Hope you are having an enjoyable Christmas season so far. Have you been able to find the time to catch up on some new and old Christmas movies yet? There are so many new Christmas tv movies each year on so many different channels, it’s hard to watch them all. Nevertheless, the most heartwarming and family-safe Christmas tv movies in my opinion can found on Hallmark’s tv networks. That isn’t to say, I haven’t watched some nice ones on other networks as well. Anyway, hope you enjoy this series, if you do, be sure to let me know, because its alot of work to put together. Happy Holidays and “Countdown to Christmas.”
Just in Time For Christmas (Hallmark Hall of Fame)– Hallmark Channel- Saturday, December 5th, 8/7c
Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge– Hallmark Channel-Sunday, December 6th, 8/7c
Magic Stocking– Hallmark Movies & Mysteries- Sunday, December 6th, 9/8c
Check out this week’s TGI Saturdays to see what other new Christmas movies and specials will be premiering this week.
Premiered- Hallmark Channel, Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Starring: Jessica Lowndess, Christopher Russell
Here’s my 2 cents on this Hallmark Christmas movie. It reminded me of when I watched the first 2015 Christmas movie premiere of the season “Tis’ the Season For Love.” One word- boring! But even more so. I didn’t enjoy this film very much and couldn’t wait until it was over. The storyline fell flat, the very good looking actors who played the romantic leads had what felt like forced romantic chemistry (it didn’t feel authentic). The characters were boring as well. This was just a very uninteresting Hallmark Christmas movie for me. That’s just my opinion, what’s yours?
Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery
Premiered- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
Starring: Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison
This is the second movie in the new Hallmark Movie & Mystery Series “Murder She Baked,” and it goes without saying that this movie was a lot more exciting than a typical Hallmark Christmas movie theme. It has mystery (duh), a love triangle (which I could do without personally), and Cameron Mathison. He looked sexier than usual in this film. He really makes a good love interest. He’s 1/3 of the love triangle I was talking about. He is definitely not a boring actor, nor does he have a boring character in this film. I’m rooting for him. Did you like this murder mystery?
Northpole: Open For Christmas
Premiered- Hallmark Channel, Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Bailee Madison, Dermont Mulroney
Out of all the new 2015 Hallmark Christmas movies I’ve watched so far, I must say this one uplifted my Christmas Spirit most of all. It is a beautiful, uncheesy representation of Christmas magic (real) and Santa magic (fantasy). The North Pole and elves weren’t cheesy at all, and I truly appreciated that.
This strikes me as the type of Christmas movie that could become a family Christmas eve tradition. A movie that you’d watch after all Christmas preparations are done and Christmas lights are aglow inside and out, sipping hot cocoa in your p.js, snuggled tight with your loved ones. That’s the kind of feel this movie gave me. What feel did it give you?
Once Upon A Holiday
Premiered- Hallmark Channel, Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Starring: Brianna Evigan, Paul Campbell
Royal romance seem to be the theme for quite a few Christmas movies over the past few years, since “A Princess for Christmas” in 2011, but even more so this year, as there are at least three new (including this one) royal romance tv movies that I know of.
This is the first one however, where the female romantic lead is the princess. Usually it’s a prince who falls in love with a “commoner.”
This is the kind of film you’ll have to check your commonsense at the door in some scenes. It isn’t cheesy, but some scenes are a bit silly and ridiculous, where normally a bit of commonsense should be in play.
Brianna Evigan was a beautiful princess and Paul Campbell is one of my favorite Hallmark movie actors, though some of his usual spark seemed missing in this one. This movie was okay for me. How’d you like it?
12 Gifts of Christmas
Premiered- Hallmark Channel, Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Starring: Katrina Law, Aaron O’Connell
This movie could definitely join my list of 2015 Christmas movie favs. I loved the story and how it unfolded. The romance part made me smile, it was really sweet. Lifetime also premiered a Christmas movie with a very similar concept, which I also liked very much. In fact, I almost thought I heard an exact line used word for word in both films, but I could be wrong. Even though, I really like this one, I think I liked the Lifetime one better. In both movies, the male love interests were just alright, but the female love interests had alot more character. I liked the personality and character of the Lifetime movie’s female lead a bit more, come to think of it, the storyline too, but I definitely really enjoyed watching this film.
