I’m all about Christmas. Yes, I know Thanksgiving is first and I love that day as well. But Christmas forces the entire world to think of Jesus. Whether they want to or not. I have three trees in my house, and yes, they’re already up. One in the living room with lots of Christian ornaments in pastel colors to match the room, one in the family room with deer antlers and mason jar ornaments to match the cabin decor, and one in my office with seashell ornaments to match my beachy haven.
I finished my first draft of my current book in progress. I took a week off to clear my head, visited with my parents, had lunch with my cousin, her mom, and mine. Now I have two weeks to revise it and get it turned in by November 15th. Then I’ll spend more time with my parents and have lunch and shopping days with my patient friends I’ve been putting off. Then what will I do? Why watch Christmas movies of course.
We stream TV these days and the service we use is $50 a month. Cable is unavailable where we live and I think it costs more than that anyway. We used to have a satellite, which was $70 and we couldn’t find anything to watch. This service has everything we enjoy, except Hallmark. Up until now, I’ve been adding a $20 service every two months that has Hallmark, so I can catch up on the movies. I was really excited to learn of the new Frndly streaming service. For $5.99 you get 12 family friendly channels including all three Hallmark channels. Merry Christmas to me.
Yes, I know some of the movies are predictible, but they’re clean. You don’t have to worry about people falling into bed, though they are getting kind of liberal in a few areas I won’t get into here. For the most part, the movies are a safe haven and I often get book ideas from them. When something predictible happens, I try to fix it in my mind. And boom, I’ve got a book. This year, I found four movies based on inspirational romance books. Yes, they usually take out all the Christian elements and the book is pretty much always better than the movie. But inspy romance books turned into movies gives a shout out for the authors and for the genre.
I’m really excited about Love, Alaska. It’s based on An Alaskan Christmas by Belle Calhoune. This is a Love Inspired title. Hey, that’s the line I write for. So this movie gives me hope that my dream will come true, that one of my books will someday be made into a movie. I even have a Christmas one already published. Love, Alaska premiered on Oct 26th, on UPtv. And I don’t have that channel. But the $20 service I mentioned has it, so I may have to subscribe again long enough to watch the movie.
Here’s the synopsis: It may not be the happiest of circumstances but two childhood friends, Maggie and Finn, have come home and are reunited in Love, Alaska. While starting their lives again and dealing with their pasts, will these two get a second chance at love?
I’m even more excited about Christmas on My Mind. It’s based on one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors, The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter. The movie premieres Dec 19th on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Here’s the synopsis: When Lucy wakes up with a wedding dress in hand, she believes that she is late to her wedding with her ex-boyfriend Zac. However, she has no recollection of the past two years, including the fact that she is engaged to another man. With Zac’s help, Lucy sets off on an adventure in Bedford Harbor to fill the gaps in her memory, and finds old romantic feelings reigniting during the Christmas season.
This one surprised me because I thought the author only wrote Romantic Suspense. Picture a Perfect Christmas is based on A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed. It premieres Nov 9th on Hallmark Channel.
Here’s the synopsis: The movie centers around an extreme sports photographer who returns home for the holiday to look after her grandmother and ends up lending a helping hand to a neighbor who needs assistance watching his nephew.
I’m including A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love on my list. I couldn’t determine exactly what book it’s based on since the list I found said, The “Godwink” book series by Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt. But the Godwink series is published by Howard Books, a Christian publisher. And I watched a Godwink movie last year and enjoyed the spiritual message entwined the in the story. It premieres Nove 15th on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Here’s the synopsis: Multiple coincidences and a chance meeting bring Alice (Busby) and Jack (Hollingsworth), two strangers from very different family backgrounds, together for a weekend wedding celebration. Encouraged by her family, led by mom Olga (Gifford), Alice slowly lets go of her reservations about meeting someone new following a failed long-distance relationship. Meanwhile, more and more Godwinks – those coincidences that aren’t really coincidences at all – bring Alice and Jack closer as each attempts to balance the newfound attraction with their complicated professional lives.
I recently learned that Lifetime has Christmas movies too. I have that channel and will be checking it out soon. I DVR all the movies I want to watch and then watch when I have time. I’m trying to get into a routine of watching them daily while I treadmill, so we’ll see how that goes.
So what about you? Do you like Christmas movies, Hallmark movies? What’s your favorite? What’s your favorite book turned into a movie. Answer and I’ll put you in the drawing for my Christmas title: A Texas Holiday Reunion.