At this time of year several television stations schedule a steady stream of Holiday/Christmas movies. Viewers generally tune in to enjoy fresh, uplifting, whimsical, inspirational stories. Often the stories are humorous and generally cheerful.
While channel surfing during the Thanksgiving weekend, I stumbled upon two Holiday movies that I would describe as a bit more disheartening than what I’m used to seeing this time of year. These thought-provoking, heart-tugging movies had me reaching for the tissue box.
As expected each feature left viewers with a “happy” (and surprise!) ending, but the tale reminded us how often the road to "happy-ever-after" isn’t always “merry and bright.”
Christmas Eve in New York, and the lonely divorced publisher, Rose Collins, needs a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimers. She feels sorry for another patient and meets his visitor. Meanwhile, Nina Vasquez breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé Mike due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by a stranger, bartender Artie Venzuela. The poor Jules arranges to spend Christmas Eve in the hospital, where he spent the best Christmas of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these characters cross with others along the night
Echoing in the deepest depths of space, a humble prayer ascends: One from Maire Taylor, a smart, beautiful businesswoman who asks that her husband find the strength and wisdom to let go of their 9 year old marriage ... While a second prayer simultaneously comes from Billy Taylor, a hopelessly romantic artist who asks that his wife receive the strength and wisdom to hold on. From these humble pleas, comes an answer in the form of a little miracle (an 8 year old runaway from heaven) who takes it upon herself to rekindle the once intimate friendship and romance that has slowly, but surely slipped away from Billy and Maire due to a heart-wrenching loss. Using all of her skill and charm (as well as some well-intentioned mischief!) our little 8 year old runaway comically sets out to heal their broken hearts and save their marriage by helping them get back to the basics of love.
Barnes & Noble:
Is there a Holiday/Christmas movie on your list which found you reaching for the tissues?
As my grandmother would say, "Christmas is right around the corner." Have a good week, Everyone!
(plot summaries c/o imdb.com;
house photo c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum)