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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

Hallmark's "A Christmas Together With You" QUIZ!

A  Christmas Together With You Plot Summary During the Christmas season, Megan and her father-figure, Frank, head out on a road trip to find his long-lost love.  Along the way, Megan finds the love of her own life. Starring :  Harry Lennix, Laura Vandervoort, and Niall Matter Image:  Crown Media Hallmark Including More Romances Between Older People Falling in love isn't reserved for only the young, and Hallmark knows it.  During the 2021 Christmas season, we've watched romance blossom for more "mature" couples than in past years.   Stuart Townsend wins Lacey Chabert's heart in Christmas at Castle Hart at the age of 49.  In Next Stop, Christmas , Lea Thompson, age 60, and her on-screen husband rediscover each other, even though their love story is secondary to their daughter's.  Olivia Washington's divorced parents in A Holiday in Harlem  fall in love with each other again.  James Denton and Teri Hatcher are the romantic focus of A Kiss Before Christmas ,

Match the 2021 Hallmark Christmas Movie Poster To Its Title!

That's A Wrap! We came, we saw, we laughed, we cried, and now the Hallmark 2021 premiere event of 41 new holiday movies is behind us. Hopefully, your emotional tank is filled with enough Christmas cheer to last you until at least Christmas in July, if not beyond into the 2022 holiday movie season. Some of you have said you are sufficiently sick of Christmas movies from a possible overdose, while many of you are sad to see our favorite time of the year already drawing to a close.  It went by quickly!   The good news is Hallmark airs one Christmas movie per week throughout the year on both the Hallmark Channel and Movies & Mysteries, and for some, this is an I.V. drip of happiness that keeps the heart at its merriest all year long. Plus, if you haven't already joined our Hallmark Movies-Christmas Magic Facebook group, then we would love to welcome you into our cozy community where we keep the yule log burning 365 days a year.  Join us!   🎄  Join Hallmark Movies-Christmas

Take This Trivia QUIZ On Hallmark's "Nantucket Noel!"

Nantucket Noel Plot Summary   During the Seaside Noel celebrations, Christina learns of a developer who is planning to tear down the wharf that is home to her toy store.  Tensions rise as she falls for the developer's son, Andy. Starring :  Sarah Power and Trevor Donovan Image:  Crown Media Nantucket Noel Is Based On This Book Hallmark takes a sweeping creative license to cannibalize the novel upon which Nantucket Noel is based, but it works! Nancy Thayer's book, Let It Snow , is a story about Christina Antonioni's landlord, Oscar Bittlesman, raising her rent to make continuing her business on the wharf nearly impossible.  Wink, Bittlesman's granddaughter, is a frequent visitor in her toy store, and Andy just happens to be Wink's handsome and eligible uncle (not father). The book and the movie are significantly different, so if you enjoyed watching the 2021 premiere, snag yourself a copy of the novel.  You can find it here: A More Realistic Ending The endin

Denzel Washington's Daughter Flops in Hallmark's "A Holiday in Harlem"

A Holiday in Harlem Plot Summary After her grandmother, Mama Belle, turns away her usual gift delivery, expecting “presence over presents,” successful executive Jazmin heads uptown to Harlem for a quick visit. However, when Mama Belle is injured, Jazmin agrees to stay in the neighborhood and take over co-chairing their block’s annual Christmas Jamboree with her old best friend Caleb. A successful corporate fixer, Jazmin expects the job to be easy but quickly finds that she has a lot to learn about the community and her heart. Starring:   Olivia Washington, Will Adams, and Tina Lifford Image:  Crown Media Olivia Washington Is Not Leading Lady Material Denzel Washington is show biz royalty!  He's handsome, uber talented, successful, respected, and not one of those stars who has allowed stardom to go to his head.  He's sensible and down-to-earth. As an aspiring actress, Denzel's daughter Olivia must feel the pressure of her dad's shadow.  It's not fair to expect her t

Hallmark's "One December Night" Movie QUIZ!

One December Night Plot Summary   Two music managers must put their history aside to oversee the televised reunion performance of their rock star fathers with a fractured past. Starring :  Peter Gallagher, Bruce Campbell, Eloise Mumford, and Brett Dalton Image:  Crown Media A Movie About Alzheimer's & Resolving Petty Differences In Hallmark land, tough issues are often avoided to keep movies light-hearted, unoffensive, and stress-free.  If a Hallmark movie is going to tug on your heart strings or require a Kleenex box to view, it will typically appear on Movies & Mysteries, which is where One December Night premiered.  Steve Bedford and Mike Sullivan comprise the iconic musical duo Bedford & Sullivan .  The two disbanded years ago due to Mike's constant drunkenness.  After a decade, Bedford and Sullivan decide to team up one last time for a televised performance, but they have their own reasons for agreeing to the gig. Mike is in danger of losing his family hom

Hallmark's "Christmas at Castle Hart" Takes Viewers to Ireland

Christmas at Castle Hart Plot Summary Brooke Bennett goes to Ireland for Christmas to search for her Irish roots.  While there, she meets charming Aiden Hart, Earl of Glaslough.  Mistaken for an elite event planner, she's hired to host his castle's epic Christmas party. Starring :  Lacey Chabert and Stuart Townsend Image:  Crown Media Fans Are Saying Ali Hardiman Upstaged Chabert Hallmark fans in social media movie discussion groups are saying the same thing:  Lacey Chabert's co-star, Ali Hardiman, steals the limelight in every scene in Chabert's latest movie, Christmas at Castle Hart.   Do you agree? surveys While it's true that Hardiman, who plays Chabert's sister Margot Bennett, is over-exuberant and comical in many scenes, it's impossible to outshine Chabert--she's a Hallmark Christmas queen! Chabert's character, Brooke Bennett, is the straight-shooting, level-headed, classy, and reserved sister, whereas Margot is spontaneous, out-going, outrage

Hallmark's "My Christmas Family Tree" QUIZ!

  My Christmas Family Tree  Plot Summary   When Vanessa receives the results from her Family Tree DNA test, she discovers a family she didn't know existed and travels to their home for Christmas Starring:   Aimee Teegarden and Andrew Walker Image:  Crown Media Have You Ever Done DNA Testing? I don't know about you, but I think having one's DNA extracted and entered into a data base that can draw information from a world-wide network and pinpoint everything about you sounds like the foundation for a scary movie.  While many companies claim your results will never be sold to a third party, systems are always vulnerable to hackers.  I can just image some "Dr. Evil" character acquiring such data for a nefarious and diabolical purpose. Learning about your ancestral heritage sounds intriguing, but what's the point?  The majority of people are already aware of the locales of their closest family members and at least vaguely familiar with their dominant ethnicity.  It

Hallmark's "Open By Christmas" QUIZ!

Hallmark's Open By Christmas Plot Summary Hallmark describes the plot of Open By Christmas this way:  When Nicky finds an unopened Christmas card from a high school secret admirer, she and her best friend Simone search to find and thank the anonymous author. Starring:  Alison Sweeney, Brennan Elliott, Erica Durance, and Michael Karl Richards Image:  Crown Media High School Can Scar You For Life! Unless you were in the elite class of popular kids who sailed through high school unscathed from emotional trauma, the majority of us had our share of painful moments that stuck with us throughout adult life. Once you graduate and are released into the real world, you realize the microcosm of high school is a very small pond in the big ocean of life.  At the time, however, the whole world seems to exist inside the walls of your high school.  You are judged, branded, and categorized by others who have the power to accept or reject you.  Classmates decide whether you will fit in or not.  Hig

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