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Hallmark's "A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado"--Cute Movie, Dumb Premise

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Starring:  Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor Released: 2020 Summary:  A woman is forced to convince a firefighter to give her the spruce tree from his property so she can use it in her town's upcoming Christmas celebration. Grace Sunar plays Claire in A Christmas Tree Grows In Colorado.  Image:  Crown Media A Sweet Story About Adoption Much like Christmas Town , this movie is about the profound impact adoption has on children stuck in "the system," wondering if anyone will ever take them home and love them like a real family. Kevin Snyder (Mark Taylor) is a firefighter living in Brooklyn, Colorado.  An orphan once himself before being adopted, Kevin gives back by adopting his own daughter, Claire.  Despite being a single dad with not much room for anything else in his life besides work and Claire, the two make a happy, little family. Typical Politicians Industry needs a boost in Brooklyn, Colorado, and Erin Chambers (Rochelle Aytes), the director of community development,

A Merry Christmas Match 8-Question Quiz!

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Starring:  Ashley Newbrough and Kyle Dean Massey                                                                  Released:  2019 Summary:  When a young man who was recently named as a "Christmas Catch" comes into a woman's local antique shop, sparks fly, and she starts to wonder what could be. Hallmark Christmas movies aren't just cheesy and predictable romances.  They are a treasure chest brimming with relatable take-aways the viewer can apply to their own lives. A Merry Christmas Match is no exception. Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Are You Seeking a Sign? While admiring the night sky, Corey points out "her" star just as Ryder's shooting star crosses hers.   When Ryder declines a getaway with Victoria, not knowing Corey would unexpectedly show up in L.A. for his parents' soiree, he explains, "Something told me I should stay."   Ryder's mom offers to help Corey snag a job in an L.A. theatre.  Corey shares th

What New Hallmark Christmas Movies Can’t You Wait to See?

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Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Candance Cameron Bure just whet our appetite with a sneak peek of all 24 new Christmas movie premieres that will be kicking off October 26 on the Hallmark Channel.   The 16 movies airing on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries were not included. Did you watch the Countdown to Christmas 10 th Anniversary Preview Special ? My Top Five Hallmark Christmas Movie Picks I’m sure we’ll be enthralled with all the new debuts, but I was looking for themes and story lines we haven’t already seen scores of times.   1.       Christmas in Rome Lacey Chabert, one of Hallmark’s top darlings, is an American tour guide in Rome who is fired right before Christmas.   She is hired by an American businessman to be his personal guide in the city.   Sam Page plays an executive trying to buy an Italian ceramics company, but the owner won’t sell until Sam grasps the heart and soul of Rome. This movie was filmed on location in Rome, so the backdrop and

The Christmas Cure

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Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Released:  2017 Starring:  Brooke Nevin and Steve Byers Summary:  After a doctor returns home for Christmas, a reunion with a high school sweetheart and holiday emotions cause her to contemplate taking over her dad's practice. Are You In A Family Business? Even though Dr. Vanessa Turner looks like she's in her 20's (she was in her early 30's when the movie was filmed), we aren't to question that she made it through college and medical school, completed her residencies, and then worked hard enough and long enough in her career to open her up for a big promotion. That aside, Vanessa is following in her father's footsteps.  She hasn't become a doctor because it's expected of her.  She is passionate about her profession. Vanessa and her father, Dr. Bruce Turner, love their patients and focus on treating the person, not just the illness. Have you ever felt pressured to pursue an occupation because it&

Christmas Cookies

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Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Release Date:  2016 Starring:  Jill Wagner and Wes Brown Summary:  A large corporation buys a small town cookie firm with the intent of moving the production center, but the executive they send must deal with the factory owner who fights for his employees. Losing Your Job Have you ever lost your job because the company closed down or relocated?  Not only do company closures traumatize working families, but they also cripple small-town economies.   When National Foods swoops in to salvage Aunt Sally's Cookie Company in small-town Cookie Jar, the livelihood of many locals is threatened.  National Foods plans to market the cookies year-round across the nation, but they insist on moving the production site to the big city.   Jake Carter can't let that happen.  He inherited Aunt Sally's Cookie Company when she passed away, and he is determined to keep his workers employed.   Hannah Harper, the executive from National

Christmas at Pemberley Manor

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Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Released :  2018 Starring :  Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady Summary :  When an event planner is sent to organize a small town's holiday festival, she meets an aloof billionaire with the perfect estate to host her event. Have You Had an Awful Boss? Elizabeth Bennett is a behind-the-scenes event planner who gets a chance to let her talents shine as she plans Lamden's annual Christmas Festival.  Her boss, Caroline, makes it abundantly clear her job depends on the event's success. Have you ever had a boss like Caroline who made you walk on egg shells?  Fear is a motivator, but not a positive one.  Maybe you've had a boss who took credit for all your hard work. Women bosses are the worst kind.  Once in a while, you find an amazing one, but in general, women execs are far more back-stabbing, insecure, and emotional in how they manage, unlike men who tend to be more logical and stick to the bottom line without the added d

Romance at Reindeer Lodge

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Image:  Crown Media, LLC Released:  2017 Starring:  Nicky Whelan, Josh Kelly  Twist of Fate What are the odds that two people would meet at the airport, head to the same destination, and fall in love in just a few short days?   Hallmark wraps chance and lasting encounters up with big, red bows to hand to viewers, and we act surprised and delighted every time.   Missed Vacation Destination Molly Clark wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica, so she packs for tropical weather.  The twist--she lands in Jamaica, Vermont because she didn't read the fine print. Has that ever happened to you?  Of course it hasn't!  You don't plan a historical trip to Berlin, Germany and wind up in Ohio's Amish country, nor do you map out a tour of Athens, Greece and find yourself plunked in Athens, Georgia. You might miss an exit or take the wrong road, and even with increased airport security, you might still board the wrong plane.  One thing is certain, you know exa

Reunited at Christmas Recap & QUIZ!

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Released:  2018 Starring:  Nikki Deloach and Mike Faiola Summary:  When a woman accepts her boyfriend's proposal, a revelation leads to her new fiance being forced to play out a charade during the holiday. Image:  Crown Media Unusual Plot Twist We all know Hallmark Christmas movies follow a specific formula, but this movie shakes things up a bit.  Instead of bumping into a stranger and falling in love, this couple is already together from the beginning. The fear of getting hurt prevents Samantha Murphy from fully committing to the relationship until she almost loses the love of her life--Simon Baker. A Sweet Story Centered on Nana Grandma "Nana" Murphy has died, and the family honors her by coming together in her home to celebrate Christmas like they always have in the past.   At her pre-arranged request, Nana's attorney mails invitations to the family summoning them to her home in Cedar Ridge one last time.   Everyone agrees to come

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa

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Released : 2018  Image:  Crown Media, United States LLC Starring : Jill Wagner and Mark Deklin  Summary : When a woman makes a holiday trip to her hometown, she finds the historic general store has closed, so she uses her experience to attempt to restore it. Lisa Palmer is a budding retail designer who visits Evergreen, Vermont over Christmas--the town she lived in as a young girl. She is disappointed to find Daisy's Country Store has closed but rallies many of the business owners from the town to help her restore it, particularly Kevin Miller, a contractor from Evergreen who is visiting his father for the holidays. The towns people are worried if they don't find the right buyer soon, someone may snap up Daisy's store and turn it into a parking lot, fast-food chain, or other establishment that doesn't fit with the charming town's atmosphere. Santa's Mailbox When the Letters to Santa mailbox is moved from the country store during the restorati

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