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Christmas Angel

23 November 2012, 14:31

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It’s no secret that I have an obsession with TV holiday movies.

There’s something about them that instantly bring me to the place of holiday happiness. The story lines, the decorations, the baking, the singing, the relationship bonding, the caring. When it’s all presented in a nice neat package of a two-hour time slot, I’m there. I especially love the ones that are either based on big-city girl gone country (or opposite), unlikely love stories, anything that takes place in NYC and uplifting or heartwarming pieces (read: I love to cry).

So, imagine my excitement when the email came in offering a chance to view a pre-release of gmc’s Christmas Angel to air this weekend. I broke out the popcorn and wine and even grabbed my husband for this one. (Not that he was needing too much of a push.)

Synopsis from their website: Olivia is not like most fifth graders. She is being raised by Melinda, a single mother who works at a bustling local bakery run by her good friend Daphne, the mother of Olivia’s best friend and classmate. Olivia has a heart of gold that shines through in her good intentions – and her imagination. During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, a mysterious lady quietly moves into the house next door. The house has been uninhabited since the owner, Dr. Nathan Davis, left town abruptly. When some of the neighborhood kids’ Christmas wishes suddenly begin to come true, Olivia is convinced that the town’s newcomer is an angel – and she is determined to prove it.

I knew within five minutes of beginning this movie that I would love it. The main actress, an 11 year-old girl named Olivia, is played by Izabela Vidovic, whose ability to pose herself as a credible actress in her short years of life could rival the best of Hollywood’s offerings of leading ladies.

In other words, this kid was good.

There were so many reasons I loved Christmas Angel. Here are a few of them (without giving the movie away):

- It was the type of movie that made you remember what is most important in life. The acts of kindness and selflessness literally made me want to help someone the moment the movie was over. Watching this movie reinforced the notion of our ability to make an impact on someone’s life and how monumentally gorgeous that impact can be. Especially when we can get our children involved. Watching this movie made me want to be a better person. I know that’s deep, but so is my grey coverage. I just like to keep things real around here.

- The actor/actress line-up was good. Let’s be real- some of the holiday movies I love have some really bad acting. While I maintain a place in my heart for all types of holiday movies, it’s refreshing and a beautiful thing when there’s a good cast. Teri Polo, Kevin Sorbo, Tamera Mowry-Housley (of Sister Sister fame), and the longtime famous and incredible talented Della Reese come together to give a believable performance. Big thumbs-up for zero awkward banter or unfortunate failed comedic deliveries.

- It was a movie based upon faith, but it wasn’t too churchy. I got nervous for about 22 seconds when I found out it was a gmc movie, because I know as an “uplifting” network, it could mean things could possibly get too religious for my liking. But, it wasn’t like that at all. Yes, there were God references. And yes, faith played a role. But it was the type of faith that you wanted to believe in. The kind that I do believe in. They were nice moments to remind that it’s a good thing to believe in something–whether that something is God or the moon or the turkey you ate last night. A reminder that you’re not alone in this world and there is something out there that helps make sense of your path through life. A reminder that what you put out to the skies and trees and air around you can come back to you and to others in the most positively awesome way.

- I cried more than once. The cry-factor is a big determiner for me as to whether or not something is good. Some might call me a sap, but I like to think that I’m in touch with my emotions. I’m also a mother, so crying comes naturally, along with drinking wine and constant toe cramps. (Seriously, does anyone else get toe cramps on a daily basis? I know my children are responsible in some way.)

My husband and I loved Christmas Angel. I passed the movie along to my parents and I know it’ll be one that we watch every holiday season, especially with our girls as they get older.

Christmas Angel premieres on gmc on Saturday, Nov. 24th at 7pm. It is also playing Saturday, Nov. 24th at 9 and 11 pm and Sunday, November 25th at 7, 9 and 11pm.

Here is a sneak peek. Who’s gonna watch it??? I promise you’ll love it.

Merry Christmas!

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