I’m never going to get through all the movies, so today I’m going to review two of them. These movies are polar opposite. While one is heart-wrenching, the other light-hearted.
The first movie, “A Christmas Visitor” involves a family who lost their son in the first Gulf War. For the following ten years they (mainly the mother, played by Meridith Baxter) refuse to celebrate Christmas.
When the movie starts, the family finds out their twenty-two year old daughter has a lump in her breast and may have breast cancer. This adds further depression to the holiday season.
The father (William Devane) decides it’s time to put Christmas back into their home. As he is driving his truck down the road, he picks up a soldier down-on-his-luck soldier. He invites him into their home for the holiday.
The small town residents rally around Devane as he buys Christmas decorations, amazing him with their generosity of heart and pocket.
During the movie, several veterans from the town reflect on their time in the military. The young man restores the family’s faith in themselves and the holiday.
I found this movie heavy-hearted, yet uplifting as the family is restored. Of course, I cried a few tears at the end.
The other movie is “A Very Merry Mix Up.” While watching this movie I found myself wondering who came up with this clever idea.
Alice Chapman’s fiancé, Will Mitchum, asks her to meet his parents over the holidays. Due to his overloaded schedule as a realtor in New York, she goes without him. (Remember the typical boyfriend I talked about in an earlier post? Well, here he was.) Alice owns an antique shop in a building Will wants to sell. While she is gone, he even goes as far as finding a buyer. She has no intention of selling.
At her destination, she finds her luggage was lost by the airlines, and her cell phone doesn’t work, causing problems as Will tries to reach her telling her he will be delayed. At the airport, however, she has a chance encounter with her future brother-in-law, Matt Mitchum. She hitches a ride to the family home with him.
During the course of the next few days, she falls in love with the family. The members obviously love each other and the home is filled with warmth. She has some trouble connecting the family with her staid, rich fiancé. She is also confused as her feelings for Matt rise to the surface.
This movie has an unexpected twist and a satisfying ending.