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‘Tis the season for Christmas movies and all the feel-good moments that come with them! Check out this list of Twelve of My Favorite Hallmark Holiday Movies.
I am a total Hallmark movie fan. I can never get enough of them. I know that they can be kind of cheesy and the storylines can be predictable at times but it never stops them from making me feel good. It’s always nice to turn on the television and watch something positive and uplifting.
It’s not quite the holiday season without Hallmark’s wonderful movies. I have them running quite a bit this time of year. I could be cooking in the kitchen or editing photos and they just keep the Christmas cheer going. Over the years, certain Hallmark movies have stood out and become favorites of mine. I could watch them over and over again and never get tired.
Some bring joy and laughter while others can touch my heart and even get me misty-eyed. Today I thought I would share with you Twelve of My Favorite Hallmark Holiday Movies to add to your Christmas viewing list.
Christmas with Holly
This is my favorite of all favorite Hallmark Holiday movies. I love the on-screen chemistry between Eloise Mumford and Sean Faris but the sweet story of an uncle trying to help his niece transition after losing her mom is what really captured my heart. I also love the Bassett Hound, too! Whoever wrote the screenplay knows Bassett Hounds and if you’ve ever had one in your life then you will know what I’m talking about!
I loved the movie so much that I read the book it was based on, now usually I’m pretty critical when a movie is different from a book. However, not that I didn’t like the book, I think the movie is much better!
A Veteran’s Christmas
Apparently I wasn’t the only one to love the onscreen pairing of Eloise Mumford and Sean Faris because Hallmark reunited them in this movie last year. Eloise plays the role of Grace, a marine just returned from Afghanistan that crashes her car on her way home to Cincinnati. She receives help from Joe, the local judge who helps her restore her Christmas spirit and much more. This is another one with some super cute doggies!
The Godwink Christmas Movies
Last year I fell in love with A Godwink Christmas and then this year’s A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love had me reaching for the tissues! I think it’s because both of these heart-warming movies are based on real-life stories. They remind me of the importance of keeping a lookout for those moments when God is “winking” at us. Things that happen that are more than just coincidence but God’s way of saying they are meant to be and part of his plan! Plus Kathy Lee Gifford is wonderful in both of these movies!
The Christmas Train
I loved this adaptation of the David Baldacci book. Although the book is definitely much better and I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t yet, this definitely kept with the spirit of the book. Because of a little situation with the TSA, journalist Tom Langdon finds himself forced to take the train from Washington DC all the way to Los Angeles. He decides that it would make for an incredible story. It’s something his father always wanted him to do and this was a great opportunity. He never thought that the moment he boarded that train he would find himself face to face with the one woman that got away, Eleanor Carter.
During his journey, he meets many people with unique characteristics like a big-time Hollywood producer, a young eloping couple, and a retired train engineer. There’s even a mystery thief onboard which is a nice little side story to the main storyline. Along the way, Tom and Eleanor learn more about each other and their true feelings through this adventure of a lifetime.
The Christmas Note
You’ll definitely be reaching for the tissues before the end of this Christmas movie inspired by Donna VanLiere’s book of the same name. Gretchen finds herself moving back home with her son in tow at the beginning of the holiday season to be near her mother at a difficult time.
She meets her not-so-friendly neighbor, Melissa, soon after their arrival. A couple of days later a man comes to Gretchen’s door looking for Melissa. He told Gretchen that he was Melissa’s mother, Ramona’s landlord. He needed Melissa to know that her mother had died and needed to clear out Ramona’s things before he did.
There is no love lost between Melissa and her mother but with Gretchen’s help, she decides to go and clean out her mother’s apartment. While they’re going through the apartment they discover a note from Ramona to Melissa telling her that she has another child she gave up for adoption before Melissa was born. With Gretchen’s encouragement and help Melissa soon begins a search to find her long lost sibling.
Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
Another tear-jerker that was based on true events, Heather Krueger is a nursing student in need of a new liver. A stranger, Chris Dempsey, gets tested when he hears of Heather’s story and difficulty in finding a match. As it turns out, Chris is her match in more ways than one.
The Evergreen Christmas Movies
This trio of movies is so wonderful! The first installment, Christmas in Evergreen, came out two years ago. Last year it was followed by Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa and this past weekend they aired Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy. These are definitely the heart-warming type of films that you want to watch when you’re baking Christmas cookies or wrapping presents.
I love that many of the cast members like Ashley Williams, Holly Robinson-Peete, and Barbara Nevins made continuous appearances throughout the series. By the end of these movies, you’ll be looking for a snow globe to wish upon, a classic red truck carrying Christmas trees, and a train to transport you to Evergreen.
This movie really puts into perspective what military families have to deal with during the holiday season and how hard that can be. Single mother Olivia and her children meet Scott, an army ranger, and his daughter during a holiday vacation in Whistler. Eleven months later their paths cross again when Olivia gets a new job near Scott’s base and they are paired together to run the base’s toy drive.
Olivia is inspired to not only improve the toy drive but help military families in need and re-open the Family Deployment Center with Scott by her side. As they work together the feelings that they started to feel for each other the year before start to rekindle. However, Olivia is struggling with the idea of being in love and sharing a life with a military man.
A Bramble House Christmas
This story of a nurse and her son getting a new start on life and the gift of a Christmas holiday is sweet and endearing. Willa is blessed with a large sum of money and a free vacation at Bramble House by a patient who had recently passed. The patient’s estranged son and daughter are concerned about why their father would do that.
The patient’s son, Finn, heads to Bramble House to confront Willa. However, once he gets to know Willa and her son, Scout, he quickly learns for himself why his father would bestow such an incredible gift to this single mom and her young son.
Hearts of Christmas
Jenny is a neonatal nurse in the intensive care unit planning the annual Christmas party. Once she learns of her supervisor and mentor being forced into early retirement because of budget cuts, she decides to turn the Christmas party into a retirement party. I was surprised by this movie’s emotional ending that had me reaching for the tissues.
A Heavenly Christmas
Kristin Davis plays a workaholic turned Christmas angel after her untimely death. With help from Pearl, another angel played by Shirley MacLaine, she has to help a struggling singer (Eric McCormack) trying to raise his niece and dealing with the difficult decision of transferring guardianship to her grandparents in Florida.
This is a great Christmas movie about finding the spirit of Christmas. The cast is really what makes this movie for me, I love the leads and Shirley MacLaine is always fun to watch.
Switched for Christmas
I’m a big Candace Cameron Bure fan and this is my favorite of her Hallmark Christmas movies. She plays twins that decide to swap lives for the holidays to show the other that their life is not as easy as they think. The swap leads to them growing closer as sisters. There’s even a little holiday romance which can get tricky when you’re pretending to be someone else. It’s nice to see Candace’s daughter, Natasha, play her character Chris’s daughter in this movie plus Happy the Hallmark Dog is in the cast, too!
I hope my list of Twelve of My Favorite Hallmark Holiday Movies will give you some ideas on what Hallmark films to keep your eyes peeled for this holiday season! So now that I’ve shared with you my favorite Hallmark movies, what are some of yours? Are some of them on this list? If not, let me know in the comments!
This past weekend I caught a couple of new movies worth mentioning, Christmas in Rome and Christmas Town. You should definitely add them to your DVR this season. There are even more coming out this month that I’m looking forward to checking out like Christmas at Dollywood and A Christmas Love Story both premiering this weekend!
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