Oh my HEART!!!!!!
My favorite thing about watching a movie like this one….just when I think it couldn’t get any better, it JUST KEPT GETTING BETTER!!!!
The storyline of the children and their parents made my heart brace for the worst possible feels….and let me be honest, the little reminders of their parents throughout the movie most definitely made me tear up. But the JOY! The Christmas JOY and LOVE and FUN that Max & Jessica brought to them…..AHHHH!!!!! Every minute was adorable!
Max. Can Carlo Marks just smile at us forever? Oh man. [insert all the heart eyes emojis]
Jessica + Max + 3 adorable kiddos= Hallmark Christmas PERFECTION!
Special HOLIDAY Tradition shoutout to the All Natural/Edible Christmas decorating in the backyard! I LOOOOVE this idea and may have to steal it!
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Max & Jessica WIN my Hallmark Heart! These two were amazing together! I loved that he has been crushing on her since day one. I love that we got to see their relationship with each other and the kids develop so naturally. The little hand holdings we got all along the way were so sweet….and the moment we all waited for in the driveway! COME ON! It was perfect. THE ONLY SINGLE THING I didn’t buy: Jessica’s line of “I never thought of Max that way” half way through the movie when she’s talking to her friend…….Jessica, nobody is buying that. You crazy, girl. Everybody and their mother has thought of Max like that 😉
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ This story was beautifully and wonderfully written and acted. What a heart-wrenching life these children and adults lived to bring them all together like this. I loved that the kids were such a big part of all of it. One of my favorite scenes was just them talking over Hot Chocolate and letting them give the adults advice. Kids are so smart! The way that everything played out in the end not only personally but professionally was SO GOOD! Jessica’s line about the 21st century was THE BEST and great reminder that Hallmark likes to poke fun of itself too 😉
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Up top the 3 kids were awesome….but I almost feel like they were the leads too, so how great is that?!?!? I loved me some Mrs. Brooks though. She knew her Max very well! Uncle Charles even redeemed himself at the end…and it’s a good thing, cuz I really did not like him for awhile there.
FEELS❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I couldn’t STOP feeling the feels this whole movie! Every time the thought of Jessica blew past Max, this man was HEAD OVER HEELS for her. He played that so well! Their love for each other, their love for the kiddos…WARM FUZZIES EVERY SECOND! The reminders of the parents….the puzzle piece….the lists….the hand holding….the words they didn’t say….the words they DID say! ALL OF IT!
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The ending was shockingly not as predictable as I thought it would be. The way that everything fell apart and then eventually all worked out was actually believable and really smart! SO SO GOOD! But also surprising: HOW MUCH HOT CHOCOLATE CAN ONE CONSUME?!?!?! Maybe that’s why the little one is having bad dreams??? She’s hopped up on ALL THAT SUGAR! 😉