Homegrown Christmas

Lori Loughlin has done it again! OK, but seriously, isn’t she the best? She is good in everything that she does. Victor Webster (Carter) also did a fantastic job as well. The storyline was similar to others where two high school sweethearts reconnect later in life. But this one was a little different because the couple was even older, which I think makes taking risks and changing even harder.

For example, as a successful CEO, Maddie (Lori Loughlin) did a bold thing. She dared to explore what her life would be like without running a successful company that she build from the ground up, and became very lucrative and rewarding. That would be a difficult thing to do, but she ended up coming back to her hometown and helping her Mom and sister. And of course, she allowed herself to fall in love again, even though she had been hurt before.

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Way to go, Lori Loughlin, showing people how to take risks and follow your heart. I’m giving this a 9 out of 10. 

Christmas Wonderland

This one is definitely worth the watch! Emily Osment (Heidi) and Ryan Rottman (Chris) had great chemistry. I loved their relationship, and it was fun to see them pick up where they left off in high school. It was also fun to see the relationship that Heidi has with her niece and nephew. For what it’s worth, I also thought that Chris was a fantastic teacher.

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I liked how they wrote into the story the ambitions that each of the characters had for their lives. You could see that neither one of their plans had worked exactly as they had planned, but in the end, they ended up doing what made them the most happy.

The only thing that didn’t seem as realistic was the situation with Heidi and her work. But I am glad she remembered how much she liked painting and was able to get back into that. Overall, I’m giving this one a 8.8 out of 10. 


Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

I am a big fan of Colin Ferguson, so I was really excited for this one. And I liked the mystery in the movie. When Emma (Alicia Witt) found out that her mom had been engaged to someone else, she was taken aback. It was fun to follow the story of what happened, and I really liked that Morgan (Colin Ferguson) was interested enough to help her.

I thought that Emma’s brother was a little annoying. The actor himself did fine, but the character was a little over the top for me. I did like how the siblings came together, and were there for each other when they really needed it. It wasn’t my favorite movie of the year, but it was still enjoyable. I’m giving it a 7.5 out of 10. 

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A Majestic Christmas

Jerrika Hinton and Christian Vincent were fantastic! I really hope we see more of them in Hallmarks in the future. I also loved the story, I thought it was very well done. Definitely one of the better ones of the season. I thought the miscommunication part of the movie was a little bit dramatic, but other then that, I really enjoyed it.

I was glad that Nell was able to find the courage to really do what she loves (restoring antiques) and was determined to finish the job that she started. And of course, in turn, Conner was able to find the home that he was longing for. Really well done! Giving it a 8.9 out of 10.

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Mingle All The Way

Way cute movie! This isn’t the first time I have seen a Hallmark movie with the pretend boyfriend storyline. And I LOVE that storyline! It never gets old. I especially liked this one though. I thought that Jen Lilley (Molly) and Brant Daugherty (Jeff) had great chemistry, and I love that they spent a lot of time getting to know each other.

They were perfect in helping each other fulfill each others goals, and I loved how Jeff helped Molly have confidence in herself. I think that is a great quality in people. With that, I am ready to give this movie a solid score, 9 out of 10. 

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A Shoe Addict’s Christmas

Candace Cameron… Everyone’s favorite DJ! But seriously, let’s just talk about her for a moment. I would like to give her the nickname, the Christmas Hallmark Queen. She thoroughly loves Christmas, she loves the Hallmark Channel, and so these movies are a natural for her. I love her passion for it, and I always look forward to seeing her movies every year. I really liked this one, in fact it might be one of my favorite of hers.

It was a good tie into the Christmas Classic, A Christmas Carol, seeing what your life would be like if you had made different decisions. That is something that I think most people think about often. It was neat to see her realize that, and make changes that will in turn make her happier in the end. I also liked the connection it had to God and the impact faith and belief has on peoples lives.

I’m going to give this one a 8.5 out of 10, but if I was rating on how much I love Candace Cameron, I’d give her a 10 out of 10. 

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Christmas Everlasting

Well done, Hallmark Movie Hall of Fame, you killed it again. This movie was really good, it pulled on the heart strings and it was different from most Hallmark movies. I was very curious most of the time, trying to put all of the pieces together. I felt terrible that Lucy (Tatyana Ali) carried all of that guilt with her about her sisters accident. Also, I felt like the town was especially critical of her when she came back to visit.

The ending came together really well and I was glad that she was able to  have some closure, and end up with Peter (Dondre Whitfield).  Now I never suspected that Meave was going to be Alice’s daughter, but my friend that I was watching with did suspect that. All in all, it was a great movie. I had a couple of people tell me even before I watched it, that it was a great movie. And those two people happened to be my parents. #HallmarkMoviesImpactFamilies

Overall, I’m rating this one a 8.8 out of 10. 


Hope at Christmas

I especially enjoyed this movie. I thought it was very well done. Of course, I felt like the romance came together too quickly, and that both of the main characters made big life-changing decisions very quickly, but that is what love will do to you. Sydney (Scottie Thompson) was fantastic and I loved the dynamic with the local school teacher, Mac (Ryan Paevey). I love how they bonded and in the end, Syd ended up buying the towns book store.

This may sound silly, but I really liked the dynamic between Mac and Syd while they were dating and spending time together. I thought it was cute how they were so open about saying they were going on a date, and having meaningful time together, just something I liked. AND… she totally fell in love with the book her wrote, how sweet is that!

Such a sweet relationship with Mac and Syd. I am just so happy that Syd was able to find love again, that was so great. Also, wouldn’t you love to inherit a house like that from your aunt? I loved that home! I highly recommend this movie! Giving it a 8.9 out of 10.

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa

This movie was very cute! One of the better ones of the season, that is for sure. I enjoyed Mark Deklin and Jill Wagner together, I thought they were cute together. I loved that Lisa (Jill Wagner) was able use her skills and experience to help her home town that she loved so much. It was a cute story of how working together can help bring people together and heal old wounds.

Definitely a highlight would be when Kevin and Lisa figure out that they met each other when they were children. It was also sweet that they were able to understand each other better and sacrifice for each other. In the end, we all know what happens… Let’s just say it ends happily. This one is a solid 8.8 out of 10.

Christmas at the Palace

It seems like every year they add in a movie about a prince or princess. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for a wonderful royal romance. I usually feel like these movies are especially unrealistic, and this one proved to be right. I thought that both of the main characters were good, and I liked both of them, but had a hard time getting into the story. I thought King Alexander looked especially young. I’m glad that they ended up together in the end, and I’m glad the King started spending more time with his daughter as well. Even though most of it was unrealistic, I’m glad we got our royal Christmas movie in for the season. I’ll give this one 6.5 out of 10.