Ahhh, Christmas. The holiday season is hard and it’s definitely challenging. Enchanted Christmas is definitely one of the movies that makes you realize how hard the holidays can be, how you need to hold yourself together and balance life, and how allowing your heart to heal isn’t a bad thing.
It can actually save you.
Enchanted Christmas is about: “Young widow Laura Trudeau (Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. As a project manager she is tasked with renovating a dilapidated lodge in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas Eve. She is stunned to discover it’s the same lodge where she and her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta (PenaVega) performed each Christmas.”
Finding love that you left in the past can sometimes help you move to the future.
Now – keep in mind this is a holiday movie on Hallmark, so it’s going to have the usual – returning to the home town they left behind, or some festival. And that’s great – because that is part of what makes every Hallmark movie special.
In today’s Countdown to Christmas, we’re talking all about Enchanted Christmas and what we love about it.
FINDING HOME AGAIN
They say that you can’t go home again and then they say that you can. To be honest, it’s one of those things that is all about how you take it.
Laura didn’t want to go home, she didn’t want to have to face all that she left behind. She’s not sure of a lot, but is expecting the constant judgement. And when you have to face the things that you left behind – stress automatically comes.
One thing that I have learned with Hallmark movies is that going home is going to remind you just how great home is and what it has taught you. Laura isn’t going to want to admit that she’s happy being there, because she has to face everything that she left behind and didn’t want to deal with.
But it’s going home that makes you remember who you are – at least that is what Laura does. She needs to find hope and herself again and when she finds it – she feels a peace that she hasn’t had.
FINDING A BALANCE
The Enchanted Lodge is a mess – it is so bad that the E’s aren’t there anymore and it says Enchantd Lodg. Laura has returned to put it all back together. Her work is everything to her and she’s focused.
There are a lot of things that happen, and it doesn’t all make sense, but you just don’t care because the whole time you know that Ricardo and Laura are finding their way to each other.
And you’re holding out for that.
This is one of those movies that you don’t care what happens because you are rooting for these two. Their chemistry bounces off the screen and slaps you right in the feels.
You’re getting all sorts of love up in this bitch – family, personal, parental. You’re seeing someone find themselves and it’s absolutely adorable. All you can do is cheer them on and hope that they find their way to each other.
ONE MORE DANCE
Laura had given up dancing, but she hasn’t forgotten Ricardo – her former dancing partner. He’s back home.
They always danced in the town’s Christmas show together until 10 years prior, when right before he told her that he had to go. He was leaving for a professional tour and apparently those 20 minutes of dancing would have killed him. LORD.
She hasn’t forgiven him, but like any good woman she isn’t about to let it show. Sometimes you have to be cold, distant, but above the fray.
Ricardo is at the hotel that Laura is fixing for her work and practicing for the show that he had left her alone at. Her daughter wants to be part of the show and reluctantly she agrees.
It’s always a good thing to see others through a child’s eyes because it opens you open your eyes to the pureness of ones soul. And the little girl keeps getting better and better, and then when Ricardo’s partner bails, Laura has to step in.
Of course being in the show and also having to do her job is a lot for Laura, but she’s willing to do what it takes. Then again – Ricardo gets a chance for something else and will he leave her again?
They will they/won’t they is part of the fun of this movie. And these two have such great chemistry that you are cheering for it every step of they way.