Just call me a sucker, because I am all about a Christmas love story. Especially one that seems to keep being about missed opportunities, chances, and signals.
I know that that it’s a surprise that I ventured out of my Hallmark bubble, but heat and the sheer disgust over some people and their voting comments makes me need to decompress.
I am not a big one for tradition because I feel like things changing and evolving with them is important to becoming better people. Though in the same breathe I will tell you that that traditions are important to keeping one grounded and are important to memories.
This movie was what I needed to lift my holiday spirits and put me in the mood for Christmas. It is predictable, fun, and the breathe of fresh – again, predictable – that I needed.
Hey, I hate Christmas, but I love Christmas joy.
We meet Pheobe, an optimistic girl that is grounded in tradition. She has spent her entire life going to Candy Cane Lane. Traditions mean everything to her and she doesn’t deal well with change.
So when Candy Cane Lane is cancelled she doesn’t know what to do. It’s one of those things that she’s spent so much time on she doesn’t know what to do when she’s not busy.
And then it’s the whole change thing. Change is scary. But change gives an opportunity for newness.
What it did was open up Pheobe’s time. She didn’t expect that the handsome vet in town would walk into her life, changing everything about the way she sees things – even if she doesn’t want to admit it. His life isn’t all about Christmas, where Pheobe’s is. He’s not a grinch – he just has been going through somethings and that has limited the way that he sees things.
But these two are just what each other need. They begin to enjoy spending time together, but always completely misjudge the situation. Rather than admitting that they have caught a case of the feels, they instead act as though the other person isn’t interested.
WE CAN ALL SEE THAT YOU BOTH ARE INTERESTED.
Their missed connections and the the way that these two keep finding their way into each others lives, is what keeps you interested. You can’t look away as you wonder what these two are going to do to misjudge life and everything that is happening to them.
What’s refreshing about this movie is that it make you smile, finding yourself rooting for these two as they redefine what Christmas means to them individually and to each other.
And hey, these two leads have such great chemistry that any Christmas movie that they do together, I would watch.
The movies stars Beverley Mitchell, Mark Ghanimé, Derek Johns, and Benedicte Belizaire.
Candy Cane Christmas premiered on Lifetime.