As the new premieres of 2015 wind down for this year’s Hallmark Channel TV flicks of holiday cheer – *insert sad face* – their latest chronicles a series of gifts; a scrooge of a hero (with good reason); and the return of some familiar faces.
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (2015) Hallmark TV Film Review
The story follows Maggie Chalke (Broke Nevin, Come Dance at my Wedding), an idealistic journalist working at her home town’s smaller newspaper offices. As a freshman in college, Maggie met Mitch O’Grady (Robin Dunne, Aurora Teagarden) and ever since – some ten years later, she wonders what happened to him. Turns out, Mitch is now in her hometown with his own radio show, but beyond that, he’s a completely different man. Instead of the Christmas spirit he once held with reverence, he’s now turned into a holiday Scrooge. Knowing what Christmas meant to him and wishing to repay him for the kindness he once showed her, Maggie decides to gift him “12 days of Christmas” gifts to remind him of Christmas. Everything starts out fine until her boss gets wind of the story and puts her on the trail of this secret Santa with orders to write the holiday puff piece.
Of the films in this year’s Countdown to Christmas 2015 titles, I think this one has the best pace. The added benefit of a past
between Maggie and Mitch makes their eventual heart-of-the-matter moment all the more genuine. (Plus it’s not afraid to put its limited time to good us.) Some of the same sweet, and even heartwarming, clichés play into the script. This includes a break up, but by and large, I didn’t mind this go-round because even that was understood. Plus, the reasons had merit.
The story this script lays out is really quite fabulous. Maggie and Mitch being likable characters pushes this fact to its fullest
potential as does the cute sequences of the normal Christmastime activities they share together. What is so inspiring about this script was the deeper meaning the story has in contrast with the lighter “fluff” of the romance. I liked the sense of rediscovery Maggie tried to recreate for Mitch. From a scripting perspective it made for a positive kind of influence and reminds the
viewer of the reasons this season has so much meaning; Christmas is for remembering rather than trying to place it in a box and neatly forget about it.
As can be said of each of these Hallmark films, if you enjoy the others, you’re sure to find something good in On the Twelfth Day of Christmas. I personally enjoy seeing familiar faces reappear in another of these wholesome films; and of course, simply the fact that this is a Christmas film earns it brownie points. If you’re planning a night in, turn on the twinkle lights, pop some popcorn and snag your favorite movie seat. After that, all that’s left to do is tune in to this delightful bit of Christmas cheer.
You can discover more fun Hallmark Christmas films in the 15 Hallmark Channel Originals list.