Lancaster's Fir Fun
The one thing Elise MacReynolds (Sarah Lancaster) remembers about Christmas as a child was working on the family fir tree farm and driving down to the city at Christmas to sell them on the lot. It is why she doesn't do Christmas and why she doesn't return home to the farm to see her parents as often as she should. But when at Thanksgiving she gets laid off from her marketing job she finds that the only job open to her is to return home to help sell the Christmas trees during the busiest time of the year. She reluctantly agrees and thanks to the return visits to the lot from the handsome Darren (Eric Johnson) even starts to get in to the Christmas spirit. But her troubles are not over as a the new owner of the neighbouring department store is a money grabbing grouch and wants to get rid of the tree lot and so Elise must find a way of stopping the city from shutting the business down.
To be honest I don't think "Oh Christmas Tree", which is also known as "Fir Crazy", needs a great deal of reviewing or explanation as it can be broken down into easy chunks. City girl falls back in love with the family business, she also falls in love with Christmas, finds love with a handsome man who is nicer than her recent ex and saves the day when the family business is in danger. All those chunks are standard made for TV Christmas movie cliches and within minutes of "Oh Christmas Tree" starting you can predict how things are going to play out.
But the good news is that "Oh Christmas Tree" handles all these cliches nicely with a nice tone, some cute romance and most importantly for this type of regular Christmas fair nice pacing. I say that because when everything is so regular the movie needs to just tick over and never dawdle and this one never does. It also has a good heart which yes at times it is corny such as when Elise helps out a down on his luck guy by offering him work but it is what you expect from a Hallmark Christmas movie as is a happy ever after ending.
What this all boils down to is that whether you call it "Oh Christmas Tree" or "Fir Crazy" this Hallmark Christmas movie is predictable from start to finish. But it works as it is what you expect from Hallmark, a simply cute Christmas piece of fluff.