Tuesday, November 29, 2022

#31DaysOfChristmas: The Tree that Saved Christmas


Watched on: Christmas + (Roku)
Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes
Originally aired: November 30, 2014
Directed by: David Winning
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Corey Sevier and Matthew Kevin Anderson
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew information.


Molly Logan and Lucas Bishop were childhood friends and high school sweethearts in Danbury Falls, Vermont. Molly's family founded the town two hundred years ago, with her immediate family still living on the same property, where her parents, Gordon and Betty Logan, have continued the family business of operating a Christmas tree farm. Since they were children, Molly knew she wanted to become a writer, a dream which her parents supported. Lucas knew he wanted to become a photographer, something his banker father, Elliot Bishop, vehemently didn't allow him to pursue as a career, he believing only in guaranteed good-paying careers, like his own. Molly and Lucas broke up years ago when he would not follow her to New York, where they would have pursued their professional dreams. They have not seen each other since. After getting an MBA, Lucas returned to Danbury Falls to work at the bank. Molly works at a publishing house, where her recently widowed boss, Walter Dunlap, treats her more as his 24/7 personal assistant - mostly acting as a surrogate caregiver to his two impressionable daughters, Victoria and Sofia - than as a business assistant, both which leave her little time to write. While Walter forces Molly to work over the Christmas holidays, in part preparing his own home for Christmas, Molly believes she has received a sign of some sort when the tree delivered to the Dunlap house not only came from the Logan tree farm, but is the "Charlie Brown" tree Molly saved from being culled twenty years ago, she and Lucas who at the time christened it "Molly's tree." As she has just heard from her brother Ryan that the bank is foreclosing on a mortgage for the tree farm property - something Gordon and Betty were not going to tell them - Molly decides it is a sign to chuck in her work responsibilities to head back to Danbury Falls with the tree to help her parents save the farm from being turned into a golf resort. In the process, Molly runs into Lucas, who is heading the search for investors for the development proposal. In trying to bring some Christmas cheer not only to her family and to the town, Molly may end up working some Christmas magic on Lucas and Walter, but not without the obstacle of Mr. Bishop trying to get his way.


I missed about the first ten minutes of this movie because I was busy making a cheesecake for a work potluck, and with two mixers, the microwave, and the oven all running around me, I just couldn't hear. But I was pretty sure I was able to get the gist of what happened when Molly was a child on her parents' Christmas tree farm (and that was even before I read the synopsis from IMDb, which I'm fairly certain sums it up quite well thank you very much). 

By the time I could hear what was going on, Molly was a career woman in the city, working all the time, because of course she was. When she hears that the family farm is in jeopardy, she rushes home leaving her boss in the lurch because she has always loved Christmas (to the best of my knowledge). And unlike yesterday's flop of a movie, this one absolutely qualifies as a typical Christmas romance. 

It featured the classic awkward encounter with the ex who never really left the small town, tree decorating, a Christmas market/festival atmosphere, and a true Christmas miracle. For a while I thought we were going to have a love triangle situation for Molly, then I thought Molly's boss was going to put the moves on her mother, then I thought...You know what, if I go any further with that, it would be serious spoilers. 

Overall I give this Gretchen Wiener Christmas movie enthusiastic thumbs up. 


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