Tonight, Hallmark Channel continues its “five night Thanksgiving movie event.” Once the Thanksgiving meal leftovers have been packed away, why not cut yourself a piece of pie, and gather round the TV? Plus, you’ll spot a familiar face headlines this one.
12 Gifts of Christmas (2015) Hallmark Review
Anna (Katrina Law) is ready to redefine her life. She’s struggled as an artist for too long. This year, she feels like it’s time to do some growing up. Part of this means moving out of her sister’s basement. With this in mind, Anna decides to start a personal shopper business. She’s got the business card, only thing she needs now are clients. By happenstance she meets a wealthy and successful businessman (working in an advertising firm), Marc (Aaron O’Connell) who hires her to shop for all of the people on his list. But for this pair, more than just the perfect gift is at stake.
When I read about the lineup of films for this season’s “Countdown to Christmas” campaign, I have to be honest; this one didn’t initially sound like its set up was going to be my cup of tea. Imagine my surprise when I discover something altogether wonderful. Given that I’m putting this together last minute and it’s Thanksgiving, below are a few brief thoughts on what you’ll see in this one.
To begin, the pull between the lead actors was really sweet. The script is also very careful to develop this as the start of something rather than a relationship that is deep enough to be true love. During their many scenes together, I actually feel as if they foster more than merely a business relationship. (This is a common complaint I have about another comparative TV films.) True Mark comes off somewhat standoffish, but that’s his character. Even at that, there’s “more” to their scenes together. Had there not been, in the end they could have parted and we might not have cared about such an outcome. Fortunately, that didn’t feel like the case here. Maybe it’s because the acting was good, I don’t know. But Aaron plays the aloof business man to perfection and it’s always nice to see Katrina Law (from Hallmark fan favorite Snow Bride and CW’s Arrow) in something.
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Perfect for any Christmas night, the familial ties is well presented; and I do really like the relationships Anna has with her family. The only thing that has a slight disconnect (unless I flaked on it by missing the explanation, which might be since I watched this in “sections”) is the wedge in Marc’s family. This is the only issue that lacks explanation. Though I assume it’s nothing more than Marc’s penchant to be a workaholic. Besides that, there is ice skating, an adorable shopping sequence and all sorts of surprises. 12 Gifts of Christmas is the perfect flick to put you in the Christmas spirit – and if you’re anything like me, one of its gifts is sure to be getting its viewer excited for hauling down those Christmas decorations tomorrow!
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