Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Gather Everyone for 12 Christmas Movies this Week!!!

From my Home... to your Home!
I am grateful to have met so many wonderful friends
through It's a Wonderful Movie!
Each of you have a special place in my heart
and I pray this Thanksgiving & Christmas season you
are abundantly blessed!

Wherever your road leads...
may we share in our thankfulness-
the gift of God's Love through the Christ Child
throughout the HOLY-day Season!!!

This week you are sure to get your fill of NEW CHRISTMAS MOVIES as Hallmark serves 5 Nights of Thanksgiving Movies, hosted by Candace Cameron Bure, including: With Love, Christmas, The Mistletoe Inn, Finding Santa, The Christmas Train (Hallmark Hall of Fame), and lastly, Candace's Christmas movie Switched for Christmas!

Wednesday November 22, 2017-

Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat - image via Hallmark Crown Media

via Hallmark: “A Happy Yule Log” features 24 hours of merry and bright holiday music to set the tone for a perfect holiday. Happy the Cat and Happy the Dog, Hallmark’s own rescued and adopted pets, will adorably stretch out and cozy up by the fire while you listen to your favorite holiday tunes, wrap presents, and cook a sumptuous holiday feast. Click here for more details!

See “A Happy Yule Log” 24 hour Special Event
beginning Wednesday November 22, 2017
at 5pm/4c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Storyline via Hallmark: Advertising execs Melanie Welsh and Donovan Goodwin disagree on a cellphone Christmas commercial they’re pitching. He says his sleek design will win over the client but she knows it lacks holiday spirit. Christmas is definitely in Melanie’s wheelhouse, but when she draws Donovan’s name for Secret Santa, she’s... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of With Love, Christmas
Wednesday November 22, 2017
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

Thursday November 23, 2017-

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here Comes Santa Claus!!!

Of course, Thanksgiving morning on TV always begins with...
The Thanksgiving Day Parade!

My favorite part is always when Santa comes (finally) at the end waving to the crowds of cheering spectators who line the parade route to get a glimpse of jolly Old Saint Nicholas waving back at them! I just love when he gives that twinkle in his eyes, shakes his belly "like a bowl full of jelly," and "lays his finger aside his nose"! After that, it truly feels like the Christmas season is officially here!!!

Storyline via Hallmark: When aspiring romance novelist Kim Rossi (Alicia Witt) is unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth (Casey Manderson), Kim takes stock and decides to take a leap. She signs up for a romance writing retreat at a quaint Vermont Inn shortly before Christmas, where a top romance novelist is scheduled to attend. Shortly after arriving, she crosses paths with... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of The Mistletoe Inn
Thursday November 23, 2017
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

(I'm not sure if this movie is Holiday related in any way, but I'm sure this is something your entire family will enjoy!)

Storyline via Breakthrough Entertainment: (via Lucy Maud Montgomery online) When Anne Shirley turns thirteen, she faces complex issues with her friends, inspirational adults and Marilla and Matthew. At the same time, she begins a friendship with Gilbert Blythe that emotionally escalates to disrupt the status quo of her peaceful world. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to become sensible, and her journey toward this goal is fraught with confusion and more than a few unfortunate – albeit, amusing – mishaps. Through school events and playtime after class, Anne continues to... Click Here to Read More...

Thursday November 23, 2017
at 8pm/7c. on PBS

Storyline via BYU press release: Instrument of War is an original scripted holiday television special inspired by first-hand accounts of WWII bomber pilot Clair Cline, an American B-24 pilot captured and held as Prisoner of War (POW) in a German prison camp, Stalag Luft I. After being shot down over Nazi-occupied Holland during a bombing mission, Cline and the surviving members of his crew struggled to keep themselves psychologically sound while living in captivity under the rule of a ruthless Commandant. To resist helplessness and bitterness that plagued POWs, Cline, a self-taught musician, crafted a violin from bunk bed slats, the leg of a chair, dried glue from the bottom of chairs and a shard of glass as a wood carving tool. Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of Instrument of War
Thursday November 23, 2017
at 8pm/7c. on BYU

Friday November 24, 2017-

Storyline via Hallmark: Christmas is a busy, busy time for the residents of Green River, particularly for Grace Long, the third generation of her family to steward the New England town’s signature Christmas Eve parade. This year’s audience for the parade promises to be in the millions, thanks to a national morning show that has chosen Green River as the site of its Christmas Eve day program. But this huge opportunity will vanish if... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of Finding Santa
Friday November 24, 2017
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

*Plus, Sunday night see the new Christmas cartoon Trolls Holiday following the classic Christmas Cartoon favorite - How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Click here for details!

