Another Christmas Tree Miracle
Molly Logan (Lacey Chabert - The Sweetest Christmas) grew up on her parent's Christmas tree farm in the town her family helped found, and as a child she was close to Lucas Bishop (Corey Sevier - Four Christmases and a Wedding) the son of the town's banker. Whilst Molly followed her dreams and headed to the city to try and make it as a writer, Lucas ended up giving up on his dream of becoming a photographer to get a career in business. But things didn't work out for Molly, ending up an assistant who is treated more like a child minder by her widowed boss. So when out of the blue her boss not only receives a Christmas tree from her parent's farm but one that Molly saved as a child she believes it is a sign for her to return home. And it is a good job as Molly learns that the Christmas tree farm is struggling and the bank is foreclosing on a loan, which brings her back in to touch with Lucas. Not long after, her widowed boss and his children show up as the children adore Molly and want to be with her for Christmas.
This is not uncommon but as I watched "The Tree That Saved Christmas" I felt like what I was watching were bits of other Christmas movies spliced together. We have a Christmas tree farm setting, a struggling business, a childhood sweetheart, a widowed boss with a couple of children and I could go on because I don't think there was a single idea in "The Tree That Saved Christmas" which I hadn't stumbled across before, and not just once or twice before as all the ideas were very familiar.
But whilst I'm a little disappointed by the lack of fresh ideas in "The Tree That Saved Christmas" it is nicely put together with some well chosen locations, some typical but pleasant enough characters and to be honest the nice idea that whilst Molly is saving the family business she ends up with two suitors interested in her with both the high school sweetheart and the widowed boss making things a little complicated for her. But what "The Tree That Saved Christmas" also has is Lacey Chabert delivering what is a typical character for Chabert, as in it plays on her cute likeability and in doing so it saves this movie.
What this all boils down to is that "The Tree That Saved Christmas" is nothing but a typical made for TV Christmas movie with the casting of Lacey Chabert being a big part of why it works. But sadly it is only an average, wholesome Christmas movie which after having watched once you are unlikely to feel a need to watch again.