‘THE CHRISTMAS CARD’ (2006)

December 15, 2011 17 Comments

Warm fuzzy Christmas movies are some of my favorite things to indulge in over the holiday season. That is the main reason why every year at this time I scour Amazon for all the latest television DVD releases. This is also true of The Christmas Card, a Hallmark channel movie; this endearing little film is now at the top of my “classics” list. 

The Christmas Card (2006) TV Film Review

Living in the small woodland town of Nevada City, Faith Spellman (Alice Evans) adopts the strong moral values of her upbringing. Every year at Christmastime, her church sends Christmas greetings to the troops overseas and this year Faith’s card reaches Sergeant Cody Cullen (John Newton). Sergeant Cullen is without family and as a result is thinking of re-enlisting instead of taking his Christmas break. His commanding officer however has different ideas, and sends Cody to deliver the dog tags of a fallen soldier to the man’s fiancée.

‘THE CHRISTMAS CARD’ (2006): A Hallmark Christmas Movie. Review of the film with John Newton and Alice Evans. Text © Rissi JC

This brings him to Nevada City, and while there, Cody meets the Spellman family. He finds everything about the town and people warm and welcoming. Then Luke Spellman (Edward Asner) invites the stranger to stay, and Cody finds himself drawn to this generous family, and Faith, the woman who sent him the card a year ago.

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This Hallmark Channel movie manages to be cute and moving. The character of Cody is one of emotional trauma, and John Newton does an excellent job embodying him. Also fun, and doubling as a bit of trivia, is seeing Alice Evans in something other than a children’s movie; in real life she’s married to British actor Ioan Gruffudd. As a Brit, Alice’s accent does creep in here and there, understandably so. Still, we can tell by her dialect that she tries really hard to sound American. Asner and Newton are probably the strongest performances, but Alice Evens and Lois Nettlton are also fantastic to round out the leading cast.  

There is so many themes that I love about this film. Family is portrayed as a wonderful gift and Faith still adores her parents, and faith in God is also part of their lives. Despite the fact that Edward Asner is very vocal about politics, I love the scenes between he and Cody. Each has meaning. (Some of the funnier scenes involve Faith’s Uncle Richard making clumsy attempts to match-make.) The meeting between Faith and Cody is adorable; it might not be “brilliant,” but it’s “real” (and the writer’s carry this into the end).  

The scenery is another pretty part of this film. Generally I don’t notice scenery, but for some reason I do here, possibly because so much is set outside. The woodsy town they live in has a quaint feel; in particular, one beautiful scene has characters walking through a wintry path surrounded by pine trees. In conclusion, my thoughts really come down to this; I love this movie. It has heart, comedy and underlying themes of faith that aren’t in films today.

The respect, family values, and love driving this is a beautiful undercurrent. As a supporter of our troops, it’s wonderful to see a movie that respectfully includes this. These characters are very real, and despite the fact that all things must end, I wanted this story to go on. This Christmas tale is not only one my favorites, but is something I watch year after year. The sweet tale that unfolds is a joy to watch and the slightly bittersweet conclusion leaves you happy, but still wanting so much more.  

Content: a couple starts “making out” on the couch before being interrupted. A bomb kills a man, we see it go off and the man lying lifeless – no blood. The film is PG.  

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

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17 Comments

  • Ruth December 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Oh I love this little film! Definitely a must-see around this time of year for me!

  • Ella December 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I've watched this movie so many times and its still funny!

  • Rissi December 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Ruth – I've not watched this one this year yet, but I do each year. It is such a sweet tale, no matter how sappy. =)

    Ella – me, too! I have seen it every year ever since its release to DVD. So cute. =)

  • Rachel December 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I've always wanted to see this movie, but now I really want to see it!! :) I just checked and our library has it, so I'm putting it on my Christmas break movie list – this will be a definite watch!! :)

    ~Rachel <3

  • Rissi December 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I don't think you'd regret seeing this one, Rachel. It is so sweet – and morally wholesome. Glad to know your library has it, that makes it easy for you to get a hold of a copy then.

    Enjoy…

  • Ella December 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I love this one! I need to watch it this year….but I will =D

  • Renee (SteelerGirl83) December 16, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Seriously though, you can't really go wrong with Hallmark movies! Alas I don't get to see many unless we have a free preview from our satellite provider but this I did see last year and I really enjoyed it. I would go broke if I bought all the Hallmark movies I wanted LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  • Livia December 16, 2011 at 2:21 am

    My favorite Hallmark (Christmas at least)!

  • Rissi December 16, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Ella – me, too. I've yet to see it this year (been too busy watching all the new ones, I guess). Love this one – it's definitely a favorite. =)

    Renee – so true. Glad you enjoyed this one – it is so sweet. =) It might not be the best route but since my family doesn't use Netflix or have any cable provider, I do admit that we buy a lot of these TV titles – but that doesn't come with knowing nothing about the movie. Usually I've read up about the plot and know the general "gist" of the movie. So far, I haven't felt like it's turned out badly. *fingers crossed*

    Livia – totally agree with you. This is one of Hallmark's most endearing. =)

  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com December 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I love this one. So glad you enjoyed it and decided to review it.

  • Rissi December 20, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Thanks, Juju! This is one movie I have watched again and again, and still I think it is darling. =)

  • Anonymous December 28, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I love this movie. I watch this movie 8 or 9 times a year and 10 or 11 times during Christmas. We need more movies at Christmas time like this one. I hope to see more movies with John Newton in them. He and Alice Evan make a great team in the movie.
    Nadine Farmer from North Carolina

  • Lodi November 7, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I have this movie since the DVD came out from the market and been watching this over and over very year. This movie completes my Christmas tradition.

    • Rissi November 10, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Exactly, Lodi. This is one of my Christmas movie traditions as well. :)

  • Julie Waldron October 6, 2017 at 2:06 am

    We love this movie, it never gets old! I bought the DVD a couple years ago.

    • Rissi October 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Same. This is one Hallmark that never gets old, Julie. :)

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