I wasn't planning to post anything today. But then two things happened.
I watched Haul out the Holly last night and it was my second time seeing it - first time, last holiday season. I teared up several times!
And then I read a comment in a Hallmark movie group that said it was too silly and implied that it was not Hallmark-worthy.
What follows, for the most part, is my response. Writing it made me realize it would make a good review and perfect end to my Christmas in July week here on the blog!
When Emily unexpectedly spends the holidays alone at her parents' house, their HOA insists that she participate in its many Christmas festivities. Starring Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Melissa Peterman and Ellen Travolta.
To me, it's about a lot more than that description tells you. Emily is a woman who has lost the wonder of Christmas. You find out how and why at the beginning. The movie is about her journey to rediscover it. I'll say a little more about that below, but there are spoilers, so if you think you might watch it, don't read the next section.
In lots of movies, it's the women who LOVE Christmas.
I was excited to see a movie where an entire neighborhood loved Christmas, and the main guy loved it so much, he (1) made himself a sort of Christmas king and (2) was hurt when he wasn't chosen to be Santa Claus.
Also, it touched me to see Emily rediscover the love of Christmas she used to have, and part of the underlying story is that her parents set that up for her.
They took down the tree so she would have to decorate it again. Etc.
And the whole neighborhood seemed to be in on it. And when they inducted her into Team Kringle, I thought that was really sweet.
By the way, it is also quite funny! And maybe a little silly. In an endearing way.
But there were also parts that made me tear up! And, again, these are SPOILERS...
When they inducted her into Team Kringle. When she woke up as an adult and said, "it's Christmas!" It was proof that her love of Christmas had been restored.When she realized that her parents were giving her the house.
Does it seem like a movie you would like?
If you want to watch it yourself, I am sure it will come on several more times before Christmas in July is over.
See you next time!