeling unsettled about Colby. On Christmas Eve, Danielle and Audrey go to the dance together, all while Danielle continues to question why her love for Pierce doesnโ€™t feel the same as her love for Colby โ€“ if only there was a sign." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Bedtime Stories I really enjoyed this movie. I liked her relationship with the army town and how close like family they were. I felt bad for Pierce, but it was handled well at the end. And Erin did an amazing job acting the emotional scenes. The plot was so sweet and so was the ending when she sees her husband, the love of her life. I cried. One more thing though, when Danielle says "Family is what Christmas is all about."... was I the only one that said Jesus Christ. Ahh, if they only knew. I'm so grateful all of us here share the love of our Lord. God bless you all and happy Reformation Day!" ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Bedtime Stories โ€“ I was glad this movie had a military theme and it is definitely unique, but not a keeper for me. I liked the close relationship of the mother and young daughter and how the mother would read to her each night. The loss of a parent is discussed throughout the movie, so this is not a movie I would recommend for young viewers. I donโ€™t want to give anything away for anyone who hasnโ€™t watched yet, but the movie wraps up fairly quickly at the end and leaves you with more questions than answers. In the military there are proper chain of events to occur and protocol to follow; it seems like they forego those events and rush the end in order to give us a happy ending. Itโ€™s an okay movie to watch once, but not one I would watch again." ~Net

A Maple Valley Christmas - November 5, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I decided to watch A Maple Valley Christmas on HM. It was good but it is so hard to watch movies on Hallmark because I am always waiting for some woke message to be slipped it. There was none in this movie but I could not really enjoy the movie. I am going to just stick to GAC family movies. So far I have 3 still saved on Frndly to watch." ~Ken

๐ŸŽ„ "I liked most of Maple Valley Christmas. I didn't get to see the beginning, so I can't say 100%, but from the part I saw, it is family-friendly and had no LGBTQ or woke garbage mixed in. I was just so annoyed at the end. At first, I thought, oh, wow! They are going to allow them to pray over their meal! I was so pleasantly surprised that woke Hallmark would actually allow movie characters to pray, and then the more they got into the prayer, the more annoyed I became. It was the strangest "prayer" I have ever heard! They didn't address the prayer to anyone. They didn't close their eyes. Of course, they didn't end the prayer, "In Jesus' name." Not that I expected them to ever allow the name of Jesus to be mentioned in a respectful way, but I don't even think they said "amen" at the end. If I remember right, they just ended the "prayer" by saying, "Merry Christmas" or some other phrase. It just really sickened me the way they made a mockery of prayer, and if they think they were appeasing Christian viewers by "praying" so disrespectfully, then they are even more lost than I already knew they were. Either pray right and leave God and Jesus in the equation or don't put that part in there at all." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Maple Valley Christmas is mostly family friendly ie there are no same sex relationships or people living together outside of marriage. However, I thought that divorce was treated a little too lightly. Erica said she didn't blame her dad for leaving because farm life isn't for everyone. As if a father leaving doesn't have a massive effect on children! Her own divorce was mentioned casually too. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like Hallmark has tried to portray divorce too flippantly lately while they used to at least show it as a devastating, painful tragedy." ~melnewlife

๐ŸŽ„ "MAPLE VALLEY CHRISTMAS Family friendly, with the exception of how the divorce topic was handled, probably part of Hallmark's agenda of normalizing those. The plot is just completely overdone, but I think it is still worth watching with all the family conflicts. Andrew Walker is charming as always. Didn't have a good first impression with Erica's character, but she kinda grew on me as the movie progressed. I can totally relate to her type A personality. Aaron's relationship with his Dad was just heartbreaking and painful to watch. The odd prayer/saying grace in the end. Really, Hallmark? You can't even call it "saying grace", or let them say "Amen". Overall, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't a keeper for me." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "A Maple Valley Christmas โ€“ I wanted to love this movie due to the gorgeous outdoor setting, but it just didnโ€™t work for me. The unexpected kiss (between strangers) near the beginning of the movie completely threw me for a loop, and I thought the romance in general, was too instant. The quarreling between the sisters, off and on, was also irritating, at times. Then, the mother, who ran the maple farm solely for years, suddenly wanted to leave the country and her family and have no part in the business any more. Plus, the family has been waiting 30 YEARS to re-purchase land they had lost and now the sister doesnโ€™t know if she wants it, and the mother has no say in it. Are you kidding me? As farmers, my family and I know how precious land is. God isnโ€™t making any more of it. Itโ€™s especially important if itโ€™s connected to your land, as this property is in the movie. I also agree with others, that the prayer(?) near the end didnโ€™t seem quite right. No one closed their eyes in reverence, and it ended with Merry Christmas, instead of Amen. Very strange. Overall, the movie is family-friendly, but itโ€™s not a keeper for me." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "A Maple Valley Christmas. Ugh. Delete. I couldnโ€™t make it all the way through this movie. Maybe it got better in the end but I didnโ€™t want to stick around to find out. So much of this movie just made no sense. And I didnโ€™t really like anybody in it. Was it a bad script, director, producer โ€“ maybe all of the above? The lead actress was beautiful but stiff and sounded like she was carefully trying to remember word-for-word the script that she had just memorized; and her character in that script was a serious piece of work and just completely unlikeable. In the past I was never a huge fan of Andrew Walker but heโ€™s grown on me over the years and I quite like him now -- but even Andrew couldnโ€™t save this movie (and it was definitely not his best acting job). And, argh, the whole scene in the beginning where a SADDLED horse escapes from its stall in the barn and Andrew is a stranger driving by and slams on brakes and โ€œrescuesโ€ the horse as itโ€™s quietly munching on grass in the woods โ€“ that whole extended โ€œmeet-cuteโ€ scene was so ridiculous and had SO much wrong with it that I was yelling at the tv. To start with, who leaves a horse saddled in its stall all afternoon while theyโ€™re out tending to other things on the farm?? And somehow the city boy knows how to follow horse tracks in the snow but the farmer girl didnโ€™t? And yet the city boy couldnโ€™t figure out how to follow the horse tracks in the opposite direction back to his car?? And it just went downhill from there. The whole โ€œhatโ€ thing started off as annoying to me โ€“ she tells him he canโ€™t buy a cowboy hat, he has to โ€œearn itโ€. Seriously?!? Itโ€™s a maple syrup farm run by a bunch of women, for crying out loud, not a true cowboy cattle ranch! And even if it was a true ranch, most ranchers go to the store, like everybody else in the world, and buy themselves clothing and accessories. Eyeroll. And then she grabs and passionately kisses a man she just met? Somebody please get that woman some meds and a good counselor! (Iโ€™m tired of the โ€œalmostโ€ kiss in other movies but this particular kiss was not a refreshing change of pace, it was just brazen, awkward and out of place!) And the mother?? Oh, please, what is wrong with these people? And donโ€™t get me started on how this thing reeked with feminism. And of course, the pie-in-the-sky attitude on divorce that others have talked about. I fast-forwarded through part of the second half to see if anything was worth watching. Nope. Only nice thing was some very pretty and cozy sets and scenery. I actually thought the Christmas tree in the requisite โ€œcommunityโ€ tree-lighting ceremony was one of the prettiest and most natural Iโ€™ve ever seen in one of these movies. But, alas, the scenery alone couldnโ€™t hold me in this movie. Iโ€™m just thankful I hit the delete button before getting to the โ€œprayerโ€ scene at the end that others have talked about. Needless to say, this oneโ€™s not a keeper for me." ๐Ÿ˜Š ~~Jane

Our Italian Christmas Memories - November 12, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Our Italian Christmas Memories" -- One of Beau Bridges granddaughters is in a lesbian relationship with a baby on the way. ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "I was very disappointed that Our Italian Christmas Memories was not family friendly. The sister has a wife. ๐Ÿ˜” ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Our Italian Christmas Memories If you can get past the sister being married to a woman your in for a very heart warming movie, with great acting, I was a little hesitant at first but the more I watched it was just such a heart felt story, one too many of us have had to deal with in our own families! I laughed, I cried, I will watch again" -Susan Ann

๐ŸŽ„ "Our Italian Christmas Memories turned off the movie. The cast and the movie was terrible." ~Anonymous

Long Lost Christmas - November 19, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Long Lost Christmas is family friendly. Itโ€™s based on the book by Joan Kilby. Itโ€™s tearjerker at the end of the movie.This Christmas, interior designer Hayley Brandy plans to surprise her Mother named Patricia with the perfect holiday present: the extended family she knows her mom yearns for. Hayley herself thinks she & her Mom are fine alone, but she has recently discovered the existence of a lost relative, Patriciaโ€™s Brother named Gordon. Hayley hopes to find him & reunite the two siblings named Gordon & Patricia for Christmas. She travels to a town outside of Denver in Silver Valley, Colorado to chase a lead on a man named Gordon Renton, who owns a cabin construction company and who just might be her uncle. Hayley is delighted by the town, which is all decked out for Christmas. Sheโ€™s equally charmed when she meets Gordon, his Daughter named Brianna & Jake the property manager. As Hayley tries to discover whether Gordon is actually her long lost Uncle, she beings to fall in love with the idea of extended family, the charm of the town & Jake. However, when she learns the circumstances surrounding the siblingsโ€™ separation, Hayley has second thoughts and decides to abandon her mission. Gordon, on the other hand, is happy to finally have a lead on finding Patricia โ€“ but will he be able to bring the family together in time for Christmas? Since Hayley finds her Momโ€™s memory box in storage shelves where she finds a picture of her Mom & long lost Uncle Gordon. Gordon, his Daughter; Brianna, & Business partner; Jake visit his long lost Sister; Patricia & Niece Hayleyโ€™s house. Gordon reunited his long lost Sister; Patricia - long time no see. Both Patricia & Gordon wrote each other Christmas Cards every years unsend & put in memory boxes & even see in persons. Gordon, Brianna, Jake, Hayley, & Patricia have Christmas Dinner at Patriciaโ€™s house. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: Long Lost Christmas - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Borderline Yes - I like the storyline of this movie - a daughter trying to bring together her mother and the mother's long-lost brother to repair a broken relationship. And the story succeeds, due in large part to the wonderful acting of all the leads. There was also chemistry between Hayley and Jake - another case where you felt the actors enjoyed playing off each other. So why a borderline yes? Two reasons. First, it's another case of a person lying to others - and far too long - in order to achieve her goal. But what was upsetting to me was how, the day after she saves Gordon after he suffers a hear attack (and he call her his guardian angel) - she does a sudden, and very surprising and uncalled-for, about-face and just tears into him about his actions. Kind of hypocritical and, considering he just had a heart-attack, uncaring! Still, because of the positives I mentioned, it's a keeper for least for awhile. ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "Long Lost Christmas; This film was so heartfelt and beautiful. So nice to watch a movie with a positive message! It was family friendly and had wonderful strong characters and storyline! The connection between Jake and Halley was really special and I cried when the family found each other again. I also appreciated how understanding Jake was when he found out she wasn't there to rent a cabin. This was one of the best Christmas movies this year and is a winner to me. Taylor Cole never disappoints me! A good one to buy and add to our collections. Keep tissues nearby, this movie is one of those precious ones! The very best kind!โ›„ God bless and Happy Thanksgiving! Can't believe it's almost here! ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "Long Lost Christmas and My Favorite Christmas Tree were other family friendly movies." ~Mary

Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas - November 26, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Time for Him to Come for Christmas is family friendly about Four days before Christmas, Elizabeth Athens receives a voicemail from a number she doesn't recognize. (Review may contain some Spoilers) On the message, a man she doesn't know makes one final plea for the love of his life to give him a second chance. Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas is family friendly about Four days before Christmas, Elizabeth Athens receives a voicemail from a number she doesnโ€™t recognize. On it, a man named Carter Bishop, she doesnโ€™t know makes one final plea to the love of his life; Madelyn Hawn for a second chance, asking to meet on Christmas Eve at the unnamed spot where they first met. Elizabeth realizes that this message is not meant for her, and the outcome of someone elseโ€™s love story is now in her hands. As sheโ€™s swept into the search for the mystery caller, sheโ€™s reunited with her best friend named Josh, who is home for Christmas for the first time in years after a tragic event in the past split them apart. On this very special Christmas, a wrong number will put Elizabeth on an exciting journey of romance & adventure that will give her and three other lost souls a second chance at happiness." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Time for Him to Come for Christmas is family friendly about Four days before Christmas, Elizabeth Athens receives a voicemail from a number she doesn't recognize. On the message, a man named Carter Bishop, she doesn't know makes one final plea for the love of his life to give him a second chance." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas: Family Friendly Commercials: Sickening Itโ€™s a shame to ruin a good movie with terrible commercials. Watched live. Should have waited so I could have fast forwarded through the filth." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas was pretty good, though. I'm not sure I want to say right now if it's as good as any of the other 4." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas was a nice twist in the series." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "Also, really liked A Big Fat Family Christmas(the song at the end was amazing), A Maple Valley Christmas, Ghost of Christmas Always(looked at the ghosts more as angels, ghosts wouldn't help people), and Time for Him to come Home for Christmas(favorite since the first one), and Long Lost Christmas. Noel Next Door and The Royal Nanny were good also." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "TIME FOR HIM TO COME HOME Family friendly. I love this second chance love story! I don't know if the storyline is as powerful as the past "Come Home" series (i forgot some of them, ha!), but I really like this one. Tyler Hynes is always wonderful to watch. The lead actress is new to me but she is likeable. I felt the chemistry and I loved the ending scene when the truth were all finally out in the open." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "I didn't feel the chemistry between Tyler and Holland. I like Tyler as much as the next, but let's broaden his range a little. Plus, that end scene when her eyes kept blinking and he looked to be spitting out hair turned me off" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas. Loved it!! Of course I loved Tyler Hynes, but the whole cast was great, especially the leading lady, who Iโ€™d never seen before. This one is a keeper, and it just might end up in my top 5 of the season. Will definitely buy the dvd. Family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "I think Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas illustrates just how much the core membership of It's Wonderful Movie differs from the public at large. I an astonsihed at the mostly relatively lukewarm reviews here - it generally got rave reviews at IMDb and is rated 7.6 which is huge for a Hallmark movie. I'm afraid I'm with IMDb on this - stunning movie and while Tyler Hyes was sensational he may even have been upstaged by Holland Roden. One of the few movies that had me in tears and one of the great Hallmark endings. Despite the fact we've still a plethora of Christmas movies from 2022 to watch we've rewatched this one several times already - Florence

๐ŸŽ„ "Count me in as one of the ones that liked Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas! I liked the mystery of the unknown caller and how all of their lives intertwined. It was a masterful script that seemed smart and well put together. Plus, I agree, the acting is top-notch from Tyler Hynes and Holland Roden. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of her on Hallmark. My only caution is, Time For Him To Come Home For Christmas is not a movie for young viewers, due to some of the sad parts of the story." ~Net

The Holiday Stocking - December 3, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Holiday Stocking is family friendly about a new Angel gets the chance to address his one regrets โ€” that he didnโ€™t help his Sisters named Dani & Marlow reconcile while he was still alive. Returning to Earth as Stranger, he gets each of them to revive their parentsโ€™ old tradition of encouraging charity. Including Holiday stocking gameโ€ฆ" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Holiday Stocking was family-friendly. I thought it was a pretty good movie about a brother trying to reunite his younger sisters. Only catch...heโ€™s an angel. The movie was moving good until they had to throw in the usual argument or whatever that makes the characters mad and pull apart. The end is a bit emotional. Worth a watch if only to remind us of the giving spirit. Not really a keeper though." ~Anonymous

The Gift of Peace - December 10, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Gift of Peace is a wonderful movie! A story of healing and dealing with grief. Tear jerker for sure. All the actors did an out standing job! It's family friendly, but I would use caution with smaller children." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„ "My long-ish review of The Gift of Peace: I really loved this movie. I've been having fears of losing someone I love for the past week, and this felt really good. I'm glad Dayspring made this. Except, I couldn't help but wonder if this movie feels really out of place on this network given how so much of this new lineup this season has nothing to do with faith? Movies like this, or similar to it is how Hallmark built it's core audience and became the movie destination it is today. It's core audience is mainly conservative and Christian because of these kind of movies. To see something as wonderful as this, and to have to remember that Hallmark has mostly rejected it's core audience over the last 2 years, makes me sad inside. Because the kind of audience that Hallmark is trying to aim for will never truly care about this network like it's true audience does. Because the type of movies they want have nothing to do with what made Hallmark so famous in the 1st place. I hope Hallmark doesn't completely give up on faith based movies, but at the same time, I don't want them to feel out of place in a new movie lineup. Anyone else feel the same?" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "The Gift of Peace may be my favorite Christmas movie of the season. Yes, it was sad in parts, but it was also full of hope. The cast and the acting was fantastic, portraying grief so honestly. The theme of faith and prayer was also well done ( that God is always listening , he just doesn't always answer the way we expect). In some Hallmark movies, widows and widowers seem to kind of rush into a new relationship, but this movie handled that so much better. I also loved the music used. Although - did anyone else notice that the singer's lips didn't match the words in the flashback of Regina singing with her mom? But, if that little nit picky complaint is all I've got, then that means this one is a keeper. Maybe I should only watch the Day spring movies!" ~melnewlife

๐ŸŽ„ "The Gift of Peace is family friendly about Traci is a once-devout Christian who stopped believing in God after her husband named Greg tragically died despite her prayers. As her second Christmas without him approaches, she tries going to a support group for inspiration & comfort. Traci Fremont is an artist who is grieving the loss of her husband named Greg. Two years after his death, Traciโ€™s grief is clouding her creative abilities in her work, but it also really challenged her once devout faith. At the encouragement of a friend, she reluctantly joins a grief support group. The group meets at a church and they begin with prayer, which is something Traci finds difficult. She has lost her way in terms of her faith because her prayers were not answered. But she begins to form a connection with the groupโ€™s leader, Michael & learns that he too has lost a loved one. Traci participates in various Christmas activities with the group and her heart begins to heal and open up again. This is a beautiful story, but you will want to keep the tissues close by for this one, y'all. Traci & Michael have a deep faith." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Gift of Peace. Just watched and had to keep checking to make sure it was Hallmark. More faith based than even the older better Hallmark. Sad that itโ€™s so unbalanced with other terrible offerings. Fast forwarded through commercials so not sure about them. Agree with Joyce in Carolina on main actors and actresses." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„ "The Gift of Peace is family friendly about after Traci Fremontโ€™s Husband named Gregโ€™s death, long-time devoted Christian Traci stops believing, and on her second Christmas without him, she visits a support group in search of comfort and inspiration. Itโ€™s based on the story by Michael Grimm is about healing, faith, & community. Hope it brings people who have lost someone hope and joy this Christmas. (Review may contain Spoilers) Traci, who is two years into her grief. She lost her husband & is very stuck in her life. She canโ€™t paint anymore, she used to paint with her husband so their work and their lives were completely intertwined.โ€ This is where I feel closer to God right here the closer to proximity to Heaven. Itโ€™s a place to you can look out. Traci Fremont is an artist who was a once-devout Christian but stopped believing in God after her Husband named Greg tragically died despite her prayers. As her second Christmas without him approaches, her creative spark has dimmed right before her important Christmas Eve gallery showing. Seeking refreshed inspiration & missing her husband, she joins a support group one night, only to discover itโ€™s a faith-based gathering. Realizing she chose the wrong group, Traci leaves abruptly. While Christmas shopping a few days later, she runs into Michael, the leader of the group, and apologizes for running out. He convinces her to give the session another try and if she still feels the same way, she doesnโ€™t have to stay beyond Christmas. Although skeptical, Traci agrees. As she participates in Christmas activities related to each weekโ€™s theme of comfort, peace, hope & joy, she bonds with her vibrant, new spiritual community & her art becomes more inspired. Traci finds the strength to keep moving forward and open her heart again, realizing that true faith is more than just answered prayers and that love surrounds us, always." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Gift of Peace is family friendly โ€œitโ€™s about something that everybody can relate to. And if you havenโ€™t at this point in your life, you will wrestle with grief.โ€ artist Traci Fremont, who is facing her second holiday since her husband named Gregโ€™s tragic death from a brain tumor, and sheโ€™s struggling creatively. But sheโ€™s also lost a vital part of the life she shared with him. โ€œAny time we experience a loss like that, our faith is shaken.โ€ Just before an important Christmas Eve gallery showing of her work, Traci seeks guidance at a support group run by kindhearted Michael, who connects with the group more than initially seen. โ€œThe irony is that Michael might be the most messed up of all of them and he is playing with his own grief. He feels that in helping others, he doesnโ€™t have to really deal with my own.โ€ Over time, the possibility of love presents itself for Traci & Michael, amplifying the filmโ€™s message about community. Says DeLoach, โ€œThe power of being with other people and its capacity to heal you by sharing your storyโ€ฆis one of the greatest takeaways.โ€ ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "GIFT OF PEACE Family friendly. This was a beautiful movie about grief. It was faith based too, which was refreshing to see in Hallmark. This was a tearjerker as expected, and reminded me of the time when I lost my dad. Grief is truly hard, but I loved that Traci was healing as she helped others heal too. One scene I loved the most was when Traci reminisced about the time when she was dancing with Greg and Greg told her to never stop laughing, loving, and living... man that made me cry big time. I really like the fact that they didn't kiss in the end... it just wasn't the right time yet. As wonderful as it was, I just wish Hallmark would do MORE faith based movies like this. It reminds me of the good ol' days when they still had the SSD series. ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "Review: The Gift of Peace - Family-friendly? Yes - Keeper? Oh Yes! - A wonderful movie about struggling with your faith because of the loss of a loved one, and finding it (and love) again because of the help of others. Nikki and Brennan are among my long-time favorite Hallmark actors, and they are at the top of their game with this movie. You really feel their grief! One of the best of the season for me! ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„ "I have to start that I have been over whelmed by the number of Christmas Movies that have come out this year. There are quite a few that I have chosen not to watch because of my personal beliefs, likes and dislikes. Whichever movies each person chooses to watch, I hope they enjoyed them. At this point, I am still working my way through the DVR. But I just watched "A Gift of Peace" last night and it touched me deeply. I cried, I admit it. This is my second Christmas without my Mom. I am still processing my grief, anger and sadness. As many who have lost loved ones, the holidays are always harder. Its not the whole Christmas Holiday, its the little things. I look at old recipes that are written in her hand writing, the Christmas Cookies that my sister and I bake but its just not the same as when she made them, getting my Dad from house and seeing that there are no decorations up (because he doesn't want them, it just makes him sad. They were married for 54 years and together for 59 years), the list goes on and on.... But this movie just hit home hard. It was well written and the actors did a great job in portraying different types of grief and loss. Last year it was Five More Minutes... I would like to say my Mom loved all the Christmas movies and the Christmas Holiday but her favorite was "The Christmas Card". Happy New Year to all!" ~ aliciablythe1013

Five More Minutes: Moments Like These - December 17, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Five More Minutes: Moments Like These was my favorite movie for the weekend. I loved it! It was a wonderful story. Enjoyed seeing Lucas Bryant again. A keeper for me." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "Five More Minutes: Moments Like These is family friendly about a youngwidower Kaitlin returns to her home for the holidays. Her Christmasโ€™s wish for her Son named Adam gets answered in unexpected ways. Adam meets boy thru teenager boy who claimed to be his decreased Dad named Brian. Adam meets Skye & Caitlin meets Matthew Jamieson. Nikki DeLoach portrayed same character from first film as Clara" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "FIVE MORE MINUTES: A MOMENT LIKE THIS Although some of the details doesnโ€™t make sense to me, this was enjoyable to watch, and a huge part of it is because of Lucas Bryant. The way he portrayed his character was just wonderful and charming. I havenโ€™t always been an Ashley Williams fan but she was okay and likable enough in this movie. I might be missing it or not understanding the movie correctly, but I donโ€™t understand how Ashleyโ€™s character was able to โ€œgetโ€ right away all the signs and connected it to photos found in the attic, while all the signs were shown to Adam and experienced by Adam her son, not her. It was still a good movie to watch, and it was family friendly." ~CH Mom


Unperfect Christmas Wish โ€“ November 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "An Unperfect Christmas Wish which unfortunately I personally thought was a silly, fatuous movie with poor acting and of little merit and I wouldn't recommend to anyone. I'm a big fan of UPtv but thought this was their worst movie this year and rated it a 2" ~Florence

๐ŸŽ„ "Unperfect Christmas Wish is a beautiful movie!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Unperfect Christmas Wish. Ugh. Iโ€™m sitting here thinking of all the better ways I couldโ€™ve spent those 90 minutes. And Iโ€™m guessing Iโ€™m probably going to be in the minority on this one and others will think this was a super cute movie. I am so NOT the UPtv demographic but every once in a while they have a movie that is super cute and not too silly for my taste so I keep tuning in and watching. Unfortunately, โ€œUnperfect Christmasโ€ was not one of those hits for me. I knew after 15 minutes that it wouldnโ€™t be perfect but I kept watching and hoping it would improve. For me, the whole movie was a bit silly and low-budget but the worst part was the lead actress and her immaturity and lack of acting and singing ability (which was a shame since the whole thing was about her and her self-centered, precious dream of a singing career!). I think if she had had the voice of someone like Jessica Lowndes or Laura Osnes or even Kellie Pickler it would have been easier to watch her poor acting skills. None of the movie really hit a good chord with me, but I thought the lead actor did an okay job with his role of taken-for-granted-bff who is secretly in love with his childhood sweetheart. And I thought there were a few fun moments with his brother and the roommate of the lead actress. The movie is family friendly and has a sweet premise and would probably be good for a family of varying ages to watch together. It would also probably be a good movie for tween-age girls who have a crush on a cute guy at church and dream of singing together at the Christmas Eve service and someday getting married in the same churchโ€ฆ. or something silly along those lines? But, unfortunately(?), I am long past those days." ~~Jane

Christmas in the Pines โ€“ November 5, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in the Pines - Love this family-friendly movie from INSP films! The leads were fantastic, with great chemistry, which is good because they are a real-life married couple: Jillian Murray (โ€œPrescription for Loveโ€) and Dean Geyer (โ€œA Ring for Christmasโ€). The ensemble cast was also terrific โ€“ with the mother from โ€œGood Luck Charlie,โ€ Leigh-Allyn Baker (love her โ€“ sheโ€™s sooooo funny!) and Grant Goodeve (the eldest son from โ€œEight is Enoughโ€). The movie centered around this quaint cottage in the country, where these two families come together to unexpectedly share their Christmas. Itโ€™s such a delightful, feel-good story, with some comedy and heartwarming moments, too! I would say more, but I donโ€™t want to give too much away; I highly recommend โ€œChristmas in the Pinesโ€ for family viewing!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas In The Pines. I would endorse everything Net has said about this - a really lovely Christmas themed family movie with everything you could want from this genre but without bringing forth all the old cliched Christmas ploys. Plenty of humour, a bit of drama you can lose yourself in this for an hour-and a-half and it holds your attention. The two leads were great and the ensemble cast all combined well together. One of the better Christmas movies in the past few years." Florence's rating 9

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in the pines was so fun! I loved it." โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Loved Christmas in the Pines! I bought this dvd after Net mentioned that it was playing on FoxNation last year (I have a subscription but somehow I missed the fact that they run good movies on there!!). Christmas in the Pines would be fun for the whole family. Fun, quirky, cast and good Christmas "feels". It's a keeper." :) ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in the Pines is family friendly about Ariel is an up-and-coming magazine writer, and Mark, a successful architect, battle over ownership of an idyllic Christmas cottage, they soon discover that their cozy holiday getaway may not be the only thing they love. The two people at first disliking each other because they both want to own a cottage. Magazine writer Ariel Colt is headed for โ€œthe least Christmassy Christmas ever,โ€ when her boss drafts her to write an antithetical Christmas story less than a week before the holiday. Heโ€™s interested in sensational stories rather than the sappy ones his father sought when daddy owned the magazine. So he wants her to write about a Grinch, a Scrooge, somebody who hates Christmas and doesnโ€™t think twice about it. Never mind that this is galactically bad planning on his part. Never mind her reluctance to write such a story, even if it wasnโ€™t on such short notice. This leads her to the cottage she just bought in Winter Springs, N.C. Or rather, the cottage she thought she bought. When her agent gives her a tour of her new property, she encounters Mark Henderson with his own agent. Turns out that Ariel and Mark submitted the same offer to the genial old Mr. Noel, who owns the place and accepted both offers. Here, the movie turns into something akin to The War of the Roses. The contrived way that this double-ownership problem is to be solved is negotiation under duress. Possession being nine-tenths of the law, as the saying goes, neither Ariel nor Mark can leave the property without forfeiting their claim to ownership. And if they donโ€™t come up with a deal by Christmas, both lose the right to buy it. The waterโ€™s been shut off. Thereโ€™s no food. Theyโ€™re adversaries. How will they survive this? Enter their families, each secretly summoned by the other with warfare in mind. But the families unexpectedly get along, supply missing pieces (info, food, holiday companionship) and slowly Ariel & Mark grow on one another. Sensational starts listing toward sappiness." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "For me, Christmas In The Pines was the best movie of all. This is a keeper for me. Loved everything about it." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in the Pines. Oh, I loved it!! This was hilarious and heartwarming. The type of feel-good Christmas movie that has everything you want. Love the family aspects as much as the romance. Unique storyline, which wasn't too believable at first (the whole real estate mishap) but still super fun to watch. Jillian Murray is charming and so likeable. Ariel and Mark were adorable together. Love the sweet chemistry. If I can be picky, Ariel's parents just seem a bit too young to me. But I love the dinner prayer where they mention the name of Jesus, FINALLY! I haven't seen many movies this year but this was the best one I've seen so far this year by far." ~CH Mom

Christmas Masquerade โ€“ November 6, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Masquerade has lots of great humor! And is all around sweet." โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Masquerade. I quite liked it! Iโ€™ve said before that Iโ€™m not a huge UPtv movie fan, mainly because I feel that Iโ€™m not their target younger audience. And this particular movie was very predictable and silly in places and, of course, unrealistic. But it was also sweet and fun and warm and a nice, lighthearted way to spend an evening. I enjoyed the characters and the relationships and I loved the sets for the different homes and the talk of Polish traditions. Not a keeper for me, but good for a one-time watch. I think it would be a fun movie for the whole family; and if you like โ€œroyalโ€ movies, this had a bit of that kind of feel. Family friendly, but a couple of very mild notes of caution. I thought one of the ballgowns was a bit low cut (but that might just be me). The whole mistaken identity thing is allowed to continue, so that would mean everything is based on a lie; but this is often the plot for many of these type movies. Also, her best friend is like part of the family as well as being her boss (the one she was mistaken for) so they switch and pretend to be each other until they can land the new client. While doing this, the best friend uses her time babysitting the otherโ€™s daughter to โ€œdecideโ€ if she wants to have a baby on her own. Thereโ€™s no boyfriend, fiancรฉ, or husband in the picture, she just sort of clinically makes the decision that sheโ€™s โ€œreadyโ€ and can handle single parenthood after she babysits the preteen girl for two weeks. Huh??? What happened to husbands and fathers??? (By the way, the main characterโ€™s husband died sometime in the past. How Hollywood convenient!!)." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ โ€˜Masquerade Christmas Ball is family friendly about 'When Julieanne is mistaken for her glamorous boss at a Masquerade ball by a notoriously aloof businessman, she continues the ruse over Christmas. Will she be able to find real love in the makeshift Fairytale world theyโ€™ve created?'' ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Masquerade โ€“ I found this movieโ€™s concept to be somewhat unbelievable. One woman, Julianne, attends a Christmas masquerade ball pretending to be her friend, Lara, who is supposedly well-known on social media. Julianne keeps up this charade throughout the movie, pretending to be her friend, and itโ€™s hard to believe no one knows what Lara looks like and that Julianne is obviously not her. Perhaps, if they looked similar, it could've worked, but the two donโ€™t look a thing alike. I tried to get into this movie, but just couldnโ€™t do so. The bright spot for me was Julianneโ€™s daughter, Nora, who is probably around 10 years old and is absolutely adorable; I hope we see her in more things โ€“ her giggle was infectious. I agree with Janeโ€™s review regarding Lara, who babysits Nora for a few days, and suddenly decides she wants to have a baby. Thereโ€™s no man in Laraโ€™s life, that we are aware of, and no explanation on how she plans to do this. So, the idea is just kinda thrown out there. Anyway, this movie wasnโ€™t a keeper for me, but I found it to be family-friendly." ~Net

The Christmas Retreat โ€“ November 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Christmas Retreat is family friendly about Workaholic Kim finally reaches her breaking point when her boyfriend named Stephen turns around & breaks up with her instead of proposing, so Kimโ€™s Mom named Mary takes her away to a Christmas Retreat to reconnect with the spirit of the holiday. Little do they know โ€“ the owner named Rae Reynolds of the retreat has enlisted the help of her newly unemployed Brother named Mark, who seems to share a lot of Kimโ€™s tendencies. But will they be able to see past the similarities neither one wants to admit to, and let the magic of the season connect them with something they couldnโ€™t have planned for?" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Christmas Retreat: Delightful movie! Definitely recommend." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "The Christmas Retreat. Nothing unique but it was a sweet, lighthearted, warm movie that will stay on the dvr for now, until I run out of space. I liked all the actors, they felt natural; the lead actressโ€™s character is unlikeable in the beginning but she gradually changes. Family friendly. One odd statement that โ€œtrees grow, breathe and communicate just like usโ€ โ€“ huh???!? Nope, sorry, they really donโ€™t." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "The Christmas Retreat โ€“ This movie was such a fun one to watch! I enjoyed the chemistry between Kim (Rhiannon Fish) and Mark (Clayton James). In the beginning, Kim has a boyfriend, Stephen, who she is hoping will propose, but he breaks up with her because she works too much. This causes Kim to take some time off for the holiday and accept her motherโ€™s invitation to join her at a Christmas Retreat. Kim runs into Mark at the retreat; this is the second time their paths have crossed. Kim is doing her best to impress her ex by taking time off from work and enjoying the retreat, but she also starts to develop feelings for Mark. The various activities and games at the retreat were amusing to watch, and the romance was very sweet. This movie was a keeper for me; in my opinion, itโ€™s one of the best this year on UPtv." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Some of the UPtv movies were just too dumb. I wanted to like the Christmas Retreat but it was very annoying and i couldn't finish it." ~Sabrina

A Tiny Home Christmas โ€“ November 12, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Tiny Home Christmas is quite charming." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Also, in a little tiny house Christmas it sounded like her female friend referred to her ex as a female as well, unless I miss heard, it was just a brief comment." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Tiny Home Christmas. Family friendly - maybe, but probably not?? So, this was a fairly cute movie, nothing special and not a keeper for me. It wasn't really a Christmas movie except for the fact they put decorations everywhere, it could easily have been based in the summer. Two problematic things on the family-friendly scale. At the very end of the movie there is a vague implication that the main couple might be moving in together (not married). The bigger problem is at the beginning of the movie when the main actress is talking to her friend, a woman who runs the homeless shelter, and they're brainstorming ways to pay for the tiny home project or get donations or supplies at a discount. Her female friend says "You know my ex from college? [Tasha] She works at that kitchen & bath place and I could try to swing a hefty discount." That's it, no visuals, and her character is a part of the whole movie and nothing else is shown or implied. It's a small blip in the movie and easy to miss if you're not really paying attention, but, nevertheless, it's there (and completely unnecessary to the movie other than they're trying to rack up some "social" points)." ~~Jane

The Picture of Christmas โ€“ November 13, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Picture of Christmas is a very charming, enjoyable and nice movie. The cast is great, especially a little girl, playing a daughter of the leading character. The movie is family-friendly." Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„ "A picture of Christmas, is family friendly" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Picture of Christmas: Very nice movie! Plus the kid was really cute." ~Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "The Picture of Christmas. Sweet movie, not a keeper for me but I think others will really like it. Family friendly. Nice setting on a Christmas tree farm and a cute town with cozy shops and all the usual wonderful town folks who pitch in to help save the day. The lead actress annoyed me a time or two and sometimes had a melancholy presence; I liked the lead actor (although, I wasnโ€™t buying him as a father to a young girl); and the little girl is absolutely adorables (but completely unbelievably mature for her age). Honestly, if youโ€™re really short on time but just need a Christmas movie โ€œfixโ€, just watch the two-minute trailer thatโ€™s out there for this movie (itโ€™s one of those trailers that shows the entire movie), youโ€™ll get the whole thing in a cozy nutshell with all the high points and none of the annoying low points -- all the Christmastime โ€œfeelsโ€ in under three minutes!!" ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐ŸŽ„ ~~Jane

The Holiday Swap โ€“ November 19, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Holiday Swap Family friendly. It was cute, but I would have liked more from the main characters. I didn't feel too much chemistry between them. But I still enjoyed watching a new chic flick. I especially liked Henry, the older man who ran the general store. At first I was concerned Laura and Derek were living together, but then I found out they ran the lodge. Beware...Jake does say the Lord's name in vain though as he's opening her suitcase." ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„ "The Holiday Swap was family friendly but not something Iโ€™d watch again. Same goes for Christmas in Pine Valley. The actors/actresses seemed like they were uncomfortable around each other." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„ "The Holiday Swap. This one is not for me but Iโ€™m sure others will like it. My time and my dvr space is very limited, so Iโ€™m just maybe being a little too picky?? The 30+ minutes I watched were basically family friendly, except for fact that the lead actress is visiting and staying with her bff and bffโ€™s longtime boyfriend who appear to be living together in the lodge that theyโ€™re opening together, but itโ€™s all a bit vague (so far). From the get-go, the movie was a bit odd and confusing, somehow melodramatic and blah at the same time, and the acting was a bit stiff, but still worth watching for light entertainment. Wellโ€ฆ until the tree sceneโ€ฆ which was good for a laugh, but also pushed me to hit the delete button. The lead actress and her ex-boyfriend go to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree for the big โ€œSnowy Ballโ€ or dance or whatever it is. Theyโ€™re in the woods and itโ€™s obviouslyโ€ฆ summertime -- with all the dense, lush greenery and weeds and flowers. And there you see every few feet someone has placed fake, scrawny, blue-green Christmas trees with fake snow sprinkled on them and they stand out like a sore thumb against the lush, yellow-green summer grasses and trees. They donโ€™t wear gloves or hats or anything while โ€œcutting downโ€ their tree. They then get in the truck. She says โ€œItโ€™s freezing!โ€. (Wait, what???) He goes to start the truck and the battery wonโ€™t turn over. She says, in a scared and confused, overly dramatic tone โ€œWhatโ€™s happening??โ€. He saysโ€ฆ (wait for itโ€ฆ) โ€œThe batteryโ€™s dead.โ€ (Well, duh!!!!!) She says, in the same dramatic, scared tone, โ€œWell, what are we gonna do??โ€ He says, โ€œThereโ€™s an old shed nearby and at least we can build a fire there.โ€ (Yup, Iโ€™m thinking that will help to keep them warm in the blazing summertime sunshine!! LOL!) Conveniently, he doesnโ€™t own a cell phone and her phone battery is dead and she discovered yesterday that NO ONE (including her bff and bffโ€™s boyfriend -- both of whom are opening a lodge for paying guests!) and NO SHOP in the entire town has any kind of cell phone cords or battery chargers and โ€œAmazon doesnโ€™t deliver hereโ€ --- my eyeballs are rolling so much theyโ€™re about to get stuck up in my head! So, this is the point where I decided to cut the cord. I can only take so much melodramatic cheesiness. Oh, and you know how in movies there is occasional background music that you usually donโ€™t even realize is happening (if they do it right!)? It plays soft or loud or dramatic or creepy or melancholy or joyful or whatever, depending on the situation and how the director wants you to feel. In this particular movie, it's way too loud and obvious; itโ€™s almost a constant melodramatic presence that doesnโ€™t even fit the scenes, and it did not evoke any feeling for me other than annoyance. I like the movie premise of mixing up luggage on a plane and think, if done right, it could be a fun movie. But, for me, this one was just too weirdly over-dramatic and odd and slow, but I think if others are not being as picky as me, they could maybe find it to be fun (?). Oh, well, on to the next one on the dvr." ~~Jane