For more air times for these Christmas movies & more... see the Christmas TV Schedule! I will have another update with all the new Christmas movies over the weekend, but here's a quick overview, until then:

Saturday November 25, 2017-

Sunday November 26, 2017-

Blessings to You All for a very joyous Thanksgiving! I am so grateful that I will be with all my precious family this Thanksgiving for a delicious feast and sharing the joy of simply being together and giving thanks to the Lord for another wonderful year & Christmas to come!!!

I'm so appreciative for all of you who stop in to visit and say hello- all throughout the year!
Happy Thanksgiving, Each and Everyone!!! Net

1 "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!

5 For the Lord is good;
His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations."
~Psalm 100:1-5

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain will be Broadcasting Christmas on the Hallmark Channel as they Host the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting!!!

Hallmark Press Release:

Kathie Lee Gifford & Dean Cain
to Host the 2017
National Christmas Tree Lighting

images via: Hallmark Crown Media


image via: Hallmark Crown Media

WASHINGTON (November 21, 2017) Kathie Lee Gifford and Dean Cain will host the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting taking place November 30 on the Ellipse at President’s Park, home to the White House. Whether people attend in person or watch on Hallmark Channel on December 4, they’ll enjoy performances by Jack Wagner, The Beach Boys, Wynonna, three-time Emmy Award® winners The Texas Tenors, Craig Campbell, Us The Duo, Boys II Bow Ties, Mannheim Steamroller, and the U.S. Navy Band led by Emmy nominated music director Steve Gibson. Additional special guests will be announced in the coming week.

Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this beloved American tradition is celebrating its 95th year. Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4.

A lovely melding of music, outdoor performance, and holiday cheer, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the unique ways that people can experience national parks and #FindYourPark/ #EncuentraTuParque.

No matter if you attend in person or watch on TV, everyone can join the fun by sharing photos and favorites memories using #NCTL2017 and tagging @TheNationalTree on Twitter.

Additional information, including event history, can be found at

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933. President’s Park, which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park, was officially included in the national park system in 1961.

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About Crown Media Family Networks: Crown Media Family Networks is the umbrella unit subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc., housing cable’s leading family friendly networks, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, as well as their corresponding digital extensions and Hallmark Channel is also home to annual holiday franchise, Countdown to Christmas, featuring a lineup of 24/7 holiday programming. For more information, please visit; Hallmark Channel on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, @hallmarkchannel on Snapchat.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at


Monday, November 20, 2017

Can the Elves Save Christmas in the All New Movie "48 Christmas Wishes"!

Dear Christmas Movie friends,

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to preview a very sweet Christmas movie titled "48 Christmas Wishes," that I am excited now to share with you! It's a family friendly Christmas adventure that's Dove Approved, and it's available to watch via Amazon (Stream for free with your Prime membership!) or ITunes!

Here's the storyline, direct from After accidentally destroying a bag of Christmas wishes from a small town on the eve of Christmas Eve, two junior elves learn that if even one wish goes unfulfilled, Christmas could be extinguished forever.

For the first time in their lives, the elves Mindy and Cam venture out of the North Pole and sneak into Minnedoza to collect the lost wishes. Along the way they enlist the help of young Blake whose family has a difficult time celebrating Christmas since his father died.

With their deadline fast approaching, Mindy and Cam have only one more wish to find…but whose could it be?

It’s up to Mindy and Cam to find out and save Christmas!

Movie Trailer:

Join the Christmas adventure and watch "48 Christmas Wishes" through Amazon (Stream for free with your Prime membership!) or ITunes this Holiday Season!!!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!! Net

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Come Home to 5 NEW CHRISTMAS MOVIES ~ this Weekend before Thanksgiving!!!

Coming Home for Christmas - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks

Saturday - November 18, 2017

Before tonight's new Christmas movies begin...
gather your family and friends around in the den,
grab the remote and a tall sandwich, if you wish...
and watch the Elf on the Shelf and... THE Grinch!

See Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 5:30pm EST. and once again at 6:30pm EST.

See The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story at 6pm EST. (sandwiched between The Grinch!)

Typically "The Elf on the Shelf is watching you," but now you can watch him and all his friends! Much like The Grinch, The Elf on the Shelf is such a sweet cartoon, an instant classic - that is sure to delight viewers, of all ages, from beginning to end!!!

The Elf on the Shelf Christmas Tradition with North Pole Blue Eyed Boy Elf with DVD

Dr. Seuss': How the Grinch Stole Christmas Deluxe Edition DVD

And now, the Saturday Night Christmas Movie Premieres:

Danica McKellar finds herself in a love triangle with Neal Bledsoe and Andrew Francis in...

Storyline via Hallmark: Lizzie Richfield is at a crossroads when she lands a job as a house manager for the exquisite Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Lizzie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the Marley family, though they seem to be... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of Coming Home for Christmas
Saturday - November 18, 2017
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

Also, Saturday night-

This military themed Christmas movie, starring Julie Benz and Michael Shanks, is sure to warm the heart with patriotic pride...

