Take me to Casillas Panadería and make me my own gingerbread miracle!
First of all, I am a HUGE Christmas cookie cutout fanatic….not only do I love eating them, one of my favorite family traditions is cutting them out, baking them, and decorating them with the kids. It’s something that my mom did with us and now something we love doing with our kiddos. Now, while the sugar cookie is usually the medium for this…..we also do gingerbread because I LOVE THEM! So, call me impartial, but somehow that concept endeared me to this movie right from the start.
Tío Luis and his adorably smitten nephew, Alejandro, were pretty sweet icing on the cookie too 😉
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each:
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️I’m not sure Alex and Maya could have been any cuter if they tried. I loved learning about their past flirtations as teenagers and how miscommunication and silly games they played made it hard for them to be honest with each other. Then, in stark contrast….just how straight forward they were with each other in the present. The line delivery of Alex of, “I wanna kiss you.” and Maya’s reply in kind….. SO SO GOOD! We all wanted it too!!! And maybe this is saying something about me, but I loved him being so jealous the whole movie with Jacques. It wasn’t rude or mean….he just really wanted Maya to himself. The ONLY thing that is holding back that 5th heart was the ending scene. Just TOO many words….it felt awkward, when up until that point, it was so natural……
STORYLINE❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (overall plot of the movie) Gingerbread cut-out cookies that, when made with love, make miracles!!!! Come on! How good is that??? I loved this whole movie concept. Aside from the cookies, it was so inspiring watching all the characters find their true passions and follow their dreams….regardless of what was expected of them or what pressures they felt from others. I loved seeing Mexican culture and language portrayed in the Christmas setting—especially Las Posadas procession and explanation. I had never heard of that before! What a amazing way to celebrate and illustrate the true meaning of Christmas!
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️Both of the families were so sweet and loving. It was a nice change of pace to not have arguments or divides within the families. Even the love triangle was truly amicable…….everyone just really worked well together. Tio Luis and Alex had such a great relationship, and so did Maya and her sister and their parents…..two happy Hallmarkie families! Gosh, this feels redundant……but I don’t know what else to say….they were just all so nice.
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️Jon Ecker as Alex really nailed it. From first talking to Maya on the phone to the ending scene, we never doubted where his heart was at. Merritt Patterson also was as sweet as can be, and I love that she knew what she wanted and followed her heart. BIG feels for Alex and Maya finding their way back to each other….and BIG BIG feels for Las Posadas. Baby Jesus IS CHRISTMAS for me!
HALLMARK SURPRISE ❤️❤️❤️❤️Las Posadas not only being mentioned, but explained and acted out…en Español with subtitles! Me gusta mut mucho! I was also shocked at Alex being to kind and generous in regards to Jacques….I mean, he made him a cookie! and one more for my Hallmark heart: the red briefcase! I did not see that coming!
NEW (ungraded) CATEGORY no hearts given, but I feel like some of the “traditions” or decor in these movies NEED a little spotlight. I mean…
WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!?!
- GINGERBREAD OBSTACLE COURSE???? Where has this been all my life? I was like, how is this going to work?? and now it’s on the agenda for my Christmas Day shenanigans!
- I said it 3 times up top….but I’ll say it again: Las Posadas is a tradition I can get behind! I love it so much