I’m always amazed with how hallmark incorporates Hanukkah into their Christmas movie countdown…
This movie, by far, has been their best one yet!
Somehow, they intertwine Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations/traditions in a way that makes them both so magical and important (very smart in appealing to a larger market….which seems to be the Hallmark way this year)
Christina’s entire journey had me captivated from the start. I was so invested that I cried multiple times in the first 30 minutes…..and normally that would make my walls go up, but the sweet moments kept coming and goofball, Fred Savage, kept reeling me back in!
*******Now, because this is my personal blog…and I get to voice my personal feelings and beliefs…if Hallmark is listening(reading)..here’s food for thought. You’ve gone above and beyond to show that your channel is “all inclusive” this year. I’m not going to spell it out, because anyone who has been a Hallmark fan for any length of time can see the many different directions you’ve taken this year. Do you know what hasn’t been represented? Jesus’ birth: The Christian Christmas story. Sure, you’ve played Silent Night and Joy to the World a few times….but this movie in particular really was heavy on the explanation/celebration/reason of Hanukkah, and we have yet to have a story that features my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the fun stuff of Santa/Rudolph/Frosty/Gingerbread/etc. but they all pale in comparison to the Reason Christmas is so special to me: the Gift of Jesus. *******
And now that I’ve said my piece, I really did love this movie! Mia Kirschner, you, my friend, are lovely!
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️ David & Christina. Fun to watch….I really enjoyed this pairing manily due to the fact that they were more of a “slow moving” coupling then we’ve seen so far this year. Let’s face it, Christina was hit with so much emotionally in her personal life, I really agreed with her assessment that she just wasn’t ready to pursue a romantic relationship. That played out very well….and then not so much. The end of the movie got jumbled up with these two. It was fun and cute….then over before it started…then serious all so fast. Kind of made my head spin…but loved it anyway!
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Probably the first movie this season I would need more hearts for the storyline rating. From the loss of Christina’s mom, the ancestry.com research(very timely), adoption, finding new family to all the implies and entails throughout. Learning a whole new religion? or was it just tradition/celebration? (still confused on that) Either way, I cried, I laughed, I cried 4 more times….the story was amazing.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ALL THE HEARTS for EVERYBODY! Parents, siblings, kids, and friends…they ALL NAILED IT! Marilu Henner, my heart couldn’t take it. I just wanted to hug her and Mia in every darn scene. These women, AHHH! Loved them. And don’t even get me started on Georgio.
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Was there a moment I wasn’t feeling???? I can’t even remember one. If I wasn’t crying, I was visibly smiling. There were too many scenes to even name! Each reveal: I was a puddle. Even Happy tears during the gift opening toward the end……and can we talk about the scene with Christina on the phone, Ruth over her shoulder…the angel statue over Ruth’s shoulder???? Come on.
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I was shocked at just how much I loved every minute. I don’t want to spoil anything, so go watch. Have you tissues at the ready!