Christmas Lucky Charm โ€“ November 20, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "There are 2 guys picking out a cake in a Christmas lucky charm, I didnโ€™t think too much of it until it showed one guy put his arm around the other in the background." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "I just finished watching Christmas Lucky Charm on UPtv and there was a short segment in the bakery where the young lady baker was discussing her wedding cakes with a male couple. I'm sure others may have reported this, but just wanted to let you know. Thanks for all you do." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas Lucky Charm. Not family friendly. I was having a hard time really getting into this one and I thought it was just me and my usual issues with UPtv movies being less polished, as well as being more targeted to younger viewers. I figured others would probably like the movie and there were only a few mildly questionable issues (mention of unmarried characters living together and a neighboring shopkeeper who was into some woowoo mystical stuff). But then at about the 3/4 mark they went and had a scene with the lead actress in her bakery showing wedding cakes to two men with their arms around each other shopping for their wedding cake. Delete! I only wish I'd deleted in the beginning and not wasted my time with this one." ~~Jane

Christmas in the Wilds โ€“ December 2, 2022

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Christmas In The Wilds and enjoyed it. Everything about this movie was good except for a couple of things. Getting stuck in snow in a vehicle with snow tires or chains made no sense to me. Also, how could the guy not see through the manipulation of his co-worker? Both of the main actors are great together. Loved seeing all the same actors continue from Romance In The Wilds. The scenery is breath-taking! Real snow everywhere! Can not say enough about how Christmasy this is. Music is beautiful. Happy I have the DVD. Hope I did not say too much to ruin it for others.You will not be disappointed." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas in the Wilds is a sequel movie to the INSP film, Romance in the Wilds. I watched this movie through Fox Nation, with a free streaming trial. Christmas in the Wilds is very similar to the first movie, but it has the wonderful addition of Christmas and some extra moments with Buck Thompsonโ€™s family added in, who are seen even more in this movie than the first. Thereโ€™s a lot of action-adventure when Buck and his former partner/ex-girlfriend end up in the snowy forest with a blizzard on the way. Even though the weather outside is frightful, Jessica is determined to reach her boyfriend, Buck, spend Christmas together and return him to his family โ€“ before the Christmas eve service where they will honor the memory of Buckโ€™s father. If outdoor survival is fascinating to you, then you will really enjoy this movie. Christmas in the Wilds is action-packed throughout, with some heartwarming moments, too. I especially enjoyed the scenes with Buckโ€™s sister (played by Laura Vandervoot, โ€œA Christmas Together With Youโ€), who was dog-sitting for Jessica. She said she was more of a cat-person, so it was sweet to see her warm up to the dog and later on, open up and share her feelings. Overall, it was a nice movie to watch; it shows great respect to those who serve in the military, how to cope with PTSD, and best of all, it is family-friendly." ~Net

Christmas on the Slopes โ€“ December 3, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on the Slopes. Ugh. Not enough time in my life or on my dvr for this one! Watched about 30 minutes and just could not take anymore. Not my cup of tea. The stilted acting, the script, everything was a big miss for me. Up until the point where I hit delete it was family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on the Slopes is a great, clean movie!" -Maria

Christmas on the Rocks โ€“ December 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on the Rocks. Meh. Watched an hour and decided to quit and find something better. Thereโ€™s not really anything Christmas-y about this movie, it could easily be set in any season of the year. In fact, contrary to the supposedly mountainous & snowy location which just produced an avalanche down the road, there are quite a few outdoor scenes and the grasses, trees, perennials and shrubs are all lushly green and flowering with an occasional small patch of fake snow thrown in, and the lake has lots of boats still bobbing around (I havenโ€™t seen anyone water skiing in the background but itโ€™s probably happening just off camera!). {Note to directors of these movies: if you want us to believe itโ€™s a wintertime, snowy, mountainous location, DONโ€™T film any scenes outside in the summertime greenery!} Overall, the movie isnโ€™t completely horrible but it just feels kind of slow, flat and mediocre. The hour I watched was family friendly but itโ€™s time for me to hit delete and move on to find a movie thatโ€™s more fun or has some warm Christmas feels." ~~Jane

Christmas on the Rocks โ€“ This movie is family-friendly; however, a twin sister pretends she is her sister, which causes her to lie to everyone around her, including her ex-boyfriend who she still has deep feelings for. There are two kisses, also, that are pretty intense. I found myself saying okay, okayโ€ฆ out loud. Overall, itโ€™s an average movie. I agree with Jane, it couldโ€™ve been more Christmassy. ~Net

A Royal Christmas Match โ€“ December 10, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Christmas Match is clean, fun and intriguing!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Christmas Match is family friendly about Princess Camille travels to America to create a college exchange program and falls for a handsome professor. When she discovers he was hired by her father to watch out for her, she wonders if he cares more about her or his career." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Royal Christmas Match was family friendly. Princess Camille (Jordana Largy) wasn't a royal stuck in a groove, but actually had a mission and was fully locked in with skill and spunk. The Professor (Matthew MacCaull) was fine, but his motivation was a bit uneven. Jordanna was Carly Serchio in Wedding Veil Legacy and would be a great in that role again as one of the cousins receiving the veil. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Royal Christmas Match. I couldn't make it all the way through this one. But that tends to be the case with me and "royal" movies. Definitely not a keeper. What I saw was family friendly." ~~Jane

Santaโ€™s Got Style โ€“ December 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Santa's Got Style was clean and unique!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Santa's Got Style. Rather different or odd, but I kind of liked it. It was silly and unrealistic, but also sweet about a guy who has always been in love with his bff but she's totally oblivious and thinks they're just friends. I liked all the actors (the lead actor is a cutie patootie). There's an over-the-top security guard who is so ridiculous you'll either find him funny or annoying. Not a keeper but it was a fun, lighthearted, one-time watch. Family friendly except for the Santa-disguise deception that takes place and also there is a character in the modeling agency whom one would guess was gay (simply by his artistic fashion styles and mild mannerisms and his career choice as a model/makeup artist/photographer) but it was never totally clear and I actually liked the friend/sidekick character he played." ~~Jane

Sappy Holiday โ€“ December 17, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Sappy Holiday was pretty nice." โ€“Maria

An Eclectic Christmas โ€“ December 18, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "An Eclectic Christmas is clean and quite intriguing!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "An Eclectic Christmas (aka? A Vintage Christmas). I watched 45 minutes and couldn't take anymore than that. It had potential to be cute, but I just wasn't feeling it. The movie was way too slooow, it felt like the whole cast (especially the lead actress) needed an iv infusion of caffeine to perk them up and make them more vibrant characters. It's possible it improved in the second half (?) and I imagine others who are more patient than myself will like the movie. The part I watched was family friendly." ~~Jane

The Snowball Effect โ€“ December 24, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "THE SNOWBALL EFFECT I didnโ€™t have high hope for this, but it turned out okay. I wasnโ€™t familiar with the main actor and actress, but Iโ€™d say that the whole movie was pretty well-acted. The caroling scene left me a little sad :( Some nitpickingโ€ฆ The female leadโ€™s make up was a bit much the especially around the beginning of the movie. Maybe it was meant to make her look not approachable and cold, but she definitely looked way better with the more natural look towards the middle/end of the movie. Chemistry also felt more like a friend vibe for the most part. It was a cute and fun one-time watch." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„ "The Snowball Effect is a great and clean movie." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "The Snowball Effect. I found it to be quite slow and only made it a little over halfway through the movie before hitting the delete button. The lead actress is beautiful but her character was way too cold/aloof/driven/borderline-rude/self-centered and I would've liked to see her character start warming up a bit more (at least by the halfway point of the movie!). There is an innkeeper who is just odd and rather stiff, almost like she's not really an actress but some bigwig in Hollywood called in a favor and got their mother a part in the movie?! And the premise of the WHOLE town no longer "doing" Christmas and everyone is afraid to even mention Christmas or festivities is absolutely ridiculous and too far over-the-top. It's possible all got better in the second half but I didn't want to stick around and find out. What I saw was family friendly and I imagine others (who are not as over-the-top critical as me :)) will enjoy this movie as a light, fun, one-time watch." ~~Jane

Christmas in Wolf Creek โ€“ December 25, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in Wolf Creek โ€“ I recently had the opportuity to screen this movie and wanted to share a review with all of you. First of all, this film is family-friendly, a wonderful sequel to its original film, Love in Wolf Creek. All of the main beloved characters returned for the second movie, including actor Tim Rozon (Christmas Town), as rancher, Austin Spencer, and actress Nola Martin, as Samantha (Sam) Gavin, who manages the local animal refuge center in Wolf Creek.

Samanthaโ€™s social media savvy sister, Sunny Gavin, portrayed by Madeline Leon (A Christmas Recipe for Romance), also returned for this film, along with Mary Long (A Veteranโ€™s Christmas, Christmas Next Door), who portrays Austinโ€™s quick-witted grandmother, Marianna Spencer. I must say - Mary Long is always a joy to watch; she's a highlight to me โ€“ in any movie sheโ€™s in.

In the first film, Sam (Samantha) and Austin teamed up to find an injured wolf, but in this Christmas-themed sequel, the two are paired up once again to find a missing reindeer, which is needed for the annual Christmas play. The main conflict in Christmas in Wolf Creek arises when Austin and Samantha canโ€™t decide which step to take next with their long-distance relationship. There is also some friction while Sam is on the hunt for the reindeer, and her sister, Sunny, is left in charge of the Christmas play with the local children, who show little interest in participating.

Actor Ish Morris (Feeling Butterflies) plays Terry Jones, the antagonist, a Scrooge-like character throughout the film, who threatens to call off the Christmas play if his reindeer is not returned unharmed in time for the event.

Overall, this sequel is an enjoyable watch, a delightful follow-up to the original film. The chemistry between Samantha and Austin is very strong, even when they are at odds. And it was fun to watch Sunny attempt to direct the traditional Christmas play, Twas the Night Before Christmas โ€“ with Marianaโ€™s help and a new twist.

Like the original, Christmas in Wolf Creek is filled with heartwarming moments, romantic tension, some lighthearted comedy, and more suspenseful, thrilling adventure. If you enjoyed Love in Wolf Creek, you will definitely want to return for the holiday season and watch Christmas in Wolf Creek. ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "I loved Christmas in Wolf Creek!" -Maria


Merry Swissmas - November 5, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Merry Swissmas" -- Family-friendly except we are told two of the characters are living together unmarried. Nothing is shown. Other than that, I'd say it's a fine movie for a one time watch. Merry Christmas! ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Merry Swissmas. Overall, I liked this movie. The production felt natural, I didnโ€™t feel like I was watching an overly-ornate, fake Hallmark movie set. It was probably filmed in Canada, but I actually felt like I might be in Switzerland. The chalet was cozy. The family together around the table playing board games was cozy. The scenery was beautiful. The village Christmas market was sweet. The snow was real. The sledding was real and fun for the whole family and not just an excuse for the lead actors to end up rolling around in a snowy embrace (and, thankfully, the directors didnโ€™t even use that tired old ploy!). They even had an advent wreath that they lit every Sunday (of course, they missed the real meaning of the advent wreath, but itโ€™s Hollywood so I didnโ€™t expect it to be otherwise). Iโ€™m not a huge Jodie Sweetin fan but I thought she was fairly believable in her role. All of the cast was good, including the children; the lead actor was good but sometimes his whispery voice bothered me. Of course, there were some things that were not believable. For instance, the lead actor supposedly used to manage some of the largest, most expensive and prestigious hotels around the world but he claims to be โ€œunderwaterโ€ just helping her mother open a small guest chalet and therefore desperately needs Jodieโ€™s help (and that โ€œhelpโ€ entails him being her tour guide all around the Swiss village โ€“ eyeroll !?!). So, I liked this movie and thought it was a refreshing production but, ultimately, probably not a keeper for me, although Iโ€™m not sure yet. It was family friendly except it was mentioned (maybe twice?) that Jodieโ€™s former boyfriend is now dating her former best friend and they are living together, back in the U.S., before they get married. Jodieโ€™s reconciliation with her best friend (and getting over her childish anger about the two of them now dating) is a major part of the movie but the living together thing was only a brief mention and it was never shown." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "The best movie for me so far: Merry Swissmas. I loved that movie and saved it." ~Sabrina

Well Suited for Christmas - November 6, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Well Suited for Christmas. So, I loved almost all of this movie. All the actors were great. It was fun, romantic, witty, warm, family was very important to the characters, and there was a nice emphasis on the needs of foster children in society, etc. Butโ€ฆ. ultimately, it was NOT family friendly and Iโ€™m going to have to delete it. Such a shame they ruined it. Hereโ€™s the scoop: the main actress is a menswear fashion designer in NY city. Do I need to say more? ๐Ÿ˜Š It is not unusual to find male fashion designers who are gay, so itโ€™s not surprising that one popped up in this movie. In the very beginning of the movie there is a scene with two people working in the design shop that are sort of genderless? Just a quick, vague scene (but unnecessary). Then later five top designers are chosen to design tuxedos for five famous bachelors. The top designer chosen out of the bunch will win a prize and people at the charity gala all get to bid on a date with the various bachelors to raise money for the lead actorโ€™s charity, which benefits foster children. Anyway, towards the beginning of the movie one of the male designers says โ€œI bid on a bachelor here in 2009โ€ and someone responds โ€œYes, I attended your wedding in 2010โ€. That was it. It's completely up to your imagination to decide whether he is gay and whether he married a man; but it's really rather obvious (unless you're clueless about such things?). The designer is one of the lead actressโ€™s friends and he seems a bit flamboyant but nothing else is shown or mentioned until the very end of the movie when you see that same designer in the background dancing with arms around the guy who Iโ€™m guessing is the one he married. So, itโ€™s not family friendly and I guess I should have quit in the beginning. But, boogers!, it was a cute movie with a fun cast. Oh well, more space on my dvr now!" ~~Jane

Christmas on Mistletoe Lake - November 10, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas on Mistletoe Lake is family friendly and a good movie to watch." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Phew! My dvr is getting crowded!! But these two movies quickly got deleted so at least there's some space for two more this weekend! Christmas on Mistletoe Lake. I watched about 25% and just couldn't take anymore. It's probably an ok movie but it just wasn't thrilling me, so I quit to move on to better things. The part I saw was family friendly." ~Jane

The Dog Days of Christmas - November 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Dog Days of Christmas. Seriously? No. Just, no. I couldn't take more than 25% of this movie. It was just weird and silly. I felt everything was sub-par/low-budget -- the acting, the set, the directing, the script, the whole production was just a big "no" for me. The part I saw was family friendly." ~~Jane

Reindeer Games Homecoming - November 12, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Reindeer Games Homecoming" -- not family-friendly. Within 10 minutes, there's a stereotypically gay coworker talking about his "husband." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Reindeer Games Homecoming is really funny, heartwarming, and is a good one to watch if you're looking for something to laugh at! Plus, there was a small scene from 'Twinkle all the Way' included at one point on a TV. There is of course 1 big downside (that I kind of suspected from seeing 1 of the trailers): Gay best friend who is also very dramatic. I still enjoyed this one neverthless, and I got through it all instead of turning it off early on because this looked so good from the trailers." -Maria

Six Degrees of Santa - November 13, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Six Degrees of Santa is a very sweet movie! Highly recommend." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Six Degrees of Santa. I quite enjoyed it and thought it had a warm, cozy, holiday feeling about it. This one was ever so slightly different from the typical movies; it had the Lifetime movie "polish" or "naturalness" that I've heard others on here refer to in the past. It felt fairly well-acted all around (especially Steve Lund). Family friendly (the main actress is divorced because they're "better as friends", but that's typical for almost all the movies nowadays). Cute movie - a keeper for now (until I run out of dvr space)." ~~Jane

Sweet Navidad - November 17, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Sweet Navidad. Family friendly. Cute movie. I thought it was going to be a bust for me because in the very beginning I felt like there was way too much exuberance and over-acting, almost like somebody had turned up the speed on everything. But then it all settled down and turned into a nice movie. I liked seeing the Puerto Rican traditions and foods. I liked the lead actor and actress and felt they played their opposite personality roles quite well. There were, of course, parts that were silly and unrealistic but, overall, it was a "sweet" movie. Good for a one-time watch. Maybe even a borderline keeper?" ~~Jane

A Country Christmas Harmony - November 18, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I heard from someone who got to watch A Country Christmas Harmony early, and she said it has a gay couple in it." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "I was just coming to post a warning about A Country Christmas Harmony having a gay couple in it....but I see that Maria already mentioned it." ~Karen

๐ŸŽ„ "I started watching 'A Country Christmas Harmony' and when they brought the gay couple into the storyline (which in my opinion wasn't necessary) quickly started channel surfing for a better option." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Country Christmas Harmony features prominent gay scenes throughout the movie. Lots of PDA, blowing kisses, and in person gay kissing. Not a lot of chemistry between the main actors and not great acting in general. Just overall a strange movie." ~Anonymous

Santa Bootcamp - November 19, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I just finished watching Santa Bootcamp and I am very happy to say that it was family friendly and rather delightful! There are very few Lifetime Christmas movies that I love but this is definitely one. I especially loved the sweet relationship between Rita Moreno's character and her husband. It just showed glimpses of it but for some reason it felt like there was a depth to it and I really enjoyed it. I cannot wait to watch it with my family! ~Sara S.

๐ŸŽ„ "Santa Bootcamp" -- family-friendly. It was nice for a one-time watch but didn't charm me enough to see again. ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Santa Bootcamp. So, this one was a cute movie buried inside of a bizarre, ridiculous, over-the-top movie. It definitely was not a keeper for me, but if you can withstand the craziness and all the woowoo Santa magic, then this could be a fun movie to watch. The lead actress and actor were a cute match (he reminded me a bit of Kevin McGarry) and their romance was sweet. I thought Rita Moreno was horrible in the beginning but she mellowed out and ended up being a nice character (sheโ€™s amazing for 91 years old!). It was family friendly (I guess?), except for all the magic and woowoo fairy dust and Santa as a replacement for God and all the usual Hollywood confusion about the real meaning of Christmas. The first few minutes really rubbed me the wrong way and I almost deleted the movie; but because I was multitasking, I let it keep rolling. The movie gradually improved but it still had a very hefty dose of all the magic Santa stuff. The scene in the very beginning that bothered me was this: Rita Morenoโ€™s character (Mrs. Claus in disguise as a sort of Christmas guru that trains seasonal workers) sits in the middle of her humongous, undecorated entry hallway. She sits in a sort of weird yoga/meditation pose and holds her fingers together and closes her eyes. By magic or some โ€œforceโ€ we see โ€“ in fast forward motion all around her - all these elves/people dressed in green who magically decorate the whole house in a split second. She comes out of her โ€œtranceโ€, opens her eyes, and says โ€œLet there be Christmasโ€. Then she, prayerfully, folds her hands and raises her eyes heavenward and mouths โ€œThank Youโ€. Normally when people look heavenward and say Thank You, they are thanking God, but in this case, I presume she was thanking Santa or some other magical supernatural source. If Santa magic doesnโ€™t bother you and your family, then this movie would probably be family friendly. ~~Jane

A Show-Stopping Christmas - November 20, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A show stopping Christmas is family friendly and it reminds us that people grieve in different ways and to try to show love and support to them anyway." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Show Stopping Christmas (aka A Playful Romance). Meh? Some of it was cute and some of it was lacking. For the most part, I liked all lead actors. At times, the leading lady was good but she also had a strong personality and sometimes seemed a bit of an obsessive brat. The leading man was supposed to be a hunky Hollywood movie star โ€“ I wasnโ€™t buying that angle, but I still liked him. The villainous woman was way too overly dramatic and just too unrealistically mean; her over-the-top meanness was supposed to be due to her grief from her husbandโ€™s death SEVEN years ago, but it just didnโ€™t make sense in the context of the story โ€“ she needed to be dialed back just a notch to be believable (of course, all is redeemed in the end). Overall, the movie was cute, but something just felt lacking to me and Iโ€™m not sure whether it was the script or the lack of attention to detail or what??? I suppose this would be considered family friendly but I was not thrilled with all the calling on spirits and dead friends to fix things. At several points after doing this, it would miraculously snow or you would hear weird tinkling noises or lights would flicker letting us know the spirits were taking care of things. Now, the movie is based around โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€, so I understand the โ€œspiritsโ€ angle, but I just think they kind of went too far. In the beginning of the movie the lead actress stands in a dark theatre by herself and loudly prays to (or calls on) the spirits to save the theatre, and it's all very serious, she's in earnest about what she's doing. At one point she also says something along the lines of โ€œIn the name of Charles Dickens I call upon the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to shine your Christmas joy.โ€ And, of course, the lights flicker and we hear woowoo music. So, it's a cute movie with some questionable aspects; not a keeper for me. And, ugh, they continue the advertising nonsense in this movie. The leads are walking down a path lined on both sides with lighted Christmas trees and one of the trees has been replaced by a huge yellow Carmax sign sticking out like a sore thumb. Yuck." ~~Jane

Baking All the Way - November 24, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I caught Baking All the Way and just wanted to say it's cute and sweet and family friendly. Nothing new in terms of plot, but there was a nice little twist at the end that I didn't see coming. It was fun seeing Yannick Bisson in a movie again." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„ "Baking all the Way is a very sweet movie, highly recommend!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Baking All the Way. Cute, warm, sweet movie but not a keeper. I agree with everything Amy said in her review. Family friendly, but one thing bothered me -- the pre-teen daughter in the movie was sweet but she was also quite disrespectful of her father (to say the least!!). Her dad even says at one point โ€œsheโ€™s kind of the boss of meโ€, which would be funny, except its kind of true and therefore not funny." ~~Jane

Steppinโ€™ Into the Holiday - November 25, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Steppin into the Holiday was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! 1 of the best Lifetime movies I've seen so far this Season!!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Steppin' Into the Holiday. So, I went and watched another Mario Lopez movie even though I promised myself that I'd never do it again. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ And I have to say that this one wasn't as cringeworthy, for me, as his previous two Christmas movies. It was, of course, still unrealistic, over-the-top, and even a bit bizarre at moments (I mean, come on, it's a Mario movie, it has to be a bit outrageous and unbelievable), but it was also cute and upbeat and fun. Jana Kramer definitely helped give things a better tone. The movie didn't have lots of warm Christmas fuzzy feels and, in fact, could have been based in any season of the year. The thing that made it fun was all the music and dance; the ending dance sequence is great. Fun for a one-time watch or to watch while you're multitasking. Not a keeper for me. Family friendly." ~~Jane

The 12 Days of Christmas Eve - November 26, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The 12 days of Christmas Eve was really fun!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "The 12 Days of Christmas Eve was ok for a one time watch. Felt like a rushed version of Scrooge. I have always liked Kelsey Grammer but just never really got into it." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„ "The 12 Days of Christmas Eve. Cute, fun, well-acted. A mix of Groundhog Day meets A Christmas Carol meets Santa. No romance, just one man, previously driven by making money, but now trying to find purpose in life and re-build relationships with family and co-workers and neighbors after Santa grants him 12 more chances/days to get it right (he dies each day if he can't figure out the meaning to life). It wasn't perfect (obviously, the whole premise of Santa granting life is ridiculous - well, duh!) but I enjoyed it and thought it was a lot of fun (and funny!) and it even brought a tear to my eye at one point. Family friendly (main character dies each day for 12 days since it takes him a while to learn what he's supposed to learn and each death is unique - hit by truck, fall off a roof, slips on ice, etc. - it's all handled a bit slapstick kind of like stuff in Home Alone, and, in my opinion, it's fine for kids, but just be aware that it will happen)." ~~Jane

A Christmas Spark - November 27, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Spark" -- not family-friendly. At about 14 minutes in, we meet a middle-age lesbian couple who appear to be a large part of the storyline. ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Spark. Didnโ€™t take but about 10 min in to delete. 2 women introduced as married. I guess when you get old you take whatever role you can get. Woke movie all around. Such a contrast to A Christmas . . . Present." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Spark isnโ€™t family friendly. I couldnโ€™t watch the whole thing because the storyline didnโ€™t capture me. I was looking forward to this too as a fan of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." ~Mary

Serving Up the Holidays - December 1, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Serving Up the Holidays" -- family-friendly. Nice for a one-time watch. :-) ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "Serving Up the Holidays. A simple, cozy, very unrealistic, slow, sweet movie. It didnโ€™t have the polish of movies with top celebrity actors, but it was cute in a low-key way and had some nice Christmas feels. Not a keeper for me, but good for a one-time watch. Family friendly." ~~Jane

Cloudy with a Chance of Christmas - December 2, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Cloudy with a chance of Christmas is clean and fun!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas. Not a keeper, but it was a nice enough movie, set in a warm & cozy, rustic lodge in a cute โ€œBavarianโ€ Christmas town in Washington state with a beautiful mountainous backdrop. So, therefore, the setting provided some good Christmastime โ€œfeelsโ€. At times, the movie and acting felt a bit forced or stiff or something; and the big conflict between the leads was really a flimsy excuse for a conflict so that when the leads finally get together after the conflict it feels a bit flat. It was still a cute movie and good for a one-time watch. The lead actress is Puerto Rican (in real life and in the movie) and there was a nice emphasis on the importance of getting home in time to go to Christmas Eve mass with her auntie. Family friendly." ~~Jane

A New Orleans Noel - December 3, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A New Orleans Noel" -- family-friendly, it's a fine movie for a one-time watch. Merry Christmas, everyone! ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„ "A New Orleans Noel. Parts were different and refreshing, and other parts were odd or kind of disjointed. Probably worth a one-time watch - it was fun and sweet, at times, and they were a nice, big, loving family. The movie made me want to eat pralines! ๐Ÿ˜Š Thereโ€™s a fun Jingle Bell Hop scavenger hunt around the city where theyโ€™re rewarded lots of jingle bell necklaces when they find the different hidden treasures; itโ€™s a nice, clean twist on the rewarding of beads during Mardi Gras (which is oftentimes quite tawdry). Thereโ€™s a young girl in the movie and I thought she was refreshing and rather unique; likewise with the free-spirited best friend character. Patti LaBelle is, of course, one-of-a-kind and I enjoyed her sweet and sassy senior romance (โ€œI know my gumboโ€™s good but donโ€™t you go falling in love with me โ€“ we havenโ€™t had our first date, yet.โ€) but I wasnโ€™t as sure about her portrayal as the family matriarch. I liked the two leads but I didnโ€™t love them together and thought they were missing some chemistry (even though I think theyโ€™re married in real life). My dvr didnโ€™t record properly so Iโ€™m missing the last 15 minutes; I didnโ€™t love the movie enough to go in and re-record a later airing just to see the ending (although, if I wasnโ€™t swamped with other things I maybe would have done so). What I saw was basically family friendly (except for some mentions of needing alcohol and a section where the lead actor is โ€œbreaking intoโ€ his grandmotherโ€™s locked safe to find her famous, secret praline recipe -- he knows itโ€™s wrong but heโ€™s doing it anyway because heโ€™s โ€œgot something to prove and I never lose a betโ€ โ€“ it all backfires on him in a funny way, but it felt a bit tarnishing to his character." ~~Jane

Merry Textmas - December 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Merry Textmas. Watched 30 minutes and decided to delete and move on. I found this movie to be cute with a fun premise but also slightly annoying and inconsistent. I enjoyed the big fun family all chiming in on their Christmas group text (including the stranger they accidentally included on the thread โ€“ oops!!). Itโ€™s probably a nice movie but I just wasnโ€™t in the mood to stick it out. The part I watched was family friendly and I think if others arenโ€™t bothered by the little things that bothered me, then this could be a cute movie. I enjoy movies that highlight the Christmas customs and traditions of different cultures (and this year there seems to be quite a multitude of those that are focusing on Latino culture) but I would like to hear them in English and not have to read subtitles, especially since I was not watching them on a Spanish-speaking network. I donโ€™t mind a subtitle here and there, as needed in a story, but in this one they were excessive and they were teeny-tiny print and blended into the colors on the screen, thus making it very difficult to read and follow along (and I got tired of constantly rewinding to see if I could decipher them). Another thing in this movie that bothered me was that the accents kind of come and go depending on when actors forget to lay it on heavy; I can understand the older generations having accents but the younger kids having heavy accents just didnโ€™t make sense in this movie where they supposedly were American-born kids. Also, the lead actress was unnaturally exuberant at times and sort of melancholy at other times, leading me to believe she was new to acting (but it might just be her personal style and something Iโ€™d get used to as the movie went on??). I liked the lead actor, although it was a bit odd that his characterโ€™s parents were originally from Mexico (and speak with heavy accents) and yet he didnโ€™t understand ANY Spanish language terms at all (huh??)." ~~Jane

Scentsational Christmas - December 8, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Scentsational Christmas is very lovely!" โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Scentsational Christmas. Warm & cozy, good for a one-time watch, not a keeper. Others will like this movie more than I did. The storyline about candle making and perfume making is unique, so kudos for that. There was also a nice mystery revolving around a historic tale of lovers lost in a snowstorm and candles bringing them together. The movie has a very cozy atmosphere with all the MANY candles and snow and old dark historic buildings and pubs of New England. But the whole thing was a bit ????? Bizarre, maybe? I donโ€™t know, something was missing or just kind of โ€œoffโ€? Itโ€™s almost like they were trying to make a BBC period drama or romantic mystery but, to me, they fell short and it all ended up being a bit odd. Even the candles ended up being excessive and over-the-top. I liked the lead actor (I donโ€™t know that Iโ€™ve ever seen him before), and Nazneen is beyond beautiful as a leading lady and Iโ€™ve liked her in other movies but I just wasnโ€™t a fan of her in this one, her character could be uncaring and cold and her whispery/quivery/sensual voice, that I usually find nice and unique, got on my nerves after a while. Even the beautiful candles began to be overkill. And the story Nazneen tells about candles was told in a weird, sort of sensual way as she was caressing a candle and it kind of made me want to gag -> supposedly โ€œcandles are a reflection of ourselvesโ€ฆ the wax is our bodyโ€ฆ the wick is our mindโ€ฆ and together they give home to the flame, which is the spark of lifeโ€ฆ and the heart is the candleโ€™s loveโ€ -> Huh?? What kind of mumbo-jumbo drivel is that?!? Anyway, the movie felt cozy but it was a bit melodramatic and implausible. Including the fact that a professional chemist/perfumer who grew up making famous Christmas candles with her mother and grandmother had no idea what the secret ingredient/scent was for those candles. She couldnโ€™t figure it out and it was a HUGE revelation when it finally came to her. It was bayberry. I could have told her that the minute I saw the pale green taper in her hand. Pretty much anyone who likes candles can give you a list of about five scents that are evocative of Christmas and bayberry is on the top of that list. Especially since this was a scent used centuries ago in colonial times and you can find them in any historic town or shop all over New England where this movie takes place. Not to mention, I believe the name of their centuries-old home was Bayberry Hill or something like that because bayberry grows rampantly there. Sheesh! Iโ€™m rolling my eyeballs. The movie is family friendly but I donโ€™t think younger kids would be interested. It feels a bit sensual at one point but nothing too much. Also, Nazneen downs multiple strong drinks at the cozy pub owned by her friend and the next scene we see her driving her car, so thatโ€™s not good. But other than that, itโ€™s family friendly and I think people who are less critical than me will enjoy the movie simply because it has a cozy, candlelight feeling and ultimately a sweet, albeit melodramatic, romantic ending." ~~Jane

A Recipe for Joy - December 9, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Recipe for Joy (aka Christmas a la Carte). Couldn't quite make it all the way through this one. I think others will like it more than I did. I found the lead actress's character to be quite unlikeable and somewhat bratty; the lead actor was okay. There was something just a bit "off" for me in this one and I'm not sure if it was the script or the acting. Quite often details just didn't fit from one scene to another. For instance, a big deal was made about going out tomorrow to get a tree for the restaurant and, yet, we had just watched a scene from the day before where they already got a tree for the restaurant. So, little details like that were distracting. This wasn't a keeper for me but I think it might be worth a try for others?" ~~Jane

Kirk Franklinโ€™s The Night Before Christmas - December 10, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Really enjoyed The Night before Christmas!" โ€“Maria

Single and Ready to Jingle - December 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Destination Christmas (Also Titled: Single and Ready to Jingle) is not family friendly. His sister and her wife featured throughout." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Single and Ready to Jingle is NOT family friendly. A woman introduces another woman as her wife." ~Anonymous

Record Breaking Christmas - December 15, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Record Breaking Christmas is clean, great fun!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "Record Breaking Christmas. Itโ€™s probably a cute movie but I just couldnโ€™t make it past the first 30 minutes of silliness and some combination of poor acting/directing/script. Family friendly up until I hit delete." ~~Jane

A Christmas to Treasure - December 16, 2022
(Please note: This movie includes a same-sex couple; I'm not promoting this movie due to it's content.)

The Holiday Dating Guide - December 17, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Holiday Dating Guide. I rather liked this one. Borderline keeper until I need room on the dvr. Family friendly (the lead actress's bff/roommate is probably gay but there is nothing inappropriate said/done)." ~~Jane

Wrapped Up in Love - December 18, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Wrapped Up in Love. Cute, sweet, traditional movie. At first I was going to delete because the lead actress was TOO bubbly and perfect and the lead actor was a bit too cold, but I kept going and quite enjoyed it. Nothing unique, and perhaps not the best chemistry between the leads, but it was comforting to watch a "traditional" sappy Christmas movie with some warm decorations and a nice family feeling. Good for a one-time watch. Family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "WRAPPED UP IN LOVE Family friendly. I donโ€™t know if the title portrays the storyline at all, but this was an enjoyable movie. Probably for a one time watch. It was a cute movie. If I can nitpickโ€ฆ the character of the female lead was just a bit much, wanting to be a self proclaimed โ€œChristmas Queenโ€. I do like Brittany Bristow and Olivier Renaud individually, especially Brittany, but I wished their chemistry together was a bit more." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŒŸFreeform / Disney + (Streaming) / ABC:

The Santa Clause episodes - December, 2022:

The Santa Clause movie was on my streaming service via Freeform. I watched it and here is my take. Tim Allenโ€™s Santa Clause has some subtle Disney wokeness. It is interesting that the elves are now in the 14-16 year range. This opens up the opportunity to say lines really not needed for kids. Lines are thrown in to suggest itโ€™s okay to act and say certain things. At the end of the day, it is up to each parent to decide what is appropriate for their children to watch. I would watch the first two in the series. -Gabeโ€™s Mom


Fit for Christmas - December 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Fit For Christmasโ€™ Review: Amanda Kloots Should Star in More Movies Fit For Christmas is family friendly about recognizing oneโ€™s gifts and using them to inspire others. Sure, a town like Mistletoe is a holiday cliche (in the best way), but preserving every corner of it instead of demolishing it is entirely due to the people who live there. Itโ€™s about using oneโ€™s platform and voice to spread the type of good news thatโ€™ll help people thrive. And, considering we canโ€™t even get gingerbread lattes at chain coffee shops anymore, Iโ€™d do anything to keep the local coffee shop that sells them afloat. The plot is one of the more tired, worn-out holiday tropes, but the screenplay and performances make every moment feel right and believable. The only thing that doesnโ€™t work is the ex-boyfriendโ€™s involvement. But that might be a โ€œme thingโ€ if we examine this closely. Still, the film works entirely because of Klootsโ€™ spirit, and thatโ€™s something that we need to harp on. Sheโ€™s the undeniable star of the film, and as an actual fitness instructor, she makes the career path believable, and her passion makes it feel genuinely motivational. While the bits with Audreyโ€™s ex-boyfriend were a whole lot of meh, the corporate, seemingly big bad grinch, I mean Griffin, sweeping in to steal the Christmas aficionadoโ€™s heart is a trope that might never get old. Paul Greene has been around in the holiday game for a long time, but never has his character been more delightful than when acting alongside Klootsโ€™ Audrey. Once it became clear that Griffinโ€™s vision wasnโ€™t entirely malicious, it became easier to root for them as a pair. Simultaneously, his choices to try out everything in this town while looking at Audrey like she invented Christmas made for the kind of swoony moments we all long for this time of year. At the end of the day, Fit For Christmas is about understanding the perils of heartache and how they thrust a person forward when leading with love. Both Audrey and Griffin lost their mothers, choosing to work in such a way that honored them while their grief shaped them into the person they are." ~Anonymous

Must Love Christmas - December 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Must Love Christmas โ€“ Two men, Nick and Lucas, are friends of the leading actors, and were in a relationship. This was a skip for me." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„ "Must Love Christmas is not family friendly. A renowned romance novelist named Natalie Wolfe unexpectedly becomes involved in a love triangle with her childhood crush named Caleb & a reporter named Nick. A renowned romance novelist (Liza Lapira of The Equalizer) famous for her Christmas-themed books finds herself snowbound in the charming town of Cranberry Falls. There, she unexpectedly becomes involved in a love triangle with her childhood crush (Nathan Witte) and a reporter (Neal Bledsoe) determined to interview her to save his dying magazine." ~Anonymous

When Christmas Was Young - December 18, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "When Christmas was Young was very nice (and clean!)." โ€“Maria

๐ŸŽ„ "When Christmas was Young is family friendly about a headstrong music manager naked Luke in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client finds himself falling for a gifted singer-songwriter with abandoned dreams of making it big, as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago. A music manager named Lucas in desperate need of a hit song for his last remaining client, who finds himself falling for a gifted singer-songwriter named Molly Douglass with abandoned dreams of making it big, as he attempts to secure the rights to a Christmas song she wrote years ago. In desperate need of a hit song, a headstrong music manager finds himself falling for a gifted singer-writer who abandoned her dreams of making it big." ~Anonymous


Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas

๐ŸŒŸthe CW:

The Waltons' Thanksgiving - November 20, 2022


The Case of the Christmas Diamond - November 20, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Case of the Christmas Diamond is family friendly mystery movie. Blue collar, Andy is a little nervous but thrilled when she is invited to her rich friend's estate for Christmas, but when the family matriarch's multi-million-dollar gem suddenly goes missing she finds herself accused of the theft. With the help of a famous mystery writer, Andy must find the real culprit amid the litany of wealthy guests all of whom have their knives out for her. Blue-Collar Andy finds herself accused of theft when a multimillion-dollar gem suddenly goes missing from her rich friendโ€™s estate. With the help of a famous mystery writer, Andy must find the real culprit amid the litany of wealthy guests" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Case of the Christmas Diamond is family friendly mystery movie about Blue collar Andy is a little nervous but thrilled when she is invited to her rich friendโ€™s estate for Christmas. But when the family matriarchโ€™s multi-million-dollar gem suddenly goes missing, she finds herself accused of the theft and at the center of the investigation led by Detective Billings. (Review may contain SPOILERS) With the help of a famous mystery writer, Andy must find the real culprit amid all the wealthy guests all of whom have it out for her. Blue-collar Andy finds herself accused of theft when a multimillion-dollar gem suddenly goes missing from her rich friendโ€™s estate. With the help of a famous mystery writer named Jackie Evenson, Andy must find the real culprit amid the litany of wealthy guests. Jackie plays the role as Detective from Whodunnit Game hands 2 envelope on the pillow with cards: The Theft & The Prowler while Andy is sleeping & took a shower. Andy is being sidekick to Jackie. Andy can solve the case by using cards from Whodunnit Game. Detective Billings arrives in the afternoon at Kenilworth Estate with the guests & Andy plays the role as Deputy Detective. Jackie - The Detective Olivia - The Innocent Liam - The Gambler Harper - The Liar Margaret - The Lover Amelia - The Schemer Raphael - The Thief Lenora - The Opportunist Bridgette - The Harlot Gary - The Cheater The Prowler Gary runs toward the hall when the polices after him. Detective Billings & Polices handcuff Lenora & Gary. Andy knows Jackie sent her cards oh The Thief & The Prowler. Jackie wants to write mystery books with Andy. The Case of the Christmas Diamond by Jackie Evenson & Candace โ€œAndyโ€ Kayne. Andy drinks Kenilworth Spiced Ale with cinnamon stick. Liam hands Andy an album. Andy & Liam kids under the mistletoe" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Finally got around to watching the 2 ION movies I've had on the DVR for a while, and here's my reviews: THE CASE OF THE CHRISTMAS DIAMOND: I very much enjoyed this one, very intriguing." ~Maria

