They say that you can always go home, but I don’t think that is the case. I think that sometimes, going home creates issues. There is an expectation that is placed on you when you grow up – about the things that you have or haven’t achieved in your life.
And then there is the fact that when you’re in a position to make changes in your home town, they expect you to make changes that benefit them. And then personally, it affects you when you can’t give everyone what they want.
As interim school superintendent Eve trims budgets, and now she’s in her hometown where it’s personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. Eve is back home and she, Liam and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.
Lets talk about It’s Christmas, Eve –
YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO HEAR
Eve and Liam’s meet cute it too cute. They see another meet cute, and end up meeting each other and automatically hit it off. I think one of the cutest things that Hallmark movies have is that everyone goes into these really deep thoughts immediately and I am like ya, that’s not happening.
But I have to say that Eve meeting Liam will be the thing that changes everything. He’s an arts teacher and her feelings for him open her eyes to what she’d be taking away. I think that we all have to be challenged sometimes and our eyes to the consequences of our decisions and how it affects those around you.
You really have to take a second to listen, but also to really stop and hear what is happening. You need to hear how things make changes to peoples lives.
How things affect peoples lives.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Returning home for Eve, well… it’s a thing. She returns to Franklin and has to make cuts to balance the budget at the local school. That unfortunately means that the arts are the first thing that is normally cut.
The only thing good about returning to Franklin is that she gets to spend Christmas with her family. That’s always a plus, but I can’t imagine having to make dramatic changes to the school where you’ll have to answer the people all the time for everything because it’s where your family lives.
Returning home to Franklin has been a thing and like any Hallmark movie the town that you called home, someone there will capture your heart and a festival or a baking event that changes everything.
I love how Hallmark zones in on the season and the feelings that people will have for the season. It’s the thing that gives you hope. Sure, I am not wanting to return to my home, but I like the idea of it.
SING A LITTLE SONG
What I love about Hallmark movies is you are going to most likely have some holiday festivity that brings you a song. Look, Liam will break into random song, but the real star of this is Even, because hey she’s played by Leann Rimes and she sings like an angel.
Eve tells the district that she thinks that the way to keep the school from going under is to cut the music and arts program. Liam hears that he’s about to loose his job and the music program may go that leads him to the school to confront the interim superintendent. Only he sees that it’s Eve.
Eve does respect music, but she’s distanced herself from it since her father passed away. Liam used to write songs, but hasn’t found the time for it.
You know that they’re gonna help each other find their way.
Liams already deep in with her family, because he’s helping her stepfather write a song for her mom for their anniversary.
All of this sparks Eve to have the idea to put on a fundraiser for the school. She thinks that the community will contribute of they see the talent these kids have. And she’s going to need Liams help.
See, I told you they’d come together.
FEEL THE SPIRIT
Of course the school board says go ahead for the fundraiser, even though they were a little shady with the whole thing. Though I get it, she was kinda falling head over feet for Liam.
We know, as with any movie, there is going to be a conflict and for Eve there is. Her next job is going to lead her away from Franklin and as okay as she would normally be with it, she isn’t as okay as she would be. She’s felt the spirit. She’s changed.
Liam and Eve have influenced each other to be better people. They have brought each other out of their shells. They’ve given each other hope to see the world in a different way.
But what made me feel the spirit with this movie was when Liam gave Eve a gift. Look, there is all sorts of typical stuff happening in this movie and I love it all, but when Liam finishes the song that her Dad had not finished as a gift for her, I screamed THAT’S YOUR MAN!
It’s Christmas, Eve is filled with meet cutes, music and hope. It’s definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies and one that you shouldn’t miss!