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REVIEW: The Hallmark Sequel "Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up" Is as Silly as the First One

Emily and Jared are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together as a couple, and they prepare to work with their neighbors on Evergreen Lane to make this year's Christmas celebrations the best yet.  When a house on the block goes up for sale, the soon-to-be-neighbors are holiday royalty, but they are so competitive that they nearly ruin Christmas for everyone. Starring:   Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ellen Travolta, Melissa Peterman, Seth Morris, and Jennifer Aspen Image:  Hallmark Media Haul Out the Holly:  Lit Up Has a Moral When the residents of Evergreen Lane learn that their new neighbors are the Jolly Johnsons--famous holiday reality stars--they are thrilled to welcome them to the block.  Everyone assumes the Johnsons will fit right in since they share their same affinity for elf culture. Emily, Jared, and the rest of the holiday crew quickly realize that the Johnsons aren't interested in joining in on the fun--they plan to take over. Image:  Tw

Which Hallmark "Godwink" Movie Is Your Favorite? Vote!

What Are Godwinks? Hallmark fans love movies that are inspired by real-life stories, and Hallmark has delivered four Godwink movies based upon the true tales penned in books by SQuire Rushnell and Louse DuArt. What are Godwinks? Godwinks are defined as a coincidence that isn't a coincidence, but is thought to be of divine origin.  The term was first coined by Rushnell when writing his first book, When God Winks .   He substituted the word "Godwink" for "coincidence" throughout his manuscript, and it fit.  Today, it is used as a synonym for " answered prayer ."   If you've ever thought to yourself, "What are the odds of THAT happening?" then you've undoubtedly experienced a Godwink! Why does Rushnell write about Godwinks?  He shares his mission:  "To lift the spirits of our readers and viewers with powerful and true-life Godwink stories, providing hope and encouragement." A Godwink Christmas  The first Hallmark Godwink mov

Did You Figure Out Who "Angel" Was in Hallmark's "The Angel Tree" Before It Was Revealed?

Starring:  Jill Wagner and Lucas Bryant Released:  2020 Summary:  A writer seeks the identity of the person who helps grant wishes that are placed upon the angel tree, and in the process, reconnects with her childhood friend. Jill Wagner and Lucas Bryant play the perfect couple in Hallmark's The Angel Tree .   Image:  Crown Media A Little Christmas Mystery At Christmastime, some kids make a wish on Santa's lap while others write him a letter or leave him a wish list--picture Sally from A Charlie Brown Christmas dictating her list.  She says, "Please note the size and color of each item and send as many as possible.  If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself:  just send money.  How about tens and twenties?"   Santa always seems to know what a kid really wants, no matter how long the list, and he's been delighting kids on Christmas morning for eons.   Pine River is where Rebecca McBride grew up, and it's a place where granting wishes at Christmas d

It's No Wonder Hallmark's "Christmas Waltz" Was the #1 Most Watched Original Movie Premiere for 2020!

Starring:  Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp Released:   2020 Summary:  After a woman's storybook Christmas wedding gets cancelled, a dance instructor helps her face her fear in life by fulfilling her dream of learning how to dance.   Lacey Chabert & Will Kemp wow fans with their beautiful dance performance in Christmas Waltz  Image:  Crown Media Jilted at Christmas Getting dropped like a dense fruitcake during the most wonderful time of the year would ruin Christmas for most of us.  Each subsequent, annual celebration would be marred by the memory of heartbreak.   Right after Avery (Lacey Chabert) decides on a Nutcracker-themed wedding cake and pays for 10 ballroom dancing lessons, she learns her fiance, David (Jeremy Guilbaut) has accepted a job in Boston and will be leaving New York.  Despite David's feeble attempts to keep their relationship alive after the devastating blow, Avery calls off the wedding and ends things with him for good. You must admire Avery's spunk.  To

Would Charles Dickens Have Approved "A Nashville Christmas Carol?"

Starring:  Jessy Schram and Wes Brown Released:  2020 Summary:  A TV producer becomes forced to work with the man who broke her heart on a country music Christmas special, but she gets interrupted by Christmas spirits. Jessy Schram and Wes Brown star in this spin on the Dickens' classic.  Image:  Crown Media Imitation Is the Highest Form of Flattery Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol to address social issues of his day.  After reading a government report on child labor in the United Kingdom, he was stricken by how people, particularly kids, were treated less like humans and more like commodities.  Their value was determined by how much work they could accomplish in a day.  To put it in modern terms, each person was only a number. Dickens battled against the popular notion that the solution to dealing with the poor was to allow them to starve and thus decrease the population.  His argument in the novel places the responsibility on employers to tend to the well-being of their e

The Seven Types of Cozy Christmas Romances

We know you love those cozy, slightly cheesy, made-for-TV Christmas movies and so do we! They might seem like they’re all the same - but we’ve identified the seven main subgenres, that is, the different kinds of Christmas movies that play on Hallmark, Lifetime, UPtv and other networks. Let’s take a look!     Find out at the end of the post how you can order this book! 1. HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS This is the most consistent subgenre in the Christmas Movie world. A successful city girl must go to, or return to, a small town to accomplish some Christmas-related task. In the small town, she meets the Guy who will show her what life is all about. The obstacle, or thing that’s keeping them apart, is usually that they live in different towns and have different priorities. Eventually, though, she will realize that she has been missing something, that he is her other half, and that they are better together than apart. Example movies:  Jingle Bell Bride,   Christmas She Wrote,   Heart of the Holidays

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