Dognapped: Hound for the Holidays - November 27, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Dognapped: Hound for the Holidays is family friendly about when an egotistical social media influencer named Victoria Frostโ€™s dog named Tiny is dognapped, her long-suffering assistant named Emily teams up with charming local veterinarian named Jonathan to find puppy before Christmas. As two investigate suspects, they form a romantic bond along the way Tiny is Victoria Frostโ€™s new rescue dog." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Dognapped: Hound for the Holidays. One part early in movie is not family friendly. I deleted the movie so I don't know about the rest of it. The main actress is on a phone call with her mother about coming home for Christmas and bringing a friend to stay. The mother says "[She] can stay in your sister's old room, she can't come home this year because she's headed to Florida with her new girlfriend to meet her family". Main actress says "Ah! It must be serious.". And the mother says "Finally!! And are you seeing anyone special?" ~~Jane

The Search for Secret Santa - December 4, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "The Search for Secret Santa is not family friendly about Cub reporter named Sofia/Sophia thinks sheโ€™s found a Christmas story that will save Christmas story that will save her career when she discovers a long lost, gift addressed to B. to Claire. Tony & Abigail reunited. Sophiaโ€™s best friends named Nancy & Laura to their honeymoon in Austria to honor the Prince & Finn the commoner to take historical nutcracker. Jackson hands Sophia a nutcracker" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "THE SEARCH FOR SECRET SANTA is family friendly about Cub reporter Sofia thinks she's found a Christmas story that will save her career when she discovers a long-lost, undelivered Secret Santa gift... from "B. to Claire." But the mystery gets even juicer when she learns that the item - a priceless Fabergรฉ egg - was in fact stolen years ago. With the help of a handsome & shady art dealer, she sets off on a dangerous, romantic quest to match the Secret Santas and catch the thieves." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Search for Secret Santa. Not family friendly. Such a shame because this was a cute and cozy movie with good lead actors and a fun Nutcracker mystery up until the one-hour mark. As the mystery is unfolding, we then hear a detailed story on how there was a royal prince back in the late 1800โ€™s in a small European country and he was the only one left to carry on the royal line. But Peter โ€œwas not the marrying kindโ€. Twenty-four-year-old โ€œPeter loved Finn, a male commonerโ€ and he showered Finn with gifts and Finn took some of the gems and made a gold and precious-gem-encrusted nutcracker as a gift for Peter. The king found out about their relationship and separated the two and banished Finn, and young, heartsick Peter died of a heart attack and the valuable nutcracker became cursed forevermore. After being told this secret tale the lead actress says, โ€œitโ€™s 100 years later and weโ€™re still struggling to accept people for who they are and who they loveโ€. Thatโ€™s when I was about to hit delete but I decided to fast forward through the movie to see if I could confirm a suspicion Iโ€™d had since the beginning of the movie. And, sure enough, at the end of the movie we find out that the lead actress's two best girl friends are actually lesbian lovers and about to get married and go on a honeymoon. Ugh. This makes two Ion movies that Iโ€™ve tried to watch that were not family friendly so Iโ€™m thinking Iโ€™ll not watch anymore Ion movies?" ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„ "The Search for Secret Claus Unfortunately I donโ€™t see that coming until end of the movie in fact, Sophiaโ€™s best friends named Nancy & Laura ahead to their honeymoon in Austria to take historical nutcracker to honor Prince & Finn the commoner. I thought this family friendly but isnโ€™t . Unless Sophia lectures nutcracker until see above until others asking Sophia about Tony & Abigail - Abigail shows up & sees Sophia so, Sophia walks toward Abigail until she calls out Tony, Abigail says Tony & Tony says Twirly, Abigailโ€™s nickname. Jonathan carves heart (Jonathan & Sophia), Jonathan hands handmade nutcracker to Sophia Jonathan & Sophia need to avoid the thieves who want nutcracker named Justin Hawkins & Simon with eye patch just before cops come so, Jonathan asking Simon whereโ€™s his Sister in somewhere in the theater ๐ŸŽญ" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Search for Secret Claus is not family friendly" ~ Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "The Search for Santa Claus is not family friendly when I found out at the end of the movie about 45 mins. Sophia lectures the audience by saying her best friends named Laura & Nancy are about to get married & ahead to their honeymoon to take historical nutcracker in Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น to honor the Prince & Finn the commoner" ~Anonymous


A Prince and Pauper Christmas - December 11, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A PRINCE AND PAUPER CHRISTMAS: Loved this one!! Plus it's also clean." โ€“Maria


๐ŸŒŸBounce TV:

Faith Heist: A Christmas Caper - November 26, 2022


Christmas with Felicity - December 1, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Thanks for the info. Net. I actually now have a list of 120 (yes, really) Christmas movies to watch this year (most will actually be watched in 2023) so thankfully these won't add to it as I've seen them all already, even Hudson where the hero is a widower. The heroine in Christmas With Felicity was a bit annoying at first but she improved as the movie progressed. As far as I can remember, they're all family-friendly and they're pretty solid Rom.Coms worth a watch. A Cape Cod Christmas was probably my favourite" - Florence

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas with Felicity โ€“ This family-friendly movie isnโ€™t really unique or spectacular, but itโ€™s simple and sweet, an enjoyable watch. I liked that most of the movie took place in the small fictional town of Aspen Grove. Felicityโ€™s bakery has failed in Chicago, so she returns home to her family and starts baking there. Her niece helps her build an online shop, and James, a local farmer, shares his booth with her at the Christmas fair. As Felicity settles into life in Aspen Grove at Christmastime, she is torn between two men, her ex from Chicago and James, who is such a nice guy, who is helpful and kind, and I couldnโ€™t help from noticing, he smiles all the time. This lighthearted movie has a happy ending and leaves you feeling good inside." ~Net

A Cape Cod Christmas - December 2, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Cape Cod Christmas aired last year on another was a very quiet/calm movie...much like Love Stories in Sunflower Valley. No bad language, two kisses, mention of someone having a reputation (cleared up later in story), mention of bringing wine to dinner (for those concerned about this), use of the word magic. Regarding the story, the "requisite" misunderstanding is dealt with almost immediately, which I happen to appreciate. Also, the tender love story is unrushed and is amplified by quiet flashbacks. Main character possibly lies to cover up lack of progress in work, which is disappointing. Extra points for mentioning the book Anne of Green Gables and L.M. Montgomery! On the whole, to be recommended." ~Anonymous

A Christmas Wish in Hudson - December 8, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Wish in Hudson was really good." -Maria

๐ŸŒŸDiscovery + (Streaming) and HGTV:

A Christmas Open House - December 7, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "A Christmas Open House. On HGTV. Not family friendly. When I get the chance, Iโ€™ve enjoyed watching Home Town with Ben & Erin Napier on HGTV over the years. I thought their new Christmas movie would probably be sweet with a nice, decorative, attention to detail. But I couldnโ€™t make it past the first five minutes. The movie starts at a beautiful outdoor wedding where we find out the lead actress has temporarily acted as a wedding planner but will soon be going back to her real gig as a home stager. We meet her friend, James, who says โ€œIโ€™d get married again, if I knew my reception would look this good.โ€ And then he calls โ€œHey, sweetieโ€ to his husband who comes over and we see just how in love they are, blah blah blahโ€ฆ social credit scores for HGTVโ€ฆ delete for me!!" ~~Jane

Designing Christmas - December 14, 2022

๐ŸŽ„ "Designing Christmas is family friendly about If having to work under a tight filming schedule wasnโ€™t enough, the feelings between Pablo & Stella become harder to deny. This turns everything upside down. Speaking of flipping, Hilary Farr of Love It or List It is along for the ride as Stellaโ€™s mentor Freddy. New feelings may threaten everything between co-hosts of a home renovation show during the holidays." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„ "Designing Christmas is family friendly about Stella Murphy & Pablo Belmonte have been co-hosts of the renovation show โ€œHouse Sweet Homeโ€ for six years, entertaining viewers with their sharp banter and often opposing styles, while thrilling homeowners with stunning transformations. But their latest makeover hits a lot closer to homeโ€ฆand this time itโ€™s personal. After many successful seasons, โ€œHouse Sweet Homeโ€ could be on the brink of cancellation as ratings have fallen. Everything is riding on the all-important Christmas episodeโ€ฆwhen the prospective homeowner suddenly backs out. With no time to find another optionโ€”and over Stellaโ€™s strong protestationsโ€”Pablo & their showโ€™s producer, Zoe, decide on a new plan of action: they will renovate the house on which Stella just closed escrow: a Victorian home in Lexington, Virginia, that was built by her great-great grandparents in 1910. Adding to the draw, Stellaโ€™s fiancรฉ, Jack suggests they combine the reveal with their own onsite weddingโ€ฆlive on Christmas Eve. With only a few weeks to transform the early-20th-century house that, in the early 21st century, has essentially gone to ruin, not to mention plan a wedding, Stella knows she needs reinforcements. She enlists her friend and mentor, Frederica โ€œFreddyโ€ Greene, who is not only an expert on historic homes but also shares Stellaโ€™s design aesthetic, which clashes with Pabloโ€™s. Stella wants to restore the once-beautiful house, where she has so many happy childhood memories. Pablo, whose standard approach is summed up in his nickname, โ€œThe Sledgehammer,โ€ wants to take down walls and paint or replaceโ€ฆwellโ€ฆeverything. However, as the two work closely together & uncover hidden truths, about the house & each other, the foundation of their relationship begins to shift. And what began as another renovation project just might become a labor of love." ~Anonymous


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Thank you once again to EVERYONE above who has contributed, so far, into making this movie review post a success.


If YOU want to share an opinion/review on any movie premiering this year, simply leave a response in comments anywhere on this site. I'll be sure to share your review in this post above with others. If possible, please don't include spoilers, or just give a spoilers warning if you need to. Also, if you want to give an Anonymous review, that is fine, but it's also nice if you give us your initials, a nickname, etc... It goes without saying, but please, also be kind and thoughtful in your reviews. It's possible one of the actors or actresses involved may see your comment.

Again, THANK YOU ALL! I truly look forward to hearing your take on the upcoming Christmas movies!

God Bless Us, Everyone! Net


Here come the 2022 CHRISTMAS DVD RELEASES! I'm sharing below the family friendly Christmas movies that have been released, thus far, and Iโ€™ll be adding more holiday themed movies to the list below as they become available!

Soโ€ฆ get out your DVD wish list and be sure to click on your favorites below!

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The Christmas Contest (DVD)




Christmas at Castle Hart (DVD)


Lacey Chabert 6-Film Collection (Christmas in Rome / A Christmas Melody / Pride, Prejudice And Mistletoe / Christmas Waltz / Sweetest Christmas / A Wish for Christmas) (DVD)






Hallmark 3-Movie Collection: A Christmas Treasure/ Our Christmas Journey/ A Holiday In Harlem (DVD)


Hallmark 3-Movie Collection: Christmas In Tahoe/ One December Night/ A Royal Queens Christmas (DVD)





Hallmark Holiday 3-Movie Collection:
Jingle Bell Bride, The Christmas Doctor, Deliver By Christmas
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The Nine Kittens of Christmas
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Next Stop, Christmas
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A Kiss Before Christmas
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Eight Gifts of Hanukkah
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Christmas in My Heart and My Christmas Family Tree
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You, Me & The Christmas Trees
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Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas
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Hallmark 3-Movie Collection:
Christmas On My Mind
A Homecoming For The Holidays
Holiday Hearts
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Hallmark 3-Movie Collection:
Cheerful Christmas
Double Holiday
Itโ€™s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
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Jingle Bell Princess (DVD)

Jingle Bell Princess
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Christmas Miracle for Daisy (DVD)

A Christmas Miracle For Daisy
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Much Ado About Christmas
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Christmas Is You (DVD)

Christmas is You
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Kindhearted Christmas (DVD)

A Kindhearted Christmas
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Royally Wrapped For Christmas
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A Ring for Christmas
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Country Roads Christmas
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Christmas in Rockwell
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Christmas in Wolf Creek
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*Christmas in Wolf Creek is the sequel to Love in Wolf Creek.


Love in Wolf Creek
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The Complete Rankin/Bass Christmas Collection
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Tom and Jerry Snowmanโ€™s Land
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A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love
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Deck the Heart
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Joy & Hope
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Holiday Inn 80th Anniversary Edition
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Hallmark 3-Movie DVD Collection:
Christmas Joy
Finding Santa
Mingle All The Way
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A Midnight Kiss
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Hallmark Christmas 3 Film Collection
(The Christmas Contest/A Rose for Christmas/Christmas CEO)
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Hallmark Christmas 3 Film Collection
(Christmas Wonderland/Sharing Christmas/12 Gifts of Christmas)
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Hallmark Christmas 3 Film Collection
(Christmas Under Wraps/I'm Not Ready for Christmas/Christmas Land)
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Hallmark Christmas 3 Film Collection
(Finding Santa/Two Turtle Doves/Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane)
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Many of the 2021 Lifetime Christmas movies are available in large DVD collections at Walmart. While I enjoyed several of Lifetime's films from last year, I cannot recommend the entire collections. There are 4 different volumes with 12 movies in each. If you'd like to check them out, you can see them here: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, and Volume 4. There's also a Walmart Exclusive DVD with 50 Lifetime movies. Once again, I must say I do not endorse all of the Lifetime movies in these collections. I'm still hoping they will release some of these movies on DVD individually.

A Dicken's of a Holiday, The Christmas Promise, 'Tis the Season to be Merry, Christmas CEO, and A Christmas Together With You are all available in movie collections at Amazon. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend the movies they are paired with, but if you would like to check out these DVD collections, simply click on their titles.

Stay tuned! Iโ€™ll be adding even more CHRISTMAS DVDโ€™s to this 2022 list as they become available - including more Christmas Movies, Cartoons, etc...!

Which movies are you still hoping to see on DVD this year? Please share in comments below.

Joyous Christmas Blessings All Year Round, Net

ARCHIVE: 2022 TV MOVIE SCHEDULE... Unveiling the New Movies throughout the Year!

FROM 2022...

I will be adding to the list below, month by month; so, we will have a reference of all the new movies premiering this year.


Saturday, January 1, 2022:

Where Your Heart Belongs ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, January 8, 2022:

The Winter Palace ... GAC Family ... 8 PM *NEW

The Wedding Veil ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, January 9, 2022:

Love's Second Chance ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

North to Home ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, January 15, 2022:

The Perfect Pairing ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, January 16, 2022:

Fishing for Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Saturday, January 22, 2022:

Don't Forget I Love You ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, January 23, 2022:

Love on the Road ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Thursday, January 27, 2022:

Love Knots ... BYU ... 1 PM *NEW

Saturday, January 29, 2022:

Butlers in Love ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, January 30, 2022:

Love & Where to Find It ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW


Saturday, February 5, 2022:

The Wedding Veil (speciะฐl encore presentะฐtion) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM

Sunday, February 6, 2022:

Listen Out for Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Cut, Color, Murder ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, February 12, 2022:

Harmony From The Heart ... GAC Family ... 8 PM *NEW

The Wedding Veil Unveiled ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, February 13, 2022:

The Story of Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Thursday, February 17, 2022:

Into the Wild Frontier (Docudrama, 1st of 8 episodes) ... INSP ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, February 19, 2022:

The Wedding Veil Legacy ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, February 20, 2022:

The Song to My Heart ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Aurora Teagarden: Haunted by Murder ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, February 26, 2022:

Welcome to Mะฐmะฐโ€™s ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Freedom on the Range (western documentary) ... INSP ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, February 27, 2022:

A Wedding to Remember ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 Sneak Peek (3 minutes long!) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Monday, February 28, 2022:

Farmer Seeking Love ... BYUtv ... 4 AM *NEW

MARCH 2022:

Sunday, March 6, 2022:

A Bridesmaid in Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 1) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, March 12, 2022:

Feeling Butterflies ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, March 13, 2022:

A Honeymoon to Remember ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 2) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

The Presence of Love ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Sunday, March 20, 2022:

The Wedding Fix ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 3) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Friday, March 25, 2022:

When Love Blooms ... BYU ... 1 PM *NEW

Reba McEntire: My Chains Are Gone (musical special) ... UPtv ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, March 26, 2022:

A Second Chance at Love ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, March 27, 2022:

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 4) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

ARCHIVE: 2022 TV MOVIE SCHEDULE... Unveiling the New Movies throughout the Year!

APRIL 2022:

Sunday, April 3, 2022:

Run the Race ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 5) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Always Amore ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, April 9, 2022:

A Royal Runaway Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, April 10, 2022:

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 6) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Curious Caterer: Dying for Chocolate ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Sunday, April 17, 2022:

Happy Easter Sunday!

Faith, Hope & Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 7) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Small Group ... UPtv ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, April 23, 2022:

A Tail of Love ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, April 24, 2022:

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 8) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, April 30, 2022:

Sweet as Maple Syrup (encore airing) ... BYU ... 6 PM and 2 AM

ARCHIVE: 2022 TV MOVIE SCHEDULE... Unveiling the New Movies throughout the Year!

MAY 2022:

Sunday, May 1, 2022:

Aloha with Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 9) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, May 7, 2022:

Warming Up to You ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, May 8, 2022:

Yellowstone Romance ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 10) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, May 14, 2022:

Road Trip Romance ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, May 15, 2022:

The Nature of Romance ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 11) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Heart of the Matter ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 8 PM *NEW

Saturday, May 21, 2022:

Romance to the Rescue ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, May 22, 2022:

Harmony in Paradise ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

When Calls the Heart - Season 9 (Episode 12 - Season Finale) ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Rip in Time ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, May 29, 2022:

Love Under the Lemon Tree ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

JUNE 2022:

Saturday, June 4, 2022:

Hidden Gems ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, June 5, 2022:

Our Dream Wedding ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Saturday, June 11, 2022:

Caribbean Summer ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, June 12, 2022:

The Engagement Backup ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Color My World With Love ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, June 18, 2022:

Moriah's Lighthouse ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, June 19, 2022:

A Romance Wedding ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Saturday, June 25, 2022:

Two Tickets to Paradise ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, June 26, 2022:

Planning on Forever ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

JULY 2022:


Saturday, July 9, 2022:

My Grown-Up Christmas List ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, July 10, 2022:

Love on Fire ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Saturday, July 16, 2022:

Campfire Christmas ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, July 17, 2022:

Love, Fashion, Repeat ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Saturday, July 23, 2022:

Christmas in Toyland ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, July 24, 2022:

Love on Trend ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Saturday, July 30, 2022:

A Splash of Love ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, July 31, 2022:

Sweet as Pie ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

14 Love Letters ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

AUGUST 2022:

Saturday, August 6, 2022:

Love in the Limelight ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, August 7, 2022:

Attraction Test ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Big Sky River ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, August 13, 2022:

Retreat To Paradise ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Romance in Style ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, August 14, 2022:

Love, Game, Match ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

The Journey Ahead ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, August 20, 2022:

Identical Love ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Dating the Delaneys ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, August 21, 2022:

The Engagement Plot ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Groundswell ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, August 27, 2022:

Love in Bloom ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Game, Set, Love ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, August 28, 2022:

Styled with Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Unthinkably Good Things ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

A Royal Seaside Romance
Love's Sweet Recipe
Prescription for Love: A Cinderella Story
Marry Go Round


Saturday, September 3, 2022:

Prescription for Love: A Cinderella Story ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Marry Me in Yosemite ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, September 4, 2022:

Love, Bubbles & Crystal Cove ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Love's Portrait ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, September 10, 2022:

A Taste of Tuscany (Just Add Love) ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Marry Go Round ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, September 11, 2022:

Finding Love in Big Sky, Montana ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

To Her, With Love ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, September 17, 2022:

This Little Love of Mine ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Wedding of a Lifetime ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, September 18, 2022:

Love's Sweet Recipe ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

The Secrets of Bella Vista ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, September 24, 2022:

A Royal Seaside Romance ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Fly Away With Me ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, September 25, 2022:

Plus One at an Amish Wedding ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Francesca Quinn, PI ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW


Saturday, October 1, 2022:

Home for Harvest ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Girlfriendship ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, October 2, 2022:

A Country Romance ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Nikki & Nora: Sister Sleuths ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Saturday, October 8, 2022:

Cider and Sunsets (Previous Title: How to Find Forever) ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Pumpkin Everything ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, October 9, 2022:

Infamously in Love ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Saturday, October 15, 2022:

My Bossโ€™ Wedding ... Great American Family ... 8 PM *NEW

Autumn in the City ... Hallmark Channel ... 8 PM *NEW

Sunday, October 16, 2022:

Love in Wolf Creek ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Perfect Harmony ... Hallmark Movies & Mysteries ... 9 PM *NEW

Sunday, October 23, 2022:

Star-Crossed Romance ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

Sunday, October 30, 2022:

Squeaky Clean Mysteries: Hazardous Duty ... UPtv ... 7 PM *NEW

*See the Christmas TV Schedule - *HERE*!

*See the current FAMILY MOVIE SCHEDULE - *HERE*!

Blessings, Net


Once again, by popular request, I am continuing the list of NEW Hallmark movie DVD releases by year. I hope my list below will be a great month by month guide on what is available THIS YEAR in 2022! I'll be adding to this post when new DVD releases become available.

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(*Note: Some of the Christmas DVD's were available at Walmart before Amazon. I am reporting the Amazon release dates below.)

Her Pen Pal

*DVD Release Date: January 4, 2022 at Amazon


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Sand Dollar Cove

*DVD Release Date: January 4, 2022 at Amazon


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USS Christmas

*DVD Release Date: January 4, 2022 at Amazon


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Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas

*DVD Release Date: January 4, 2022 at Amazon


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If I Only Had Christmas

*DVD Release Date: January 4, 2022 at Amazon


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A Nashville Christmas Carol

*DVD Release Date: January 4, 2022 at Amazon


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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: 
Two for the Win & A Winter Getaway

*DVD Release Date: January 11, 2022 at Amazon


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All Summer Long

*DVD Release Date: January 11, 2022 at Amazon


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Darrow & Darrow: 
In the Key of Murder

*DVD Release Date: January 11, 2022 at Amazon


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Enchanted Royal Collection:
Royal New Year's Eve & A Royal Winter

*DVD Release Date: January 25, 2022 at Amazon


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The 27-Hour Day

*DVD Release Date: February 1, 2022 at Amazon


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The Baker's Son

*DVD Release Date: February 1, 2022 at Amazon


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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: 
A Little Daytime Drama & Love, For Real

*DVD Release Date: February 8, 2022 at Amazon


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Signed, Sealed, Delivered Collection: Movies 1-4
(For Christmas, From Paris with Love,
Truth Be Told, The Impossible Dream

*DVD Release Date: February 15, 2022 at Amazon


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Signed, Sealed, Delivered Collection: Movies 5-8
(From the Heart, One in a Million,
Lost Without You, Higher Ground

*DVD Release Date: February 15, 2022 at Amazon

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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries
Collection Five
(Til Death Do Us Part / Honeymoon Honeymurder)

*DVD Release Date: February, 2022 at Amazon


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Mystery 101 -
Collection Two
(An Education in Murder /
Killer Timing / Deadly History)

*DVD Release Date: February, 2022 at Amazon


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MARCH 2022:

Chronicle Mysteries: 3-Movie Collection

*DVD Release Date: March 1, 2022 at Amazon


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Martha's Vineyard Mystery 3-Movie Collection:
A Beautiful Place To Die, Riddled With Deceit
& Ships In The Night

*DVD Release Date: March 1, 2022 at Amazon


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Signed Sealed Delivered -
12 Movie Collection

*DVD Release Date: March, 2022 at Amazon


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Signed Sealed Delivered - The Vows We Have Made

*DVD Release Date: March 8, 2022 at Amazon


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Journey of My Heart

*DVD Release Date: March 8, 2022 at Amazon


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Signed, Sealed, Delivered Collection: Movies 9-12
(Home Again, The Road Less Traveled,
To the Altar, The Vows We Have Made

*DVD Release Date: March 8, 2022 at Amazon


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Hearts Down Under

*DVD Release Date: March 15, 2022 at Amazon


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Mystery 101 - 7 Film Collection

*DVD Release Date: March, 2022 at Amazon


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The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries
(16 Mystery Movie Collection)

*DVD Release Date: March, 2022 at Amazon


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APRIL 2022:

You Had Me at Aloha

*DVD Release Date: April 5, 2022 at Amazon


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South Beach Love

*DVD Release Date: April 5, 2022 at Amazon


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Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge: The Complete Story

*DVD Release Date: April 5, 2022 at Amazon


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Chesapeake Shores: Season 5

*DVD Release Date: April 12, 2022 at Amazon


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Advice to Love By

*DVD Release Date: April 19, 2022 at Amazon

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Chronicle Mysteries: 5 Film Collection

*DVD Release Date: April 29, 2022 at Amazon


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The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Collection Five

*DVD Release Date: April 29, 2022 at Amazon


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MAY 2022:

The Wedding Veil

*DVD Release Date: May 3, 2022 at Amazon


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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection:
The Perfect Pairing & Raise a Glass to Love

*DVD Release Date: May 3, 2022 at Amazon


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Love Strikes Twice

*DVD Release Date: May 10, 2022 at Amazon


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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Haunted by Murder

*DVD Release Date: May, 2022


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JUNE 2022:

The Wedding Veil Unveiled

*DVD Release Date: June 7, 2022 at Amazon


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One Summer

*DVD Release Date: June 7, 2022 at Amazon


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Best Christmas Party Ever

*DVD Release Date: June 28, 2022 at Amazon


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The Mistletoe Promise

*DVD Release Date: June 28, 2022 at Amazon


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The Christmas Cure

*DVD Release Date: June 28, 2022 at Amazon


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Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love

*DVD Release Date: June 28, 2022 at Amazon


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JULY 2022:

Hallmark 2-Movie Collection:
Sweet Pecan Summer & Season For Love

*DVD Release Date: July 5, 2022 at Amazon


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Picture Perfect Mysteries 3-Movie Collection:
Newlywed and Dead, Dead Over Diamonds & Exit Stage Death

*DVD Release Date: July 5, 2022 at Amazon


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The Wedding Veil Legacy

*DVD Release Date: July 5, 2022 at Amazon


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AUGUST 2022:

Candace Cameron Bure: 4-Film Collection
A Christmas Detour, Christmas Under Wraps,
Journey Back to Christmas, Switched for Christmas

*DVD Release Date: August 9, 2022 at Amazon


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A Second Chance at Love

*DVD Release Date: August 9, 2022 at Amazon


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Feeling Butterflies

*DVD Release Date: August 16, 2022 at Amazon


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Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Haunted By Murder

*DVD Release Date: September 30, 2022 at Amazon


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The Wedding Veil Trilogy
The Wedding Veil, Unveiled, Legacy

*DVD Release Date: October 11, 2022 at Amazon


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Mystery 101: 3-Movie Collection 2 Dead Talk / An Education in Murder / Killer Timing

*DVD Release Date: October 11, 2022 at Amazon


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When Calls the Heart

*DVD Release Date: October 25, 2022 at Amazon


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Hallmark Collection - Love Is Trending / Winter Castle: Baby It's Cold Inside / Romancing The Birthday Girl

*DVD Release Date: November 18, 2022 at Amazon


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Hallmark Collection - Tail Of Love / Road Trip Romance / Perfect Pairing

*DVD Release Date: November 18, 2022 at Amazon


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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: Love on Ice & Frozen in Love

*DVD Release Date: December 6, 2022 at Amazon


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A Midnight Kiss

*DVD Release Date: December 6, 2022 at Amazon


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Hallmark 2-Movie Collection: SnowComing & Baby, It's Cold Inside

*DVD Release Date: December 13, 2022 at Amazon


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Stay tuned! Iโ€™ll be adding more DVDโ€™s to this list as they become available!

Until then, I hope you enjoy your next movie night!

Blessings, Net

Which ๐ŸŽ„ 2021 CHRISTMAS MOVIES ๐ŸŽ„ made the *It's a Wonderful Movie* NICE LIST! ๐ŸŽ…

Welcome Friends -
to the 2021 Christmas Movie Review Page!

Here's what you'll find here...

To give us all a sense of which NEW Christmas Movies ARE and which movies ARE NOT family-friendly, I am going to be updating this page with reviews and comments on almost every NEW MOVIE from *It's a Wonderful Movie* family members throughout Christmastime. Be sure to bookmark this page by adding it to your favorites and return for reviews added for each film. Hopefully this will help us all enjoy many of the wonderful Christmas movies airing this Holiday Season - and make our Christmas movie viewing experience a whole lot easier!

My personal reviews come from a Christian view point, 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, yet, but you would like to, please see details at the end of this post. Whether you share a little or a lot - it is all appreciated!

I hope you enjoy all of the movie reviews below...





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


Much Ado About Christmas - October 30, 2021
(Susie Abromeit and Torrance Coombs)

๐ŸŽ„"Just finished Much Ado About Christmas and really enjoyed it. It was very well acted and the storyline believable. I was wary of the storyline, but it was done so much better than I anticipated. Loved the attention to detail of the Christmas spirit and loved the romance between Hailey and Claud." ~Misty

๐ŸŽ„"I watched the premier holiday movie on GAC, "Much Ado About Christmas". I was more than pleasantly surprised. The movie was well-written, produced and directed. Casting was excellent. Storyline was heartfelt and nostalgic. This movie had all the elements of Christmas and then some. It was the first holiday movie I have ever seen where the snow looked real and there was so much attention given to detail that truly helped to capture the essence of the holidays. This movie is a classic and one I will watch again & again." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Both Much Ado About Christmas and The Christmas Promise were wonderful! It is hard to believe we had two great movies on in the same night. These will stay on my DVR indefinitely. I will say, for me, The Christmas Promise is the better of the two. Though it is Hallmark, it is family friendly. Loved the JOY sign! ------ In my previous comment, perhaps I did not word it correctly. I loved those two movies equally well. If I were forced to choose, it would be The Christmas Promise first and Much Ado About Christmas second. Can't wait to watch them both again." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"Review: Much Ado About Christmas Family-friendly: Yes Keeper? Yes GAC is off to a great start! I really enjoyed Much Ado About Christmas, and kept thinking "what a sweet and innocent movie" while watching it. Torrance Coombs' character came across as rather shy and introverted, and that is something you rarely see in one of these movies. Susie Abromeit also came across as very likeable, and the chemistry between the two characters was right on! A keeper!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"Much Ado About Christmas was good too, LOTS of Christmas. we probably won't watch it EVERY YEAR, but we would definitely watch again. We all agreed it was SO nice to watch a movie for the first time and not worry for one second about what is coming next :) it felt like old hallmark!" -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas", "Much Ado About Christmas, "Five More Minutes". "My Family Christmas Tree" was interesting and good." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"MUCH ADO ABOUT CHRISTMAS Family friendly. I was skeptical at first but i'm loving all the GAC movies I've been watching! I really liked this one. Super sweet, chemistry was great." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"I really enjoyed Much Ado About Christmas! It is family friendly and delightful. Each scene had great energy and it was always intriguing. There is something so beautiful and magical about the Christmas decorations and THE SNOW โ€“ it was soooo enchanting! It was like looking into a snow globe. The storyline was captivating and I felt lots of sweet chemistry between Haley and Claud! In spite of her motherโ€™s wealth, Hayley is down-to-earth and likeable and Claud is an honest, hard worker โ€“ who loves Christmas! This is one I look forward to watching over and over again!" ~Net

The Great Christmas Switch - November 6, 2021
(Sarah Lind and Dillon Casey)

๐ŸŽ„"Sorry to say, but I thought The Sister Switch was very boring. I didn't get why they would switch places. It also didn't seem very Christmasy. Looking forward to the next movie, though." ~Misty

๐ŸŽ„"I will talk about this movie 1st cause it was GAC Family, and it was a movie I was surprised i liked so much. The Great Christmas Switch!!!! I do usually like the twin sister switch movies, but when i saw the preview, the blond hair the 2nd sister had looked so bad, i didnt know if i could watch the entire movie with the bad wigs. But i decided to give it a try. As I was watching, i was apprehensive cause the sister that was married's husband was spending time with the sister switch so I was like "where are they going with this" and being so used to Hallmark, i said "wait a minute, give this a try cause this is GAC Family". I was glad i did. All I liked from the Great Christmas Switch--1st and foremost, that a married couple was having problems and looked like they could be headed for divorce, BUT worked it out and talked and I was so happy. We all know life isnt perfect, but i love to see married couples work things out. Loved that Sophia moved to Ohio to be with her sister and her sisters family. Loved Sophia's relationship with the kids. Loved that Kaelynn could see she was so rigid and perfect and didnt want to be anymore. She could see that was one reason why her marriage was struggling. I liked this movie a lot." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"Review: The Great Christmas Switch

Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper? Yes

I did not have high hopes for this movie, since many times in "switcheroo" movies the two personalities, portrayed by the same person, are not different enough to make you believe that are indeed two different characters. Not so here. Sarah Lind (you may remember her from the Martha's Vineyard Mystery movies) does an excellent job in making you believe that these two sisters are indeed two different people. (Spoiler: My favorite scene is the one at the dinner table where Sophia finds out how Kaitlynn has caused her to lose her apartment AND job - Sarah's reactions are great!) This movie, along with the great acting, has warmth and humor in a family setting. A keeper for me." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"I like Sarah Lind although I have to say I don't think she's a good match for Jesse Metcalfe in Martha's Vineyard. Howwver she comes into her own here. This movie hasn't generally been received well and while there are some obvious drawbacks to it I personally really emjoyed it. I was a bit dubious about what to expect and the first 20 minutes or so were very fragmented - I'm sure there will have been more than a few who might have stopped watching but stick with it because it turned into a captivating and compelling watch. I thought Kaelynn's husband was charming and had great charisma - he was maybe the hit of the movie, Sophia's love interest had a quiet yet appealing demeanour. It was well scripted in showing how each twin had very different facets to their personality and in the switch was able to realise her mistakes and even help the other. A couple of downsides were that I couldn't believe Kaylynn's kids couldn't recognise that Sophia wasn't their real mother although she did manage to avoid having full contact with Patrick and towards the end I was getting so frustrated that they just didn't explain the situation - hardly a big deal. The reconciliation between Kaelynn and Patrick was wonderful and joyful -it gave me a lovely fuzzy feeling and the making up between Sophia and Jonathan at the New Year's Eve old time dance made a great ending. One word of warning - although the movie is set at Christmas there's not a lot really "Christmassy" about it but this didn't spoil the enjoyment for me. Overall after the early scens a surprisingly compelling and light-hearted movie which I actually slightly preferred to Much Ado." Florence's rating - 8

๐ŸŽ„"What a fun, family-friendly movie! The Great Christmas Switch is filled with lots of hilarious moments. The only caution is that two twin sisters (played by one actress) are pretending to be each other โ€“ so there is a bit of dishonesty with keeping up the act. At first, it reminded me of Candace Cameron Bureโ€™s โ€œSwitched for Christmas,โ€ but there is enough uniqueness to make this story completely different. โ€œThe Great Christmas Switchโ€ is sometimes a little silly, but I liked all of the comedy. I literally laughed out loud throughout the movie. Sarah Lind portrayed both sisters wonderfully, and as Mark25 mentioned- the dinner scene at the end is Great! Sarahโ€™s expressions totally cracked me up! The movie overall is lighthearted and sure to put a smile on your face." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"I just watched "The Great Christmas Switch" and it's my favorite switch movie of all time! Often I get stressed out and feel like the comedic almost-get-caught scenes are so overdone and awkward such that no one would actually be fooled by the twin. Sarah Lind, though, did an incredible job "saving" situations in a believable way and was hilarious. The heartfelt moments for both twins, but especially with Kaelynn and Patrick, made the story. Loved it! I actually know a twin who is so identical that his brother's wife has walked up and kissed him on accident. Their younger brother is the only one who can tell them apart. There are many stories of two of them being pretty naughty playing switching games growing up. Wild how two people can be that much alike!" ~Alicia

Christmas Time is Here - November 13, 2021
(Dewshane Williams, Rukiya Bernard & Tom Pickett)

๐ŸŽ„"I just finished watching Christmas Time Is Here and loved it! It had everything I love about Christmas romance movies. It felt like a true Christmas movie and had what so many movies have been missing...chemistry! I loved the comedic, dramatic, romantic moments in this movie!" ~Misty

๐ŸŽ„"I too loved Christmas Time Is Here! Enjoyed it so much I watched again last night. Those two stars are adorable together.....a perfect match!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE (GAC) Family Friendly. This was so cute! Absolutely love the two leads and their chemistry. So fun to watch too. Had lots of laugh watching this." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Time is Here โ€“ What a sweet movie! Rukiya Bernard and Dewshane Williams are perfectly paired once again! Loved them both in the One Winter Weekend, One Winter Proposal, One Winter Wedding movies and it was nice to see them together in this Christmas movie. It almost made their story seem complete. Christmas Time is Here is a charming, family friendly movie that will surely warm your heart." ~Net

A Kindhearted Christmas - November 20, 2021
(previously: Secret Santa)
(Cameron Mathison and Jennie Garth)

๐ŸŽ„"A Kindhearted Christmas did not disappoint. I will watch this again. A Kiss Before Christmas is family friendly, and I really enjoyed this movie. James Denton and Terri Hatcher are good together, plus I loved the story. Another keeper for me. The stories have been told before in both of these movies, but I never tire of seeing good deeds and life changing things happen. When you leave a movie feeling happiness and joy, it is a good thing. That is how I felt." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Nantucket Noel, A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes. They were family friendly. I would watch A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes again. I really like David Hayden-Jones. I had to grab tissues for that last movie." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„"A Kindhearted Christmas was a wonderful movie! Fun, sweet, and very family friendly!" ~Grace

๐ŸŽ„"I watched A Kind Hearted Christmas and it was pretty good. IMO, you would have to be out of it not to know who was the Secret Santa was to build a news story around it, but it was still enjoyable. Great Christmas theme and great chemistry with all the cast." Misty

