Anyone that’s been following my blog lately knows I had a codename for ROCKING CHRISTMAS WISHES while it was in progress. (The codename thing standard practice for me, for various reasons.) In this case, the codename was HALLMARK. What did that mean? Well it referenced not only my addiction, but also my inspiration while writing. That would be those holiday movies Hallmark Channel airs (on both channels… or is it three now? I don’t get Hallmark Drama, sadly so I don’t know).
#1- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Can I start by admitting I love Henry Winkler? That right there made this movie a must watch for me when I first ran across it. But as I watched the story unfold, it was just so fun. One problem after another presents itself. And yes, they fall in love too fast. Yes, they solve everything nicely, quickly, and neatly. But, there’s no unnecessary drama and no characters that are the ones making themselves miserable. There are so many warm fuzzies and funny moments. It has so many plot elements we see in the holiday movies all rolled up into one, in a super enjoyable package. This one is on my DVR for repeated viewing.
So what’s this one about? A single mom is stressed out and wants Christmas over. On the bright side, her favorite uncle is coming to spend it with her, her adorable son, and her super stuffy boyfriend. On his way to her, the uncle meets a world traveler that ends up stranded as snow cancels his connecting flight.
#2- Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle
I love my holiday magic and stranger in town changes everything stories. And I know people say that sequels are never as good as originals, but this one (and the second in the Brendan Fraser THE MUMMY series) beats the original! How many are in this series? Depends. This is the second one with Doris Roberts as the star. But there is a third movie with Robert Morrow, where he’s “Mr. Miracle.”
The low down on this movie is simple. He’s trying to have a real Christmas while his father/boss/owner of the department store is trying to avoid it at all costs. She’s looking after her enlisted brother’s son (because he’s off fighting in the war) and trying to have a career. Mrs. Miracle shows up and mixes them all together for a happy ending, eventually.
#3- A Princess for Christmas
I wanted to put Christmas in Connecticut on the list here, but it seems Hallmark has stopped showing the Barbara Stanwick classic. So I picked the movie that is terrible (scripting is stilted and sudden jumps in character development), but somehow it worms its sappy, sweet way into your heart. Unless I watch this, it isn’t Hallmark Christmas movie season. Plus, the actress of Lena Luthor of Supergirl is the main character!
The plot is simple. The Jules takes her niece and nephew, who are under her care because her sister and brother-in-law died, to her brother-in-law’s family’s castle. Her brother-in-law had been cut off for marrying a commoner and, now that he and his wife are dead, his father wants to connect with the grandkids. Dreary castle gets new life and holiday spirit from the Americans!
Honorable Mention: Help for the Holidays
To be honest, this isn’t one of my favorites. But I felt it bared mentioning because the plot is definitely the closest to my story ROCKING CHRISTMAS WISHES. This movie stars Summer Glau (I know her from being in that too-soon-canceled, awesome sci-fi show FIREFLY). She’s an elf sent to help a family find their Christmas spirit once more.
I do have other favorites from other channels and there are also my DVD standbys too. However, if I started listing those, we’d be here all day!
So, please tell me. What’s your favorite holiday movie?
What’s your favorite Hallmark holiday movie?
What’s your favorite holiday story?
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