“Help For The Holidays” was released in 2012. It stars Summer Glau, Eva LaRue, John Brotherton, Dan Gauthier, Izabela Vidovic, Mason Cook, and Steve Larkin.
To read my review click here. I want to warn you this blog entry contains spoilers.
This movie is about parents, Sara and Scott, who hire a nanny to care for their two children while they’re busy with their Christmas store. It is also about an elf, Christine, who wonders about the world. Santa sends Christine to be the nanny and bring back Christmas spirit to the family including children Ally and Will and their uncle Dave.
What’s so special about this is the magic of Christmas. Santa sending an elf, of course he chooses her for a reason, to go help a family. She experiences the real world for the first time. We see as she figures out things about the world including a new kind of love.
Christine has an energy and love for Christmas, as well as the kindness you’d expect in an elf, that are contagious. She tackles everything with a sense of innocent. Seeing her as an adult with a childlike love of all things Christmas is something I can relate to. I think a lot of people feel a little like the child they were at Christmas.
We also get to see parents who have become so wrapped up in their store that they aren’t seeing their children. They aren’t seeing their wants and needs. They are focusing on what has to be done and just getting through each day. So many of us get stuck in this rut. Christine helps them open their eyes with some help from Uncle Dave.
I also adore watching Christine fall in love. I won’t say how they resolve it, as she’s a North Pole elf and he’s human.
The movie isn’t super deep or dramatic. It has the feel of a light romcom. It’s one that you can watch, see tons of Christmas, and just relax and enjoy. Summer Glau does such an amazing job. I really love watching it.
If you haven’t seen it I hope you give it a try. If you have, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie. Happy Viewing!