A Christmas Special Delivery
Christmas is coming and the guys at the dead letter office; Oliver (Eric Mabius), Shane (Kristin Booth), Rita (Crystal Lowe) and Norman (Geoff Gustafson) are busy making sure that all the lost letters get delivered before they close on Christmas Eve and in the case of Shane head off on holiday. But then postal trouble shooter Jordan (Rob Estes) brings to their attention one lost letter addressed to God, something which brings back painful memories for Shane from her childhood. Whilst Oliver is unsure about the mysterious and smooth Jordan they can't leave a letter unsent and the team get to work. What they discover is that the letter was posted by a little girl whose pregnant mum has been rushed in to hospital having become very ill and it looks like this little girl will not only miss out on Christmas but may lose her mother as well. Whilst the dead letter guys can't perform miracles they can try and give a little girl a good Christmas.
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas", shown as "Lost Letter Mysteries for Christmas" in the UK, is the second movie in this series of TV movies which as of writing consists of 7 movies plus a few episodes of a TV series. And this Christmas TV movie is of the same high calibre that each of these TV movies have been delivering a multi-layered story which draws you as we discover more about are friends at the dead letter office whilst also having an individual storyline to also keep us entertained. As such whilst we have Oliver, Shane, Rita and Norman trying to make Christmas special for a young girl who might lose her ill mum we have individual mysteries from Oliver remembering the last Christmas he had with his grandfather to why Shane no longer has faith due to something from her own childhood. I am not going to go in to detail but will say that as has been the way with these movies these stories have a touching side which helps grow the central characters and their feelings towards each other.
But there is something else which for me makes "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" special as on top of the emotion, the humour, the great writing and entertaining characters, all wonderfully played by the returning cast there is also the music. Who ever was put in charge of the music in "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" got it absolutely spot on as not only are the various songs pleasant but the incidental music brilliantly adds to the atmosphere in this movie, helping to draw you in and never letting you go as it has at times an almost ethereal quality.
What this all boils down to is that "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" delivers everything which I have come to expect from this series of movies but with more than a sprinkling of Christmas magic which makes it even better and to be honest special.