The Nine Night Thanksgiving Movie Event Overview: Part 1

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YALL. I feel like I just ran a Hallmark marathon.

Nine nights. Twelve movies. And shoot, I’m still finishing the last three movies that aired on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. I debated on doing a blog post for each movie, but then I realized that I was in over my head. I’ll split my post in two parts because 1) This post will be forever long 2) I still have to finish three of the movies I missed.

Tonight, for sake of time, I’m going to give you my quick recommendations and skip the “In a Nutshell” blurb. If you’re curious… check out the previews on Hallmark’s website!

I am giving this season’s rating a “Stocking Rating” and you can read all about that rating scale here.

The following seven movies aired on the regular Hallmark Channel as part of #CountdownToChristmas:

Credit: Crown Media/Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

Christmas at Graceland

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You will love this movie if:

  • You love southern charm.
  • You like hearing Silent Night five hundred times.
  • You love Graceland and Elvis.
  • You like pretty lights, snazzy penthouse suites, and hotels that let you put a Christmas tree up in said snazzy penthouse suite.
  • You like trying to figure out if the really nice older gentlemen is really Santa.
  • You’re into cute fluffy movies with adorable children.

You would not enjoy this movie if:

  • You aren’t into singer-turned-actresses. (Personally, for Kelli Pickler’s first movie, I thought she did a great job. She was cute, bubbly and perky! But I know others may disagree)
  • You get annoyed by hearing the same song sung multiple times in one movie. For any Chesapeake Shore fans… let’s just say the Silent Night rendition was about the same as Trace’s “Here comes the free faaaaaa-aaa-aaaa-aalllll….”
  • You’re a business realist and know that you’d probably be terrified to accept a competitor’s offer to hire you on due to the Non-Compete clause you signed at the big, bad corporate firm you just quit.
  • You expect to see a ton of Graceland.

All in all, I really enjoyed this Christmas at Graceland! I enjoyed the performances and thought that the storyline was cute, fluffy, and adorable.

Stocking Rating: A tangerine.
AKA: 3 Stars

Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa

Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa
Credit: Crown Media/Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

You will love this movie if:

  • You love seeing multiple Hallstars in one movie. (Hello, Jill Wagner, Holly Robinson-Peete, Barbara Niven, Andrew Francis!)
  • You love catching references to Kringles. Because of Christmas In Love.
  • You have a thing for guys and red trucks.
  • You enjoy flashbacks.
  • Small towns give you all the Christmas cheer.
  • Have a thing for letter stories. (Psss…. Signed Sealed Delivered also does letter stories!)
  • You enjoy baking montages.
  • You enjoy any kind of montage.
  • Christmas festivals make you want to grab your Santa hat and make some hot cocoa.

You will not like this movie if:

  • You hate interrupted kisses…. especially multiple interrupted kisses.
  • Fake snow.
  • Misunderstandings due to a seeing your crush hug someone you think she’s into.

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa was such a sweet movie! I wanted to curl up by the fire and drink some hot cocoa while watching. It gave me all the Christmas feels. It would be so fun to see this turn into a series with different townspeople being the main storyline.

Stocking Rating: A plump orange
AKA: 3.5 Stars

Reunited at Christmas

Reunited at Christmas
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You will love this movie if:

  • You like movies where the main couple is already a couple.
  • You enjoy multi-generational storylines.
  • You enjoy letters and gifts from beyond the grave.
  • You enjoy family Christmas traditions.
  • You like seeing the main character have inner conflict.
  • You enjoy seeing two proposals.

You will not like this movie if:

  • You aren’t a fan of proposals interrupted by families causing the main character to hasten and say “YES!” due to the pressure.
  • It bothers you when couples don’t communicate.
  • You despise reminiscing about years past because ‘ya can’t do anything about it now, sister!’

I really enjoyed Reunited at Christmas! It was a different type of storyline because Sam doesn’t fall in love in 90 minutes— she was already in a committed relationship at the beginning of the movie. I thought Reunited at Christmas was a cozy little movie and would definitely watch it again!

Stocking Rating: An orange
AKA 3.25 Stars

Christmas at the Palace

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You will love this movie if:

  • You love royal movies or anything that has to do with a crown.
  • You love Frozen. Because Snow Queen… Ice Princess… you know… because Christmas at the Palace involved royalty and an ice rink. So basically, it’s Frozen.
  • You love the adorable “oops-I-ran-into-you-again” scenes.
  • You love storylines about supposed Grincy Widower Dads with adorable daughters.
  • You love Britt Bristow and Merritt Patterson. Because they are adorable.

You will not like this movie if:

  • You are into real geography and is still trying to figure out the most logical place San Sanova could be.
  • You believe that all royal movies should be somewhat realistic and that Kings and Princesses should have some sort of bodyguard.
  • Stunt doubles bother you in ice skating scenes.
  • You’re not into the royalty thing.
  • You get mad when adults break promises to little kids.
  • You’re still trying to figure out how Merritt Patterson’s character didn’t realize she was just “chilling” in the King’s office.

Overall, this movie was cute, but it wasn’t a favorite of mine. This is totally a preference thing, but with royal movies, I really like the comedy aspect because it balances out the absurdity and the unrealistic “prince falls in love with a commoner” storyline. (Although…. I guess that did happen in real life with both the Prince Harry and Prince William). Anyways, I’m sure others will enjoy this movie just fine— it just wasn’t my cup o’ tea.