๐ŸŽ„"A Kindhearted Christmas is such a good, sweet and inspiring movie. It is all about kindness and love. It inspires you to do some good things for other people, show them that they matter, and they are not alone in this world. I love Gac movies, they have something special about them." ~Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„"A KINDHEARTED CHRISTMAS Family Friendly. This was a feel-good movie for sure. The chemistry and romance were definitely there. Always love Cameron and he was wonderful as always. The whole secret santa "reveal" thing and misunderstanding was a bit odd. But all in all, it was a sweet, feel good holiday movie that inspires the spirit of giving." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"A Kindhearted Christmas โ€“ Family-friendly and fun! I thoroughly enjoyed Jennie Garth and Cameron Mathison in this one! I loved the storyline of giving and it was cute to watch the โ€œSecret Santaโ€ attempt to hide their identity. It was also nice to see Emily Tennant โ€“ from the Wedding March movies and Marry Me at Christmas. Interestingly enough, the guy who portrayed Emilyโ€™s husband in Marry Me at Christmas, actor Blair Penner, also portrays her husband in this. I look forward to watching A Kindhearted Christmas over and over again." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"A Kind-Hearted Christmas I'm afraid I have to be the exception which proves the rule here. I wasn't really into this. The theme has been done so many times before and this movie was nothing special - the situations all semed cliched. It was pretty obvious from the start who the Secret Santa was and although Cameron Mathison gave a reasonable performance Jennie Garth seemed to be very uptight My big question was where did she get all the money which she was spending so lavishly from? There WAS a certain muted but comfortable chemistry between the leads but overall I found it dull. I did laugh however at the scene in the restauarant when Jamie had to appear Scrooge-like about the Secret Santa - the expression on the other's faces was priceless! This movie was just not my cup of tea although it was family friendly and it was nice to see Emily Tennant again." ~ Florence's rating 4.5

Angel Falls Christmas - November 26, 2021
(Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes)

๐ŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas "The ultimate act of love is to put aside pride in giving everything to the other person" I have been waiting for this movie to watch and I was not disappointed. It was such a good one. It was full of wisdom and lessons to learn. For me is a different story with a refreshing ending. Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes were just brilliant in this movie." ~Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„"Been going through my DVR this weekend and I want to say that Time For Them to Come Home for Christmas, Making Spirits Bright and Angel Falls Christmas are all family friendly and that old style feel-good we know and love." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas", "Much Ado About Christmas, "Five More Minutes". "My Family Christmas Tree" was interesting and good." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas โ€“ This movie instantly reminded me of the classic movie โ€“ The Bishopโ€™s Wife. In Angel Falls Christmas, Chad Michael Murray portrays the Angel, like Carey Grant did in the original and Jessica Lowndes portrays Ally, the woman he is helping to find her Christmas spirit, much like Loretta Young did in the classic film. Also, like The Bishopโ€™s Wife, the angel starts to fall for the woman he is helping. Overall, this movie is family-friendly, heartwarming and a good reminder of what is really important at Christmas and in life โ€“ spending time with the people we love!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas CONTAINS SPOILERS Jessica Lowndes and Chad Michael Murray are perhaps an acquired taste - they do have their detractors but I personally really like them both. I was really looking forwrd to this as one of the picks of last year's GAC Christmas season. Ally (Jessica) is a workaholic with little love for Christmas and has just broken up with her boyfriend Josh when she meets Gabe (Chad) who is an angel masquerading as a barista whose mission is to teach her the spiirit of Christmas. I did think Gabe was acting rather distant for the first part of the movie - and I have seen several others comment to this effect - but in retrospect I can see that perhaps this was the way he was meant to play it as events turned out. The other members of Gabe's angel team were pretty good in their parts. There is no question there was chemistry between Ally and Gabe, good interaction and dialogue as Ally began to lighten, the situations were compelling and touching and I was really enjoying the movie, little knowing the shock which was just around the corner. Maybe I just didn't pick up on the clues such as when Ally's ex beat Gabe to win the Christmas Wreath competition. Funnily enough when I had read the description in Net's initial blurb I had thought it was rather strange to insinuate Ally might get together again with Josh but then promptly forgot about it. It was building up to the inevitable conclusion when I suddenly realised that the plot was heading in an unexpected direction. I had totally misread it - Ally went back to her ex Josh with her new-found Christmas spirit , and she left her doctor's job at the hospital to take over a practice where she would have a more normal work period - I screamed a loud NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.............! What on earth were GAC thinking of - did they just want to be different from Hallmark? Lowndes and Murray were touted as the stars of the film. Why on earth she would end up with a guy who had no charisma and with whom she had no chemistry? For me, this was totally the wrong ending - within a year she would be bored to tears, start opening longer hours at her practice and her relationship would disintegrate. I was totally flabberghasted - anyone else feel shortchanged here? Very difficut to put a rating on this - until the ending I was enjoying it - could have been an 8 but maybe a 5 or 6" - Florence

Royally Wrapped for Christmas - November 27, 2021
(Jen Lilley and Brendan Fehr)

๐ŸŽ„"Loved Royally Wrapped Christmas!! I wasnโ€™t sure I would because Iโ€™m not a big fan of Brendan Fehr, but Jen Lilley is one of my favorites. They were both excellent! Not only was it family-friendly, but it may be the best one this year. I havenโ€™t decided yet. Itโ€™s definitely in the top three along with Next Stop, Christmas and the Great Christmas Switch. You all will enjoy this movie about giving so put it in your immediate to watch list!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Review: Royally Wrapped for Christmas Family-friendly: Yes Keeper: Borderline, but leaning toward no Let's see...a commoner ends up in a royal kingdom, she and the prince fall in love, and there are obstacles to overcome. How many times have we seen this?! But what helps here is the adorable Jen Lilley. She is excellent as being shy and unsure about her feelings and what to do about them. Unfortunately, I found Brendan Fehr's performance as the prince somewhat wooden, especially when compared to princes in other movies. Bottom line - if I keep it, it is solely because of Jen Lilley, but I am not even sure that is enough." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"Royally Wrapped for Christmas from GAC Family is family friendly. Nothing overly special about the movie but Jen Lilley is solid as usual." ~Keith

๐ŸŽ„"Had another sister girl night ;) Royalty Wrapped for Christmas was wonderful. I loved the message of giving rather than receiving. And I really admired Lindsey's family tradition, give a gift to keep and one to give away. Even if it's small. What a kind gesture. I want to continue it myself. The movie was real sweet and clean and had great characters. Did not disappoint. Jen Lilley looked cute in that red dress too!๐Ÿ˜Š" ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„"ROYALLY WRAPPED FOR CHRISTMAS (GAC) Family Friendly. To be honest, i'm not a big fan of royal themed movies. A lot of them are so pretentious to me. I'm also not the biggest fan of Brendan Fehr, but he was actually really decent here! This movie was actually not too bad. It was quite fun to watch. Jen Lilley was great as always, and I loved that they included the little scene with a girl who was getting adopted. I would've loved a different way to end it. It felt too abrupt to me." ~ CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Royally Wrapped For Christmas", "Debbie Macomber's A Mrs. Miracle Christmas", "Reba McEntire's Christmas In Tune" was great." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"Royally Wrapped for Christmas is every bit as precious and sweet as Jen Lilley herself. The message is all about giving - not only of presents, but of one's self. The Christmas decorations are lovely throughout and the castle is grand. Jen Lilley was ideal as the bubbly, creative, generous Lindsay Peterson, who works with the Festive Heart Foundation. I loved the way they incorporated the children and adoption into the story, plus the idea of giving two presents with the intention of... one to keep and one to give. As scripture tells us in Acts 20:35- โ€œIt is more blessed to give than to receive.โ€ Overall, Royally Wrapped for Christmas is lighthearted, family-friendly, and simply delightful. It was a joy to watch the prince open up his heart to Christmas and Lindsay, too! Perfect for all ages! The warm, happy ending is sure to leave a smile on your face." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"Royally Wrapped For Christmas Tick the boxes: I like Jen Lilley but she is very hit and miss, mostly not her fault as she is given unappealing roles to play. I haven't rated Brendan Fehr in several films I have previously seen him in. I'm really not a fan of Royal films with a large dose of unreality and fake accents. There have been a good number of negative reviews of this elsewhere. So I wasn't expecting much and not particularly looking forward to this. Well, surprise, surprise this was good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As others have remarked the main theme of the movie was about giving and perhaps Jen Lilley was a lttle self-effacing but she came across as genuinely caring, and outgoing in her work environment. Brendan Fehr wasn't as nondescipt as I have found him in the past and he gave a good and realistic performance as a Prince. Overall the cast was excellent with her two rivals in the running for a top job - one a supportive friend the other an ambitious and cutthroat guy ready to stop at nothing to achieve his goal. Superb performances from Michael Hanrahan as a I suppose you would call him "major-domo" and Fiona Reid who struck just the right balance beween being Queen and a mother. Despite others' comments I actually thought the accents were reasonable enough. Of course we had to have the princess of a neighbouring country who was being groomed for an arranged marriage with the Prince but this was woven into the entertaining overall plot tastefully. I did find the ending OTT and twee, a Prince proposing to a commoner in front of a gathering of guests?? puh-lease! But it was an entertaining and engrosiing movie - one of the hits of GAC's first Season." Florence's rating 8.

Christmas is You - November 28, 2021
(Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas is You on GAC Family is family friendly. Nice version of Silent Night sung in the movie too." ~Keith

Jingle Bell Princess - December 4, 2021
(Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson)

๐ŸŽ„"Jingle Bell Princess was great. GAC Family is the new home for family Christmas Movies. I have given up on Hallmark. I tried watching some Hallmark movies this year but I keep waiting for some non family moment so it ruins them for me." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Jingle Bell Princess was a nice movie. The set decorations were beautiful. It had all the elements for a nice, relaxing Christmas movie watching experience. And you canโ€™t go wrong with Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson." ~Jennifer R

๐ŸŽ„"I absolutely adored Jingle Bell Christmas. It was 100% clean and family friendly. The plot was real sweet and filled with kindly characters. I thought Amelia's tradition of making a wish for someone else by tying a ribbon on the tree was very sweet. Trevor and Merritt really went well together, not surprising. Was wonderful and did not disappoint. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š GAC Family is looking better and better. Hope they become the next Hallmark." ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„"I watched A Jingle Bell Princess even though I don't care for royal movies. I thought it was pretty good. I don't like how there is a blizzard one moment and then the weather is nice and no piles of snow the next. Pretty good chemistry and the daughter was cute." ~Misty

๐ŸŽ„"Jingle Bell Princess was such a good movie. I really enjoyed watching it. And it is such a good feeling when you don't have to worry about the content of the movie, because you know that GAC movies are family-friendly, and most of all, I like that they show some important values, such as, for example, in this movie the tradition with a ribbon (to make a wish not for yourself but for other people). And I like a beautiful Christmas atmosphere in each movie, and how cosy and warm you feel while watching it." ~Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„"JINGLE BELL PRINCESS Family friendly. This was cute. Loved the chemistry between Merrit Patterson and Trevor Donovan. Merrit's accent took awhile to get used to for me, but she did a great job portraying a sweet elegant princess. The ending was a little wishy-washy... not sure how to make this long distance relationship works. It was a sweet movie overall, although not a standout." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Jingle Bell Princess - This was a lighthearted, family-friendly Christmas story from GAC Family. I enjoyed watching Merritt Patterson and Trevor Donovan together. Plus, the young girl, who portrayed Trevorโ€™s daughter, was very sweet. I wasnโ€™t overly crazy about Merrittโ€™s fake royal accent, but it was still a charming movie โ€“ and totally believable that these two *might* fall in love!" ~Net

A Lot Like Christmas - December 5, 2021
(Maggie Lawson and Christopher Russell)

๐ŸŽ„"A Lot Like Christmas is family friendly. Jessica Roberts owns the most popular Christmas tree lot in Christmas Hudson Springs, but when Big-City Marketing Executive Clay Moore moves a big box chain store into the area & starts selling Christmas trees, Jessica finds her business in jeopardy. An engaged couple asks Jessica for their wedding venues - rent a barn for wedding because of the cities are too tending. Clay bought Jessicaโ€™s Dadโ€™s red truck back to The Roberts Familyโ€™s place. The customers bought Christmas Tree at Christmas Trees Lot. The Roberts Family is use as any venues like Christmas Trees Lot, Pumpkin ๐ŸŽƒ Patch, Easter Hunt, Weddings, etc..." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS Family friendly. It was just okay to me. I didn't like how Clay was dishonest to Jessica. There were also some scenes that had background music placed a little awkwardly, to the point that it was a little annoying (I had to pause the video and make sure my browser wasn't playing another background music). Other than that, it was sweet but not quite memorable to me." ~CH Mom

A Christmas Miracle for Daisy - December 11, 2021
(Jill Wagner and Nick Bateman)

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Miracle for Daisy was fantastic! Jill Wagner was lovely as always and Nick Bateman was a great co-star for her. And I loved the little girl who played Daisy! My favorite GAC movie so far!" ~Jennifer R.

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Miracle for Daisy is family & friendly. Itโ€™s based on the book by Jane Porter. (Note: This review contains possible spoilers) Whitney is an interior designer who gets her dream gig decorating a historic home in her small town for a big Christmas party โ€” only to find the home's new owner is (surprise!) her ex-boyfriend named Connor Shennan, who's now raising his orphaned young Goddaughter, Daisy, as a single Father. Whitney & Daisy convention when she's lost her parents in car accident when she was 18th months old, but her wish this year is to have Mom is Whitney. Daisyโ€™s parents are Connorโ€™s Cousins; (how itโ€™s possibly If your Cousinโ€™s Wife or Husband are Cousin in Law but its seem logically so, your Cousinโ€™s Wife is your Aunt & your Cousinโ€™s Husband is your Uncle although according to crossword puzzles?) Whitney & Connor are stuck in snowy day & they stay at Dew Drop Inn. They play Gin Rummy with candies & build a snowman โ›„๏ธ. Kris Kringle gifts Whitney & Connor with Santa bobbleheads. Whitney reads Keep in Faith & follows your heart. Daisy sees Whitney & Connor holding hands ; itโ€™s a miracle. People are at Connorโ€™s housewarming party. Since Jill Wagner named her baby Daughter; Daisy when she read scripts & she chose the name of her baby Daughter; Daisy when she named her after the movie character named Daisy for Christmas movie called; โ€œA Christmas Miracles for Daisyโ€." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Miracle for Daisy was such a sweet, heart-warming and touching movie. Jill Wagner and Nick Bateman were just amazing together. And a little actress playing Daisy brought so much light into this movie. It is highly recommended, it is so worth watching!" ~Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Miracle for Daisy was just ok for me. "Daisy" stole the show! She was great, but in my opinion it's not Jill's best work. Not much chemistry between the leads." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Miracle For Daisy has had quite good reviews but also several pretty negative ones causing the overall rating to be lower than I would have thought. I'm with kitkat and Net on it. Although we've still a couple of the GAC Christmas movies to see yet, this and The Great Sister Switch are my favourites. A few years ago we started to watch a movie starring Nick Bateman not realising it was from Passionflix and there were some unsavoury scenes in it. It has taken me a long while to recover from this and appreciate Nick. He started redemption with Hallmark's A Brush With Love in which he co-starred with Arielle Kebbel. Both he and Jill Wagner were excellent in Daisy - the facial expressions told a story right from the start paricularly so with Nick. There was an abundance of chemistry from the start - the initial shock, then the awkwardness,the gradual realisation that the old feelings hadn't died. You could very quickly see that Connor was still carrying a torch for Whitney. There's just something which gets to me when a single man steps in to be a father to a child relative who has been orphaned - it suggests an innate goodness. I think that Jill Wagner has changed somewhat - maybe it's to do with the fact that she now has a second child but probably the word I would use to describe her is that she seems more matronly but she has superb screen presence. Whenever she and Mr Bateman were on the screen together it just felt so right and gave you a warm glow. I though the young girl playing Daisy was delightful in the role - not overacting as so often happens. Interesting plot and enough but not a surfeit of Christmas. A really nice ending too - the bewilderment on Nick's face when during the inevitable "misunderstanding" Whitney decided not to spend Christmas with him but go to her sister in Denver, then THE kiss in the final scene with Nick holding Daisy in one arm with his other around Whitney the absolute adoration on his face would have melted the most hardened heart. I have to be honest though (and it could only be me) but there was a downside to the movie. I'm afraid that I found Whitney's best friend very irritating - she seemed to have an obsessive interest in Whitney's relationship with Nick and then after blowing Eric off so ,when he turned cool (let's face it who wouldn't)? and started showing an interest in another woman she changed about face. This did sort of strike a wrong note with me. Overall a heartwarming movie though and definitely one of the best of 2021's Christmas movies. Florence's rating - tough, but for the friend this might have been a rare 10 but I'm going with an 8.5 which I may upgrade to a 9." ~Florence

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Miracle for Daisy โ€“ I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful, lighthearted Christmas movie! Loved the pairing of Whitney (Jill Wagner, "The Angel Tree") and Conner (Nick Bateman, "A Brush with Love"), and the little girl who portrayed Daisy (Rubi Tupper) was adorable! I liked that Daisy truly acted like a little girl, who believed faithfully in Santa Claus and making wishes. It was fun to watch Whitney and Conner reconnect, and I was thankful their misunderstanding towards the end was mild. I also enjoyed seeing Tegan Moss (โ€œMystery 101: Dead Talkโ€) portray Jill Wagnerโ€™s best friend Andi and Andrew Francis (โ€œChesapeake Shoresโ€) portray the townโ€™s local contractor. It was sweet to see how Eric was interested in Andi; although, I didnโ€™t like how she took him for granted. I loved when Conner gave Eric advice to politely ignore Andi for a little while โ€“ so she could see what she was missing. Loved the snowman building scene with Whitney and Conner and how creative Whitney was with decorating the snowman! The older couple watching from the window was also a nice touch. Overall, this movie leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy... good inside. Another Jill Wagner Christmas movie to treasure! (I also love that Jillโ€™s real life baby girl is also named Daisy!)" ~Net

A Christmas Star - December 12, 2021
(Sara Canning and Daniel Lissing)

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Star is family friendly. (Review may contain spoilers) An astronomer named Madeline Baggert works in the Lab at Planetarium in New York & she travels to small town in Summit View in order to search for life beyond Earth, but around Christmas when she meets a widowed National Park Ranger named Ryan Sparks, Wilson County Ranger & his Daughter named Celeste. Ryan calls his friend named Jimmy, a tow truck driver for Madelineโ€™s SUV๐Ÿš™. Ryanโ€™s family owns Gingerbread Inn. He braided his Daughterโ€™s hair. Summit View has Christmas Fair for Christmas Lighting in Christmas Village interrupted by Madelineโ€™s telescope. Madeline & Ranger Ryan ride horses to Porterโ€™s Peak for celestial event with a beautiful cabin. Ryan lost his Wife; Megan. Madeline & Ryan need to speak with Mayor June Jackson for special counsel meeting about meteor shower & Christmas Star. Madelineโ€™s High School Teacher named Ms. Donner, whose sponsored by Astronomy Club when she took Physics class. Dave tells Mayor June we promise an astronomer to watch meteor shower & Christmas Star in between 8pm to 9pm to turn off Christmas lights & back on. So, there meteor shower & Christmas Star in the sky in the sky.. Madeline asks Naomi for perfect spot for observatory at Porterโ€™s Peak." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"A CHRISTMAS STAR (GAC) Family friendly. I have missed seeing Daniel Lissing! This movie was a tad on the boring side to me. Sweet and family friendly but nothing memorable. I do LOVE that moment when Celeste the daughter asked Dad about the nativity story (why was He born in a barn... because He didn't just come for the rich.)." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"I watched A Christmas Star for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. I find Daniel Lissing brings a peaceful feeling to his movies. This movie is a keeper for me." ~kitkat

When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, Part 1 and Part 2 - December 18, 2021
(Morgan Kohan, Ryan-James (RJ) Hatanaka, Wendy Crewson, Neil Crone, Hanneke Talbot, Jefferson Brown, Lori Loughlin, and Daniel Lissing)

๐ŸŽ„"When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas (both parts) LOVED this so much!! I'm so happy GAC Family picked this show up for Season 2. The decorations looked so beautiful!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„"I had so much fun watching When Hope Calls tonight. (Review contains Spoilers!) The plot was really sweet. The part when the children ask Santa to give someone else a pony was adorable โ€‹and it was great seeing all the familiar faces. I would have liked to see Grace, but since the actress wasn't available, I'm glad they said she married Chad. Especially loved watching Lori Loughlin again. She was the best Hallmark ever had. I'm glad gac family had the courage to hire her. Her scene with Jack was so touching. I watched it three times ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ and Cody grew up to be A handsome, respectable, and kind young man. Hope to see Abigail and Cody back home in Hope Valley soon. Speaking of Hope Valley.. The new teaser for WCTH looks good. Almost looks like Lucas might propose to Elizabeth in a hot air balloon. Exciting! Season 9! It'll be here soon. The When Hope Calls Christmas is also on Prime video. I noticed a lot of gac family movies are. Hope you all have a happy, happy Christmas!!๐ŸŽ„โคโ›„ Can you believe it's only five days away now?!!" ~Abigail

๐ŸŽ„"I donโ€™t mean to be a negative nan but I personally was a little let down by the When Hope Calls special. I loved returning to Brookfield and seeing everyone again but they completely dropped and/or ignored some plot lines from season one. These plots had nothing to do with Grace or Chuck so there was no need to jump ship so abruptly. I donโ€™t want to spoil anything for anyone. One of the stories that I was most looking forward to was completely set aside in favor of an extremely predictable, rushed romance. Itโ€™s not that they didnโ€™t go the direction I wanted, itโ€™s that they didnโ€™t even resolve it satisfactorily. It was almost as if there were different writers and producers though I know that the production team was all the same. Aside from that, I loved seeing Abigail and Cody again as well as Daniel Lissing as Jack, although Iโ€™m not sure how I feel about the way his appearance on the show was handled. Iโ€™m on the fence about it. Sorry for the negativity! Lori Loughlin was wonderful and it was a heartwarming story, Iโ€™m just having a hard time getting over my disappointment in not seeing a certain story played out. Lol. But Iโ€™ll be ok ๐Ÿ˜‚" Rebecca

Joy For Christmas - December 19, 2021
(Cindy Busby and Sam Page)

๐ŸŽ„"Joy For Christmas is a sweet movie. It is centered on the joy of giving and love for others. Cindy Busby and Sam Page are great together. This is a keeper for me! Since this is GAC, it is definitely family friendly." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"Joy for Christmas was amazing! Cute, funny, and adorable! I really loved all of GAC Family's movies this year, and I'm looking forward to their winter movies next month!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„"Joy for Christmas is family friendly. Desperate to save Hollyโ€™s family charity: Snow Belles Toy Giveaway, a publicist named Holly Silver whose works at Authur Publishing & she seeks out the help of a famous athlete named Jack Kane & helps him appreciate the Holiday Spirit hoping he will assist her. Gil Kilby sent Holly Silver to Wake Up Bay City in the wrong place but she supposed to be at Good Morning Bay City. He says Andrew McKenzie books at Good Morning Bay City but heโ€™s at Wake Up Bay City. Holly meets Major League Baseball All-Star athlete Jack Kane. Hollyโ€™s family works at Silver Investment. Jack Kane has a dog named Beastley with his agent Mac Peterson. Jack & Holly doing Christmas Event: Jack dresses as Santa & Holly dresses as an elf, CAROLS FOR KIDS, & Holiday Feast. Holly & Eveโ€™s Dad sends his Daughters a link: Silver Giveaway Gone Away! The Silver Family has plan for Silver Belles Ball for fundraiser. The Silver Belles Toy Giveaway fails their 2nd charity. Mac mentions Jack weโ€™re gotta try & fix this tonight. The article: Silver Belles Ball blunder!! Celebrity Highlights Jack Kane fails to inspired attendees. Holly & Jack have connection. Jack made a call in hand for donation expect for toys, money, or whatever. Thereโ€™s Bay City Toy Store truck, Jackโ€™s Food Bank Network, & 150 Minor League Ballpark. Jack mentions to Holly that something is missing is Holly. Holly mentions that Mac says Jack has a feeling for Holly & sheโ€™s fallen in love with Jack as long as Jack & Holly dress as Santa & Elf. Eve talks to her Stepmother; Katherine about Bob. Bob & Eve and Jack & Holly" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"JOY FOR CHRISTMAS (GAC) Family friendly (as far as I know since I fast FWD a lot). Maybe Iโ€™ve just been watching too many Christmas movies, some good ones, that this one just didnโ€™t measure up. I always try to be objective when reviewing a movie though. Even though Iโ€™m not a big Cindy Busby fan (as I know many here are), I tried to watch without being biased. Unfortunately, this felt really flat for me. Too much dialogue with her sister and made it reaaaally slow moving. I lost interest quickly in the beginning. The whole premise didnโ€™t really make sense to me and in the middle I just kept rolling my eyes at how the storyline came to be. Sam Page was probably the only decent thing in the movie. Sorry, but I didnโ€™t like this one." ~CH Mom


You, Me & Christmas Trees - October 22, 2021
(Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres, and Jason Hervey)

๐ŸŽ„"Happy to report to viewers, You, Me, And The Christmas Trees is family-friendly. Love Danica but do not enjoy watching Benjamin Ayers in anything. Someone else with Danica would have been more enjoyable. I won't voice an opinion until I watch it again. I was on edge the whole time since I took a chance watching it without a review first." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"As far as โ€œYou, Me and Christmas Treesโ€ I would give it a 5 out of 10. Most of the positive goes for scenery. Very predictable about whole story line. Not a lot of debth to really get into. I usually rate a movie on if I would want to watch it again and here there is not a lot to go back to. Just my opinion. Be interested in seeing others." ~JoCo

๐ŸŽ„"As others have reported You, Me And the Christmas Trees is family friendly. Like Kitkat said, I was on the edge, so afraid it would suddenly appear out of no where!! Story line is different for sure, but not one that I will watch over and over. The story line is a little slow and not the best chemistry between the leads. But as is always Hallmark style, a happy ending." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"I enjoyed You, Me, And The Christmas Trees. I liked how science was brought into the movie. It is family friendly." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„"You, Me & Christmas Trees". Kinda cute, kinda hokey, at times kinda "thin"/silly/unbelievable. Both lead actors have much better Christmas movies out there from past years. This one was not a keeper for me; but I suppose it wasn't a total waste of time, it had some Christmas "feels". Family friendly except for a few small parts about drinking hard cider and a cocktail-making competition. It was nice to see Candace Cameron Bure introduce the movie, but I was not impressed with the set behind her (didn't feel very warm and Christmas-y to me). On to the next one!" ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"So we saw You, Me & The Christmas Trees and it was family friendly but didnโ€™t feel that excited about it. It was good but the story or the chemistry felt off. I couldnโ€™t quite put my finger on it! But my girls liked it so I was happy about that." ~Sarah S.

๐ŸŽ„"Review: You, Me & the Christmas Trees
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper?: Leaning toward No
Danica and Ben had to wait hours to see if her experiments would help save the trees...and at times I felt as if I was waiting along with them! This movie just seemed to move so slooooowly! I wish Ben Ayres would show more emotion or excitement - I think that is part of the reason why the movie dragged. Still, chemistry between the two leads wasn't totally lacking, and it was nice to see Hallmark kick off their season with a family-friendly movie! But I am hoping that The Winter Palace, Danica's first GAC movie in January, will be better." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"I really liked You, Me, and the Christmas trees! I enjoy both Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres and I did like them together. The theme of the movie was fresh and different. I also liked the puns and joking throughout the script. It made the whole story more relatable. My family has different tastes in Hallmark movies (no, they aren't all created the same!) but we all enjoyed this one." ~Amanda D.

๐ŸŽ„"You, Me & The Christmas Trees" โ€“ I thought this movie was TREEmendously cute, lighthearted, and yes, family friendly! Sometimes, it was also a bit cheesy, but I loved all the fun puns, too! Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres were a joy to watch and their chemistry was excellent. I did think their romance developed rather quickly, but these things usually happen rather fast in Hallmark movies. Since I am from a farm family โ€“ I found myself quite interested in the issue with the trees withering and the history of the Connor Christmas Tree Farm. It was also fun to see Danicaโ€™s co-star from "The Wonder Years," Jason Hervey, portray her rival in the movie. Overall, a delightful watch! This movie is one that will surely โ€œleafโ€ you with a smile on your face! (Sorry... I couldnโ€™t resist adding in one more tree pun!)" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"YOU, ME, AND THE CHRISTMAS TREES Family friendly. Love the chemistry between Danica and Ben Ayres. I haven't liked some of Danica's recent movies and I actually really like this one. Loved the cheesy puns and the storyline was quite unique. I mean, at least it's not another "real estate developer meets struggling property owner" again and again ;)" ~CH Mom

Boyfriends of Christmas Past - October 23, 2021
Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack, and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

๐ŸŽ„"I think that Boyfriends Christmas Past is terrible. I thought that Boyfriends of Christmas Past is as bad as Nashville Christmas Carol." ~Chris

๐ŸŽ„"We also started watching Boyfriends of Christmas Past and within 5 minutes I could tell it wasnโ€™t going to be family friendly. We didnโ€™t watch past those minutes because in the opening scene I could see that there was an alternative lifestyle couple. But it didnโ€™t feel like a huge loss because the premise and the commercials didnโ€™t really draw me in anyway. We only started watching it because my oldest daughter was interested but we changed the channel and just found AFV which made up for having to skip it! I could be wrong because it wasnโ€™t explicitly shown but we changed it pretty quick but it did look like they were snuggling. Someone who watched further might find that I was wrong but I didnโ€™t want to take the chances of continuing to watch it with my kids in the room!" ~Sarah S.

๐ŸŽ„"Boyfriends of Christmas Past content warning - There is a gay couple sprinkled throughout. The movie started out very stilted and they didn't play well off each other but I would like to see the lead actor again." ~Kay

๐ŸŽ„"So...I watched Boyfriends of Christmas Past yesterday. (and like I said I've never commented here before, but wanted to share now) I really enjoyed both of the leads, they were pretty good together, and the story was a really fun idea! (I'm a big Christmas Carol fan) I wish I could say I will watch this again, but that is sadly not the case. There was a same-sex couple that popped up maybe three times, they played no part in the movie whatsoever, so I dont even know why they had to keep showing this same couple. It felt really forced to have them there. Very sad. Especially since it seemed like they stuck them in this movie to solely say they have another movie with representation. *minor spoiler to plot of movie ahead* Another issue I had with it, about halfway through the movie, Lauren,(the lead) is in the past with one of her boyfriends, and the reason they break up is because the boyfriend asks her to move in with him. Marriage is not talked about or considered one time during this part of the movie. They obviously don't move in together because she breaks up with him so nothing actually happened. But the movie still made her out as being the wrong one because she wasnt ready to take the next step in their relationship. They made it clear that moving in together should come before marriage. At that point I was already upset to see the first red flag, and this didn't make it any better lol It breaks my heart to see the way Hallmark's morals have dropped so low. oh well, all we can do is pray, and hopefully I can help someone else out that has no interest in watching what is becoming more and more the regular hallmark Christmas movie." Sincerely, - A Fellow Brother In Christ -

๐ŸŽ„"Hallmarks version of Boyfriends of Christmas Past actually didn't look like a Hallmark production at all. It felt more like a production from a Hallmark want to be channel. Too bad it just did not have the same kind of feel to it." ~Paul Li

The Santa Stakeout - October 24, 2021
(Tamera Mowry-Housely, Paul Campbell, and Joe Pantoliano)

๐ŸŽ„"The Santa Stakeout is so funny. I couldnโ€™t stop laughing ๐Ÿ˜‚ in between 2 Police Detectives Tanya Morris & Ryan Anderson s with wildly different approaches to pretty much everything. Theyโ€™re reluctantly partnered on a case involving a rash of robberies taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. undercover as newlyweds Tasha & Rupert, moving into the vacant house next to Mr. Francis Miller to crack the case. They become swept up by Christmas, begin to see each other in a new light & start to fall in love. Ryan, Tanya, & Police Officer Talbot dress as elves & bellhop at Christmas committee to eyeing an ornament." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"I watched The Santa Stakeout last night. I absolutely loved Tamera Mowry-Housley and Paul Campbell together, they were hilarious and had great chemistry. I also really liked the story, it was super fun! BUT...Hallmark sadly couldn't resist putting their agenda in their. About forty-five minutes into the movie, Tamera's and Paul's characters are introduced to two men, they are verbally never specified as a couple, but they didn't need to, it was quite clear what they were. They are shown a handful of times in the movie, and like in Boyfriends of Christmas Past, they played no real part in the movie, except to meet their quota for Hallmark! I will admit, unlike Boyfriends of Christmas Past (I think I turned off a little over the hour mark in Boyfriends, whenever the couple was confirmed of my suspicions) I did finish The Santa Stakeout though. I was just enjoying the leads and the story so much. If it wasn't for the gay couple, I think this movie would've been a classic for me, I was loving it so much, but sadly after the agenda came to the party, even though I kept watching, it didn't have its Christmas magic anymore. So, needless to say, I won't be watching this one again, which is too bad because it was ALMOST very good. - A Fellow Brother in Christ -

๐ŸŽ„"I just watched the Santa Stakeout. It was a cute movie with lots of little funny one liners in it. I did notice two things though. When the lead characters being introduced to the people at a party, they are introduced to two guys who appear to be there together. There is no mention of them being gay, and nothing shown, but I just got the feeling that it is implied in the couple of scenes we see them in. Maybe I'm just super sensitive to these things now...I don't know. I also noticed that there was a focus on a toy that the lead character bought for a family member and it happened to be a rainbow coloured bear. Again, it could be nothing or it could be a subtle message." ~Karen

๐ŸŽ„"The Santa Stakeout was a good movie. It does have what appears to be a gay couple who show up at gatherings here and there. No real personal displays of affection but it was pretty clear." ~ Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Santa Stakeout. I didn't know if I would like this movie after watching the trailer. But! I was pleasantly surprised. Paul Campbell's projects have really been taking a shine. I thought this movie was clever, creative and it hooked me, right from the start. The leads work well together and so do the minor characters. I think my parents would love it." ~Amanda D.

๐ŸŽ„"SANTA STAKEOUT *sort of* not family friendly, but not terrible. They definitely sneaked in the same gender couple even though not so blatant. I just hate them trying to normalize it through supposedly family friendly movies. Aside from that, this was a pretty fun to watch and the storyline is very unique for a Hallmark Christmas movie. Very entertaining. Chemistry was more of a friend vibe to me, but the whole movie was still enjoyable." ~CH Mom

Christmas in Harmony - October 29, 2021
(Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams, Basil Wallace)

๐ŸŽ„"I thought that Christmas in Harmony was great it made me feel great with all the music and Church choir. I felt inspirational." ~Chris

๐ŸŽ„"Friday night I watched Christmas In Harmony and I really enjoyed it, it is my favorite new one so far. I really liked Ashleigh Murray and Luke James together, and Loretta Devine was super great as well! I loved how the movie was set at church, and God is mentioned in a positive way several times throughout the movie. It was REALLY nice to watch a Christmas movie that was a little more Christ centered than the rest. There were of course a few little things that I didn't care for(no need to go into detail, just my personal opinions lol) but it was family friendly!! I don't remember anything on it that would make it not friendly. AND, it was the first one this year that felt like Christmas to me. I probably won't watch this one EVERY year, but I would definitely watch it again!" -A Fellow Brother in Christ-

๐ŸŽ„"I missed most of Christmas In Harmony, but I saw one part that showed one of the characters being very open about their faith, which you never see much on any Christmas tv movie, let alone Hallmark. So that looked to be family friendly too!" Misty

๐ŸŽ„"I did watch Christmas in Harmony Friday night, and it was one of the best movies I have watched on Hallmark in a long time (besides any SSD). I really enjoyed Ashleigh Murray and Luke James. It was the most real and down to earth movie Hallmark has made in a long time. Some of the singing scenes with the choir sounded like they were almost green screened for singing, whatever the term is for that. That was really the only part that made me remember this was a Hallmark movie, as in it is shot in 2 weeks and they usually have major plot and story issues cause of it. The storyline was very believable, the family closeness was so wonderful too. It was a family of blood, friends, the church, all together and it had a lot of feel good feels. I love the song Harmony sung in the end, and this movie was really good. It felt so authentic, real and that came across as a very good movie to me." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS IN HARMONY Family friendly. This was so funny and entertaining. Love the witty dialogues, and I really love the church setting. The gospel music was INCREDIBLE... just lovely and gave me goosebumps. I would've loved the female lead to be a little bit more... cheerful. It's kind of hard to explain but she came across as a bit grumpy to me. Maybe just a little bit more smile" ~CH Mom :)

Coyote Creek Christmas - October 30, 2021
(Janel Parrish and Ryan Paevey)

๐ŸŽ„"I turned off Coyote Creek Christmas about 10 minutes in, because the main character and her sister run into another girl on the sidewalk, the sister acts very awkward, and, after parting ways, there's talk about how they should be together, as the sister says she has no time for dating. Clear enough for me to decide I have better things to do with my evening! Hoping "The Christmas Promise" will be good." :-) ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"Coyote Creek Christmas features a same-sex relationship. In case you want to skip or flag it." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"I am so sad to say that Coyote Christmas is NOT a family friendly movie. Very early on they made it clear that a main character was interested in a person of the same sex and then the rest of the movie continued to develop and encourage the relationship until they end up together at the end. Otherwise, I enjoyed the movie. I usually love every movie that Ryan Paevey has been in, but I won't be keeping this one around." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Coyote Creek Christmas" exposes so many of Hallmark's weaknesses. For example, how is it that Asian and Caucasian parents have a Latina daughter? Adopted? Never addressed. Never resolved. Could this explain this year's exodus of some of the network's major, and most popular stars. Hilarie Burton expressed these "short comings" years ago when she declined to sign on for more than her initial 3 Hallmark movies sighting (years before the network clumsily tried to change) the lack of diversity in its programming. ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"As some have reported Coyote Creek Christmas is not family friendly. I was really bummed out, was really anticipating this one! The first clue was a little confusing, so I continued to watch. But it becomes very clear what's going on. I did finish the movie but will not watch again. This would be a great movie if not for the gay couple. The leads were great, the story line not original at all though. I think the pattern for HM now is not to advertise the same sex couples hoping you will see enough that you will want to see the end, which is exactly what happened to me! It seems they are putting same sex couples in almost every movie now." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"I've always been one to read comments on HM FB page & other social after a movie airs. So, I was interested to see what kind of comments Coyote Creek Christmas garnered. The reviews for this movie were more negative than positive. I turned it on but sadly, turned it off less than 20 minutes in despite being a huge Ryan Paevey fan. That is how long it took for the movie to lose its family-friendly, feel-good elements. Last year when HM began to introduce more controversial elements to their storylines in the mix of their holiday movie programming, it was done subtlety. However, they have taken an in your face approach in an effort to prove they are trying to be relevant among the ranks of television programming. I watch holiday movies to escape from the reality of life, not to sit for 2 hours and watch art imitating life. What once was a standout channel, now makes them just like everyone else. This is no disservice to the actors who work hard to bring viewers good acting and stories to watch. However, when viewers are also making negative comments about the actors, this certainly speaks volumes. We have to remember that be it a good or badly scripted movie, this is work for actors. Overall, viewers are losing patience with HM's new direction. The good thing is viewers have options and can decide to watch or not. Many are choosing the latter. So far, not incredibly impressed with HM's offerings this year. Hopefully it improves as the season unfolds." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Not sure where to post this but presume Net you have now had feedback from viewers of the Coyote Creek Christmas movie from Oct 30 which unfortunately Hallmark is following their plan to infuse many of their movies with the "gay subplot" however subtle, in this one it is the lead lady's sister with the lady musician asked to perform at the last Christmas celebration. I am so sick of this...but just a heads up. Net so appreciate all the work you do to help keep us informed. Look forward to GAC movies we can watch without filter." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Coyote Creek Christmas: I am a big Ryan Paevey fan but I had a hard time getting into this movie. I didn't find he and Janel Parrish had alot of chemistry. I preferred Janel Parrish in the movie she did earlier this year -- Right in Front of Me." ~Amanda D.

