Christmas Angel

"Christmas Angel" was released in 2009. The main stars are Bruce Davison, K.C. Clyde, and Kari Hawker-Diaz.


This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s a true story of the human spirit, suffering, failures, successes, and generosity of spirit. I love it more each time I see it. I hope you’ll watch it and let me know what you think.


To read my review click here.   I want to warn you this blog entry contains spoilers.


There are two things that really make this movie special to me. The first is relationships. It mirrors how we as people can be at different stages of life and in different circumstances and how the people around us affect us so profoundly if we let them.  The second is the spirit of giving. If Christmas could be summed up in one word, I believe that word should be giving. In this movie it’s about giving without credit and for selfless reasons.


This movie is about Ashley, Nick, and Will. They each have similarities and differences and we get to see how their interactions with each other make a deep impact on their lives.


A quick summary of the premise is that Ashley feels alone at Christmas as she searches for a job. Her neighbor Nick offers her a job as his assistant in the best work: helping others. There's one catch, she can't tell anyone that her new boss is a sort of Secret Santa. William (Will) is a reporter who has been taken off writing because of issues with fact checking an article. He wants to date Ashley but also write about Nick to restart his career. 


Let’s get to know the three main characters.


Ashley is lonely and guarded. She has learned not to trust or rely on anyone. She has built up walls to protect herself. It took her a long time to let Nick into her life and he is the only person in her life, plus her dog, Dash. Nick hires her to be his personal assistant and help him with giving to others.


Nick is a wealthy man. He is divorced from a wife he still has affections for but knows his zealous search for wealth is the reason she left him. He learned that money isn’t the answer to happiness. At least, the possession of it. He moves into a very cheap apartment and secretly, with a bunch of helpers. like a priest, helps people in the community who are in need. We learn partway through the movie that Nick didn’t just give Ashley the job because he needed help. He gave it to her because he knew that it would help her and when he died, he needed someone to continue his mission of giving.


Will is a reporter who has been demoted to fact checker after embellishing a story. He puts his career before people. We didn’t know as much about him at first. Interestingly, we get to know him as the movie goes on but he’s also changing who he is, thanks to Ashley.


Now let’s dig a little more into the story.


Ashley and Will meet when they run into each other, literally. They accidentally end up with each other’s cell phones. They meet up to exchange cell phones. Nick encourages her to get to know Will.


Will’s interested in Ashley as a potential romantic interest. Unfortunately, he’s also searching for a story to regain his status as a journalist at the paper. He recognizes Nick as a famous CEO who just seemed to disappear from the business world. He sees this as a story. This is where it gets complicated. He wants to spend time with Ashley, but Ashley is trying to protect Nick’s secret as Will tries to uncover it.

Nick slowly helps Ashley by getting her to see the people around her. Helping others gives her the pick me up she needs during the holidays. A time that makes her sad because she’s alone. By noticing others and focusing on them, she’s finding happiness. 


When Nick becomes ill and has to be hospitalized, Will helps her with her giving projects. Ashley is heartbroken at the thought of losing Nick and seems torn between whether she should let Will in. Luckily, Nick comes to the rescue. He agrees to meet with Will and gives him permission to write the story about him being Secret Santa.  He also tells him about Ashley’s past and how he wants Will to not give up on her.


You’ll have to watch to see how it ends. It’s a very special movie.  The writing and acting are so superb it really creates emotions that you can feel with the characters. It will make you sad, it will make you happy, and it will make you feel the spirit of Christmas. Overall, the movie is about people, hearts, and the Christmas spirit of generosity and selflessness.


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!



I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie. Happy Viewing!




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Comments: 1
  • #1

    Jacki T (Monday, 14 November 2022 19:35)

    This sounds like a real feel good holiday movie. Adding to my list of must watch movies.