Friday, December 14, 2018

*31 Days of Christmas* Homegrown Christmas

Thanksgiving is over and the countdown to Christmas has officially begun (at least in my house). I don't limit myself to just reading cheesy Christmas romances during this time of year. Oh no. I also find myself binge watching Christmas movies on Netflix and the Hallmark Channel. And I thought, why not incorporate that into my blog as well. So I give you the 31 Days of Christmas (which will be much easier to accomplish with movies than books like I've tried to do in past years).

Next up is Homegrown Christmas.

Watched on: Hallmark
Duration: 2 hours (with commercials)
Originally aired on: 8 December 2018
Directed by: Mel Damski
Starring: Lori Loughlin, Matt Hamilton, and Gwynyth Walsh
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew info.


After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Lori Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Victor Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.


This second-chance romance features a workaholic woman who returns to her small town for the holidays. For the first time in years she has loads of time on her hands, so she volunteers to help run a Christmas dance for her alma mater high school. Things are really tense between Maddie and Carter, and it's not immediately obvious exactly why. I knew they were high school sweethearts and then things went south, but it took a while for them to come out and say why things went south. 

Complicating matters, Carter works for Maddie's family's company and is treated like he's one of them. It definitely seems like Maddie's family is conspiring against her to throw her and Carter together at every possibly opportunity, and considering their rocky history, it's definitely necessary for them to find their way back to each other. 

I liked how in this movie Carter and Maddie weren't immediately all over each other, and even when they start talking about the past and why they made the choices that they did, they still kept their emotional distance for a while. It felt a lot more realistic than most second-chance romance Christmas movies. 

This movie includes tree cutting, cookie baking with an intense cookie swap, a snowball fight, 

My Rating
Check Out My Other Christmas Movie Reviews


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Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe starring Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny, & Genevieve Kang
The Princess Switch starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, & Nick Sagar
The Holiday Calendar starring Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, and Ethan Peck
The Christmas Switch starring Natasha Henstridge, Brian Kraus, and Cedric Smith
48 Christmas Wishes starring Khiyla Aynne, Elizabeth Ellsworth, and Maya Franzoi
The Spirit of Christmas starring Thomas Beaudoin, Kati Salowsky, and Steven A. Miller
A Shoe Addict's Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart
Mingle All the Way starring Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, and Lindsay Wagner
A Majestic Christmas starring Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent, and Adaya Ariana
Finding Santa starring Eric Winter, Jodie Sweetin, and Jay Brazeau
It's Christmas, Eve starring LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hynes, and Gwynyth Walsh
Christmas Next Door starring Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, and Brittany Bristow
A Christmas Melody starrinLacey Chabert, Brennan Elliott, and Kathy Najimy
The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, and Judah Lewis
Once Upon a Holiday starring Briana Evigan, Paul Campbell, and Greg Evigan
Christmas Inheritance starring Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, and Andie MacDowell
The Most Wonderful Time of Year starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler, and Warren Christie

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