Some films opt for the ending forwarding their beginning. In some sense, that’s just what this telefilm, Just in Time For Christmas, does.
Just in Time for Christmas (2015) Hallmark Hall of Fame Review
The stars align for Lindsay (Eloise Mumford). She’s living in her small hometown, working as a teacher at the community college and dating the best guy she has ever met. Jason (Michael Stahl David) too is doing well. He is making a go of his coffee shop, and together they are happy. Until Lindsay receives the offer of a lifetime; her paper has been singled out by Yale (an Ivy League school thousands of miles away) to be published and they have a staff teaching position open that they want Lindsay to fill. Ecstatic to have a chance to fulfill her dream, Lindsay plans to accept not knowing that very night Jason has made elaborate plans to propose.
When the night ends in disaster, Jason walks away, and believe Lindsay has already made her plans – without him. Lindsay ends up in tears sitting on a park bench. This one night forever changes Lindsay’s life, and forces her to look at the success she is on the percipience of obtaining… and the people in her life who love her.
Since the Hallmark Hall of Fame films moved to the Hallmark Channel, I haven’t been able to enjoy them “live” on TV. But this year I had opportunity to see it and as with each of their installments, I thought this addition personifies charm. The concept isn’t new and yet, this in no way lessens the smiles, and still catches viewers up in the magical sense of romanticism.
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To start, let’s talk about the cast. I was unfamiliar with the male lead, but did enjoy the chance to see Eloise (Christmas with Holly) in something again, and seeing Christopher Lloyd as Lindsay’s wise and comical grandfather was also a great addition. The relationships the script fosters between these characters is fantastic. Lindsay’s dilemma is about more than herself. She has tight-knit and wonderful relationships with her family, but ultimately, she does have to ask herself the age-old questions and decide what it is she really wants. As the script progresses, Lindsay’s evolution (in a sense) is well expanded and I liked how her future story played into her present.
As with every one of the “Hall of Fame’s,” if you tune into this, you’ll find a well-produced film. The story is super fun and for once, the end arrives full circle with a feeling to please. In fact, the ending takes away “the end” and replaces it with the sweet notion of this being a beginning. Since this is something the romantic in me believes, this alone makes me believe all the more in the magic of this romance. Don’t miss it. ♥