Christmas Sail - October 31, 2021
(Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, and Terry Oโ€™Quinn)

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Christmas Sail last night and have no regrets! I enjoyed every bit of it, my favorite one from this year so far! I loved the story, the characters, it was so Christmas-y! It is a new favorite for me!! It was definitely family-friendly!! I plan on watching this one at least one more time before the year is over, I really really enjoyed it. All of the acting was good. I would love to see Katee Sackhoff in more Christmas movies! There is so much I could say about it but i don't want to spoil for anyone so I'll stop here! :) Christmas Sail for me is an instant classic! P.S. Thank you again to the people who reviewed Coyote Creek Christmas, sadly one more I'll scratch off my list, but I truly appreciate knowing before turning it on so I can avoid altogether, thank you!" -A Fellow Brother In Christ-

๐ŸŽ„"I did catch Christmas Sail, which I really liked. Family friendly with great characters and a more original storyline." ~Savvy Girl

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Sail โ€“ This one surprised me! Iโ€™m โ€œknotโ€ typically into nautical stuff, but I really enjoyed this sweet little movie. I enjoyed the chemistry between the leads, but what especially touched me was the relationship between the grandpa and the little girl, who is absolutely adorable! This family-friendly movie is smooth sailing โ€“ I highly recommend this lighthearted, feel-good movie as one to โ€œseaโ€!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS SAIL Family friendly. This was very enjoyable. Both leads are new to me but likable and pretty cute together. I remember Terry O Quinn from watching LOST back then. Loved seeing him here. Although I think, Hannah the little girl was the show stealer for sure. I got a little teary watching the surprise slideshow at the end. Probably just a one time watch for me but it was really cute." ~CH Mom

Gingerbread Miracle
- November 5, 2021
(Merritt Patterson and Jon Ecker)

๐ŸŽ„"I just had to come on here after watching Gingerbread Miracle and say how much I loved it! It was definitely family friendly and as someone who is married to an immigrant from Mexico, it felt extra special. Some of the comments about being first and second generation immigrants and the expectations that are felt were spot on. And while I enjoyed the actor, William Levy, from South Beach Love (he was in one of my favorite telenovelas from years ago), this movie felt much more authentic as well as it feeling like a classic Christmas movie. Most of the movies this year haven't felt as good as years past but this one felt like it! Just had to share how much I enjoyed it!" ~Sarah S.

๐ŸŽ„"Watched Gingerbread Miracle last night and very pleased to say it is family-friendly!!! It was a super SWEET movie, Merritt Patterson and the lead guy were real good together. There was lots of Christmas and Gingerbread, it made me really hungry :) I'm not a huge Merritt Patterson fan, only a few of hers I watch every year, but this is now one of them!! I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end! Highly recommend!" -Brother in Christ-

๐ŸŽ„"We watched "Gingerbread Miracle" tonight based on the excellent reviews it received. We loved it and especially enjoyed the focus as the end on the Mexican Christmas tradition of Las Posadas and welcoming Mary and Joseph as they search for a room in Bethlehem. It is a heartwarming story of family, faith, love, Christmas miracles, and amazing Mexican food." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Review: Gingerbread Miracle
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper: Yes
I very much enjoyed this movie and how they incorporated immigration into the plot. Merritt Patterson has become one of my favorite "newer" Hallmark movie regulars, and she didn't disappoint in this one. A keeper for me." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"GINGERBREAD MIRACLE Family friendly. I didnโ€™t know what to expect when I saw the synopsis but this was definitely one of the better ones this year! It was entertaining, and it has a lot of hearts. I have to admit that I wasnโ€™t really a fan of Merritt Patterson but she has grown on me lately. Most movies sheโ€™s been on recently have been on point and I really loved her in this one. Loved the cute banters between Maya and Alex. Great chemistry. Absolutely love the Mexican culture highlighted here. Love the Las Posadas tradition, which Iโ€™ve never heard before watching this so I was glad to learn something new. This was a definite keeper!" ~CH Mom

Next Stop, Christmas - November 6, 2021
(Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, and Christopher Lloyd)

๐ŸŽ„"Next Stop Christmas was a nice surprise. It is family friendly, thank God. I loved this movie! This is a keeper!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"I saw some of Next Stop, Christmas and it started off good, but then just seemed to lose steam at the end. The end was so blah." Misty

๐ŸŽ„"What a treat to watch Next Stop, Christmas last night. Lea Thompson and Chris Lloyd were perfect for their roles. The movie was family friendly, which can no longer be counted on as the norm for HM. Huge fan of BTTF movies so it was a pleasure to see Thompson and Lloyd together again. The film had a little of the feeling of Polar Express too. Fun film for the entire family." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas was absolutely perfect! It was family-friendly and it was SO good. No doubt my favorite this year so far. It might even reach my all time favorite list too, it was a lot of fun! All of the characters were amazing and the story was not only fun and comedic, but also very heartwarming. This was one of my most anticipated ones this year, and it did not dissapoint! Will probably watch at least 3 more times before the year is over lol" -brother in Christ-

๐ŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas. LOVED Lyndsy Fonseca, she is so witty, funny, beautiful, and so good. Enjoyed Chandler Massey although i don't know any of his work before. I did see Lyndsy on Y&R back in the day, but haven't watched Days since i was a kid. so I don't know his work, but I really enjoyed him a lot. The movie wasnt bad or good, just ok to me. I liked all the acting, i think i just knew how the movie was going to go, pretty much she rides a train back 10 years and she has to decide if she is happy in her current life or if she maybe missed something. I think her and Ben were cute together, but she hadn't given him a 2nd thought for 10 years, so I didn't believe they were in love. I believed he loved her, but not she loved him. They were childhood friends that grew up together and he had a crush on her, and thats all.
It felt a lot like they were trying to be back to the future, like she had to do something from the 1st party to get her parents to decide to not go down the road of divorce. and the golden ticket, it was missing round trip, like the picture from back to the future kept fading away the kids like they were never born cause george and lorraine never got together. It just felt they were trying to capitalize on the back to the future and Doc and Lorraine, and wrote an ok story.
Takeaways--the acting by all was great. The cast was great. The storyline, ok, and I didn't believe she loved Ben at all." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas was great! Best one so far this year, not that Iโ€™ve watched many! Family-friendly and funny! The ending was a bit confusing, but definitely worth the watch!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas: I LOVED this movie. This is a great one -- for a family or dynamic group of people. The leads were amazing. I am not familiar with either of them, and I thought they had great chemistry together and were both enjoyable on their own. I hope to see them both in more Hallmark movies! The train scenes were beautiful. Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson were great additions. And plot wise, the movie had many ups and downs (in a good way) and it wasn't clear how things were going to turn out. We had a lot of laughs -- this one's a keeper." ~Amanda D

๐ŸŽ„"Review: Next Stop, Christmas Family-friendly: Yes Keeper? Definitely This is my favorite new Christmas movie so far this year. Although, like many time-travel movies, if you look too closely you will find many holes. But that said, I really enjoyed this movie primarily for two reasons: 1) It had some comedy in it. I love it when these movies include some comedic bits (which is why The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is my all-time favorite), and this one had me chuckle many times. 2) Lyndsy Fonseca. I was not familiar with her at all before this movie, but this looked like a role she was born to play! Great timing, and her facial expressions (astonishment, confusion, etc.) were right-on. I hope we see a lot more of her. And then throw in the always-great Christopher Lloyd, and you have a real winner here!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"NEXT STOP CHRISTMAS Family Friendly. I finally hit a Hallmark jackpot! This was so good. I'm not normally a fan of time-travel movies, but this was written so well. Such great directing, writing and actors. It's been a long time since Hallmark made wonderful movies that tugs your heartstrings and this was definitely it. Wonderful, funny, great romance, love the family reconciliation. It gripped my attention from the beginning throughout. Lyndsey Fonseca was amazing. She brought Angie's character to life. Love, love, the cute banters with Ben. Great chemistry. Adored the train conductor. This is definitely a keeper and one of my favorites this year so far!" ~CH Mom

A Christmas Treasure - November 7, 2021
(Jordin Sparks and Michael Xavier)

๐ŸŽ„"I watched A Christmas Treasure last night and happy to say it is family friendly.'s not that great of a movie. The best part was Jordin singing Oh Holy Night! Not much chemistry between the leads. Not one I will be watching over and over." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Treasure was really good and family friendly." ๐Ÿ˜Š- Grace

๐ŸŽ„"I'm surprised no one has commented on A Christmas Treasure. They edited the lyrics of "O Holy Night" and left out "when Christ was born." Hallmark is falling apart at the seams and I think I'm going to just collect the older movies on my DVR and be done with them. Previously I didn't mind sifting through bad films to find good ones, but actively deleting God is where I draw the line." ~Anonymous

Open by Christmas - November 12, 2021
(Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott)

๐ŸŽ„"Open by Christmas not family friendly. Gay engaged couple introduced at party. Alison Sweeney is one of the Executive Producers of this movie. I will not trust her work going forward. A little surprised to see Brennan Elliott involved in a move that is family unfriendly. Disappointing." ~Andy T.

๐ŸŽ„"Watched Open by Christmas. Not family-friendly, which surprised me with Alison Sweeney and Brennan Elliott. About halfway through, one of the male high school classmates Nikki runs into introduces her to his fiancรฉ, another man. He also talks about his high school crush who was a guy. I turned it off at that point, so not sure if they were shown again or not." ~Jennifer R.

๐ŸŽ„"So sorry to report that Open By Christmas is not family friendly. About one hour into the movie there is a gay "engaged" couple introduced. I don't know if they are in the movie more than that one time. I stopped watching at that point. The movie is not that good, or at least the hour I watched wasn't. Story was hard to follow and not the best acting I have seen. I had just commented to my husband that "this is a very boring movie" when the "wham" came. So I just turned the channel at that point. So disappointed again. Alison is one of my favorites! Was so hoping we wouldn't see this!!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"Open by Christmas has a gentleman in it whom she thinks may have written the card. She asks him at a party and his fiancรฉ another gentleman enters the scene. Other than that it was a really cute movie. So if same gender attraction is not something you want to see donโ€™t watch, but if it doesnโ€™t bother you the movie is recommended. ~cami

๐ŸŽ„"Open By Christmas has a gay couple! Beware!" ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Open By Christmas last night. Once again, Hallmark had to dissapoint. About halfway through the movie, Allison Sweeney's character is talking to a man trying to figure out if he wrote her the Christmas card, about halfway through this conversation, his male fiancรฉ comes into the conversation. It was probably a 2 minute scene. Not much, but enough. I didn't see anything after that so I don't know if anything else happened in the rest of the movie. If anyone did, pretty please let me know who the card was from, I'm still curious, lol I'm sure it was somehow from Brennan Elliott. Still heartbreaking and frustrating that hallmark thinks they need to slip 2 minute scenes into so many movies now, not thinking about if it even effects their story, only caring about the loudest voice in society." -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"I have not watched "Open by Christmas" but decided to check Facebook and found mention of a gay couple being briefly inserted, just for wokeness, as Sabrina says. Bummer, I was hoping this one would be clean. Hallmark is losing me a little more each week, but, you know what, it's okay! I love that we have this community to help each other seek out the good, clean movies, and my life is great without the misfit movies." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"I've just started to watch Open by Christmas and was very sad to see the same sex couple in the middle of it. It's a pity, because till that moment it was quite a good movie and I love Alison Sweaney and Brennan Elliot, they're such good actors. I'm so disappointed with Hallmark. They used to make family-friendly and clean movies. And now you're not sure what you will see in the movie, and that's why you're not relaxed and not enjoying this movie in full." ~Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„"ARG! I thought I'd give HM another chance this rainy Saturday evening and began watching Open by Christmas, with my two faves, Allison Sweeney and Brennan Elliott. I was very much enjoying it, especially the chemistry between Allison's character and that of her best friend played by Erica Dorrance. And then I was smacked in the face with a non-family friendly character. That's when I shut it off and came here. Oh, I could cry. Well, I tried. ~Savvy Girl

๐ŸŽ„"Open by Christmas" with Allison Sweeney has a gay couple in it for a couple minutes. The gay guy introduces his fiancรฉ. I am so sad! Not family friendly." ~Judy

๐ŸŽ„"Open By Christmas--I watched this anyway cause I love Allison Sweeney, and i do believe on Days her son is gay, I dont watch Days and haven't for years, but i believe her son Wil was gay so I can see her movie having that tiny bit of woke in it. But this movie was.......................SO BAD!!!!!!!! It was going so well. The best was the secondary story of Erica Durance, who i had never saw before and loved, and her fiance and son and all they did for her, i mean i was thinking this movie was so good, til the end and i dont get it, Brennan Elliot (who seems like a stalker for real) who she didnt even know in high school at all loved her and wrote her a card and she didnt even know who he was???????????????!!!!!??????? Not to mention she lives in NY and had no plans to move back, so did they kiss at the end, and then she went home? I did not see LOVE at all between these 2. The movie was so bad and just a few lines here and there could have fixed it, i mean what director wants to put their name on such a mess of a movie? It was so rushed at the end, i kept expecting her to finally remember him or something. I get that sometimes people like people in high school and they have no idea, but they usually at least knew of the person." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"As someone else mentioned, Open by Christmas is a favorite as well, but not for the main characters, but for the secondary storyline. Totally loved the best friend and her fiance and son. They gave me all the feels. Allison Sweeney and Brennan Elliott just felt off." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Open by Christmas - Allison Sweeney...agree with the other posts. Not family friendly and so sad to see that Allison Sweeney produced this. Is there any other way to communicate with these people (producers of movies or the actors participating) in how disappointing it is to see they are partnering with this very "unfriendly family content".?? And the fact most of these Hallmark movies just have a scene here or there or commentary like a token mention is just has nothing to do with story lines etc. I know Hallmark has a Dec 19 movie airing that is totally "gay agenda focus" but all the rest of their movies are just "honorable mentions" of which I use that term loosely there is nothing honorable about defiling what honors the Lord God creator of male and female and heaven and earth. super sad days we live in and how far we have fallen.

My Christmas Family Tree - November 13, 2021
(Aimee Teegarden, Andrew Walker, James Tupper)

๐ŸŽ„"From what I can tell, "My Christmas Family Tree" is family friendly.

Also, did anyone else notice the fun Tyler Hynes cameo, plus the restaurant that Vanessa and Kris stopped at looked very much like the one in "Roadhouse Romance" ~ Sarah B

๐ŸŽ„"I noticed the cameo too! Apparently he and Andrew Walker are good friends. I think youโ€™re right. I believe that was the restaurant from Roadhouse Romance. Iโ€™m glad to report this movie was family friendly and such an enjoyable one. I will definitely watch this one again. It might be my favorite this year." ~Melissa๐ŸŽ„
๐ŸŽ„"My Christmas Family is family friendly and I loved this movie! Story is so different from the usual same ole, same ole! You just have to watch it and see the love this family gives to the main character played by Aimee Teagarden. All the actors gave outstanding performances! They even say grace at the dinner table! It's just a top notch movie! And watch for the Tyler cameo! Thought I was seeing things! Lol! This is definitely a keeper!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"My Family Christmas Tree was a sweet movie that departed a little from the usual Hallmark tropes. I love Aimee Teagarden and was refreshed by a family friendly and family-centered movie." ~J.F. Hale

๐ŸŽ„"Also watched My Christmas Family Tree! Happy to report it is also family friendly!! It did have a TINY bit of older audience content, sort of.(just because the entire plot is based around the father having a daughter with a woman he was never married to). But I think they handled it pretty well, the dad makes mention of being involved in a church pageant, and one thing I really liked, the family said grace before supper. I think that was their subtle way of showing that he has made mistakes, but that was in the past and he has clearly changed since then. Also.....TYLER HYNES!?!?! I had to rewind like 5 times make sure it was him! Lol Once Upon A Christmas Miracle is one of my all time favorites, so I was SO happy to see Aimee again, and she was REALLY good with Andrew. I had high hopes for this one and it didn't dissapoint, it was really sweet and Christmassy. Will definitely watch again! -brother in Christ

P.S. I hope this review and the review for One December Night is enough detail for a parent to decide if child should watch or not, I know it is hard to decide how old a child should be for certain content. If anyone had any other questions on the films, I will do my best to answer." -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"I will join the people who have good reviews of "My Christmas Family Tree". After a few disappointments with the previous Hallmark movies, this one was definetely worth watching. It was such a heartwarming, touching story (I've had tears in my eyes a few times). It is one of those movies that will be remembered and rewatched many times. I don't remember the last time I've watched Hallmark movies and felt in this way." ~Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„"A Family Christmas Tree--not bad, but I dont understand, once again a few more lines like the DNA place calling her back to say that was her family. they left it that the DNA place said they got it wrong, which really??? The DNA place is just matching DNA, they don't mess up the names. To DNA your name is like what your favorite color is, it is matching your dna they dont get names wrong. But they took that they were biological cause of a picture he had of her mom that she doesn't even remember cause her mom died at 6? A few more lines, such as her showing them her mom's pic when he showed his pic of her. or the dna place calling back to say sorry again she is the right Vanessa, or even them doing a dna test at the end and they get the results while her and andrew walker are on a date, and the family is at home decorating for valentines day. I didnt believe her and andrew walker liked each other, they just seemed like brother and sister. Things i did like: the family doing lots together, the kids were cute, the mom saying many things like "I dont like the word step, we are all family" and she also said what's her husbands is hers, and that meant Vanessa was hers too, so sweet. The mother was my favorite character. But the movie love story was not good." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"MY CHRISTMAS FAMILY TREE Family Friendly (other than potentially discussing the topic of being pregnant before marriage). Oh so sweet! This was a tearjerker for sure. Really like Aimee Teegarden and Andrew Walker, but mostly Aimee. Not a lot of romance storyline between them though, but the family aspect here is the heart of this movie. I love that the family said grace in the movie. I just adore the step-mom character Pauline. Also the incorporation of Polish culture. *****spoiler alert***** Just one concern, and this is just me being nitpicky... I'm just a little puzzled in the end when the DNA company said it was a mix-up, but then it was not? It wasn't too believable to me for the DNA company to screw up 2 times like that. I felt like it was an unnecessary issue to create a climax. Even with this concern, it was still a wonderful movie." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas", "Much Ado About Christmas, "Five More Minutes". "My Family Christmas Tree" was interesting and good." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"My Christmas Family Tree was such a great Christmas movie surprise! I loved all of the warm family moments - with Vanessa meeting her biological father and new siblings for the first time. I liked how the children were hesitant, at first, but eventually came around to liking Vanessa. Also, the mother was super sweet and accepting of her husband's past; she was very welcoming, loving and kind. The DNA error was never fully explained, and I thought it made those sort of companies look rather bad. I do want to caution: that it is clear that Vanessa's biological father was not wed to her mother when she was conceived. He was in the service at the time and had no clue after leaving and going over seas that her mother was expecting her. Like brother in Christ said above, it's clear this is in his past now and he's a changed family man. Throughout the movie, it's interesting to watch Vanessa, who is normally used to being alone, warm up to the idea of having this big, beautiful family - with a grandmother, aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins, too! It was also sweet to see a children's Christmas nativity pageant incorporated into this story - telling the true meaning of Christmas!" ~Net

A Holiday in Harlem - November 14, 2021
(Olivia Washington, Will Adams, Tina Lifford)

๐ŸŽ„"Holiday in Harlem is family friendly. I usually come here to see if a movie is this way before I watch it, but because I didn't see anything regarding this movie, I thought Id bite the bullet, watch and report to the community. I was a little taken aback by the comment by Brother in Christ that he saw a character in a preview that didn't promote a lifestyle he supported. There is a character in the movie who is a bit "flamboyant" but we need to be careful not to characterize people who come off this way as having a contrary lifestyle." ~Keith

๐ŸŽ„"A holiday in Harlem was a really fun movie. I really enjoyed Olivia Washington and would like to see her in more hallmark movies. I enjoyed the story of her coming back to the community and trying to carry her mom's legacy. I really wonder if a Nativity Scene with the Drummer boy's drum working really exists." ~Brenny

Nantucket Noel - November 19, 2021
(Trevor Donovan and Sarah Power)

๐ŸŽ„"Just watched Nantucket Noel and happy to report it is 100% family friendly. One of my favorites so far this year. I love both leads!" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"I went back on my word and watched Nantucket Noel because of Trevor Donovan. Trevor is a favorite! Thrilled to tell you this movie is family friendly and enjoyable." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"Like kitkat already said, Nantucket Noel is family-friendly!! I personally didn't really like it, but that's just my opinion. Still enjoyed it for the fact that it was friendly, but probably won't watch again. I really hope someone else enjoys this family Christmas movie though!!" -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"I tried watching Nantucket Noel, it was just really boring, mostly cause it is the overdone plot of a big business is coming to a town to revitalize and the shop owners are upset. Old, overdone and hard to watch anymore. It was a great cast, but i watched the 1st hour, struggled thru it, and did not feel much chemistry with anyone on the movie to each other. The lady's shop is supposedly so busy but there was like nobody around any of the shops. Boring and old and not a fun subject to suffer thru." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"Well, only because of Trevor Donovan, I did watch Nantucket Noel. Thanks to all your posters here for letting us know it was family friendly. That said, the storyline was the usual "I'm going to lose my family business because of the big bad developer." And once again, the main characters won the contest (sorry for any spoiler!). I might be a stickler, but the Nantucket landscape doesn't have green leaves at Christmas time, and I wish HM would pay more attention to details like that. I found it strange to find another boat parade as well (Christmas Sail). I did like Trevor's father portrayal and he does that very well, but I felt he and the female lead lacked chemistry, and that their love blossomed like that in just a few days before Christmas was kind of improbable as well. I have to also say that i did find what the little girl did in the first scene out of character for a HM Christmas movie, but I guess that's the norm for HM now. That said, it was predictable, but Trevor, and the actors who portrayed his father and his father's significant other, saved it for me. Thanks, Net and Happy Thanksgiving week!" ~Savvy Girl

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Nantucket Noel, A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes. They were family friendly. I would watch A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes again. I really like David Hayden-Jones. I had to grab tissues for that last movie." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„"NANTUCKET NOEL Family friendly. Personally I think this was mediocre at best. The setting is beautiful but the plot is just sooo overdone (real estate developer vs struggling shop owner). There was nothing special and the movie was very slow moving. Trevor Donovan was alright, not as charming as usual. Sarah Power's character feels a little flat and needs a bit more personality. Chemistry was a bit lacking and just everything was a tad boring for me. Not a keeper for me." ~CH Mom

A Christmas Together With You - November 20, 2021
(Harry Lennix, Laura Vandervoort, and Niall Matter)

๐ŸŽ„"Happy to say A Christmas Together With You is family friendly. It's a little slow getting started, but it gets better as the story unveils. The story line is different too. But still probably not one I would watch over and over." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"I watched A Christmas Together With You thanks to good reviews here, thank you everyone! I really enjoyed it! I've never seen Laura Vandervoort before, but her and Niall were very very good together. I do wish they had a little more screen time together, but then Frank's story of finding his lost love would have to be cut short, and i REALLY enjoyed that, especially the way they incorporated the song I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, love that song! altogether i really enjoyed this Christmas movie!!" -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Together with You was such a pleasant surprise. I thought the storyline was mostly given in the preview, but it was filled with delightful surprises and a bit of mystery. I loved the father-daughter type relationship Megan had with her friend, Frank, a regular visitor to the coffee shop where she works. Coming off a bad break up, Megan finds hope in romance again when she sees Frank holding on to a picture of a past girlfriend, Claire. Since both are expecting to have a quiet, lonely Christmas, when Megan discovers where Claire lives, she asks Frank to go a road trip at Christmastime to find her. At first Frank says no, but knowing the trip might be good for Megan, he accepts her offer. The trip ends up being quite the adventure for these two โ€“ as they both gradually open up their hearts again to love. The lodge where they stay is beautiful, and the chemistry between Frank and Claire and Megan and Steve (a new guy she meets along the way played by Niall Matter) is fantastic! I did think at one point Steve made a sweet gesture of re-creating a special Christmas memory for Megan that wasnโ€™t accepted very warmly. Of course, she was protecting her heart and afraid to fall in love again. This movie is family-friendly and it has such an adorable dog. He's, unfortunately, not in the movie much, but when he is, he's a scene stealer. The end was a bit rushed, as I was hoping we would learn more about their future, but it was still a wonderful, happy ending." ~Net

A Kiss Before Christmas - November 21, 2021
(James Denton and Teri Hatcher)

๐ŸŽ„"A Kiss Before Christmas is family-friendly, and I liked it very much. One of my favorites so far. James Denton and Teri Hatcher were great in their roles and great together. Stories from a male character's point of view seem to be rare on Hallmark, so I enjoyed that aspect of it. I love this type of "It's a Wonderful Life" story, even if it has been done many times before, and this one did not disappoint." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"A Kiss Before Christmas is family friendly, and I really enjoyed this movie. James Denton and Terri Hatcher are good together, plus I loved the story. Another keeper for me. The stories have been told before in both of these movies (including A Kindhearted Christmas), but I never tire of seeing good deeds and life changing things happen. When you leave a movie feeling happiness and joy, it is a good thing. That is how I felt." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"Kiss Before Christmas was not bad or good, just ok. Kind of what i expected." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"A Kiss Before Christmas - I really wanted to like this movie, but I felt like it took James Dentonโ€™s character way too long to want his old life back. For a while there, he seemed to like his fortune and successful career more than his family. Plus, I wasnโ€™t crazy about all of the political pictures that were supposed to be impressive behind his desk at work. I did, however, like the cute chemistry between James Denton and Teri Hatcher." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"A Kiss Before Christmas was pretty good. As has already been shared, it is Family friendly. I was hoping for it to be a little bit better, but it was still a nice Christmas movie!" ~brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"A Kiss Before Christmas" was very good. I teared up toward the end of the movie - and I rarely cry at these movies." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"A Kiss Before Christmas Family-friendly: Yes Keeper: Yes I love how the focus of this movie is on the relationship between two "older" people. (FYI - both James Denton and Teri Hatcher are in their early 50's, though they both look much younger!) And the chemistry between them was right on! They have acted together before in Desperate Housewives, and it looked like they were having a lot of fun making this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it!" ~Mark 25

The Nine Kittens of Christmas - November 25, 2021
(Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, and Gregory Harrison)

๐ŸŽ„"Watching 'The Nine Kittens of Christmas" and near the 40 minute mark a reference is made to a same sex marriage. So far nothing has been shown, but nonetheless I am very disappointed" ~Sarah B

๐ŸŽ„"The Nine Kittens of Christmas was totally family friendly but in my opinion it was nowhere near as good as the first one(The Nine Lives of Christmas-2014). Maybe worth one watch if you really like the first one, but not good enough for repeat watching." ~Anna

UPDATE: Thanks, I read the other review of the movie and I totally missed the reference Sarah B. mentioned. I thought character said Becket or something like that. I went back and watched the part again and it sounds like she actually said Becca. Sorry for not being more thorough." ~Anna

๐ŸŽ„"I noticed two different reviews for the Nine Kittens of saying family friendly and one mentioning a same sex relationship comment. I just wanted to let everyone know that there is in fact a quick same sex comment in the movie. The one firefighter says "Becca's wife". I probably would have missed it because it was so fast, except I was specifically looking for it." ~Karen

๐ŸŽ„"I agree with everybody else, the nine Kittens of Christmas was very disappointing. Like someone else on here said, for all we know they broke up the very next day lol we really like the first one too, we will probably just pretend this one doesn't exist" -brother in Christ

Christmas CEO - November 26, 2021
(Marisol Nichols and Paul Greene)

๐ŸŽ„"Just wanted to let everyone know "Christmas CEO" is family-friendly. The storyline is certainly nothing new or outstanding, but I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I might. Good for at least a one-time watch. Paul Greene was great, and his character was fun and lovable." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas CEO โ€“ Family friendly but very slow moving. I like Paul Greene very much, but I just didnโ€™t feel like this movie was right for him. There was a lack of chemistry and any sort of spark between the leads, in my opinion. Overall, it was just okay, but nothing truly special." ~Net

An Unexpected Christmas - November 26, 2021
(Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes)

๐ŸŽ„"Iโ€™m sad to say that in An Unexpected Christmas, Tyler Hynesโ€™ sister reveals she was married to another female and they are now divorced because she wanted to adopt and her spouse did not. This happened around the 40 minute mark. I stopped watching so not sure if it was referred to again." ~Jennifer R

๐ŸŽ„"An Unexpected Christmas isnโ€™t keeper for me after reading an article about that movie. Paul Campbell wrote the movie. Hallmarkโ€™s formula because itโ€™s more from a manโ€™s perspective and it has a same-sex couple among the co-stars." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Very disappointed with Unexpected Christmas. So looking forward to it as we really like both of these actors. Watched until the scene with his sister when she reveals her relationship with another woman and the tells Tyler if he won't marry Bethany she will to keep her in the family. At the beginning I thought sure this would be my favorite Christmas movie this year. I hope these actors see the responses on this web site and realize how many fans they and the Hallmark channel are losing." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Just read that Tyler Hyne's movie features a lesbian couple. It happened when they were wrapping presents. Something about Becca's wife. Very small and completely unneeded. I don't believe we ever met Becca. Just a word of advice, if Paul Campbell is attached, don't watch if you're against that stuff. He's very in to inclusivity. Very disappointing of Tyler. Going to have to be very discerning even with my favorite actors." ~Melissa

๐ŸŽ„"When I saw that Paul Campbell wrote the movie, I was apprehensive, but I was really enjoying it until the sister mentioned her relationship. I kept praying, please don't say it, but she did. I was so saddened by this. I find it very cruel that HM does this--little jabs in an otherwise what seems family friendly movie. This is absolutely intentional on HM's part. I was so hoping that this would not be the case because the leads are such fan favorites. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but there's not much more I can do except not watch at all. So sad." ~Savvy Girl

Just a little addendum--I did not turn off the movie, and I did watch until the end, but the sister's storyline totally ruined it for me, and I should have shut it off. I also noticed some other references to the sister's sexuality in the movie, and that's when I knew I can't watch anymore HM unless I know for sure they are family friendly. I am hoping Lacey's new one is and my prayers are with her and her family. God Bless." ~Savvy Girl

๐ŸŽ„"The thing about Paul Campbell being about inclusivity is it is getting old and I call it woke when it is in every movie he does/writes. I watched An Unexpected Christmas and i didnt realize he was the writer, but i kept watching. I must not have been paying attention and was about to be like what he didnt put a gay couple, but i guess maybe the sister had a partner or girlfriend, i guess. To me, I dont understand why it has to be in every movie. It is UN-SINCERE. I mean is there a gay/lesbian couple in every single family in America? NO. Its just ridiculous and it is not at all sincere. I wish more gay/lesbian would call them out on it. The movie was ok, probably a little better than many of the movies i watched this weekend. Funny to see Andrew Walker making a cameo in the restaurant scene. Will avoid Paul Campbell in the future." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"Just saw An Unexpected Christmas with Lenz and Hynes. The sister is a no longer married single mom because her former female partner didn't want to adopt. The same gal was striking up relationship with another woman in the movie a few times thereafter. Paul Campbell was co-writer." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"I'm glad several have already come here to share the news, I meant to comment a couple days ago but I haven't had the time. I watched An Unexpected Christmas the night it aired, I was SO excited for Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes, they are in some of my favorites! But I was REALLY let down, obviously having the same sex couple was sad, but the entire movie in general was......Unexpected, and not in a good way. It didn't even feel like a Hallmark movie many times. They tried SO hard to make this a comedy, that some of it came off as weird and almost delusional. SO many parts were just very different. I dont like to be so negative, but this was in no way a family movie. There is drinking on several occasions, there was a LOT of lying in this movie, and some of the lies were not even resolved and made right like we normally see in hallmark. Also, why couldn't Hynes'character just tell his family him and Joy Lenz broke up. His character came off as very cowardly. 2 ENTIRE months he just made stuff up about him and her. It was all very very sad." -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS Not Family Friendly. I have seen the reviews about it not being family friendly, so I made sure not to watch it with my kids, but I still wanted to watch it because I love both Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes, and was looking forward to this. This started out really cute and had a really fun premise. Unfortunately not only was the movie ruined by the clear liberal agenda, I couldn't really feel a lot of chemistry. I don't know. Bethany's acting in the beginning was kind of borderline annoying to me, sadly. Tyler was alright.. I should say maybe a little off than his usual charming self. Personally, it just didn't really make sense why they broke up in the first place... and why they got together again other than still feeling the love/chemistry with each other (but still, the problem of why they broke up was not solved?). Not sure but I didn't pay attention too much to the movie after the unnecessary blatant liberal agenda that was included in the movies repeatedly. " ~CH Mom

Making Spirits Bright - November 27, 2021
(Taylor Cole and Carlo Marks)

๐ŸŽ„"Been going through my DVR this weekend and I want to say that Time For Them to Come Home for Christmas, Making Spirits Bright and Angel Falls Christmas are all family friendly and that old style feel-good we know and love." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT Family friendly. I really enjoyed it! Lovely chemistry between Taylor and Carlo. The italian carol singing was so cute. The plot did go a little repetitive/slow at times (the childish battle between the dads), but Taylor and Carlo are so cute as a couple and it makes up for it." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Making Spirits Bright". I deleted this one but then read CH Mom's review and decided to give it another go. I ended up quite enjoying it! The silly beginning and the over-the-top, ridiculous family feuding are what caused me to delete it. Plus I am SO NOT into all the excessive Christmas decorations (I prefer subtle, quiet decorations :)). But if you can get past all the overblown stuff, it's a cute movie that emphasizes family love. And the main couple were sweet together. Not a keeper for me but it was worth a watch. Also just wanted to say I completely agree with Alicia's review of "Ice Wine Christmas". Not a keeper for me but it was worth a watch." ~~Jane

Christmas at Castle Hart - November 27, 2021
(Lacey Chabert and Stuart Townsend)

๐ŸŽ„"We just watched Christmas at Castle Hart and it is family friendly. There is a little bit of drinking in the pub, as they are in Ireland, but nothing excessive." ~Karen

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS AT CASTLE HART Family Friendly. Lacey was solid as always. Chemistry between the two leads was decent. The movie was quite fun to watch and I had many laughs. Really like a lot of the banters and the conversations. I wasn't a big fan of the whole idea which was based on lying though." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas at Castle Hart" was good, Lacey and Ali Hardiman (Margot) carried the movie. We were able to see part of Laceyโ€™s comedic side. I loved the scene where she and her sister, Margot, were bouncing on the bed and got caught by the Earl." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas At Castle Hart exceeded my expectations! As someone else noted, the only part that isn't 100% friendly is the presence of alcohol, but I don't believe there are many times that we see the characters even drinking, maybe twice(I honestly cant remember). But the story was fun, sweet, and Christmassy! Felt more like one of the old Hallmark movies! :) " ~brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas at Castle Hart The setting is great, but I wasn't really that interested in the movie itself. It's family friendly though, which is a plus given how many of Hallmark's new Christmas movies are sneaking in gays." -Maria

Christmas in Tahoe - November 28, 2021
(Laura Osnes, Kyle Selig, Pat Monahan, and George Lopez)

๐ŸŽ„"I really enjoyed Christmas in Tahoe, which was 100% family-friendly. I'll admit, I didn't care for the music that much, but the characters (especially the supporting roles) were very like-able and I laughed aloud several times during the movie!" ~Sharon-shutterbug

๐ŸŽ„"Review: Christmas in Tahoe
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper: Not for me
While I love Laura Osnes, and she does a fine job in this movie (although I was disappointed that she doesn't sing in it), unfortunately it is not a keeper. The plot is almost a rehash of an earlier movie of hers, In the Key of Love. (In that one, she has a new career after she sang with her ex; in this one, she has a new career after she managed her ex's band.) The plot is just so predictable, and the performances at the festival were rather bad. I'll stick with One Royal Holiday. (And how did they ever get George Lopez to do such a small supporting role??)" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas In Tahoe was family friendly, but I wasnt a huge fan of it. I loved Laura Osnes in One Royal Holiday last year and I've heard her talk about being a Christian a couple times, so I enjoyed the movie since she was in it :) but she was about all that we really liked, the story for me personally wasnt really keeping my attention." ~brother in Christ

The Christmas Contest - November 28, 2021
(Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, and Barbara Niven)

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Contest is family friendly but I'm not a fan of this movie. I didn't think I could watch it at first. Story is just missing something. Of course this is just my opinion! Others may love it!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"I did not care for "The Christmas Contest" with Candace Bure. There was bickering which I do not care for." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Contest was definitely different for Candace Cameron Bure. Her movies usually have a deeper script and plot. This story was fairly generic, so that was kind of disappointing. It was to the best of my knowledge family friendly, like I said, the story was pretty plain so i wasnt paying attention the entire time so i could've missed something small if they snuck it in there. But comparing this to Candace's normal performances, this was nothing to write home about. Except maybe the fact that this is like the third movie that Candace and Barbara Niven have been in together. ~brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Contest Eh, I don't know with this one. I usually look forward to Candace's movies every year, but I feel like this was one was just, flat. That, or my disappointment with Hallmark this Christmas Season is bigger then it looks. Either way, this one is family friendly. Hopefully her next movie is better then this one." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS CONTEST Family friendly. The whole premise is just too silly for my taste I think. I feel like the script didnโ€™t do the actors justice. CCB and John Brotherton were reuniting which is an amazing thing, but this was the script they chose? They are both good individually but their chemistry here is very lacking. Although I do love CCB as a person, I didnโ€™t fall in love with the characters. The banters were too ridiculous, not so much cute. The moments that were supposed to be funny didnโ€™t really make me laugh that much. This movie was not a keeper for me." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Contest โ€“ Family-friendly, but seemed to be missing something??? Sure, it was about charity and giving back, but it still feltโ€ฆ well, silly, at times. The on and off relationship between Lara (Candace Cameron Bure) and Ben (John Brotherton) was sometimes a bit annoying. I did like that Barbara Niven portrayed Candaceโ€™s mother โ€“ as this was their third Hallmark Christmas movie together. (Moonlight & Mistletoe, A Christmas Detour, and now, The Christmas Contest) They felt natural together, like real mother and daughter. Another bright spot was Benโ€™s relationship with his grandmother and the way he put her needs above his own, insisting that she join Laraโ€™s team and meet new friends, even when he knew she would be competing against him. (Possible SPOILERS ahead) I wasnโ€™t too fond of the upside down Christmas tree decorated at the end. I know it had meaning since Lara said repeatedly (almost to exhaustion) that Ben turned her world upside down, but I guess Iโ€™m old-fashioned when it comes to Christmas traditions, and I prefer a Christmas tree sitting the normal way, respectfully with a star or angel on top. Overall, this was an okay Christmas movie, but not a favorite for me. ~Net

Eight Gifts of Hanukkah - December 3, 2021
(Inbar Lavi and Jake Epstein)

