Each year I have a kind of list of titles that I’m confident I’ll enjoy. I cannot remember for certain (because, guys, there are so many televised Christmas romances), but think this is one in that category. Here are my thoughts on this Lifetime original.
A Sugar and Spice Holiday (2020) Lifetime TV Film Review
As a child, Suzie’s most favorite thing to do was bake with her grandmother, who also happened to be their town’s champion gingerbread baker! Suzie loved the activity as a way to inspire her dream of someday being an architect. Now, all grown up and missing her grandmother, Suzie (Jacky Lai) has realized her dream, and is ready for the next chapter; earning a prominent promotion.
About to leave for Christmas, Suzie learns she has until New Year’s Eve to submit her plans for the new building she is designing; a design that could determine her promotion. Bringing her work home, Suzie plans to find balance between family and her work, only she doesn’t anticipate being roped into the gingerbread competition by none other than Billy (Tony Giroux), her former high school bestie.
There is so many TV film reviews that are essentially the same or quite similar. Many of the trope-y things in this are the same, but there are some things A Sugar and Spice Holiday does a little differently. For example, the flour-on-the-cheek bit is a tiny bit different; and it’s darling to see Suzie’s mother “ground” her. (Suzie’s comparing people to sweets is also a fun add on.) Then there’s the way it ends which is really quite a departure from most tropes (anyone who likes female empowerment will like it; I don’t like it for this reason). That said, it works and is nice to see something a little apart from the norm. Best of all, it’s still happy.
I cannot say one way or another if I’ve seen anyone in this cast elsewhere, but everyone is good. I enjoyed them as their respective characters, and how they work cohesively. There’s plenty of darling moments in this film, and again, I appreciate that the couple acknowledges there’s a “liking” between them. There’s just something about this being more authentic than the dance around feelings. If you enjoy a sweet rom-com that centers on the season, this is the perfect watch. ?
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You can find A Sugar and Spice Holiday (2020) digitally on Amazon Video
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Content: nothing to mention (there is some minor innuendo early on) – this is one I’d tag a “clean romance.”
Photos: Lifetime Pictures