I want you all to gather your family around and sit down to watch this movie. I would say I didn’t stop smiling the entire time….but that would be a lie because this family made me cry tears of joy on this journey!
So, full disclosure….Andrew Walker is my favorite favorite FAVORITE Hallmark leading man. I won’t deny it. I won’t shy away from it. I haven’t seen a single movie he is in that has changed this opinion, soooo……do you think he lived up to that expectation in this one???
Um, say yes, Say Yes, SAY YES!!!!!!
So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each:
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Vanessa & Kristopher….you sweet, sweet kids. A.W., you did again. GAHH, I love that man! Here is the thing though…..this love story was such a small part of the overall movie, but the time they had together was adorable. LOVED how Kris asked her out on a date….loved how he looks at her (that’s an A.W. staple) He’s such a great young suitor! Loved loved LOVED Vanessa’s gift to him and the ending scene was absolute perfection. Hey, they weren’t the only ones falling in love 😉
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️I love the “current events” storylines that Hallmark tackles! The concept of finding your family through a DNA match is genius to base a movie on right now! I was invested from the get go! Aimee Teagarden is just the cutest thing! She had me on the edge of my seat rooting for her to have this new found family. I loved all of the traditions and fun the incorporated….I mean, I want to be a part of it too! The excitement and then the let down….and the perfect happy ending made the whole movie feel like it was longer than 2 hours! They fit so much heart and soul into it! SO SO GOOD!
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I was enthralled with this whole cast! James. Tupper. thank you , sir. This movie was MADE by your performance. What a sweet man. Well, the whole darn family was….but, I digress…… THIS DAD. I mean, I know it’s Hallmark, but a child you never knew existed and you welcome her into your home and family at Christmas and turn out to be DAD O’ THE CHRISTMAS EXPLOSION! He was so darn Jolly and Happy and I couldn’t help but smile every time he was on the screen. (plus, he ain’t too hard on the eyes himself 😉 ) Pauline, Caitlyn, Emilia, Aidan…the whole Hendricks clan….loved almost every second. The sisters made my heart swell in their moments with Vanessa! It was so touching watching them open their hearts to their new big sis. Gosh! So many good scenes! I want to see next year’s Christmas with this fam! Even Judy 2! 😉
FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️From the beginning of Vanessa’s quest to meet her family all the way to the end….my heart was in my throat. This story was told so well! Every time Vanessa connected with Richard or Caitlyn or Emilia….every time Richard (Mr. Christmas) introduced a NEW Christmas activity….the Christmas gift openings…..The way they all fell in love with each other! There was just so many moments that touched my heart….and so many moments that had me smiling as big as that blow up Santa! A whole spectrum of feels!
HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The entire ending was unexpected for me! I really did not think it would turn out the way it did….so many twists! Is she? Isn’t she? And the picture to prove it! They got me! Also, did you see? The family actually praying??? Our family prays the same way before every meal holding hands! Loved That! *****PLEASE tell me you caught the completely unexpected cameo by another handsome Hallmark gentleman! He delivers their coffee at the beginning of the movie…..Mr. Tyler Hynes!!!! Oh my! I was flipping out when I saw it….I rewound and took a video on my phone! Pretty sly though……many people I talked to didn’t notice it
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?!?!
- This Family was all about going BIG! BIG Santa! Big Candy Canes! BIG BOWS EVERYWHERE! I might do those bows! on the front of the doors on the back of the doors….randomly on a wall….. Loved it!
- Norwegian traditions and food! One of my aunts makes lefse (yummy) Good Yule!