๐ŸŽ„"Eight Gifts of Hanukkah is family friendly & its lovely movie. Itโ€™s a keeper for me. Daniel Meyers is Saraโ€™s best friends & the boy next door. Every night Sara and her family light Hanukkah candles together & have dinner with Daniel Meyers, their semi-orphaned childhood next-door neighbor, who is also renovating Saraโ€™s optometry practice. Sara is intrigued when an anonymous suitor sends her a gift for each night of Hanukkah on the porch. Every night when Sara receives a thoughtful gift from a secret admirer on the porch. When she received only 7 Hanukkah gifts minus 1? Sara couldโ€™ve figure it out itโ€™s actually Daniel is her secret admirer. At Matzel Ball, the band plays Sara & Danielโ€™s favorite song called; โ€œCollide by Howie Day. Daniel asks Sara for dance - For Sara, Night 8; Daniel shows Sara a ring, itโ€™s actually promise ring that belong to Saraโ€™s late Grandma Babbe Rose who she gave it to him & Daniel hopes 1 day he would give a promise ring to Sara when he puts a promise ring on Saraโ€™s finger - Promise rings can be worn on any finger. Popular options are the ring finger or the middle finger of the left hand or the middle or fourth finger on the right hand. Daniel & Sara are meant to be together." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Really enjoyed The Eight Gifts of Hanukkah. Family friendly and I loved the family dynamic and secret admirer mystery. You could see her falling in love with each gift. Such a sweet story. They were "meant to be." ~Melissa

๐ŸŽ„"I believe Eight Gifts of Hanukkah is family friendly. I fell asleep once during it by accident :) but I'm pretty positive there was nothing bad in the film. It was just ok to me, I didn't care for how many different men were interested in her at the same time (I think 4?) And she was kind of flirting with several of them at the same time, did not really care for that." -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"I really liked this movie too. The cast seemed connected. The couple was believable. I remember Jake Epstein in "Mistletoe and Menorah" and liked his acting then. This is one that I'd watch again." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„"I loved "Eight Gifts of Hanukkah"!" ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"EIGHT GIFTS OF HANUKKAH Family friendly. I thought I was going to skip this, but i'm so glad I gave it a try! This movie was so lovely. It made me smile and kept me engaged all throughout. I always love learning other traditions that I'm not familiar with. I sooo adore the family aspect of it, all the fun dialogues and back and forth. The writing and directing are excellent. The chemistry was definitely there. Love the cute banters between the 2 leads. Although they were meant to be friends in the beginning, their chemistry still felt palpable. They portrayed the friends-to-lovers relationship so well. I just LOVE that sweet dancing scene in the living room. My only complaint is that the ending felt sort of abrupt and I had wished they reconciled a little bit longer. Still, it was a really sweet movie and a definite keeper!" ~CH Mom

A Very Merry Bridesmaid - December 4, 2021
(Emily Osment and Casey Deidrick)

๐ŸŽ„"Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but A Very Merry Bridesmaid features a same sex married couple. Turned it off after that point so not sure if they were shown again or not." Sarah B

๐ŸŽ„"A Very Merry Bridesmaid is NOT family friendly, the best friend in the movie is married to a woman, not sure if we see these characters more throughout the film, but around the half hour mark(I think) is when I realized the two women were together" -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"I watched all of "A Very Merry Bridesmaid." That couple was strategically placed together a few times throughout the movie. The story line was decent but I wouldn't watch it again." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„"A Very Merry Bridemaid isnโ€™t family friendly. Lena mentions those ladies that she had crush on her Brotherโ€™s best friend, Drew. One of the lady says Drew is the Best Man. Lena says to thoss ladies that theyโ€™ve Twins. Itโ€™s Lenaโ€™s 30th Birthday as the same day as her Brother; Paulโ€™s Wedding Day on Christmas Eve. Lena is Merry Bridemaid because of her Birthday on Christmas Eve." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"A VERY MERRY BRIDESMAID Not family friendly. Has 2-women couple (Leah's best friend). Male lead Casey Deidrick is handsome but I guess just not super expressive? Personally, I think Leah and Drew felt very platonic almost the whole movie. This movie had a lot of potential but I couldn't really feel or see the chemistry, until after the mistletoe kiss which was almost the end of the movie. Not to mention, it was also ruined by the unnecessary inclusion of a same gender couple. I was nervous for Paul (the brother) the whole time about him moving the wedding location and buying a house without his bridezilla fiance knowing lol. What touched me the most in the movie was Leah and Dad's conversation at the rehearsal dinner." ~CH Mom

Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday - December 5, 2021
(Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, and Keith D. Robinson)

๐ŸŽ„"Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday was very family friendly and so darling! Loved seeing the William's sisters together!" ~Anonymous

A Dickens of a Holiday! - December 10, 2021
(Kristoffer Polaha and Brooke D'Orsay)

๐ŸŽ„"A Dickens of a Holiday is family friendly and is a great movie! My husband even liked this one!! Lol!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"Just finished A Dickens of a Holiday, and while I wasn't sure at first if it was going to be any good, I ended up loving it! Definitely a step or two above the typical, formulaic Hallmark movies. I really appreciated the portrayal of a broken relationship between brothers and the healing that can happen when forgiveness is extended. I also enjoyed the chemistry between the leads and Cassie's humor and sass in handling a movie star. However, my favorite part of the movie was actually watching Jake play Scrooge so wonderfully that I'm sad I don't get to see the entire play! Definitely family-friendly and recommended." ~Sharon-shutterbug

๐ŸŽ„"Iโ€™m happy to say โ€œA Dickens of a Holidayโ€ is family-friendly, and I thought it was delightful from beginning to end. Kristoffer Polaha and Brooke Dโ€™Orsay are two of my favorites to begin with, and they were great together. I loved that Kristofferโ€™s characterโ€™s story kind of mirrored Scroogeโ€™s in the way that he reconnected with his family. I always like the stories that have a more heartfelt element to them that connect me emotionally with the characters, especially when it has to do with family. I donโ€™t want to give too much away, but thereโ€™s a beautiful reconciliation scene that brought tears to my eyes. Definitely one of the top contenders for my favorite movie of the season!" ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"A Dickens of a Holiday is family friendly. Recently divorced Cassie Pruitt is directing โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€ in the 100 years Anniversary of Dickens Days in Dickens, Ohio. Unfortunately, Ray Mullens as Ebenezer Scrooge comes down with laryngitis and they need to find someone new. They insist on choosing someone from Dickens is a movie star Jake Dorsey. They ask big time actor Jake Dorsey to come home for Christmas and help to prepare for Christmas Play. Ray is being Mimenbenezer Scrooge on his badge. Since Cassie works for Broadway ๐ŸŽญ. Jake reunited his Brotherโ€™s family; Craig is his older Brother, Allison is his Sister in Law, & Brandon is his Nephew. Ben is being Jakeโ€™s personal assistant but Jake asks him being his MANAGER. Santa Claus doesnโ€™t make unless Jake dressed up as Santa Claus a& Brandon wants his Uncle Jake & his Dad; Craig could work thing out to get along with. Jake as Scrooge, Millie as Billie, & Brandon as Tiny Tim from โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€. Cassie drinks Bobโ€™s Buttered Rum & Jake drinks Marleyโ€™s Mule. Audience watches the Christmas play โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€, on Christmas Eve (December 24). Jake wants to portrayed the role from Dunes of Eastlynne by Gracie Burnett is his Momโ€™s favorite book. Ben tells Jake about the Producers whose consider the role for Jake is based on the book โ€œDunes of Eastlynneโ€, he gets the role when heโ€™s not acting because of its Christmas. Jake gives Cassie a mixtape that he hasnโ€™t give it to Cassie since High School. Although Cassie hands a book โ€œA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickensโ€ to Jake. A quotes from the play." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Kris Polaha as Scrooge in "A Dickens of a Holiday!" was wonderful. He and Brooke Dโ€™Orsay were great together. itโ€™s already favorite in our house." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"I agree! I was surprised how different this movie was. There are a lot of layers to this movie. It's one of my favorites for this year." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„"A DICKENS OF A HOLIDAY Family friendly. This one was adorable, absolutely loved it!! Definitely one of the better ones from this year! Unique storyline, loved the writing, chemistry was there, family aspect was wonderful. Brooke D'orsay was solid as always. Kristopher Polaha was astounding and just hilarious. His acting here was just marvelous and I LOVED that they actually showed a good part of the actual play!!! Watching Brooke and Kristopher together made me smile. The estranged brothers storyline was touching. Noticed Antonio Cupo cameo as the movie director in the beginning. Great job on this one, Hallmark!" ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Thanks so much to everyone here with the family friendly alerts! Because of that I watched A Dickens of a Holiday and found it absolutely enchanting. KP and BD'O were paired perfectly and the plot was not the usual boy meets girl, they dislike each other, then they love each other. Each lead had great respect (and eventually love) for the other and the reconciliation between the family members was very sweet. Highly recommend!" ~ Savvy Girl

๐ŸŽ„"A Dickens of a Holiday Family-friendly? Yes Keeper? Definitely I was another one who wasn't going to watch this movie at first - I just didn't think I would like it - but after reading the reviews I thought I would give it a whirl. I am so glad I did! I loved this movie from start to finish! All of the points I would make were already said by CH Mom, so there is really nothing more to add. A keeper all the way!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"I'm so glad you gave that movie a try! A Dickens of a Holiday is one of my top favorites this year!" :) ~CH Mom

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See review in the Hallmark Movies Now section below...

A Royal Queens Christmas - December 11, 2021
(Megan Park and Julian Morris)

๐ŸŽ„"A Royal Queens Christmas" is family-friendly! My favorite part is her parents and grandmother. Megan Park does a nice job, but I think I'm just "royalled" out, having recently watched GAC's Jingle Bell Princess, as well. Whew, so many movies! :-)" ~Alicia

Sister Swap: Christmas in the City
(Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, and Keith D. Robinson)
Not promoting due to content - see *here*.

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls - Not promoting due to content - see *here*.

๐ŸŽ„"I think that The Christmas House 2 was absolutely terrible." ~Chris

'Tis the Season to Be Merry - December 19, 2021
(Rachael Leigh Cook, Travis Van Winkle, and Karen Malina White)

๐ŸŽ„" Tis The Season To Be Merry was family friendly. I'd put it as one of the better ones I've seen this year. Rachel and Travis play well off each other and they both have a sarcastic sense of humor in the way they deliver their lines." ~Kay

๐ŸŽ„" โ€˜Tis the Season to be Merry is family friendly. Book Author Merry Griffin is a Professional Dating Expert โ€œDating & Relationship Adviceโ€. Darlene Walters is Merryโ€™s Editor. Merry Griffith has written the book called; โ€œKnow My Rules for Love. Sonia mentions Eat, Pray, Love at Littlefield Publishing. Darlene & Merry spend Holidays in Snowbridge, Vermont with Darleneโ€™s parentsโ€™ house. Darleneโ€™s family owns Walters: Gift Shop & Tree Lot. Darlene & Adamโ€™s family owns company: โ€œWalters Gift Shop & Tree Lotโ€. Merry works on her book about relationships. Merry meets aid worker Adam helps her find new ideas & some Christmas cheer. She finds a new perspective & Christmas cheer with charismatic aid worker named Adam. Joe Smith owns restaurant & his James Smith owns Little Bristo in the village. Whatโ€™s a bummer; Adam & Darleneโ€™s parents sell their company whether or not they couldโ€™ve keep it. Adam tells Merry just put in the book about fiction turned into reality; Merry has something in her mind just before Sonia Hendricks aheads to Boston when Merry is with her Editor Darlene at the airport when Merry hands Sonia her manuscripts when Sonia will read in the plane. Merry signs her books called; โ€œNo Rules for Loveโ€, for customers. Joe Smith & Sonia Hendricks, Darlene Walters & James Smith, and Adam Walters & Merry Griffith" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Really enjoyed โ€˜Tis The Season to be Merry! The leads were great together and I laughed often. There have not been many movies this season that Iโ€™ve enjoyed but this is definitely one of them. I also loved getting to see a little prop from a previous Hallmark Movie I enjoyed. They had a box of Merry & Bright candy canes from the movie Merry & Bright a few years ago! I would definitely recommend this movie." ~Sarah S.

๐ŸŽ„"TIS THE SEASON TO BE MERRY Family friendly. I didn't have high expectations but it turned out I really liked this one! It was quite funny (especially the beginning) and made me laugh a few times. The awkwardness between Merry and Adam when they first met was hilarious to watch. Rachael Leigh Cook always does best acting these types of scenes. I forgot how charming Travis Van Winkle can be. Both of them were great with plenty of chemistry. This was definitely one of the better ones this year and a solid keeper!" ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"After reading reviews on 'Tis The Season To Be Merry, I watched it. What an enjoyable movie! Thanks to reviewers, I did not miss out on one of the best for 2021. This is a keeper for me. Can't wait to watch again! I agree with all of you. Great chemistry with Rachel and Travis." ~kitkat


Christmas in My Heart - October 23, 2021
(Heather Hemmens, Luke Macfarlane, and Sheryl Lee Ralph)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas in My Heart" was my pick of Christmas movie to watch, since I always enjoy Luke Macfarlane and any movies that have a music theme. I'm happy to report it's family friendly. I enjoyed the story a lot. It had some deeper elements to it that I always appreciate about movies on HMM. The little girl was very cute and a good actor. I would watch it again, but it's not going to be a top favorite because I felt like the leads lacked chemistry and their characters needed to have more scenes together. And as much as I like Luke Macfarlane, I'm afraid he's not a singer!" ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"Also, I didn't plan on watching another movie this weekend, but after I picked the wrong two to begin with lol I needed something better, and I saw someone here say Christmas in my Heart was friendly! It was so nice not having to keep my guard up while watching, for me it wasn't a classic. What Amy Lama said is really what I thought of the movie too lol but it was clean!! So that alone made for an enjoyable night, even if the movie wasn't beyond amazing, it was still heartwarming and Christmas-y! -A Fellow Brother in Christ-

๐ŸŽ„"Review: Christmas in My Heart
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper? No
This was my Christmas movie for yesterday (the 25th). My thoughts: * It was family-friendly, but throughout I kept thinking how Hallmark went extra lengths to have 3 inter-racial couples integral to the movie (Sean and his deceased wife, Beth's father and his recently deceased wife, and then Sean and Beth). Also, more than once someone mentioned how difficult it was/is for people of color to have the opportunities afforded to others. And while I couldn't agree more, this seemed like a major point the writers wanted to hit home. * The story just kind of trudged along. It was hard for me to get wrapped up in it. * There was a definite lack of chemistry between the two leads. I thought Luke Macfarlane did a good job in some other Christmas movies, but here it just didn't seem like his heart was in it. * As mentioned elsewhere, Luke cannot sing, and his facial expressions while he attempts to sing are over-the-top. * And finally, for the record, the bench pictures on the poster are nowhere in the movie. Not a keeper for me." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"I tried to watch Christmas in My Heart, I even tried to get past Luke's very bad country accent. I have to say Heather Hemmens is beautiful. She has such a pretty smile and I could watch her over and over, just not this movie. The child actress, i guess I am hard on the child actors/actresses sometimes, but this was not good. I will stop there. I changed the channel when someone brought over the Hanukkah gifts, I mean this movie couldn't be more woke." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART Family friendly. Not sure if I would like this one but it ended up being pretty good. Although it felt a little slow at times (especially the beginning), it ended up being quite lovely. Heather Hemmens was a delight, would love to see her in more Hallmark movies. Both leads had pretty good chemistry although could be improved. Love those stolen glances. Although in the beginning i was not convinced that Sean and his daughter Katie was a good pairing, they were wonderful. One thing though, I think it deserves a better title that's more catchy and more related to music :) " ~CH Mom

The Christmas Promise - October 30, 2021
(Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce, and Patrick Duffy)

"The Christmas Promise was very sweet, I always enjoy Torrey DiVitto and she was good with Dylan Bruce. I really liked the story, it was definitely more dramatic. It was family-friendly to the best of my knowledge. Without giving any spoilers away, I will say I think it could've been better, i feel like parts of the story weren't quite complete, I might be the only one that thinks this lol especially the storyline of Nicole's dad, it never felt resolved, like I said, it might just be me lol but it was friendly and Christmas-y, my favorite parts was the big Christmas tree in the field and the beautiful house!" -A Fellow Brother In Christ-

๐ŸŽ„"Both Much Ado About Christmas and The Christmas Promise were wonderful! It is hard to believe we had two great movies on in the same night. These will stay on my DVR indefinitely. I will say, for me, The Christmas Promise is the better of the two. Though it is Hallmark, it is family friendly. Loved the JOY sign! ------ In my previous comment, perhaps I did not word it correctly. I loved those two movies equally well. If I were forced to choose, it would be The Christmas Promise first and Much Ado About Christmas second. Can't wait to watch them both again." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Promise
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper? Yes
A rather serious topic - the death of a fiancรฉ - is handled well but in an entertaining way. The always-enjoyable (to me, anyway) Torrey DeVitto does a good job in portraying someone who is in conflict, grieving over the loss of her loved one while falling for a new guy. And Patrick Duffy (from Dallas fame - cue the theme music!) is always good in his supporting roles. A keeper for me!" ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"I loved the Christmas Promise. It's a tear jerker for sure but had so many life lessons in the story of dealing with grief and healing. All the actors did a great job in their roles It's a keeper!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE Family Friendly *i think*. It was vague, but I was under the impression that the two guys in the friend group (Allan & Teddy) were a couple, although it was NOT mentioned or talked about, I believe. The scene when they were washing the dishes together sort of made me think that way, and also that the other people in the friend groups all clearly have their spouses (Susan and Tom, Gail and Teddy). Seems like they want to imply it but not be so blatant about it. I might be wrong since it's been a while since i've watched it, so someone please correct me. Anyway, aside from that, this was very sweet. I loved seeing Torrey DeVitto again in Hallmark. I like the way they brought up topics of grieving and how the people around her tried to support her in different ways. How she also didn't want to get in the house that was being renovated. Love the natural connection and the build up between the two leads which didn't feel forced." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Promise โ€“ I liked this movie, even though it was rather sad, at times. Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce, and Patrick Duffy were all fantastic in their roles. Torrey had fantastic chemistry with Dylan โ€“ and Patrick was great as the Grandpa, who was caring and supportive, giving his granddaughter encouraging advice after she loses her fiancรฉ. This movie is family-friendly for probably age 12 and up due to the storyline about loss. In the end, however, there is a hopeful outcome." ~Net

Debbie Macomberโ€™s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas - November 6, 2021
(Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund, and Caroline Rhea)

๐ŸŽ„"Sad to say that A Mrs. Miracle Christmas has a same sex couple near the end. You do not see this coming! I was so into this movie, and wham...there it is!! It's subtle. A child watching would probably not even recognize what this was. The story is intense and funny. Paula Shaw stole the show! Rhea was good, but she's not Doris Roberts." ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"I watched A Mrs. Miracle Christmas early this morning, and much to my disappointment this movie is not family friendly as it does include a same sex couple. Unfortunately, yet another movie ruined by the counter culture agenda
~ Sarah B.

๐ŸŽ„"How could Hallmark add a lesbian couple at the door of a church? This is a new low for Hallmark. I watched Mrs. Miracle Christmas and it was a beautiful story, and all the actors were great, but Hallmark had to snub all Christians and our Lord. This will not end well for Hallmark." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"I'm seeing it has already been shared, I should've just waited to see reviews, I knew I was going to love this one, so it broke my heart that A Mrs. Miracle Christmas was not friendly, it was the last one I was expecting to do this. The movie was AMAZING up until the end, the main characters were very talented and the story was so sweet and different than what we are used to. And than in THE LAST 3 MINUTES OF THE MOVIE, their plan worked, you've watched the entire movie already so you can't not support it now, so they throw in their agenda for ABSOLUTELY no reason at all. So sad, especially because it was very, very, very, very good until then." ~brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"Royally Wrapped For Christmas", "Debbie Macomber's A Mrs. Miracle Christmas", "Reba McEntire's Christmas In Tune" was great." ~Namegirl

One December Night - November 13, 2021
(Peter Gallagher, Bruce Campbell, Eloise Mumford and Brett Dalton)

๐ŸŽ„"One December Night" is family-friendly, though it does deal with a couple heavy topics (alcoholism and Alzheimer's) that might be too much for the very young.

For me, the movie fell a little flat. I couldn't quite put my finger on why. I don't know if it was the script or the acting or the chemistry or what.

There were moments I did enjoy, and I loved the songs the duo sang at the end. I would love for them to release them as singles. In case anyone else wonders, like I did, the first song they sing, "Coming Home," was released a few years ago, sung by Maggie McClure." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"One December Night is family friendly and touches on some real life issues. As someone else has said might not be good viewing to small children. It's a little slow at first but the last hour of the movie is great. It's a heart warming story over all!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"One December Night, I LOVED. It is family friendly though definitely not light and fluffy. There are some hard topics but they were handled well and, by the end, it turned out to be downright heartwarming. After several disappointments from Hallmark already this season, I was just glad to find a couple genuinely good movies that my family and I could enjoy." J.F. Hale

๐ŸŽ„"Started with One December Night. I REALLY enjoyed this one. As others noted it does definitely have some older topics(Eloise's dad being a former alcoholic), but I think anyone who has even a basic grasp of what that is will be fine watching it. because he did overcome this addiction, so all content involving alcoholism is just talk about the past, he is never actually drunk in the film. Otherwise family friendly!!! I REALLY liked Eloise and Brett together, all of their Christmas films are amazing! I enjoyed both of the dads, and the entire story was just very festive and heartwarming. Loved the music too. Will definitely watch again. No question it is my favorite on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries this year so far." -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"ONE DECEMBER NIGHT Family friendly but Rated PG, not G, for reasons that others have mentioned. Lots of great reviews already, but I just wanted to echo that this was such a great movie. Definitely deeper than regular Hallmark offering but also quite entertaining. And goodness.. what a great cast. Brett Dalton and Eloise Mumford were just sooo adorable together. There is something about their cute flirty banters and chemistry. I just love that they genuinely seemed like they have such great friendships in addition to the romance, nothing seemed forced. I really felt it like I was right there with Quinn and Jason, as they walking on eggshells with the situation of their dads. That scene when Quinn and her Dad baked cookies in the kitchenโ€ฆ that pulled my heartstrings. Peter Gallagher and Bruce Campbell were just wonderful, especially in their scenes together. This movie is not just a keeper, but a strong contender of my top favorite one this year!" ~CH Mom

Five More Minutes - November 20, 2021
(Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones)

๐ŸŽ„"Oh my goodness! Not only is Five More Minutes family friendly it is soooo good! It's got a little mystery, lots of family love and honors our military too! This one is a keeper! Warning...have tissues close by!! Thank you Net and all who come here to write reviews for these movies! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"Five More Minutes" is also family-friendly, but I'm not sure what to make of the story. I'm still trying to decide if I liked it or not. On one hand, there were some touching things about the story, and I like David Haydn-Jones. On the other hand, there wasn't enough of David Haydn-Jones' character, and I found an aspect of the story (I'm trying not to spoil anything) a little too unbelievable or odd for me, even though I usually love stories that have a fantastical element to them. I also saw the "twist" coming from the beginning, so it wasn't a big surprise." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"Just finished watching Hallmark Five More Minutes. It reminded me of the old Hallmark Christmas movies. Great movie, Great family theme. I was putting off watching this movie because Hallmark disappointed me so much this year." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Five More Minutes this evening, no regrets!! It is family friendly and amazing!!! My personal opinion, the best one on movies and mysteries so far this year, and it might remain the best for the rest of the year too! One thing that surprised me in a very good way is it had a bit of a military theme which we haven't really seen this year like we used to, so that was wonderful!! I don't want to give anything away so I won't say anything else, but it is definitely a new favorite for me!!! It is a VERY special Christmas movie!!" -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Nantucket Noel, A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes. They were family friendly. I would watch A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes again. I really like David Hayden-Jones. I had to grab tissues for that last movie." ~Mary

๐ŸŽ„"I just want to share my impressions of Five More Minutes. It was was such a wonderful and touching story. One of the best. Watching it was such a joyful experience for me, I felt so warm and happy. I like Nikky Deloach, she was just amazing in this movie, her emotions were real. And thank Scotty Mccreery for such a wonderful song, which was the inspiration for this movie. It is indeed a very beautiful song. This movie will become a Hallmark classic, for sure." ~Oksanka

๐ŸŽ„"Watched 5 More Minutes last night. Very family friendly. Dealing with loss at this time of year touches all of us in different ways. I think an earlier comment mentions a fantasy element that was used in a good way I thought. In some ways it reminded me of 2002s A Christmas Visitor with William DeVane and the 2004s Angel in the Family with Meredith Baxter and Ronny cox. (I think these were the titles). They also had elements of wanting more time to get closure that used supernatural means." JoCo

๐ŸŽ„"Five More Minutes is everything the other comments have said. Finally watched it last night and I was blown away, not only by the acting but also the story. This movie is at the top of my favorites. The mystery is awesome; the ending unexpected. I left this movie full of joy." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas", "Much Ado About Christmas, "Five More Minutes". "My Family Christmas Tree" was interesting and good." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"FIVE MORE MINUTES Family friendly. What a tearjerker. Many great reviews already but I agree that this was one of the better ones this year. Heartbreaking and deep. This might be my favorite Nikki DeLoach movie yet. Great pairing with David Hayden-Jones. The only thing is that I personally have never been a fan of love triangle, especially that Clara was in a serious relationship. Although I could see how Clara was struggling with her feelings, she also definitely spent too much time with Logan, no matter how innocence it might seem. I do understand that sometimes thatโ€™s just how a love story is formed. I did love the ending. Without wanting to spoil too much, the way they conclude Grandpa & Claraโ€™s relationship was beautiful and touching." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"This beautiful movie truly touched my heart! If only we could all have just 5 more minutes with our loved ones. Heartwarming and family-friendly." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"Now this is very interesting. Nikki DeLoach is a class actress who rarely turns in a sub-par performance and I was delighted to see the return of David Haydn-Jones. I have mixed feelings about Five More Minutes - in many ways, yes, this is a rich and warmly emotional movie but for me it is NOT family-friendly (although only CH Mom has made a reference to my point) but it also demonstrates how much Hallmark has moved from its traditional values. Many times we have seen one of the lead characters in a committed relationship when they meet up. Sometimes they unintentionally get caught up in a " moment" but the red line is never crossed. However despite the fact that Logan knows Clara is in a long-term relationship he makes a determined move on her. So, "is all fair in love and war"? I personally found this rather upsetting and it left me with rather a bad taste in my mouth. I would seem to be the odd one out though" - Florence

Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas - November 27, 2021
(Jessy Schram and Brendan Penny)

๐ŸŽ„"Time for them to come home for Christmas is family friendly and in my opinion one of the better movies so far. Glad to finally be able watch one all the way through." Sarah B

๐ŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas" is a beautiful and emotional story with a great theme of family and forgiveness (and completely family-friendly). There's a fun cameo from 2019's "Time for You to Come Home for Christmas" too! I definitely recommend." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"Happy to say that Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas is family friendly. Overall it was a good movie but not the best in this series in my opinion. Chemistry is good between the leads. Certainly worth watching more than once!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas--This has been the best movie all season on either channel, probably best all year and in past years. i adore Jessie Schram and she is just so good with Brendon Penny. A really wonderful, family friendly (and I was worried cause this was Blake Shelton who i have been on the fence about for a while now, but he did not disappoint). I loved the mystery thru the whole movie. Loved all the places they stopped, loved the hard to think of subjects in this movie, things that are hard for everyone to deal with and this was such a great movie. Loved the Allison Sweeney in the movie and a tidbit on her family from Time for You to come home." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas" is family-friendly! I enjoyed it, even if it's not one I'll watch over and over. Grief and loss are dealt with, leading me more to sweet, quiet personal reflection than Christmas cheeriness. There's a surprising cameo--I won't ruin it." :-) ~Alicia
๐ŸŽ„"I watched Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas!! It is family friendly and amazing!!!! Jessy Schran and Brendan Penny were perfect together! Quite possibly my favorite one this year, not sure if anything else will top it, but hopefully I will be surprised :) Even though hallmark has sadly dissapointed several times this year, i am so thankful that I have found many this year that are sweet, fun Christmas movies!" -brother in Christ

๐ŸŽ„"Been going through my DVR this weekend and I want to say that Time For Them to Come Home for Christmas, Making Spirits Bright and Angel Falls Christmas are all family friendly and that old style feel-good we know and love." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas is family friendly. (Review may contain SPOILERS) Rebeccaโ€™s monogram is RB on her luggage. Her Brother in Law named Mark wants to come to Charleston Christmas Tree Trimming Lighting with his Family; Rebeccaโ€™s Sister; Annie & her Niece; Ava. Rebecca orders cherry pie & coffee at the cafe. She lost her memories since the car lost control in the middle of the night. She ends up at the Hospital & she doesnโ€™t know her name & goes the name Jane as in Jane Doe. The dog is lost as Jane & Paul follow the dog its owner: Katherine, Jack, & Will. Alison Sweeney made a cameo as Katherine from Time for You to Come Home for Christmas is in the movie & Katherine married to Jack & bring 3 Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream. Katherine hands a gift box of Winter Cookies. Jane regains her memories that sheโ€™s Rebecca. The lady hands a gift bag of Journal with North Star. Mark calls out Rebecca when Rebecca regains her memories when Annie is her Sister. Rebecca & Annie could make up for now. Rebecca asks Paul to join her for Christmas party at her Sisterโ€™s place." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"I absolutely loved Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas. I watched because of everyone here saying it was family friendly and thanks so much for that! Jesse and Brennan had great chemistry, the storyline had complex family issues, and there is an absolutely lovely scene in a church with a choir. I did not care for last year's version with Lacey Chabert and Stephen Husar (spelling?) and I have yet to see the other two, but I will be on the look out for them now. Merry Christmas!" ~Savvy Girl

๐ŸŽ„"I also just couldn't get into last years Time for Us with Lacey and SH. I tried a few times but I just couldn't get into it. I saw the 1st 2 movies, the 1st was really good, not a re-watcher for me though. the 2nd one was very boring to me, love Ali Sweeney, but it was blah boring. But Time for Them, it had mystery, i was waiting and waiting to see when she would remember, and the little clues along the way, to me, weren't so over the top hit you in the face. I kind of figured she might have been a writer. But all the rest I was surprised and was so happy that Mark was not a love she was running from. This is just my opinion and not anything to be mean, but Jessy Schram was perfect in this role cause she is someone that can wear very little make-up and she is just so beautiful. and she is apparently not afraid to be filmed in less make-up, like many other actresses that go to bed in full on false eyelashes and lipstick and wake up with the make up perfect. It made it so much more real to me that Jessy looked so natural and like someone in the hospital and that was dealing with a trauma. So just an aside there that other movie makers and actors and actresses could learn from. Since we have so much inclusivity nowadays, maybe we could have some inclusivity of people who dont sleep in mascara, false lashes and their hair done. I loved the mystery and the different people along the way. Really would watch a follow up movie with Jessy/Brendan and his cousin his wife and family. And, I just the other day, realized that the message he listened to in the beginning, was his brother before he passed. it all of a sudden hit me the other day, and i had some tears in my eyes. I think I thought of it again cause the brothers voice on the vm was Peter Benson's (the director) voice. when I first watched I was like, is Peter Benson in the movie too? I didnt even realize til a few days ago he was his brother. Fantastic movie!!!!!!" ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"Time For Them To Come Home for Christmas" was sweet" ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas Another great entry in this amazing movie series! While I prefer the 3rd movie better, this one wasn't bad. I'd give it a 7/10." -Maria

๐ŸŽ„"TIME FOR THEM TO COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Family friendly. Trigger topic: grief/loss of loved one. I would say this is definitely my favorite "Time for ... to Come Home" sequel. Some tough scenes acted really well by Brendan Penny. Could really feel his grief and sadness. Love his chemistry with Jessy Schram. Alison Sweeney cameo was a nice surprise." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas is a wonderful, family friendly Christmas mystery. There are some beautiful elements of faith in this movie, as well, which really touched my heart. When Jessy Schramโ€™s character is on a mission to regain her memory, she meets a lovely woman at a B&B who reminds her to โ€œStay strong. Keep your chin up. God gives the strongest soldiers the toughest battles.โ€ I loved that line โ€“ it is a very encouraging message of hope and strength. Throughout the movie, it was interesting to watch both Jane (Jessy Schram) and Paul (Brendan Penny) deal with their individual issues โ€“ Jane was struggling to regain her memories, while Paul was struggling with his own personal memories and past regret. When their car broke down and they werenโ€™t sure where to turn, they heard lovely Christmas carols being sung by a choir in a church and they both, without saying a word, walked there together, sat down in a pew and listened to the words being sungโ€ฆ โ€œFall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices - Oh, night divine - Oh, night when Christ was born - Oh, night divine, oh, night, oh, night divineโ€ฆโ€ Just like the song says, the choir truly sounded like angels and I loved the message of falling on our knees in the time of uncertainty. This was such a beautiful film โ€“ filled with powerful emotion. It was a delightful surprise to see Alison Sweeney (from the second film in the series, โ€œTime for You to Come Home for Christmasโ€) make a brief cameo appearance in this movie, as well, and I loved how they squeezed in a little update on her character. โ€œTime for Them to Come Home for Christmasโ€ is a definite keeper for me, I enjoyed watching Jessy Schram and Brendan Penny together, and I look forward to watching it time and time again!" ~Net

Our Christmas Journey - December 4, 2021
(Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, and Nik Sanchez)

๐ŸŽ„"Our Christmas Journey is family friendly & uplifting movie. Lena & her family cross country to Hope Hills Academy Guesthouse whose owns by Amandaโ€™s family: her Son; Henry & Daughter; Morgan. Lucy the dog is so cute. The dog ratted Lena out by seeing her autistic teenager Son; Marcus. Lena got bust by a lady works for covert program & thanks a lot Lucy when the dog whimpers. Maya & Amandaโ€™s Son named Henry look so cute together. Morgan helps Marcus to relax & gotta be okay. Theyโ€™re on stage for Christmas pageant. Lena & her ex-Husband; Rick Wilson are back together to make their children happy. Hilda Martin made her first debut role as Maya Wilson loves her 18th years old Brother; Marcus." ~Anonymous

Every Time A Bell Rings

See review in the Hallmark Movies Now section below...

A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love - December 11, 2021
(Katherine Barrell and Alberto Frezza)

๐ŸŽ„"Happy to report A Godwink Christmas Miracle of Love is family friendly and is a great movie!" ~Joyce in Carolina

๐ŸŽ„"A Godwink Christmas: Miracles of Love is family friendly is based on an inspired true story of Eric & Joy Fellman. Eric & Joy find new purpose at Christmas with Sadie & Adam, and as they help a family rebuild their home, coincidences & a medical miracle leads them to believe in destiny. Joy, Eric, & others are attending Community Care in OshKosh, Wisconsin part of Summer jobs. Eric hands his Christmas present to Joy; itโ€™s compass necklace. Eric is crushed by his snow plow truck when itโ€™s breakdown & he ended up in Hospital. Joy by Ericโ€™s Hospital bed until he woke up. People await them to lit up the candle & Angelo put candle on table with wreath alongside candles at the Hospital." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"GODWINK CHRISTMAS - MIRACLE OF LOVE Family friendly. I think this was pretty sweet and touching with a few tearjerker moments, but I am just personally never a fan of a love triangle situation. I felt that although Joy didn't really mislead Eric too much, they did have a little flirting and stolen glances here and there, so she still was supposed to come clean and told him earlier about having a boyfriend. Without giving too many spoilers, the ending caught me off guard a little and didn't have much relation to the beginning of the movie. The beginning was about service to community, love triangle, path after college, uncertain future, etc, and the ending was quite a dramatic twist, telenovela borderline (although the miracle was quite astounding indeed). But oh well.. It was inspired by a true story so I can't criticize too much ha!" ~CH Mom

Christmas For Keeps - December 18, 2021
(Christa B. Allen, Ryan Rottman, Ashley Newbrough, Marielle Scott)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas for Keeps is not completely family-friendly. One of the women characters says, "I guess that's why I date women." We stopped it there, so I'm not sure about the rest of the movie." ~Annie

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas for Keeps was family friendly. It had an interesting premise that went deeper than Hallmark likes to go. I liked the ensemble cast with the overlapping stories." Kay

"I'd like to add on that I've been informed that there was a line I missed in Christmas for Keeps. I'm sorry if anyone watched it after reading my review thinking it would be family friendly." Kay

๐ŸŽ„"Annie, You mistook what Mia said the part she said Thatโ€™s why Mia used to date women but she didnโ€™t say Thatโ€™s why she dates women. Since Mia was doing โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€ with her friends: Noah, Sarah, Ben, & Avery with their Drama Teacher named James Massey Mia is still single but sheโ€™s not dating anyone Noah & Sarah (Married Couple), Avery & Ben (Dating), and Mia & none (Mia is single) Mia, Noah, Sarah, Avery & Ben are eating desserts & drink wines" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"The part of Mia said she used to date women at Noahโ€™s house while sheโ€™s talking with Noah & Avery. Look like she isnโ€™t dating women a anymore. Mia wanna be a Drama Teacher at Culpeper High School. She helps High School students doing โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€, directed James Massey, he passed away somehow & Mia has flashbacks with Mr. Massey to tell her something. Mia mentions Avery that she didnโ€™t text Mr. Massey back just before he passed away. High School friends have flashbacks with Mr. Massey. Principal Larry Carter talks with former HS school students Mia, Avery, Noah, Ben, & Sarah honorary Massey onstage at the theater. Someone talks with Mia that Mia takes over his job as Drama Teacher until Mrs. Massey tells Mia that. Mrs. Massey tells Miaโ€™s friends that Mia takes over as Drama Teacher (James Masey Theater) at Culpeper High School. Miaโ€™s friends are so exciting for her. Mia walks toward Ben. High School friends have desserts & wines together." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas for Keeps is family friendly (Review may contain spoilers) is about childhood friends honors their Drama Teacher; James Massey for โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€. Noah & Sarah are married with 2 children - Sarah is a Doctor & Noah starts online cookies business. Mia wanna be a Drama Teacher at Culpeper High School. Avery starts her own Counseling Practice, & Ben starts to build things like furniture. Mia used to date Women. Noah makes bunch of cookies unless Mia sells Noahโ€™s cookies ๐Ÿช. High School students doing drama for practicing โ€œA Christmas Carolโ€. Mia, Noah, Avery, Ben, & Sarah have flashbacks with their Drama Teacher named James Massey. Mr. Massey told Avery that this Love is worth fighting for. Avery & Mia are Noahโ€™s house while heโ€™s baking cookies & decorate for cookies business. Averyโ€™s friends join her onstage & also, Mrs. Massey & her Son; Michael join them @ Culpeper High School Theatre. James Massey Hall is Theatre Established 2005 Dedicated 2021 High School friends: Mia, Noah, Sarah, Ben & Avery join together for Dinner. At Christmas, a close-knit group of childhood friends: Mia, Ben, Avery, Noah, & Sarah return homes after ten years to take part in the celebration of life of their beloved high school teacher: James Massey @ Culpeper High School." ~Anonymous

(Hallmark's streaming service)

Every Time A Bell Rings

๐ŸŽ„"Warning to all who might want to watch โ€œEvery Time A Bell Ringsโ€ when it airs on Hallmark Movies Nowโ€ฆ there is a same-sex storyline and it is a prominent one as it includes one of the three sisters that they story revolves around. We live near Natchez, Mississippi, where it was filmed and tonight they had a special showing of it just for the locals. I love Wes Brown and was so looking forward to this, especially since I would be seeing sights that Iโ€™m so familiar with but Iโ€™m just so disappointed. I canโ€™t believe this is even something weโ€™re having to deal with on Hallmark. Iโ€™m just heartsick." ~Rebecca

๐ŸŽ„"I just saw an advertisement on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this morning that is advertising "Every Time a Bell Rings" on December 6th. My forewarning is - DON'T WATCH! Hallmark has now done it the end they show the lesbian kiss...I could see it coming and zipped past but it just ruined the whole film for me. It was early in the show that it was going to be LGBTQ but wanted to see how far they would go! I am so disappointed with Hallmark, just don't know why they keep this up. Anyway, you might want to forewarn the It's A Wonderful Christmas community!" ~Janet

๐ŸŽ„"Every time a Bell Rings is not family friendly. As the sisters are catching up around the dinner table it is reeled the the youngest sister Nora is dealing with a breakup with someone named Vanessa. Yet another movie ruined by Hallmark counter culture agenda." Sarah B

๐ŸŽ„"I think that Every Time a Bell Rings is not family friendly one of the three sisters is a lesbian I don't know which one." ~Chris

Sugar Plum Twist

๐ŸŽ„"Sugar Plum Twist is a family friendly. New York City professional ballerina Natalia doesnโ€™t get the leading role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, she returns home to choreograph a local production of the Christmas classic. A ballet student Vivรญana Serrano who has a flare for Latin dance, Natatlia makes a bold move to incorporate a โ€œLatin twistโ€ to the The Nutcracker. Laura Rosguer is a professional dancer but not a professional ballerina. Vivรญana Serrano, an aspiring ballerina, joins forces with Natalia, a retiree from the New York Ballet. As they work together, with the help of the lighting designer Mateo, Natalia spends time with Vivรญโ€™s big, loving Puerto Rican family & encourages Vivรญ to bring her Latin dance training to her ballet. Together, they create a surprise reprise of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairyโ€ฆwith a twist.โ€ ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Sugar Plum Twist is family family. (Review may contain Spoilers) A beloved Christmas ballet gets a Latinx twist in this an aspiring ballerina who is crushed when Viviana Serrano doesnโ€™t get cast in her dream role as the Sugar Plum Fairy in an upcoming production of Tchaikovskyโ€™s masterpiece โ€œThe Nutcrackerโ€, but Meredith McClain gets the role. Viviana Serrano is hoping to make be the star dancer in the production of The Nutcracker this year (December 20-26), at Richmond National Ballet/Dance Academy, a dream she has held dear for long. But as the dance nears and announcements are made Viviana fails to make the cut. Determined to fulfill her dream to be a part of the dance, she turns to a retiree Prima Bellerina named Natalia Haddad from the New York Ballet to create a new variation of the classic. At Baila Dance Studio. Rose Ortiz introduces her Brother named Justin to Viviana, Justin the Music Producer like their parents. They call Vivana โ€œViviโ€. Natalia teaches Vivi salsa ballet Sugar Plum Fairy at Baila Studio. Justin & Viviana and Mateo & Natalia are cute together. Katarina Oblonsky suspected Natalia for training Viviana. Justin mentions Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tony tells Ms. Oblonaky shame on her for letting Natalia go. Itโ€™s Nataliaโ€™s things on top of it. Ms. Oblonsky telling Viviana itโ€™s something missing. Including Justin the Music Producer. The Nutcracker is an 1892 two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipaq and Lev Ivanov with qa score by Pyotr Ilyich we Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". Ms. Kat introduces The Nutcracker whether thereโ€™s encore aka Intermission until Natalia becomes a Principal Choreographer. She introduces Sugar Plum Twist. Viviana Serrano as Salsa Sugar Plum Fairy. [Electric Version Dance of Sugar Plum Fairy] by Justin Ortiz at Richmond National Ballet/Dance Academy As they work together, with the help of the lighting designer Mateo, Natalia spends time with Vivรญโ€™s big, loving Puerto Rican family and encourages Vivรญ to bring her Latin dance training to her ballet. Together, they create a surprise reprise of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairyโ€ฆwith a twist." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Sugar Plum Twist (Hallmark Movies Now) I've been so disappointed with Hallmark this Season, I almost considered skipping the rest of the new movies. I'm glad I didn't, because this one was a very sweet surprise! This movie is fun, cute, vivid and family friendly! I'd definitely recommend this one." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"SUGAR PLUM FAIRY Family friendly. All the actors were new to me, but they're all very likable, especially the 2 leads Jamie Hyder and Ektor Rivera. Love the strong Latin culture represented in the language and family relationships. The movie was inspirational. That fusion dance was amazing and I was so impressed that the actress who played Vivi seemed to actually dance on the dancing scenes herself. I got a little teary when Vivi's parents were beaming watching her." ~CH Mom


(*A few of these movies premiered last year on ION. They are listed below as an *UPtv CABLE PREMIERE.)

