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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,

How Many Of These Trivia Questions From Hallmark's "Holly & Ivy" Can You Answer Correctly?

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Starring:  Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan, and Marisol Nichols Released:  2020 Summary:  When Nina's illness returns, her neighbor promises to keep her kids, Holly and Ivy, together and must renovate her new fixer-upper with the help of a contractor. Janel Parrish and Jeremy Jordan make a cute couple in Hallmark's Holly & Ivy Image: Crown Media The House In "Holly & Ivy" Recently Sold! Some people buy fixer-uppers because they don't have enough money to buy something newer, but others buy them because they love making an old house look new again.   If you have the money, resources, and know-how, there's something very satisfying about restoring an old home to its former glory. Melody Knapp (Janel Parrish) buys a house she can afford.  She's unemployed, but she has a library science degree and hopes to land her dream job soon.  In the meantime, she tackles all the home improvements she can within her limited budget. Lucky for Melody, she starts dat

Hallmark's "Christmas in Vienna" QUIZ & More!

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Starring:  Sarah Drew and Brennan Elliott Released:  2020 Summary:  A concert violinist decides to travel to Vienna for a performance, and she finds the inspiration she felt she had been missing while also coming across a new love. Christmas in Vienna stars Sarah Drew & Brennan Elliott.  Image:  Crown Media Viewers Take A Virtual Trip To Vienna    Christmas in Vienna allowed viewers who were stuck at home and hesitant to travel during the middle of a pandemic to go to someplace extra special for the holidays. If you were impressed by Vienna's outdoor Christmas markets and festive lights and decorations, you might find it interesting that Hallmark had nothing to do with it!  The movie was filmed leading up to Christmas, so Vienna was already decked out, and it even snowed while they filmed the Ferris wheel scene.  The authenticity adds a greater depth to the movie. The architectural wonders of Vienna were stunning, including St. Stephen's Cathedral.  We received a mini hi

Take This QUIZ On Hallmark's "Five Star Christmas!"

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Starring:  Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster Released:  2020 Summary:  A travel writer arrives at a family's bed and breakfast unexpectedly, so they all try and pretend to be guests to try and get a good review. Image:  Crown Media How Many Stars Would You Give This Movie? The premise of this movie is fun.  When patriarch, Ted Ralston, gets lonely, he decides to convert his sprawling family home into a bed-and-breakfast.  He waits until Christmas to spring this shocking change onto his family, who have all come home to celebrate.  If business doesn't take off, Ted will be in big financial trouble, so when the family realizes a bed-and-breakfast critic is their new guest, all but Lucy (Bethany Joy Lenz) pretend to be either guests or staff.  Their goal is to earn a five-star review to boost business. The family is convinced Beth Thompson is the travel writer, but it ends up being the handsome Jake Finley (Victor Webster).  Since Lucy has already revealed the big secret to Jak

What Did You Think of Lucia Micarelli in Hallmark's "The Christmas Bow?"

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Starring:  Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady Released:  2020 Summary: A promising musician's dream is put on hold by an accident, but she reconnects with an old family friend while recovering at home during the Christmas holiday. Image:  Crown Media Lucia Micarelli Is An Actual Violinist Before Jerry Seinfeld moved from stand-up comedy to the iconic sitcom, there were doubts whether a comedian could act.  Critics expected the show to flop.  Instead, it ran for nine seasons. Similarly, you may have been skeptical that a violinist with little acting experience could do justice to a Hallmark movie, but Lucia Micarelli pulled it off and held her own.   From the age of three, Micarelli was practicing dance, piano, and violin.  At age eleven, she was accepted into the prestigious pre-college division of Juilliard before switching to the Manhattan School of Music at age seventeen. Her musical talents brought great opportunities: She once toured with the Trans-Siberian orchestra as a featu

Take This QUIZ On Hallmark's "A New Year's Resolution"

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Starring:  Michael Rady and Aimee Teagarden Released:  2021 Summary:  Kelly Leone is a Milwaukee producer who makes a New Year's resolution of saying "yes" to every social invitation for a full month.  The "challenge" is all part of her morning show's month-long, on-air experiment about New Year's resolutions. I would say "yes" to Michael Rady any day!  How about you?  Image:  Crown Media Michael Rady Is Definitely A Hallmark A-Lister Whether Michael Rady is paired with a good actress in a Hallmark movie or not, fans can count on him to deliver a top-notch performance no matter what the overall movie quality. For example, Rady meets his match with Jessica Lowndes in Christmas in Pemberley Manor and Nikki DeLoach in Two Turtle Doves --two actresses who are able to create believable chemistry with Rady while delivering their own stellar performances within the framework of two great stories.  Michael Rady is compelling as an aloof and debonair

Not Much Mystery in Hallmark's "Unlocking Christmas"

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Starring:  Taylor Cole and Steve Lund Released:   2020 Summary:  When a mysterious key and holiday riddle land on their doorsteps, a couple embark on a Christmas adventure they'll never forget. Let's hope this movie will "unlock" more Hallmark leading roles for Steve Lund! Image:  Crown Media Gee, Who Could Be Leaving the Riddles? If a key and a riddle appeared on my doorstep, my first inclination would be to call the police. Stranger danger alarm bells would sound in my head, alerting me that some unsavory person with dangerous motives was trying to lure me into a trap.   Kate Stafford is a doctor, which means she possesses a superior intellect.  The moment she learns Kevin Matthews, the handsome vet who has just returned home, received the same key and riddle, she would immediately deduce they only share one common connection--Kevin's mom, Maggie. Somehow, both Kate and Kevin can't see this.   When Kevin's dad ultimately lets the cat out of the bag, Kev

Take This QUIZ On Hallmark's "A Little Christmas Charm!"

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Starring:  Ashley Greene Khoury and Brendan Penny Released:  2020 Summary:  A jewelry designer finds a lost charm bracelet and teams up with an investigative reporter in the hopes of finding the owner and returning it by Christmas Eve. Ashley Greene Khoury and Brendan Penny star in this 2020 Hallmark release, A Little Christmas Charm .  Image:  Crown Media Has This Ever Happened To You? We've all lost something at one time or another.  If we're lucky, it's been something inconsequential and replaceable, like a mitten or a cheap earring. Maybe you've even purchased something at the self-check and forgotten to grab all your bags.  It's such a relief when you call the store to find it's at the front desk and not swiped by some dishonest customer who followed behind you. Have you ever lost something valuable?  If so, be sure to share your experience in the comment section ! Some people have had diamonds drop out of their wedding ring setting in public pools, while

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