Maddie is a successful ad executive in New York. She decides to drive to Colorado to attend an important client’s wedding. She gets delayed in Christmas Valley, Ohio. She falls in love with the town and the sexy Christmas Tree farmer.
Love interest: The sexy Christmas Tree farmer
Unlikely plot point: She seems unwilling to rent a car when her car breaks down. Even her boss points this out
Who is dead: Her mom and his wife
Romantic ending: After returning to New York, she quits her job and moves back to Christmas Valley and they kiss at the diner party of Christmas Eve.
This year at my Christmas Eve party we had a discussion of the song Last Christmas. One of my friend claimed this wasn’t actually a Christmas song. It was just a breakup song. If one replaces “Christmas” with “Summer” or “Wednesday” the song still works exactly the same.
Sadly George Micheal died on Christmas Day this year. I think this song will now and always be a Christmas song. I have five versions of this song, including two Wham! versions. I also have covers from Glee cast, Jimmy Eat World, and Darren Hayes.
Laurel is a busy single mother and head of Parks and Recreation at her small town. The mayor tasks her with putting together a last minute Christmas parade. She finds a perfect sleigh for the parade which seems to keep magically drawing her to her ex-boyfriend.
Love interest: Her sexy ex-boyfriend who moved to New York
Unlikely plot point: The sleigh keeps disappearing and no one ever calls the police
Who is dead: His uncle who taught him woodworking
Romantic ending: Santa saves the parade and they kiss in front of his antique store
This year I was planning on watching Die Hard as my Christmas night movie. However, someone at my Christmas Eve party suggested Mixed Nuts from 1994.
Somehow I’ve never seen this movie. It stars Steve Martin, Madeline Khan, Rita Wilson, Juliette Lewis, and Anthony LaPaglia. The supporting cast is just as star packed: Rob Reiner, Adam Sandler, Liev Schreiber, Gary Shandling, Parker Posey, and Jon Stewart.
The entire movie takes place on Christmas Eve at and around the office of a suicide prevention hotline. It is a little trans-phobic, but being from 1994 it is not that unsurprising. It could be a lot worse. I don’t know why this movie was so critically panned. It has only 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. I found it funny and surprising. The scene with Madeline Khan in the elevator is worth watching on it’s own. I recommend this for your future holiday viewing.
I don’t think I posted about it, but last year my Christmas Night movie was Love, Actually.
This year it got completely swallowed up by Christmas because it starts on Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas from Maru.
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