Storyline via Hallmark: A military widow (Julie Benz), whose faith in Christmas has lapsed, rents an apartment to a handsome Army Captain (Michael Shanks), recovering from an injury in battle, and whose faith in Christmas is inspirational. As they team up to save the... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of Christmas Homecoming
Saturday - November 18, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Sunday - November 19, 2017

A Romantic Gesture for Laura Bell Bundy and Delicious Mystery will keep nearly the whole town guessing in...


Storyline via UP: When Emily, a struggling baker in a small town, receives a handmade Christmas calendar from a secret admirer... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of The Christmas Calendar
Sunday - November 19, 2017
at 7pm/6c. on UP

Also, on Sunday night-

Two strangers, portrayed by Ali Liebert & Peter Porte, may find something special in...


Storyline via Hallmark: An accident between a sweet bookshop worker and a handsome stranger leaves him without his memory. Determined to help him figure out who he is, she finds herself... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of A Gift to Remember
Sunday - November 19, 2017
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

One more New Christmas Movie on Sunday night-

All may not be as it seems, when Autumn Reeser and David Haydn-Jones star in this Christmas story/mystery...

Storyline via Hallmark: While settling his father’s estate, Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why the man left a nurse $50,000. His dad knew her for less than two months before he died. Just before Christmas, Finn wants what to reclaim what he considers his family’s money, going undercover to investigate... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of A Bramble House Christmas
Sunday - November 19, 2017
at 9pm/8c. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

I certainly hope you all enjoy ALL the Christmas Movies this Weekend before Thanksgiving... the old and the new! This is just a taste as we look forward to filling up with 12 All New Christmas Movies premiering the week of Thanksgiving, too! (Stay tuned for that!)

A Bramble House Christmas - - image via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks

In the meantime, which one, of these 5 new movies, do you most want to see, this Saturday & Sunday night? I always find it so hard to choose! Thank goodness I can record whatever I can't see, immediately... as it seems each year, I always end up loving something unexpected, completely!

Be sure to check the Christmas TV Schedule for encore airings of these movies & more! 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
I hope you enjoyed your visit
~ here at It's a Wonderful Movie!
Blessings to you all!
Happy Thanksgiving! Net

Friday, November 17, 2017

Snowed-Inn Christmas - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere starring Bethany Joy Lenz & Andrew Walker!


Movie: Snowed-Inn Christmas

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: December 16, 2017

(*Please Note: I have NOT previewed this movie. Check ratings before viewing.)


Bethany Joy Lenz ... Jenna Hudson
Andrew W. Walker ... Kevin Jenner
Jefferson Brown ... Andrew
Belinda Montgomery ... Carol Winters
John B. Lowe ... Christopher Winters
Yollanda Chimbarami ... Continuity Traveller
Jackson Blake ... Women's Son


Storyline via Lifetime: Jenna Hudson (Bethany Joy Lenz, Colony) and Kevin Jenner (Andrew Walker, A Bride for Christmas) are polar opposites, working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment. After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters. As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn's fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna's past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together. The film also stars Tasha Smith. Snowed-Inn Christmas is produced by Juliette Hagopian and is executive produced by Howard Braunstein. Gary Yates serves as a director; Carly Smale serves as the writer.

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*images via: Lifetime

Christmas in Mississippi - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere starring Jana Kramer & Wes Brown!


Movie: Christmas in Mississippi

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: December 9, 2017

(*Please Note: I have NOT previewed this movie. Check ratings before viewing.)


Jana Kramer ... Holly Logan
Wes Brown ... Mike
Faith Ford ... Caroline
Trace Masters ... Jack
Barry Bostwick ... Mr. Kriss
Gary Grubbs ... Carter Greenside
Richard Karn ... Mr. McGuire
Avery Lynn Lewis ... Granddaughter
Angelo Salvatore Restaino ... Hotel Clerk
Jordan Salloum ... Steve
Roger J. Timber ... Benny
Karina Willis ... Betty


Storyline via Lifetime: Photographer Holly Logan (Jana Kramer, Country Crush) returns to her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi for Christmas. The town is resurrecting their traditional holiday light show for the first time since a terrible hurricane struck five years earlier. Holly volunteers to pitch in, but soon has second thoughts when she discovers the festival is run by her high school sweetheart, Mike (Wes Brown, We Are Marshall). Now Holly must spend the next few days with the man who broke her heart. With the help of Caroline (Faith Ford, Hope & Faith), her match-making mother and Mr. Kriss, the kind man who will play Santa in the town's celebration, Holly begins to fall in love with her hometown, and Mike, all over again. Christmas in Mississippi also stars Barry Bostwick (Spin City, Cougar Town) and Richard Karn (Home Improvement). Christmas in Mississippi is produced by Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis of Active Entertainment. Emily Moss Wilson serves as the director. Marcy Holland serves as the writer.

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*images via: Lifetime
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