A Christmas Tree for Chicago
In Chicago, career focused, Holly (Brooke D'Orsay - How to Fall in Love) is known as Miss Christmas as each year she finds the perfect tree for the renowned Radcliffe Tree lighting. When the tree she spent the past year choosing ends up damaged just a few days before the switching on ceremony Holly finds herself desperately searching for a replacement. When she reads a letter from a young boy saying he has the perfect tree it leads to her heading to the small town only to find the child's father, Sam McNary (Marc Blucas - Operation Christmas), is not willing to part with the tree and is certainly not a fan of Christmas. Determined to succeed she ends up spending time with Sam and his children and in doing so is forced to confront what is missing from her life.
One thing about being a movie fan like me is that when ever Hallmark comes up with a new Christmas movie I can usually think of other movies it reminded me of. In the case of "Miss Christmas" it reminded me of a couple of Andrew McCarthy movies; "The Christmas Tree" from 1996 and "The National Tree" from 2009, both of which revolved around the need for a special Christmas tree. But never fear as "Miss Christmas" isn't a rehash of either of those movies and has more in common with more recent Hallmark movies.
What that means is in "Miss Christmas" we see the career focused, boyfriend-less, Holly spend time with Sam and his family who are at odds over a tree which his parents planted 30 years earlier when they bought the land. But what we get is on one hand Holly discovering a big part of her life which has been missing as the family welcome her in to their home whilst we also have a question over why Sam is so reluctant to let it go. And of course with this being a Hallmark movie we have some romantic sparks flying as Holly and Sam end up finding themselves falling for each other. And that means there will come a point when Holly faces a decision as to what is important in her life.
But as I say so often about Hallmark Christmas movies; "Miss Christmas" is very much about serving up a slice of Hallmark Christmas entertainment. As such on top of that romance we have the familiar characters, the beautiful decorations and a nice dose of tradition and why it is important. Plus of course we have a good looking couple in Brooke D'Orsay and Marc Blucas although again this is one of those movies where the romance is warm and cute but not overly memorable.
What this all boils down to is that "Miss Christmas" is another addition to the list of Hallmark Christmas movies which are plenty of fun but don't have that little touch of extra seasonal magic to make it stand out from the crowd.