Crown For Christmas
Premiered- Hallmark Channel, Friday, November 27th, 2015
Starring: Danica Mckellar, Rupert Penry-Jones
Surprisingly, I really liked this movie. Why surprisingly? Well, truth be told, I have always found Danica Mckellar as a so-so actress, not as Winnie Cooper in Wonder Years (too young to remember), but in her recent stuff, including the Hallmark movie that premiered earlier this year-“Perfect Match.”
However, I think out of all these royal romance Christmas movies I’ve been seeing lately this one’s my favorite so far. I love that the King is a widowed father. Gives the storyline a nice new twist to what’s already been done.
My favorite character is the butler because he is so nice to the new governess (Danica), in fact, he was the one who hired her for the position. I also really liked Danica in her role as well. Another very nice Hallmark Christmas movie. Did you like it?
Premiered- Hallmark Channel, Saturday, November 28th, 2015
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Paul Greene
Candace Cameron Bure has now officially become the queen of Hallmark movies and t.v movies in general, she has been in about four hallmark Christmas movies to date, this one being her fourth. This movie was fun and her character was quite a stand out individual, but maybe not so much in a good way at the beginning. Later on in the film her character’s ridiculousness simmered a bit. I loved the addition of the older (not old people) married couple who accompanied the two romantic leads on the road trip to their various destinations. It created a nice contrast between the two couples and a fun dynamic between the four travel mates. It was an alright movie.
Angel of Christmas
Premiered- Hallmark Channel, Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Starring: Jennifer Finnigan, Jonathan Scarfe
I really liked this movie, it had a twinge of mystery and subtle enchantment in it, or maybe just silly superstition. Depends on if you believe in the magic of the hand carved Christmas Angel.
I truly enjoyed watching the story unfold into a really cool ending, and seeing how much the past affects the future.
Unrelated- Jonathon Scarfe’s (the male lead) voice sounds a lot like John Ratzenberger. Did you notice that?
Anyway, this was a very interesting Christmas movie that could have just as easily premiered on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
The Christmas Note
Premiered- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Starring: Jamie Lynn Sigler, Leah Gibson
What a really beautiful story with a very happy ending if I do say so myself. Great storytelling, no romance, just the evolution of a timeless friendship between neighbors who become so much more.
The story unfolded nicely and kept me interested. This is the first time I have ever seen the actor Lochlyn Munro play a likeable character for a change. He portrayed a lawyer who had an integral part in the story’s happy ending.
All and all, an intriguing movie to watch. What did you think?
Here are my ratings for Hallmark’s 2015 Christmas movie line up as they premiere each week until Christmas, feel free to share yours too!
* – boring **- It’s Okay ***- Typical Hallmark Movie
****- Above Average Hallmark Movie ***** – Loved it!
1.) Angel of Christmas – November 29th, 2015-* * * * *
2.) A Christmas Note- November 29th, 2015 – * * * * *
3.) Christmas Incorporated- November 15th, 2015 – * * * * *
4.) 12 Gifts of Christmas- November 26th,2015 – * * * * *
5.) Northpole: Open For Christmas- November 22nd, 2015 – * * * *
6.) Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery- November 22nd, 2015 -* * * *
7.) Crown For Christmas- November 27th, 2015 – * * * *
8.) I’m Not Ready For Christmas- November 14th, 2015 – * * * *
9.) Christmas Detour- November 28th, 2015 – * * * *
10.) Ice Sculpture Christmas-November 7th, 2015 – * * * *
11.) Once Upon a Holiday- November 25th, 2015 -* * *
12.) Charming Christmas- November 8th, 2015 – * * *
13.) ‘Tis the Season for Love- November 1st, 2015 – *
14.) Merry Matrimony- November 21st, 2015 – *
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