Stocking Rating: Socks
AKA: 2.6 Stars

Pride Prejudice and Mistletoe

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You will love this movie if:

  • You’re a fan of different renditions of Pride and Prejudice.
  • You love Lacey Chabert and Brenden Penny.
  • You love gorgeous houses. (Seriously, y’all, my three-year-old yelled “It’s BOOTIFUL MAMA! LOOK AT DA LIGHTS!” every time the Fitzwilliam house appeared on screen)
  • You’re into Balsam Hill Tree advertisements and showrooms.
  • Children’s choirs have a way of stirring your soul.
  • You want to see Brenden Penny jam while baking cookies or whatnot.
  • You love mistletoe.

You will not like this movie if:

  • You’re a P&P traditionalist where the girl is Elizabeth and the guy is FitzW Darcy.
    I’m not going to lie… the fact that Lacey Chabert’s character was named “Darcy” completely threw me. Every time I heard someone say “Darcy,” my mind would immediately go to Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
  • You’re not a fan of “evil corporate” storylines.
  • Ex-fiance’s or ex-boyfriends who think they can swoop up their ex.
  • It bothers you when people don’t kiss under mistletoe.

Y’all. I loved this movie! It was adorable, fun, cute, and all of the above! I would totally watch this again and again and I may protect this one on the DVR. I’m a huge Lacey Chabert and Brenden Penny fan, so that’s just an added bonus! I also really want to read the book!

Stocking Rating: An orange with diamond dusting.
AKA: 4.1 Stars

Christmas Everlasting

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You will love this movie if:

  • You like dramas over romcoms.
  • You like crying within the first ten minutes of a movie.
  • You are a fan of Tatyana Ali (Remember Ashley Banks from Fresh Prince?). She is such a sweetheart in this movie!
  • You like flashbacks.
  • You enjoy mischievous kitties who like avoiding the prodigal auntie.
  • Ugly Christmas sweater parties.
  • Ice fishing and tiny ice fishing cabins.
  • You enjoy “the importance of family” storylines.
  • You like quilting montages.
  • Adoption pulls at your heartstrings.

You will not like this movie if:

  • You don’t like crying.
  • You don’t like friends of your late sister who basically blackmail you into finishing a quilt when you can’t even thread a needle. #rude (Honestly, I had the biggest issue with the one friend who was a Debbie Downer)

I flipping loved this movie. Oh my goodness. I cried and I laughed. I was also sitting at the edge of my seat trying to figure out who “Maeve” was. (I didn’t read any spoilers about this movie so I really had no clue!) This was a wonderful Christmas movie with a great storyline. Also… I have to say… does Tatyana Ali ever age?!! She still looks like young Ashley Banks from Fresh Prince of BelAir from the 90s!

Stocking Rating: A Diamond Ring
AKA 4.3 stars

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas

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You will love this movie if:

  • You’re a fan of CCB! I lovelovelovelovelove Candace Cameron Bure.
  • You’re obsessed with shoes. And let me tell you CCB wears some pretty hott shoes in this movie!
  • You wished every Hallmark movie had hunky firemen.
  • You’ve ever wished to get stuck in a department store so that said hunky firemen could come rescue you.
  • You like bad dad jokes. Like… “Hi, I’m Noellle.” “As in ‘The First’?” (I literally died laughing. Because it’s. SO. BAD. *ba-dum-tss*)
  • You wished that a shoe would change your life. Even for a moment.
  • You enjoy a clever little plot twist at the end of the movie.
  • You can relate to “missing sleighs.”
  • You like fun, quirky storylines.

You will not like this movie if:

  • You are a robot.

I absolutely loved this movie. It was so fun and quirky and all the things! I enjoyed Candace Cameron Bure’s performance as usual. I also appreciated the story of the three sleighs. I wasn’t expecting that at all, so when Charlie started with that story, I was totally intrigued. I always enjoy a little anecdote or underlying themes in movies. This is another one of those movies I’ll have to protect on the DVR.

Stocking Rating: Diamond Ring, y’all!
AKA: 4.25 stars

Oh. My. Lanta! Kudos to you if you’ve made it through this entire post. And DOUBLE Kudos to you if you actually watched all twelve Hallmark movies! Let me know which ones you’ve watched, which ones you’ve enjoyed or the ones that didn’t tickle your fancy. I’d love to know! Shoot me a comment or a tweet! I love hearing from y’all!

11 thoughts on “The Nine Night Thanksgiving Movie Event Overview: Part 1

  1. This is so so cute! I watched 12 Hallmark Christmas movies last year, but I could never do more than 2 in a day — you’re brave! Some of these sound so cute, I can’t wait to watch them. I really want to see Christmas Everlasting!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I will admit… this is the first time I’ve watched this many Hallmark movies in one shot! Christmas Everlasting is such a great movie! Let me know if you like it!

  2. This is a treasure trove for anyone who loves feel-good movies and…Christmas. Haven’t watched any of them but anything that has a whiff of “Pride & Prejudice” in it, I’m game for that! “A Shoe Addict’s Christmas” does sound like a charming flick. Would give it a shot. Thanks for the list.

    1. A Shoe Addict’s Christmas was definitely a charming little movie in my opinion! Definitely more on the fluffy side than the drama like some other Hallmark movies. Thanks for commenting!

  3. I haven’t watched any of these yet, but I’m going to! They are on my DVR along with dozens of other Hallmark movies. Hallmark Christmas movies are my absolute fave!

    1. Yay! There are so many great Christmas movies this year! Do you have a specific Hallmark Christmas movie that you loved from the past? And is there a new one that you are looking forward to watching this year? Thanks for stopping by!

  4. This is the perfect roundup because I was thinking of bingeing some holiday movies this weekend! 🙂 P.S. I love how all of their movie posters look similar. LOL

  5. This is a great review. They all sound quite a bit different than the ones I’ve been watching lately, which is a good thing. Sometimes the storylines are a bit too similar. I think I will like “Reunited at Christmas” and “Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe.”

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