A Royal Christmas Engagement - November 6, 2021
(Paige Bach, James Nitti, John Schneider)

๐ŸŽ„"A Royal Christmas Engagement. Not a keeper. I couldn't even make it halfway through. That's partly just my personal taste because I don't think there are many movies that can pull off the royal-prince-goes-undercover thing. However, I absolutely loved Hallmark's version of a "royal" movie, One Royal Holiday, and will buy the dvd when it becomes available. But this particular ION movie was just not my cup of tea, I felt it was just lacking in several areas. For "royal" movie fans, it might be worth a watch(??), but not for me. The little bit I saw was family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"I must say - this movie didn't hold my interest very well. It was great to see John Schneider (from "Dukes of Hazzard"), but his role, unfortunately, was very small. I also recall the movie being family friendly." ~Net

Christmas With A Prince: The Royal Baby - November 7, 2021
(Kaitlyn Leeb and Nick Hounslow)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby review: This movie is family-friendly, light-hearted and somewhat silly and cheesy, at times, but cute, too. If you enjoyed the first 2 movies in this series, then you'll want to see the arrival of the royal heir - which comes with some surprises and a bit of royal family drama." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"I was able to watch the Royal Baby movie on YouTube. Had a girl night with my younger sisters. You were right, it might have been a little cheesy, but it was sweet and the children in it were adorable. And it was fully clean, what a blessing!๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks and God Blessโค" ~Abigail

A Snowy Christmas - November 13, 2021
(Elysia Rotaru and Damon Runyan)

๐ŸŽ„"A Snowy Christmas โ€“ The premise for this movie is a little silly, but it wasnโ€™t overly outlandish. Two adult sisters build a snowman and the single sister, Kelly (played by actress, Elysia Rotaru, from โ€œIt Was Always Youโ€), pretends she is building the perfect man and says all the qualities she desires in the man of her dreams. Then, a man, whose names is Forrest (played by Damon Runyan, โ€œOne Starry Christmasโ€ and โ€œChristmas Festival of Iceโ€), appears rather suddenly โ€“ and he is dressed just like the snowman and has all the qualities Kelly is seeking. Is he real or just Christmas magic? This family-friendly story is cute and a little quirky; however, there is a heartfelt story about Kellyโ€™s (deceased) father that touched my heart. Plus, the mother, (played by Mary Long from โ€œChristmas Next Doorโ€ and โ€œA Veteranโ€™s Christmasโ€) obviously misses her husband, but chooses to be happy and enjoy lifeโ€™s present moments with her family. Her attitude was very inspiring, especially for those who are missing loved ones during the holidays." ~Net

Snowed in for Christmas - November 14, 2021
(Kayla Wallace and Jeremy Guilbaut)

๐ŸŽ„"Snowed in for Christmas was very family friendly and fun. My kids now want special Christmas pancakes with bacon." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"I did watch Snowed in for Christmas from last week. And while this plot is done a lot, the someone getting stuck somewhere cause of weather, this one was cute, loved the cast and their connections with each other, it was very family friendly, and gave me all kinds of warm feelings. Kayla Wallace is a gem, and it was a little different in that the parents she au paired for got stuck where they were. And she didn't want to leave the kids with Uncle Ethan who barely sees them cause he is so busy working all the time. It was a great movie of spending more time with family, and i just loved all the stuff they did on their lists to prepare for christmas. Only thing i didnt love, i mean you are a business man, you won the business it seemed, or at least run it, and out pops in the middle of the movie that he always wanted to be an artist. And ********Spoiler******* He moves to NY to supposedly work in the NY office and pursue art. Is art really a career that you dont do for like 15 years or so, and then just pick back up? as a career?? thats all I wonder. That plot has been in many of these kinds of movies and I just don't believe in this case, the business man he was that he had any time at all to even pick up a paint brush. I dont know. But the movie was really wonderful." ~Sabrina

๐ŸŽ„"I really enjoyed Snowed In for Christmas. Family friendly. Might be a keeper (?) so long as there's room on the dvr." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"Snowed in for Christmas - A-dor-able!!! This movie is perfect for family viewing and super cute! Youโ€™ll be hooked right in with Kaley (played by Kayla Wallace from โ€œWhen Calls the Heartโ€), who is an Au Pair to two sweet girls. Over Christmas, the girlโ€™s parents get stuck in New York due to a snow storm and Kaley insists on staying to watch them, even though their Uncle Ethan (Jeremy Guilbaut, from โ€œChristmas Waltzโ€) shows up. At first, they disagree a little and Ethan is consumed with work, but itโ€™s nice to see him put work aside and warm up to spending quality time with his nieces and Kaley. This is a movie that is lighthearted and sweet โ€“ one that all ages will enjoy!" ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"SNOWED IN FOR CHRISTMAS (UP TV) Family friendly. So cute! I don't normally see Kayla Wallace and Jeremy Guilbaut as leading roles and they were wonderful in this. The movie was nothing overly special but it was a very sweet movie." ~CH Mom

Mistletoe & Molly - November 20, 2021
(Eden Broda and Zach Smadu)

๐ŸŽ„"Mistletoe & Molly โ€“ This movie was not a keeper for me, personally. The story seemed to drag along. Molly and her best friend, Cameron, work at a coffee shop together. Cameron is a little eccentric and the phrase Oh My G--was used 2 or 3 times unnecessarily. Sometimes, it felt more PG, than G. One of the regular customers at the coffee shop is Aiden Ford, who makes a career, as he says, at fixing people. Molly is working her way up in the business world and doesnโ€™t want help from her rich father or from Aiden. The best scene is when Molly meets Aidenโ€™s nephew, who is deaf. Molly asks how to sign back to him, which was a sweet moment. Overall, the movie didnโ€™t feel overly Christmassy, except Molly asked Aiden to help her string popcorn and a moment of caution: the two fall asleep in each otherโ€™s arms on her couch. Nothing else happens, but it was a bit too intimate for two single people for my taste. UPtv has some cute Christmas movies, but this is not one I would watch again." ~Net

Christmas on 5th Avenue - November 21, 2021
(Kathryn Davis, Olivier Renaud, Kate Vernon)

๐ŸŽ„"Last night I watched Christmas on 5th Avenue. Based on reviews elsewhere I thought I wouldn't like it, but it ended up being cute. I had read that the lead actor was cold and rude, but I thought he played his character quite accurately (he was still lonely and grieving over the death of his wife three years ago and had become a bit of a recluse). Family friendly. But be aware that lead actress is hired by his mother to temporarily move into his large penthouse apartment for a couple of weeks and decorate and cook to fill up his freezer in the hopes that he'll come home for Christmas - she sublets her apartment and has nowhere to go when he ends up actually being home the whole time "unbeknownst" to his mother - so they both stay in the apartment - but it's handled tastefully and there are no cringe moments or anything intimate happening. This movie doesn't hold a candle to the old classic, "It Happened on Fifth Avenue", but it was fun for a one-time viewing." ~~Jane

Christmas Beneath the Stars - December 4, 2021
(Vanessa Smythe and Steve Belford)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Beneath the Stars was kind of cute despite all the flaws. Low-budget, serious lack of attention to details, awkward, cheesy, some poor acting, the dreaded BIG misunderstanding and the resulting over-the-top melodrama by our heroine, etc., etc. But still, kinda cute if you don't have anything else to watch. Family friendly (there may have been one instance of God's name used in vain?). Not a keeper for me." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Beneath The Stars - This movie is cheesy cute and family friendly. A woman, Hannah Reed, and her Aunt Lucy spend Christmas in Alaska when she gets a photography job, where she has been hired to review a place called Christmas World. There, Hannah meets Ben, who is newly home from his military service and is trying to decide if he should keep his familyโ€™s lodge and other businesses, which of course is... Christmas World! Itโ€™s a bit run down, but can they work together to save it? (Possible SPOILERS ahead) Hannah and her aunt go for a walk in the woods to take pictures and get lost, Aunt Lucy falls and bumps her head on a rock, but after they are rescued by Ben, Hannah seems to get the most attention. Apparently, she sprained her foot. I barely noticed as I was more concerned about the aunt, whose HEAD landed on a ROCK. Of course, a sprain is extremely painful (Iโ€™ve been there, trust me I know), but I still think a head injury trumps a sprain. Just sayinโ€™. Usually, you donโ€™t move anyone too roughly with a head injury, but Ben puts Lucy on his horse with Hannah and they bumpily ride back into civilization. Hannah and her aunt visit the doctor; Lucyโ€™s head is wrapped around in bandages, but sheโ€™s still walking around everywhere and Hannah is given a walking cast and she leaves and hangs out with Ben for a while. Lucyโ€™s completely fine a day later and Hannah sort of limps around for much of the rest of the movie in the walking cast. It was so ridiculously funny, we couldnโ€™t stop laughing. Overall, this movie was not great, but it was a fun one-time watch for us!" ~Net

A Furry Little Christmas - December 5, 2021
(Kristi McKamie and Jonathan Stoddard)

๐ŸŽ„"A Furry Little Christmas was family friendly. It was kind of cute but it wasn't a keeper for me (the dvr is way too full!); at times it felt a little low-budget or something(?). However, I think others will enjoy it more than I did simply due to the cute animals, the loving family, the cute little boy, and all the warm Christmas fuzzies." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"A Furry Little Christmas โ€“ There are cute animals throughout the movie, but the acting was sub-par and the romance was way too instant for me. The movie is family friendly, but to be honest, there isnโ€™t much of a story to keep one interested. Okay for a one time watch. Especially loved the adorable kitty at the end!" ~Net

Christmas in the Rockies - December 11, 2021
(Kimberly Sue Murray and Stephen Huszar)

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS IN THE ROCKIES (UP movie) Family friendly. I'm really not sure what to feel about this movie. Personally, I had a hard time liking the female lead and going past her sarcasm. She was just a tad too childish for me especially in the beginning. Jake, the ex BF guy was really weird. He was very hostile, but then suddenly got overprotective and jealous. Stephen Huszar was one of the few good things about this. He was adorable but I found it hard to believe that his character fell for the female lead character. I had to fast forward in the middle just to see how it ended. Not a keeper." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas in the Rockies This was a really good movie! Beautiful setting, a fun competition, and it's also family friendly! Great job for UP TV!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„"This movie is family-friendly, an interesting story where the lead woman, Katie Jolly (Kimberly-Sue Murray), chooses to compete in a lumberjack competition in an attempt to save her familyโ€™s business after her father injures his leg and canโ€™t compete. One might think it is slightly unbelievable that a woman with Kimberlyโ€™s slim figure could compete with your typical muscular lumberjack men, but they included another woman in the story, Marie Brown (Trish Stratus), who in real-life was a true champion. As the story begins, Katie is about to leave town for work in the city on saving the environment, but her fatherโ€™s injury and the competition bring her back and she meets handsome paramedic, Harrison Brock (Stephen Huszar), who, of course, is new in town. Thereโ€™s a little spark between Katie and Harrison (not as much as I wouldโ€™ve liked), and the competition, with axe-throwing, sawing, chopping, and obstacle courses, is interesting. Overall, the movie was an enjoyable one time watch for me, but Iโ€™m sure outdoor and lumberjack enthusiasts would enjoy it even more." ~Net

Fixing Up Christmas - December 12, 2021
(Natalie Dreyfuss and Marshal Williams)

๐ŸŽ„"Fixing Up Christmas. Kind of cute despite being low-budget and rather unbelievable and quirky. The lead actress, herself, was kind of quirky, but in a refreshing, good way. At first I was not impressed with the lead actor but he sort of grew on me. Not a keeper, but okay for a one-time watch to get some Christmas feels. Family friendly." ~~Jane

Christmas Together - December 19, 2021 (*UPtv CABLE PREMIERE)
(Vivica A Fox, Anna Marie Dobbins, Marc Herrman)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Together", the UPTV movie on Dec 19th, actually was played last year on ION. I wrote a review last year. Other folks here may want to look at last year's reviews to determine if they want to watch this particular movie with their children; the movie has implications of couples living together even though not married." ~~Jane

Hi, Jane! Here's your review from last year...

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Together. This had potential with a cute story idea, but not a keeper for me. The lead actor was completely unbelievable as the father of an eleven-year-old daughter (he looked and acted way too young and too stiff and showed no fatherly affection). The lead actress was adorable and believable in her role, likewise with Vivica Fox and the young actress that played the daughter. Other actors were just so-so. The movie was cute in a lot of ways but there was a lack of attention to detail with some of the writing/directing/producing. Lots of potential for a cute movie but, overall, it didn't work for me. I suppose it was okay for a one-time viewing if there's nothing better to watch (and it was definitely better than the other ION Christmas movie so far this season). Sort of family friendly except... it's vaguely implied that lead actress was shacking-up with her former boyfriend (whom she breaks up with in this movie). And then, after just two weeks of knowing the lead actor and his daughter, the final scene implies that she's going to move out of his guest house and stay with him (wink wink) so that his parents can stay in the guest house for Christmas. Those implications taint the story, and they could have so easily been left out of the script." ~~Jane


An Ice Wine Christmas - November 12, 2021
(Rosalyn Sanchez and Lyriq Bent)

๐ŸŽ„"I had "An Ice Wine Christmas" on last night while I was in and out, doing things. It's obvious casting was done by the woke brigade, lol, but the movie surprised me by being well-done, and, from everything I saw, it's family-friendly. I'd never seen the leading man, and I found his performance to be strong and enjoyable. The leading lady seemed more free to be a complete character than in another movie she's done. Overall, it pulled me in even though I was busy! I'm not sure how to put it into words, but Lifetime can sometimes get a very natural interaction with teasing and "realness" that I like, less staged and "perfect" feeling than Hallmark." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"I also watched Christmas Wine and it was pretty good. I am not a fan of wine, so I really can never get into wine movies. It could have been any other time of the year movie with the storyline. The acting was pretty good, but I just wasn't that much into the movie." ~Misty

๐ŸŽ„"Also just wanted to say I completely agree with Alicia's review of "Ice Wine Christmas". Not a keeper for me but it was worth a watch." ~~Jane

A Picture Perfect Holiday - November 13, 2021
(Tatyana Ali, Henderson Wade and Dina Meyer)

๐ŸŽ„"A picture perfect Christmas is not family friendly. They help to ladies get engaged and the same gender couple is in a good portion of the movie." ~Anonymous

Dancing Through the Snow - November 19, 2021
(AnnaLynne McCord and Colin Lawrence)

๐ŸŽ„"Dancing Through The Snow was a really good movie for Lifetime. The only thing some may be uncomfortable with is that their first kiss was a little more passionate than what we're used to on Hallmark. But it still wasn't inappropriate. The storyline was extremely sweet and handled well." ~Grace

๐ŸŽ„"DANCING THROUGH THE SNOW Family friendly, although if you are watching with kids, make sure to cover their eyes during the dancing/kissing scene. It was a tad more 'steamy' than the regular Hallmark kiss scene. But then again, i guess this is Lifetime, ha! Collin Lawrence portrayed a really great and loving Dad. Loved the chemistry and the real-ness of the story. Usually in Hallmark movies, the kids would be the one "pushing" the single parent to go for a new relationship, but in this case Lily the daughter showed major insecurity and doubts about Dad having a girlfriend which is completely normal." ~CH Mom

You Make It Feel Like Christmas - November 20, 2021
(Mary Antonini, Michael Xavier, Stephanie Sy and Alex Poch-Goldin)

๐ŸŽ„"You Make Me Feel Like Christmas has female same gender attraction" ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"You Make It Feel Like Christmas is not family friendly! There is a same sex couple that is one of the main couples in the movie." ~Anonymous

Baking Spirits Bright - November 21, 2021
(Rekha Sharma, Dion Johnstone, Aadila Dosani, Praneet Akilla, Manoj Sood and Nimet Kanji)

๐ŸŽ„"Baking Spirits Bright has male same gender attraction." ~Anonymous

Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune November 26, 2021
(Reba McEntire and John Schneider)

๐ŸŽ„"I LOVED "Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune"! Full of humor and heart and all the Christmas feels! If you like country music, that's reason enough to watch it. I REALLY hope they make the music available to buy. Family-friendly as far as I remember (though I wasn't watching it with kids in mind)." ~Amy Lama

๐ŸŽ„"I loved Rebaโ€™s Christmas in Tune too! The music was great and Reba and John Schneider were good together. And the whole movie revolved around the military, as the Christmas charity show they headlined was for the army. Definitely family-friendly." ~Jennifer R.

๐ŸŽ„"Royally Wrapped For Christmas", "Debbie Macomber's A Mrs. Miracle Christmas", "Reba McEntire's Christmas In Tune" was great. Reba and John were great together." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„ "Christmas in Tune was music to my ears, literally! This movie struck just the right chord! I absolutely adored Reba McEntire and John Schneider together! This Lifetime Christmas movie was one of my favorites from the 2021 holiday season. I loved every minute so muchโ€“ I didnโ€™t want it to end! The music and singing was top-notch, and the chemistry between Reba McEntire and John Schneider, as Georgia and Joe Winter, was phenomenal. It was easy to believe these two had a real history, especially since theyโ€™ve worked together in real life before and known each other for years. I was so glad John was chosen for this role. In fact, when they first announced this movie last March (2021), I shared the press release on my site, and kitkat (a dear friend and faithful follower here) asked in comments who I thought might be good to play Rebaโ€™s co-star and my first response was John Schneider! I never dreamed my pick would come true, but Iโ€™m so glad it did! John still looked as handsome, as ever, with his blonde wavy hair and beautiful smile. (Side note: My big brother loved โ€œDukes of Hazard,โ€ so I grew up watching many, many General Lee car chases!) I loved the tribute to our military in โ€œChristmas in Tuneโ€ and much of the movie was upbeat and positive; it felt very Christmassy. Like a favorite song you set on repeat, I look forward to watching "Reba McEntireโ€™s Christmas in Tune" over and over again! ~Net

Merry Liddle Christmas Baby - November 27, 2021
(Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Bresha Webb, Latonya Williams, Jaime M. Callica and Nathan Witte)

๐ŸŽ„"I would say that "Merry Liddle Christmas Baby" is not family friendly. I thought the first movie (two years ago) in the "Liddle" series was kind of cute, but this third one wasn't worth it - I deleted it pretty quickly. One of the three adult sisters figures out the reason she's tired and queasy is that she's pregnant, and the father is the live-in boyfriend she's not married to (he's about to ask her to marry him over Christmas, but that's not exactly the order things are supposed to happen!)." ~~Jane

Miracle in Motor City - November 28, 2021
(Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Mark Taylor and Smokey Robinson)

๐ŸŽ„"This is my first movie review here, but I have been reading your reviews and comments all fall and enjoy your blog so much. I watched Miracle in Motor City and it is totally family friendly. There is so much to enjoy about this movie and it will be a keeper for me. The story is sweet and warm, Tia Mowry and Mark Taylor have good chemistry, and the little girl is lovely. But what really makes the movie special is their open expression of faith and love. They quote the Bible, tell the story of the Nativity, and show Christian faith and love in action. Every character is memorable, even those we meet for only a few minutes. There is lots of good music and you get a little tour of Motown history. And Smokey Robinson adds a special surprise as well, but I will stop there to avoid any spoilers. This is my favorite movie so far this season. After being disappointed by the content of several movies this season, this was a lovely surprise. Meanwhile, thanks for your blog and to all of the people who leave reviews." ~Deborah

๐ŸŽ„"Miracle in Motor City" is a beautiful movie, full of heart, a touch of dry humor, and, most surprisingly, our Lord and Savior! 100% family-friendly, it's one of Lifetime's unexpected winners. Definitely a keeper. I'm sure I've heard Smokey Robinson's music, yet until now have not known him by name--now I'll never forget him and the faith, wisdom, and joy he shared through making this movie." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"I finally watched Miracle In The Motor City and loved it! I wish it did better in the ratings. It is my favorite movie this year. Great chemistry, writing and a theme of Christmas at it's best." ~Misty

Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion - November 29, 2021
(Michelle Argyris, Alonzo B. Slater and Asia'h Epperson)

๐ŸŽ„"Welcome To the Christmas Family Reunion was family friendly and a pretty decent movie." โ˜บ๏ธ-Grace

Saying Yes to Christmas - November 30, 2021
(Erika Prevost and Romaine Waite)

๐ŸŽ„"Well, yet again I had to turn the station. Lifetime's Saying Yes to Christmas had a scene 30 minutes in with a psychic and a mention of something about exorcism. I couldn't turn it fast enough. I was having a hard time getting into it in the first place. Just wanted to share to let others know. Merry Christmas Net and thank you for being a family friendly place to visit!" ~Beth

Match Made in Mistletoe - December 1, 2021
(Natalie Lisinska and Damon Runyan)

๐ŸŽ„"Just watched Match Made in Mistletoe. Par for the course, Lifetime throws in a Same sex couple at the end for no good reason. Totally messes up an otherwise decent, if not outstanding movie. Viewer be aware." ~JoCo

A Christmas Village Romance - December 2, 2021
(Jake Epstein, Jeni Ross and Oliver Renaud)

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Village Romance" is family-friendly and pretty cute. Its budget wasn't huge and they shouldn't have bothered with throwing in the snow at the end, but the creative storyline and period costumes made me smile!" :-) ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Village Romance โ€“ I wasnโ€™t sure how this movie would go since I heard some conflicting reviews before watching, but my Jane Austen romance novel loving heart fell in love with it! First of all, it was wonderful to see actress, Jeni Ross, who was fantastic in the BYU movie "Christmas Jars." In "A Christmas Village Romance" she portrays, Diana Darrows, a young romance novelist, who lost her parents when she was young and really has no clue about love in real-life. It was fun to watch her be rather shy in her interest of Greg, the guy who models for her novelโ€™s book covers. When Diana travels to the small town of Maple Creek, which is based on her book series, she gets involved, using her popularity as a writer โ€“ to save the tourist location from shutting down with her best friend, Kayla and Kaylaโ€™s mother, Linda. Is Diana really in love with Greg, who is obviously self-absorbed or is she more interested in Carter, a guy she just met, who lives in Maple Creek, loves history, books, and perhaps, may be falling for Diana, too. The movie is overall family-friendly, however, two notes: Greg is shirtless at the beach in a scene when he calls Diana on the phone and later on, Greg has his shirt opened quite far when heโ€™s dressed in period clothing. Carter, on the other hand, comes dressed impeccably, looking every bit the image of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Diana is lovely in an old fashioned period dress, with a high collar and full skirt, in a deep shade of cranberry, with black trim. This is a delightful Christmas movie that may not be overly realistic, but it plays out like a sweet romance novel." ~Net

A Christmas Dance Reunion - December 3, 2021
(Monique Coleman, Corbin Bleu and Kim Roberts)

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Dance Reunion" is not family-friendly. It features a gay kiss during the dance performance at the end. I didn't watch the movie to know how prevalent the storyline is, but I googled for content hints and then verified by finding the moment in the movie. ~Alicia

Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas - December 4, 2021
(Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd and Kirk Franklin)

๐ŸŽ„"I finally watched Kirk Franklinโ€™s A Gospel Christmas and really enjoyed it. It features a woman pastor, which is not something Iโ€™m used to, but everything about this movie was warm and family-friendly and I loved it. The movie lived up to the titleโ€™s promise and proclaimed The Gospel in several songs. From the opening song, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, to a song about putting Christ back in Christmas, and a great rendition of Go Tell It On The Mountain, the music was wonderful. Olivia comes to a small church as a new pastor just in time to face many challenges for the Christmas season. Along the way she encounters resistance from the leader of the church council and has to overcome her own fears about singing. There is a sweet romance with choir director Ashton, and It was nice to see how he both encouraged and respected her. I wish Iโ€™d watched it the night it came on, instead of recording it because for anyone who wants Christmas to be about Christ, this one is a keeper." ~Deborah

๐ŸŽ„"Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas - The movie starts out with boisterous gospel music in a large church. The lead womanโ€™s mother is a mega church pastor and she immediately seems very pushy- she goes up to the podium and announces in front of her entire congregation that her daughter is moving to Texas to take on the pastoral role in a church. She makes this big decision on her daughterโ€™s behalf, instead of asking her if thatโ€™s what she wants. The daughter is just as surprised, but not as happy as everyone else, when she hears this news. I was frustrated that the lead woman didnโ€™t speak up for herself. Then, a few scenes or so later we see her moving and living in Texas. I didnโ€™t watch anymore, so I canโ€™t give a full review beyond that, but I instantly didnโ€™t like the lead woman being such a pushover." ~Net

My Favorite Christmas Melody - December 5, 2021
(Mรฝa & Rainbow Sun Francks)

๐ŸŽ„"My Favorite Christmas Melody was family friendly and pretty good too." :) -Grace

Secretly Santa - December 6, 2021
(Alicia Dea Josipovoc and Travis Nelson)

๐ŸŽ„"Within the first few minutes, "Secretly Santa" introduces the leading man's lesbian sister, and it appears from fast forwarding that it's an integral part of the storyline." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"Secretly Santa has a female couple in it." ~Anonymous

Christmas Movie Magic - December 7, 2021
(Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Movie Magic" is family-friendly! If children are watching, the only caution would be an interview with the catty old makeup artist. She's reminiscing about the old movie star she worked with, and comments that he was a "walking streak of sex appeal." The line just doesn't fit!! Overall, though, it's a fun tribute to the classics with a touch of mystery. Enjoy!" ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"It was a good movie. It's a keeper." ~Namegirl

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Movie Magic I haven't watched many new Lifetime movies this year, but this 1 is definitely my favorite for this year! It's fun, lively, and I also have a childhood love of movies. 10/10!" -Maria

๐ŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS MOVIE MAGIC Family friendly. Probably one of the better ones from Lifetime this year. Really enjoy the nostalgia theme, a little mystery, and the whole theater setting. Loved the ending so much when the couple danced and sang mimicking the movie." ~CH Mom

Christmas with a Crown - December 8, 2021
(Marcus Rosner and Lisa Durupt)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas with a Crown. No idea if it's family friendly. I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes. Maybe someone who just looooves "royal" movies will find this one more to their taste. To me it was awkward and just "meh". Oh, well, on to the next one!" ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas with a Crown Family-friendly: Yes Keeper: No I have enjoyed Lisa Durupt in supporting roles in the past, so I thought I would give this one a shot where she plays a leading role. Unfortunately, the movie is (another) boring "royal" movie, and there is no chemistry between the leads. The only thing I enjoyed was seeing the wonderful Teryl Rothery play the role of the uppity queen." ~Mark 25

๐ŸŽ„"I too get tired of the "royal" themed movies, but I went ahead and watched this one and was pleasantly surprised. It was family friendly, and it seemed to have a different feel about it to me. The biggest thing that was your typical part of a royal movie was how the royal person is somehow able to be with the commoner and how they find loopholes for that." -Grace

A Fiancรฉ for Christmas - December 9, 2021
(Marie Osmond, Amanda Peyton and Adam Gregory)

๐ŸŽ„"A Fiancรฉ for Christmas". Not sure what to make of this one. Kind of bizarre and also kind of cute. I think I would like the lead actress in a different movie but in this movie I did not buy into the fact that she was a top-rated doctor; she just seemed too immature and almost childish at times (but at other times she was kind of cute and relatable?). The lead actor had the appearance of an 18-20 year old instead of a vet who owned his own practice; I really liked this actor but I didn't think he and the actress fit together. Marie Osmond as the mother was just way too outlandish. The nurse was one of my favorite characters and delivered some fun lines. But something just felt off with this movie. At times it was charming but then it also was just plain over-the-top and bizarre. I don't know if it was the writing or the acting, but this one wasn't a keeper for me. I watched one hour and then gave up." ~~Jane

Holiday in Santa Fe - December 10, 2021
(Mario Lopez and Emeraude Toubia, Aimee Garcia and Gia Lopez (Mario's 11-year-old daughter!)

๐ŸŽ„"Holiday in Santa Fe. Please, y'all, stop me next year before I attempt to watch another Mario Lopez Christmas movie!! Hah! :) Actually, this one was much better than last year's movie and I think others will find it to be fun. I watched maybe the first 40 minutes and then fast-forwarded through the rest. To me, Mario is fake and full of himself and artificially peppy; he, and the movie, are just way too over-the-top for my taste. Having said that, I did appreciate the movie's emphasis on the importance of family and traditions. And parts of the movie were cute. I think it might be worth a watch for others who don't have my aversion to Mario and too much cheesiness. The movie is family friendly -- mostly. The lead actress has an assistant back at the office that she checks in with often via phone and skype. He is over-the-top, flamboyantly gay. I fast-forwarded through the whole movie, fully expecting to see that the directors ended the movie with him finding love as well as the main characters, but, thankfully, they did not do that. The worst was his obvious flamboyant sassiness and his comments about how gorgeous/"hot" Mario was and looking at photos of him in swimsuit; and also using God's name in vain at least once." ~~Jane

The Holiday Fix Up - December 11, 2021
(Jana Kramer, Ryan McPartlin and Maria Menounos)

๐ŸŽ„"The Holiday Fix Up. Same sex couple embracing in the first five minutes of movie. My guess is that that couple is not featured later in the movie but if the producers decided to put it in the first five minutes I can only assume the rest of the movie is similar. So I deleted and am on to the next one -- so good to clear some space on the dvr." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"THE HOLIDAY FIXUP (Lifetime) Not completely family friendly as they sneaked in one-second scene of same gender couple hugging in the beginning. There's also a scene where the male lead was bare chested and the female lead had quite a revealing sleep gown on. The scene was more comedic than sensual, but just a heads up. Chemistry was definitely there. Jana Kramer was solid and the couple was adorable.. but maybe just not enough to pull my heartstrings :) It was enjoyable but not a keeper." ~CH Mom

PEOPLE Presents: Blending Christmas - December 12, 2021
(Haylie Duff, Aaron O'Connell, Beth Broderick, Christopher Knight, Greg Evigan, Mike Lookinland, Barry Williams, Susan Olsen, Robbie Rist, Telma Hopkins and Jennifer Elise Cox.)

๐ŸŽ„"Blending Christmas". Not family friendly due to the fact that the main couple are not married and are living together and an early scene shows them sleeping in same bed. Only watched maybe twenty minutes and decided to delete." ~~Jane

Maps and Mistletoe - December 13, 2021
(Humberly Gonzรกlez and Ronnie Row)

๐ŸŽ„"Maps and Mistletoe. Cute. Not a keeper. Good for a one-time watch. Family friendly (although there is a hint that the cafe owner might be gay -- there's talk of his family and what his kids are doing for Christmas and it's filmed in such a way that you kind of think that the other guy working with him at the cafe might be his partner in more than just business... or maybe it's just my overly suspicious mind expecting things like this in all the movies this year!?!?)" ~~Jane

Ghosts of Christmas Past - December 14, 2021
(Annie Clark and Dan Jeannotte)

๐ŸŽ„"Here's the scoop on the movie: "Ghosts of Christmas Past" is unique and family-friendly (with a small caveat). In this type movie, usually a wise, magical Santa plays the role of making the character rethink something in his/her life, but, in this one, it's a crazy fortune teller lady at the office party with a magic snow globe, which may bother some people. The characters are quirky, but I like them. Mostly, though, I love that the storyline highlights how the current, cultural "ghosting" trend is soooo incredibly RUDE, and portrays things being made right. It sucked me in and I might even watch it again. :-)" ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"Alicia I agree with you about "Ghosts of Christmas Past." The basic core of the movie really brought how hurtful and rude people are today on social media. I felt like they were making fun of fortune telling with that silly lady so that didn't bother me at all. I feel like watching it with your kids might help them make better choices when they are on social media and I plan to watch it again too. ~Kathy

๐ŸŽ„"Ghosts Of Christmas Past Well, here was a surprise. I have to admit I'm not a big fan of Lifetime movies in general but every year we religiously watch (nearly!) every one they air. Sadly they re mostly pretty dire but every so often a gem shows up and this is one of those. The plot is that bit different based around the practice of "ghosting" dates something which I have to admit I hadn't heard of before - this is where you blow off someone without an explanation or contact. It also brought to the fore as others have mentioned how with social media people have become so rude now. The good news is that this is entirely family friendly provided you can accept Ellie's visit with a medium at the office Christmas party. She is "warned" that unless she doesn't make it right by Christmas Eve with all the men she has ghosted in the past then she will never find true love. It all sounds very corny but it works. Ellie is then teamed up with Charlie who is regarded somewhat as the office joker (mistakenly in actual fact) to develop a pitch for a new game by Christmas. Charlie is played by Dan Jeanotte whom I didn't really remember but thought seemed familiar - it turns out he starred with Jen Lilley in Hallmark's Paris, Wine and Romance. What made the movie was the screen presence between Dan and his co-star Annie Clark and the banter between them as they worked together on their project and Charlie then began to help to trace down the previous "dates". It was light-hearted, romantic and held my interest for the whole film and there was also another sub-plot of Charlie not being in to celebrating Christmas. Dan Jeanotte has one of those faces like Andrew Walker or Paul Green which just make you want to smile - I wouldn't be at all unhappy if one of my daughters brought someone like him home! The secondary actors playing Ellie's mother, sister-in-law and brother(David Morgan Jones) all gave excellent performances. There was an unexpected twist at the end and praise be that sadly as is not the case in so many of today's Rom-Coms the finale was superb. It@s always a bonus when a movie you're not expecting much from hits paydirt. An unexpectedly delightful movie which has turned out to be one of my favourite 2021 Christmas Movies. Florence's rating 8.5 Memo to Hallmark - give Dan Jeanotte another leading role!" ~Florence

The Enchanted Christmas Cake - December 15, 2021
(Erica Durance and Robin Dunne)

๐ŸŽ„"The Enchanted Christmas Cake. I liked it. I thought the script was rather weak and lacked pizzazz and some believability, but the main actor & actress were quite good and carried the movie. Not a keeper, but worth a watch. Family friendly (the main actor is divorced; and the mother character is a bit of a middle-aged, sex-pot wannabe - but nothing too objectionable)." ~~Jane

Christmas by Chance - December 16, 2021
(Winny Clarke and Jacob Blair)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas By Chance was cute and family friendly!" - Grace

Mistletoe in Montana - December 17, 2021
(Melissa Joan Hart, Duane Henry and Jamey Sheridan)

๐ŸŽ„"Mistletoe In Montana was surprisingly good and family friendly!" - Grace

Toying with the Holidays - December 18, 2021
(Chad Michael Murray and Cindy Busby)

๐ŸŽ„"Toying with the Holidays was family friendly. It was fairly average for Lifetime. I like Chad and Cindy so it made my watch list but I don't know that I would watch it again in the future." ~Kay

๐ŸŽ„"Toying With the Holidays is family friendly. The movie seemed to move very slow, but I enjoyed the story. Will watch again." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"Toying With the Holidays. Cute. Worth a one-time watch as a sweet but standard Christmas movie. Not a keeper for me. I'm not in the Cindy Busby fan club, although I really did like her in the Godwink movie. I felt like in this Lifetime movie (and in others) I was watching her "act"; whereas with someone like Jill Wagner or Jen Lilly I feel like I'm watching the actual character and not someone acting. In this movie, Cindy was especially non-believable as a mother to a ten year old boy, every scene with her son felt put-on and fake to me, like she was trying too hard. To me she's more enjoyable playing a young 18-25 year old girl-next-door instead of a mature parent. I quite like Chad M.M., although I probably couldn't watch a string of his movies in a row, something about the gravel voice and appearance might drive me batty; whereas Kristoffer Polaha or Tyler Hynes I could watch a whole marathon! This movie was family friendly." ~~Jane

๐ŸŽ„"Toying with the Holidays I got bored with this movie early on, but it's family friendly and kind of cute if you're into movies about classic trains." -Maria

Under the Christmas Tree - December 19, 2021
(Not promoting due to content - see *here*.)

