“Love You Like Christmas” was released in 2006. It stars Bonnie Sommerville and Brennan Elliott.
To read my review click here. I want to warn you this blog entry contains spoilers.
I will preface this with an admission that I know this movie has its fair share of Christmas movie cliches. Including a widower with a sweet daughter, a business woman from New York being stranded in the small town, the widower is about to lose the family farm, etc. But they’re done well.
One main character is Maddie, a New York advertising executive specializing in women’s clothing, who is driving to a client’s wedding in Colorado due to her fear of flying. Another main character is Kevin. He is the widower who runs the Christmas tree farm that has been passed down through the family. His daughter is Jo.
Naturally, Maddie’s classic mustang breaks down stranding her and when it’s finally fixed she wrecks it avoiding a reindeer. It seems fate is keeping her in town. Of course, she falls for Kevin and it’s mutual but she also loves Jo and that is mutual as well. Maddie uses her marketing skills to help market Kevin’s trees and helps save his farm.
What I love most about this movie is the people. There’s the diner owner, the woman who runs the boarding house (which just seems like a B&B to me), the traveling salesman, the mechanic/wannabe musician, and all the charming townspeople. There’s a variety of personalities but they’re all good and kind people. It’s the kind of town and people where I’d like to live.
I like seeing Maddie prioritize herself and the relationships in her life over her career. It’s like we’re rediscovering Christmas and the spirit and joy of the season with her. It’s like a warm blanket on a cold night.
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!