Candy Cane Candidate - December 20, 2021
(Jacky Lai and Jake Epstein)

๐ŸŽ„"Just wanted you all to know, in a clip on YouTube, the "Candy Cane Candidate" stars and director talk about bringing LGBTQ Asian representation to Lifetime. Needless to say, I will be skipping this one tonight." ~Net

๐ŸŽ„"There was also a kissing scene between 2 men in one of the Youtube clips I found. Will be skipping for sure." ~CH Mom

The Christmas Ball - December 21, 2021
(Deidre Mullins, Nick Hendrix and Caroline Langrishe)

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Ball was really good! Great dancing, cuteness, and family friendly!" -Maria

It Takes a Christmas Village - December 22, 2021
(Brooke Nevin, Corey Sevier and Alli Chung)

๐ŸŽ„"It Takes A Christmas Village Won't say too much detail about this as most will not have seen it yet. There's nothing in the movie which we haven't seen before so it really mostly depends on the lead actors as to whether it works or not. In the event Brooke Nevin and Corey Sevier made an excellent pairing with great chemistry - the first 30 minutes or so were pretty amusing and although it took place at Christmas there wasn't an overabundance of the usual scenarios which was pleasing. One very pleasant aspect which is becoming rarer these days is that you can see actually see Aleaxandra and Darcy fall in love as the movie progresses. The good news is that it is Family Friendly. I found it gentle, amusing and heart-warming and thoroughly enjoyed it." Florence's rating - 8

Rebuilding a Dream Christmas - December 23, 2021
(Meggan Kaiser, Zane Stephens and Bryson JonSteele)

๐ŸŽ„"REBUILDING A DREAM CHRISTMAS Family friendly. With Lifetime you never know what to expect, and this was quite a pleasant surprise. This was very sweet and not super tacky like some of Lifetime offerings. Although it was predictable, itโ€™s got some hearts, kept me interested, and didnโ€™t make me want to fast forward like some other movies :). Iโ€™m not familiar with the two leads, but they were cute together and they got great chemistry. Noah is pretty cute too. Also, the best friend/second lead character, Ellen is pretty awesome. Loved it when she made some sense and talked to Josh to pursue Abby." ~CH Mom

๐ŸŽ„"This Lifetime movie was such a delightful Christmas rom-com! I didnโ€™t know the leads, but I instantly liked them and rooted for them to be together. The little boy was absolutely adorable, and there was a very cute kitten, too! All in all, a very sweet movie โ€“ completely family-friendly!" ~Net

Hot Chocolate Holiday - December 24, 2021
(Aubrey Reynolds and Jonny Swenson)

๐ŸŽ„"Hot Chocolate Holiday was cute and family-friendly."-Grace

๐ŸŽ„"Hot Chocolate holiday was very sweet and family friendly." ~Anonymous

Writing Around the Christmas Tree - December 25, 2021
(Krystal Joy Brown and Curtis Hamilton)

๐ŸŽ„"Writing Around the Christmas Tree: right from the beginning her guy assistant admitted to liking men." ~Anonymous


Christmas Down Under - November 21, 2021
(Justine Kacir and Paul O'Brien)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Down Under ION November 21, 2021 definitely not family friendly and just a junk movie. Not worth watching, it was terrible and had so many scenes and comments that were definitely not family friendly." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"Next was Christmas Down Under. I like movies set in Australia. This, again, seemed to be more of a comedy than anything. While it had some mildly funny situations, it also had some mature themes and some language that was not family friendly. If I had not been busy doing other things with the TV on in the background, I wouldn't have watched either of these movies all the way through." ~Deborah

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Down Under (ION) Yeah, definitely not family friendly. Swearing, mature themes, and I'm pretty sure there's a gay couple as well. Very disappointing for ION's 1st new holiday movie" ~Maria

A Christmas Witness - November 28, 2021
(Arielle Kebbel and Colin Egglesfield)

๐ŸŽ„"The premise A Christmas Witness that you read was misleading. It's tamer than it sounds." ~Ashley

๐ŸŽ„"First was The Christmas Witness which I hoped would be a mystery but turned out to be more of a awkward comedy. It seemed very low-budget and although Jessie, the FBI agent, was interesting, I just could not warm up to her love interest, Dean. Dean had a criminal background, having worked for the Mob for 10 years, and it was implied that he had been with a lot of women. There are some mature themes in this movie, along with some violence, so not family friendly. The two main characters share a motel room (platonically) because the heroine is guarding him in the witness protection program. In the very first scene, the wife of the mob boss tries to seduce Dean. Altogether, I felt I had wasted my time on this movie, and would have turned it off if I had not been busy with another project while it was on." ~Deborah

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Witness (ION) Definitely better then Christmas Down Under! A few adult stuff scattered here and there, but it's a really fun movie!" -Maria

The Christmas Thief - December 5, 2021
(Michelle Borth and co-starring Vivica A. Fox)

๐ŸŽ„"The Christmas Thief (ION) Definitely my favorite new ION movie this year! The mystery was fun, the movie itself was fun as well! Just a couple of adult stuff included." -Maria

A New Lease on Christmas - December 12, 2021
(Clair Coffee and George Stults)

๐ŸŽ„"I had ION's "A New Lease on Christmas" playing while in and out doing stuff. It started out okay but went downhill. I like both leads, and there's some decent acting, but it's clear the roommate and the guy she describes as her in-between-friend/boyfriend are sleeping together. Between this, a bit of language, and some other silliness, it's just not my kind of movie." ~Alicia

๐ŸŽ„"I was completely disgusted with ION's "A New Lease on Christmas"! Language, too much cleavage- may be the way life is, but not necessary for a Christmas movie." ~Penni


The Christmas Cabin (2019) - December 1, 2021

Joy & Hope (2020) - December 8, 2021

Deck the Heart (2021) - December 10, 2021

๐ŸŽ„"There is a very special grandpa who always made Christmas special for the entire family until he passed. I really enjoyed this movie and definitely family friendly. My DVR is filling up fast and thanks to you I can watch BYU movies on-line. I sure appreciate the tip! ~Kathy

๐ŸŽ„"This movie was obviously low budget, but the storyline was interesting โ€“ a New York businessman, Chris Ackerman, inherits his grandfatherโ€™s manor, with the stipulation that he has to host Christmas for the whole family, just like his grandpa used to do. Instead of doing the work himself, though, like heโ€™s supposed to do, Chris hires an event planner, Meredith Block, to do all the decorating and cooking for $12,000!!! All of the decorating, however, looked fairly cheap with red bows everywhere, and definitely not thousands of dollarsโ€™ worth. The house was often described as being large, but every camera angle we were given, the house appeared to be rather small inside. Chris invited lots of people to come for Christmas, and Iโ€™m still not sure where he fit them all. At one point, Meredith is locked outside of the house on the balcony while decorating and passes out in the freezing cold before Chris finds her. When she doesnโ€™t awaken, Chris picks her up and puts her in the nearest bed (fully clothed) and covers her with a pile of blankets. He sits on the bed beside her for what seems like hours, instead of mere minutes. This seemed odd to me โ€“ why wouldnโ€™t he call an ambulance or take someone in this condition to the hospital? Kind of strange. Overall, it was family friendly, but โ€œDeck the Heartโ€ is a bit cheesy." ~Net

๐ŸŒŸDisney Channel:

Christmas Again - December 3, 2021
(Scarlett Estevez, Daniel Sunjata, Alexis Carra, Priscilla Lopez and Ashlyn Jade Lopez)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas Again -- NOT family-friendly. Main character's uncle has a boyfriend, and I'm pretty sure there are other problems as well, didn't stay with it past the rainbow flaggery." ~Alfredo


A Christmas Proposal
(Adam Rodriguez and Jessica Camacho)

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Proposal could've been cute, but there was a scene where a sister told a woman she was gay. Nothing else was mentioned about it & nothing shown. It was like CBS just had to throw in something to appease a certain group." ~Anonymous

๐ŸŽ„"A Christmas Proposal (CBS) Cute movie. Up until the sister had to say that she was gay. Then I turned it off. Such a disappointment for CBS's 1st holiday movie in a long time." -Maria

Christmas Takes Flight
(Katie Lowes and Evan Williams)

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas takes Flight (CBS) After what happened with A Christmas Proposal, I was a bit skeptical about this one. But this one turned out to be really good!! This movie is fun, adorable, and best of all: family friendly! I definitely recommend this one." -Maria


Annie Live! - December 2, 2021
(Celina Smith, Harry Connick Jr., Taraji P. Henson, Nicole Scherzinger, Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski)


The Waltonsโ€™ Homecoming (remake) - November 28, 2021
(Ben Lawson, Bellamy Young, Logan Shroyer, Marcelle LeBlanc, Christian Finlayson, Tatum Matthews, Samuel Goergen, Callaway Corrick, Rebecca Koon, Alpha Trivette, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., and the original John Boy Walton in The Waltons series, Richard Thomas, will be โ€œThe Narrator.โ€)


Christmas in the Wilds (sequel to Romance in the Wilds)
(Victor Zinck, Jr. and Kaitlyn Leeb)

Streaming on Fox Nation / Available on DVD / Amazon Prime

*How/Where to watch: Available for DVD purchase at Amazon and Walmart; Stream on Fox Nation and on Digital HD on Vudu, iNDEMAND, DirecTV, Dish, iTunes and Christian Cinema.

๐ŸŽ„"I watched Christmas In The Wilds and enjoyed it. Everything about this movie was good except for a couple of things. Getting stuck in snow in a vehicle with snow tires or chains made no sense to me. Also, how could the guy not see through the manipulation of his co-worker? Both of the main actors are great together. Loved seeing all the same actors continue from Romance In The Wilds. The scenery is breath-taking! Real snow everywhere! Can not say enough about how Christmasy this is. Music is beautiful. Happy I have the DVD. Hope I did not say too much to ruin it for others.You will not be disappointed." ~kitkat

๐ŸŽ„"This is a sequel movie to the INSP film, Romance in the Wilds. I watched through Fox Nation, with a free streaming trial. Christmas in the Wilds is very similar to the first movie, but it has the wonderful addition of Christmas and some extra moments with Buck Thompsonโ€™s family added in, who are seen even more in this movie than the first. Thereโ€™s a lot of action-adventure when Buck and his former partner/ex-girlfriend end up in the snowy forest with a blizzard on the way. Even though the weather outside is frightful, Jessica is determined to reach her boyfriend, Buck, spend Christmas together and return him to his family โ€“ before the Christmas eve service where they will honor the memory of Buckโ€™s father. If outdoor survival is fascinating to you, then you will really enjoy this movie. Christmas in the Wilds is action-packed throughout, with some heartwarming moments, too. I especially enjoyed the scenes with Buckโ€™s sister, (played by Laura Vandervoot (โ€œA Christmas Together With Youโ€), who was dog-sitting for Jessica. She said she was more of a cat-person, so it was sweet to see her warm up to the dog and later on, open up and share her feelings. Overall, it was a nice movie to watch; it shows great respect to those who serve in the military, how to cope with PTSD and best of all, it is family-friendly." ~Net

Christmas in the Pines
Streaming on Fox Nation / Available on DVD / Amazon Prime

๐ŸŽ„"Christmas in the Pines - Love this family-friendly movie from INSP films! The day after Christmas my family and I decided to do a free preview of Fox Nation to watch this, and we were so glad we did! (โ€œChristmas in the Pinesโ€ is also available on DVD at Amazon and Prime Video) The leads were fantastic, with great chemistry, which is good because they are a real-life married couple: Jillian Murray (โ€œPrescription for Loveโ€) and Dean Geyer (โ€œA Ring for Christmasโ€). The ensemble cast was also terrific โ€“ with the mother from โ€œGood Luck Charlie,โ€ Leigh-Allyn Baker (love her โ€“ sheโ€™s sooooo funny!) and Grant Goodeve (the eldest son from โ€œEight is Enoughโ€). The movie centered around this quaint cottage in the country, where these two families come together to unexpectedly share their Christmas. Itโ€™s such a delightful, feel-good story, with some comedy and heartwarming moments, too! I would say more, but I donโ€™t want to give too much away; I highly recommend โ€œChristmas in the Pinesโ€ for family viewing!" ~Net

Candy Coated Christmas
Streaming on Discovery+

๐ŸŽ„"I watched a movie called Candy Coated Christmas. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, in case you want to add it to this list of movies, that unfortunately due to one phrase, it is not family friendly. A younger girl is asking the main female character if she has any boyfriends back home. The main female character replies that she doesn't and explains which the younger girl askes "Have you tried girls". There is no reply to this question...the topic totally changes. It's like this phrase has just been thrown in there to reach their quota or something. Otherwise, the rest of the movie is ok." ~Karen

A Match Made at Christmas
Amazon Prime and Pure Flix

๐ŸŽ„"I just wanted to let you all know about a movie called โ€œA Match Made at Christmasโ€ streaming on Amazon Prime and Pure Flix. I am personally acquainted with the filmmakers and a lot of the people who were extras in the film, and my brother even has a mention in the credits because he was an investor for the movie! Itโ€™s rated 13+ on Amazon, probably because the โ€œdramaโ€ in the movie makes it more geared to teenagers and adults, and there is also a bachelorette party scene at a bar (nothing too wild). The filmmakers are Christians, so there is nothing of concern as far as suggestive content and language (unless you count a single use of the word "crap"). The story is more of a drama than a comedy and has some depth and realism to it. It centers around a young woman whose brother is marrying her best friend, her relationship with said best friend, and her rocky relationship with her brother's best man. The leading woman and the woman who plays her best friend are very good. The leading man I thought was less good, but my mom and I both liked him better on a second viewing. There are some great scenes, and I enjoyed the movie a lot. ~Amy Lama

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God Bless Us, Everyone! Net

Press Release: Five New Original Christmas Movies on ION and Bounce from the Scripps Networks...

image via: ION TV

DETAILS on ION's Christmas Movies below via PRNewswire PRESS RELEASE:

ATLANTA, Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Five new original holiday movies will premiere on ION and Bounce beginning Sunday, Nov. 21. In total, the Scripps Networks will combine to air over 200 hours of holiday movies and programming. Last year, ION ranked No. 1 among all networks airing original holiday programming. *

The new original Scripps Networks holiday movies for 2021:


"Who is Christmas Eve?" - Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 21

Eve Simons (Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd, Power Book II: Ghost, Hawaii Five-O) was abandoned as an infant on the steps of a church 30 years ago on Christmas Eve. Now, struggling to move forward with her life, she embarks on a search to uncover the mystery of her birth with the help of her boyfriend Chris (Romeo Miller, Romeo!, Empire) and famed investigative genealogist Pamela Slaton (Juliana Harkavy, Arrow). The movie is inspired by Slaton's work, and she serves as an executive producer. Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd serves as a co-executive producer.


"Christmas Down Under" - Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 21

After a fight with her husband (Paul O'Brien, Home & Away, Neighbors), a tightly wound wife (Justine Kacir, Home & Away) follows him to his hometown of Sydney, Australia, in hopes of saving their marriage. Tracking him down proves complicated, and she must rely on an Aboriginal tour guide and a social media influencer ride-share driver to help - all just days before Christmas.

"A Christmas Witness" - Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 28

A no-nonsense federal marshal (Arielle Kebbel, Ballers, The Vampire Diaries) is tasked with protecting a low-level, charming mobster (Colin Egglesfield, Rizzoli & Isles, All My Children) until he testifies against his mafia boss two days after Christmas.

"The Christmas Thief" - Premieres 8 p.m., Dec. 5

Lana Lawton (Michelle Borth, Hawaii Five-O), a fledgling private eye home for the holidays, realizes the only way to save her career is by solving a string of local burglaries where the main suspect is Santa Claus. With little evidence and having to contend with a local detective with an investigative style that clashes with hers, the season may prove to be anything but holly and jolly. Vivica A. Fox co-stars as the head of a local detective agency.

"A New Lease on Christmas" - Premieres 8 p.m., Dec. 12

A single real estate agent (Clair Coffee, Grimm, Lincoln Rhymes - Hunt for the Bone Collector) falls for a handsome coffee shop owner (George Stults, 7th Heaven) - only to discover that the job she just took requires her to evict him from his shop.

In addition, Laff will air a week of primetime family-friendly holiday movies beginning Dec. 6 and Grit will present holiday-themed Westerns on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

About Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation's fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff, Court TV Mystery, Defy TV and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation's largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, "Give light and the people will find their own way."

*Source: Nielsen Media Research, A25-54 C3 Impressions, 2020 (11/26/20 - 1/1/21), competitive set based on networks with original holiday movies, total day excluding kids programming.

********** End of Press Release **********

Do you see a Christmas movie you'd like to see? I think "A New Lease on Christmas" sounds interesting, plus it's fun to see George Stults again. Always liked him on the drama, 7th Heaven.

I also want to include a caution here. At this point, we don't know which movies will be family-friendly. Throughout the Christmas Season I will do my best to inform you if there is a storyline of concern, and if any of you who follow here catch something - please be sure to share in comments! I definitely want to include a BIG *Thank You* to all of the awesome reviewers here!

Joyous Christmas Blessings to You ~ 
All throughout the Year!

God bless us, everyone! Net

๐ŸŽ„ GAC FAMILY's 2021 *Great American Christmas* Movies with Jen Lilley, Chad Michael Murray, Jill Wagner, Cindy Busby, Trevor Donovan, Lori Loughlin and Many More! @GACfamilyTV *SEE HERE:

Now that GAC Family has revealed their complete Christmas movie line-up through their Great American Christmas preview show, I thought this would be the perfect time to list each movie below in order by premiere date.

GAC Family is THE CHANNEL for family friendly entertainment with "Stories Well Told!" Be there for their inaugural holiday season - as they celebrate the joy of Christmas!

NEW Christmas Movies begin October 30th! See all the details below...

The *Great American Christmas* Movie Schedule
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Much Ado About Christmas - October 30, 2021

(Susie Abromeit and Torrance Coombs)

In "Much Ado About Christmas," Haley is beloved in her community of Winterstone for acts of kindness ranging from managing The Hope Chest to directing the children's choir. Haley is also the daughter of one of Winterstone's wealthiest residents Leona Lloyd. Despite Haley's down-to-earth demeanor, she is financially set as Leona's only heir โ€“ information she fails to share with new love interest Claud, an artsy, hopeless romantic. Haley introduces herself to Claud as "Haley Logan," raised by a single, struggling mom, a small fib that becomes a complication when Claud and his team present an ad pitch to Leona that includes a photo of Claud's new girlfriendโ€ฆHaley! Secrets are revealed and relationships ruffled, but Christmas is coming and miracles do happen.

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The Great Christmas Switch - November 6, 2021

(Sarah Lind and Dillon Casey)

In โ€œThe Great Christmas Switch,โ€ Kaelynn and Sophia are identical twins who have grown up believing the other has the more glamorous life. Kaelynn sometimes feels unappreciated in her non-stop world of kids and to doโ€™s. Sophia is laid back to the point of paralysis and cannot seem to assemble the basics of life, including a healthy work/life balance and evolved relationships. When Sophia tells her twin sheโ€™s had to cancel her Christmas vacation to stay in San Diego to work, Kaelynn jumps at the chance to flee the frost of Ohio to take her sisterโ€™s place. With her sisterโ€™s kids with their dad for Christmas, Sophia believes her only job will be to watch holiday movies by the fire. Kaelynn feels confident her demanding day-to-day has prepared her for Sophiaโ€™s grinchy boss and flaky friends. Then, reality sets in! With the familiar turned upside down, it will take a Christmas miracle to make it all right again.


Christmas Time is Here - November 13, 2021

(Dewshane Williams, Rukiya Bernard & Tom Pickett)

In "Christmas Time Is Here," Nia Moore (Bernard), a successful small-town realtor, has her heart set on closing a big sale on a new resort for her client, Julian Parsons (Williams), just in time for Christmas. There is only one hitch. No matter how many properties in Pine Valley Nia shows Julian, he keeps coming back to the one resort that isn't for saleโ€ฆthe one belonging to Nia's widower dad, Patrick (Pickett). Patrick would like to sell the property and retire. It's Nia who cannot let go of memories of an idyllic time in life when her mom was still alive and very much a part of the resort. Julian realizes Nia's reluctance to sell the property, but it may not matter. Julian's impatient boss has come to Pine Valley intent on getting the deal done before Christmas. At risk of losing his job, Julian comes up with a magical plan for saving Nia's family's resort.

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A Kindhearted Christmas - November 20, 2021
(previously: Secret Santa)

(Cameron Mathison and Jennie Garth)

In โ€œA Kindhearted Christmas,โ€ Jamie (Garth) owns a sightseeing and tour company in the small town of Cooperville, New York. Navigating the holidays with enthusiasm is trickier for Jamie since her husband Matt passed. Matt loved Christmas and found unparalleled joy in giving to others. While reminiscing with family, Jamie realizes the town desperately needs someone with Mattโ€™s genius for thinking of the small gestures that bring genuine happiness to the holidays. While watching her favorite news program, โ€œWake Up Upstate,โ€ or more importantly, the showโ€™s handsome TV anchor, Scott (Mathison), Jamie learns about a neighboring high schoolโ€™s fundraising goal and spontaneously gifts the entire amount โ€“ anonymously. Jamieโ€™s anonymous gift sparks another and another until the entire town gets into the spirit. News of the generous gift giving draws Jamieโ€™s TV crush to Cooperville seeking to do some serious reporting on the identity of the secret Santa. What isnโ€™t a secret is that Jamie and Scott will discover each other just in time for Christmas.


Angel Falls Christmas - November 26, 2021
(previously: My Angelโ€™s Christmas List and Christmas Trimmings)

(Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes)

In โ€œAngel Falls Christmas,โ€ Ally Morgan (Lowndes) is a workaholic ER doctor struggling for work-life balance with boyfriend, Josh (David Reale). On the night Josh is set to propose, he and Ally have a row about her working an extra shift on Christmas Eve, which leads to a breakup. Ally is miserable alone before a chance encounter with handsome barista, Gabe (Murray) leads her to fulfill a Christmas bucket list of fun activities she never would have done on her own. Allyโ€™s best friend and fellow ER doctor, Dawn (Samora Smallwood) has never seen Ally so engaged outside of work and is rooting for a Gabe-Ally relationship. Now, the saintly Maureen (Jane Luk) must redirect Gabeโ€™s heartfelt intentions if Josh and Ally have any chance at reconciliation this Christmas.

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Royally Wrapped for Christmas - November 27, 2021

(Jen Lilley and Brendan Fehr)

In โ€œRoyally Wrapped for Christmas,โ€ Lindsay Peterson (Lilley) of Brooklyn, NY, heads up one of the most successful chapters of the Festive Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to underserved children and founded by the Royal Family of Veronia. The foundation will commemorate its centennial this holiday and Lindsay is summoned to the kingdom to plan the celebratory gala. Before she embarks to Veronia, Lindsay meets the charityโ€™s President, Willard, and a pleasant man, Aiden (Fehr), who Lindsay mistakenly believes is the organizationโ€™s accountant. Willard persuades Lindsay to join him and two other organizers from the global charity in Veronia. It is there Lindsay discovers the โ€œaccountantโ€ is really Crown Prince Aiden who is to ascend the throne after his mother, Queen Rayna. Committed to the mission of the charity, Lindsay proposes a new idea based on a tradition she learned from her grandmother: each Christmas, two gifts must be given. One to keep, one to give. Veroniaโ€™s Parliament enthusiastically accepts Lindsayโ€™s proposal for the charity, vowing to change the world in the kindest way. Now Prince Aiden must decide if the commoner from New York who has helped so many may have just stolen his heart.


Christmas is You - November 28, 2021

(Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull)

In โ€œChristmas Is You,โ€ Emma Bloom is given an ultimatum by her boss Rachel at Old Town Records: go home for the holidays and convince former boyfriend and national recording star, Tyler Thorn, to sign with Rachelโ€™s label or find another job. Emma is an organized assistant, but her job is a dead end in need of a turnaround and her real dream is to be a singer. Tyler is going home for Christmas for the first time in years after abruptly quitting his label. First, Emma and Tyler have a friendship to repair. Emma broke Tylerโ€™s heart on Christmas Eve several years ago when she turned down his marriage proposal. When Emma and Tyler arrive in their hometown, they are immediately immersed in an all-hands-on-deck effort to save the annual Christmas Carol Celebration, where they first sang together as kids in the choir. Turns out, a trip down Memory Lane may hit all the right notes for Emma and Tyler.


Jingle Bell Princess - December 4, 2021

(Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson)

"The setting is Down east, as we head to Maine for this romantic and sweet Christmas yarn.

Through a series of mishaps, sophisticated Princess Amelia is stranded in the small town of Tucker, Maine. There she becomes an โ€œordinaryโ€ guest of the unsuspecting Cutler family.


A Lot Like Christmas - December 5, 2021

(Maggie Lawson and Christopher Russell)

In โ€œA Lot Like Christmas,โ€ Jessica Roberts (Lawson) owns the most popular Christmas Tree lot in the picturesque New England town of Hudson Springs. But when big-city marketing executive, Clay Moore (Russel) moves a โ€œBig Boxโ€ store into the area and starts selling trees, Jasmine finds her business in jeopardy. As their professional competition escalates, Jasmine and Clay run into another complication โ€“ they start falling for each other.


A Christmas Miracle for Daisy - December 11, 2021

(Jill Wagner and Nick Bateman)

In โ€œA Christmas Miracle for Daisy,โ€ Whitney Alder (Wagner) owns interior design firm Marietta Designs, which she runs with her friend Andi (Tegan Moss, โ€œAurora Teagarden Mysteriesโ€) in the small town of Marietta, Montana. Whitney is designing Santaโ€™s float for the annual Marietta Christmas Parade when a potential job opportunity comes her way: the full redesign of a landmark home by Christmas Eve. Despite the challenge, Whitney and Andi sign onto the job - only to discover the homeโ€™s new owner is Whitneyโ€™s ex-boyfriend, Connor Sheenan (Bateman), who has moved to town from Los Angeles with his bright-eyed, young daughter, Daisy (Rubi Tupper). Connor had no intention of becoming a family man, but when his goddaughter is orphaned, he adopts her and commits to becoming a devoted single dad. More than anything, Daisy wishes for a mom to complete her picture-perfect family, and no prospect is as perfect as Whitney. Tall order, but Christmas is a time for miracles.


A Christmas Star - December 12, 2021

(Sara Canning and Daniel Lissing)

In โ€œA Christmas Star,โ€ an astronomer, Madeline Baggett (Canning) searches for life beyond Earth, and when she believes she has found it, convinces her boss to allow her to travel to a small hamlet in Upstate New York where the scientist hopes to capture a once-in-a-lifetime event. With refractors, telescopes, and a small film crew in tow, Madeline arrives and sets up in Summit Ridge where she meets widowed National Park Ranger Ryan Sparks (Lissing) and his young daughter, Celeste. With Ryanโ€™s help, Madeline begins to chart the celestial event which brings the pair closer to finding love under the stars.


When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, Part 1 and Part 2 - December 18, 2021

(Morgan Kohan, Ryan-James (RJ) Hatanaka, Wendy Crewson, Neil Crone, Hanneke Talbot, Jefferson Brown, Lori Loughlin, and Daniel Lissing)

When Hope Calls" is set in Brookfield, a town on the western prairie with a deep sense of acceptance, love, and family, and is a TV spinoff of award-winning author Janette Oke's novel series, "When Calls the Heart". In the World Premiere of "When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, Part 1," a Christmas festival worthy of Harper's Bazaar happens in Brookfield as the community is one of three contenders in the magazine's search for America's #1 Country Christmas Town. The entire town is preoccupied with creating the essence of Christmas for the photojournalist's lens, though, behind the scenes, residents are not living the spirit of the season. In the midst of the fuss, a stagecoach appears, and out steps Abigail Stanton and her son, Cody who have brought a troubled boy to Lillian's orphanage. Episode 201 of "When Hope Calls" premieres Saturday, December 18 at 8 pm ET/PT.

In the World Premiere of "When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, Part 2," photojournalist Paul Franklin is wrapping his research on the community of Brookfield as a contender for America's #1 Country Christmas Town. By now, Paul blends in as the town prepares for Christmas Eve. Lillian, the orphans, and Gabriel are running out of options to restore the troubled boy's hope for better times. Just when all seems lost, a secret Santa appears to fulfill all holiday wishes, and Abigail has a profound conversation with a dear friend from the past. Meanwhile, Paul's lens is recording every miraculous moment. Episode 202 of "When Hope Calls" premieres Saturday, December 18 at 9 pm ET/PT.


Joy For Christmas - December 19, 2021

(Cindy Busby and Sam Page)

When her family firmโ€™s annual Christmas toy drive is in jeopardy, Holly Silver (Busby) must convince pro athlete Jack Kane (Page) to be the public face of the campaign to help save it. As Noelle helps Jack rediscover the meaning of Christmas, Holly reconnects with her own family traditions. While Jack and Holly go through challenges of making Christmas dreams for others come true, they discover kindred spirits in each other and the potential for the gift of romance this holiday season.


I hope you find many delightful Christmas movies you are looking forward to seeing during this Christmas Season! Personally, I feel it is a blessing to see so many heartwarming stories and familiar faces on GAC Family!

Joyous Christmas Blessings to You!

God bless us, everyone! Net

๐ŸŽ„ UPtv 2021 Christmas Movie Slate Announcement



UPtvโ€™s Merry Offering is filled with more than 500 hours of Holiday Cheer including a new reality series Small Town Christmas and the return of the ultimate Thanksgiving week Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon, GilMORE the Merrier

ATLANTA โ€“ Oct. 7, 2021 โ€“ UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, will be celebrating Christmas with nine World Premiere Movies and two Cable Premiere Movies, beginning with a โ€œRoyal Christmas Weekendโ€ celebration including the premiere of Royal Christmas Engagement Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET and Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby, the third movie in the Christmas with a Prince franchise, on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. ET. These premieres are part of UPtvโ€™s collection of more than 500 hours of holiday cheer that celebrate family, relationships and the true meaning of Christmas.

โ€œChristmas on UPtv expands every year, and Iโ€™m thrilled that in addition to having more premiere movies than ever before as part of our holiday offering, we also have a brand-new series, Small Town Christmas, that focuses on the heart and magic of Christmas celebrations in small towns across the U.S,โ€ said Hector Campos, vice president, content strategy and programming at UPtv. โ€œOur collection of diverse Christmas stories can all be tracked on the My UPtv Movies App for the best viewing experience for Christmas movie-lovers who donโ€™t want to miss any new premieres or airings of their favorite films from over the years.โ€

The My UPtv Movies app is available for viewers to download and is especially popular around the holidays to track movie viewing. The tracker app allows viewers to learn more about upcoming movies on the network, watch movie previews and request personalized showtime alerts. Viewers can also favorite movie titles to add to a personal collection to easily access them later, set calendar reminders, and request notifications or text messages.

Last year, UPtvโ€™s year-end holiday programming drew 22M viewers1 while Christmas movies wrapped up 2020 ahead of YA up +11% in W2554 delivery and +9% in HHs2.

UPtvโ€™s holiday season programming highlights include the following World Premiere and Cable Premiere Movies, series premiere of Small Town Christmas and GilMORE the Merrier, the ultimate Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon. See local listings for encore broadcasts.



๐ŸŽ„ UPtv 2021 Christmas Movie Slate Announcement

A Royal Christmas Engagement - Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET (Cable Premiere)

Lauren, a hard-working advertising executive, begins to fall for Paul, a consultant she has been paired with to land a big account for the upcoming holiday season. Unbeknownst to Lauren and everyone else, Paul is actually Prince Edward Charles, European royalty in disguise as a commoner.

Stars: Paige Bach, James Nitti, John Schneider

Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby - Sunday, Nov. 7 (World Premiere)

**This is the third movie in the Christmas with a Prince franchise

Happily married and expecting their first child, Princess Tasha and Prince Alec are settling into their lives as royals with lots of love and lots of humor. When it's announced that the Prince must set off on a Royal Tour, Tasha insists on accompanying him, even though she's incredibly pregnant, much to the dismay of the King. Things are going smoothly until a complication forces Tasha into bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Knowing that the baby must officially be born on San Saraze soil, the team must scramble to figure everything out before the royal blessing arrives.

Stars: Kaitlyn Leeb, Nick Hounslow, Josh Dean, Charles Shaughnessy



A Snowy Christmas - Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Unlucky in love city lawyer Kelly Mitchum returns home to spend Christmas with her family. As she dreams of finding her perfect man, she meets handsome contractor Forrest Newell โ€“ and he ticks all the boxes! Now, with her familyโ€™s home at risk of demolition, will Forrest be able to help? And will the magic of Christmas be enough to save it?

Stars: Elysia Rotaru, Damon Runyan

Snowed in for Christmas - Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Kaley, a young Au Pair, finds herself unable to return home for the holidays when a snowstorm derails her plans. In spite of her own disappointment, she is determined to teach the girls she watches, alongside their charming Uncle, the magic of Christmas. Will this series of events lead to a perfect Christmas?

Stars: Kayla Wallace, Jeremy Guilbaut



Mistletoe & Molly - Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Waitress and animal lover, Molly Bishop is desperate for a holiday miracle. Broke and needing major car repairs, she's counting on a big career opportunity to come through before the holidays - without using her family's name to get there. But when handsome cafe regular and do-gooder Aiden Ford starts to meddle in her life, Molly will have to figure out if it's too much or just the holiday miracle she needed.

Stars: Eden Broda, Zach Smadu

Christmas on 5th Avenue - Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Eve, A Christmas loving professional wish granter, takes on the task of decorating the high-end condo for a reclusive writer who is spending the holidays out of town. But when the handsome writer turns out to be home for the holidays after all, Eve will have to pull out all her tricks to make him fall in love with Christmas all over again โ€“ and maybe find romance along the way.
Stars: Kathryn Davis, Olivier Renaud, Kate Vernon


GilMORE the Merrier ultimate Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon

Monday, November 22 at 10 a.m. ET โ€“ Sunday, November 28 at 3 a.m. ET

GilMORE the Merrier, UPtvโ€™s annual seven-day Gilmore Girls binge-a-thon of all 153 episodes plus the four movies, is back and bigger than ever with a promotional campaign that reunites series favorites, Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) and Todd Lowe (Zack Van Gerbig). This year, the actors return to the Warner Bros. Studio lot to relive some of their most memorable moments within the popular series. Appearing at iconic landmarks, including the famous Stars Hollow gazebo and Lukeโ€™s Diner, Agena and Lowe share behind-the-scenes stories in exclusive interviews. Their custom vignettes will air during the marathon, along with watch and win trivia questions, special series recaps of all seven seasons, and pop-up trivia sprinkled throughout all four of the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life movies.



Christmas Beneath the Stars - Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

Christmas blogger and aspiring photographer Hannah Reed just got the assignment of a lifetime; visit a charming town and Christmas wonderland called Christmas World in Alaska which will allow her to photograph the Northern Lights and maybe finally get published in her favorite nature magazine. With her Christmas loving Aunt Lucy in tow, Hannah arrives in Christmas World expecting magic and instead is greeted by a sadly decorated town on its last leg. Desperate to get the photographs she needs, Hannah strikes a deal with the heir apparent of Christmas World in exchange for a locals insight into the best places to photograph the lights. The two set out to turn Christmas World around, but will they find something even more magical along the way?

Stars: Madeline Foley, Steve Belford, Jayne Lewis, Vanessa Smythe, Bill Lake, Kym McKenzie

A Furry Little Christmas - Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

A big-city veterinarian falls for a small-town doctor when he sets out to recreate a New York City Christmas in her Vermont hometown.

Stars: Kristi McKamie, Jonathan Stoddard, Pono Say, Amie Dasher, Teeshay Shah, Theresa Lang

Small Town Christmas: Branson, Mo. - Premieres Sunday, Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Editionโ€™s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.



Christmas in the Rockies - Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere)

After her father is hurt in a timber accident, Katie Jolly must enter a lumberjack competition to save her family's business. But when the paramedic who saved her dad's life also joins the contest, a romance sparks just in time for Christmas.

Stars: Kimberly Sue Murray, Stephen Huszar

๐ŸŽ„ UPtv 2021 Christmas Movie Slate Announcement

๐ŸŽ„ UPtv 2021 Christmas Movie Slate Announcement

Fixing Up Christmas - Sunday, Dec.12 at 7 p.m. ET (World Premiere) Known as a โ€œfixerโ€ for difficult clients, a talented party planner must help a young CEO plan the Christmas party of the year to dazzle the mayor and save his company. Wil the โ€œfixerโ€ fix something more than just the company?

Stars: Natalie Dreyfuss, Marshal Williams

Small Town Christmas: Bethlehem, Pa. - Premieres Sunday, Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Editionโ€™s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.

๐ŸŽ„ UPtv 2021 Christmas Movie Slate Announcement


Christmas Together - Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. ET (Cable Premiere)

A woman leaves New York for LA after a break-up and falls in love while renting the guest house of a young father.

Stars: Vivica A Fox, Anna Marie Dobbins, Marc Herrman


Small Town Christmas: Natchitoches, La. - Premieres Sunday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Editionโ€™s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.

Small Town Christmas: Summerville, S.C. - Premieres Friday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. ET (Premiere Series)

Hosted and Executive Produced by Inside Editionโ€™s national correspondent and best-selling Author Megan Alexander, each episode takes viewers to a different small town around the country. Through food, drink, music, entertainment and faith, we will highlight local businesses and towns that are making Christmas special in their own unique way.

Source: Nielsen- 1L7, Holiday Programming Reach P2+, 1 min (10/31/20-1/1/2021), 2 L3, Christmas movie TCs (10/31-12/15/2020 vs 10/27-12/25/2019), 21 vs 19 W2554 AA(000) 102 vs 94 HH AA(000).


About UPtv

UPtv, the television home for uplifting entertainment, is one of the premier brands from UP Entertainment, LLC. UPtv is the destination for exclusive premiere movies, box-office hit films and beloved series. UPtvโ€™s award-winning pro-social initiative, โ€œUPlift Someone,โ€ has inspired over 200 million people to uplift others through its social videos and dedicated UPlift Someone Facebook page. Additionally, UP Entertainment is home to the subscription streaming service, UP Faith & Family, Americaโ€™s favorite streaming service for families, as well as AspireTV, the leading network for Black and urban lifestyle programming.


How fun to see so many delightful movies airing this Christmas season on UPtv! I'm especially happy to see Christmas in the Rockies, Fixing Up Christmas, and Snowed in for Christmas!

Two movies may be familiar, as they premiered last year on ION - Christmas Together and A Royal Christmas Engagement. This is their cable premiere on UPtv.

I was surprised not see the sequel to Romance in the Wilds - titled: Christmas in the Wilds! Maybe it will be seen somewhere else this Christmas season??? Or, I guess we'll have to purchase the DVD.

It is great to see so many familiar faces, such as: Stephen Huszar (Chesapeake Shores, Cooking Up Love, Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas), Marshall Williams (When Hope Calls, Love Strikes Twice), Kayla Wallace (When Calls the Heart), Jeremy Guilbaut (Christmas Waltz), Kimberly Sue Murray (Love Upstream), Damon Runyan (Magical Christmas Shoes), Kaitlyn Leeb (Heartland, Romance in the Wilds) and more!

Which movie are you looking forward to seeing during UPtv's Merry Movie Christmas event?

Joyous Blessings! Net

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