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Hats off to Christmas (2013)

Heartwarming always works at Christmas and this cute little piece of fluff is like a sweet candy cane. Haylie Duff plays a single mom, Mia who has a lot on her plate. Between caring for her son and healing from the death of her husband, she’s eager for a promotion at her job and with that, better hours to spend more time with her son, Scotty (Sean Michael Kyer). For ten years Mia has worked at Hats off to Christmas and in those years, she’s worked her way up to manager at their year-round store, so when she gets a call for a meeting with her boss, she assumes it’s about an upper management position. How wrong that turns out to be – instead she is asked to train the boss’ son, (Antonio Cupa) whose fancy college education and keen business sense is what’s shaping him to take over the company.

While watching this movie, the probability of anyone forgetting that it takes place at Christmas is slim to none because of the setting – and I love that. Because much of the movie takes place inside of a store front that’s packed wall to ceiling with adorable Santa-style hats, there are some fun scenes involving window decorating (this scene is particularly cute no matter it’s adorably outlandish décor) and silly antics between the workers, and some of these scenes put the film akin to the oldie but goodie Borrowed Hearts, though beyond its factory workers who look to each other as family, there the similarities end.

While it was fun to see Cupo in another movie, I must confess to being partial to his prior Hallmark role in Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Nonetheless, this film was too cute to complain rigidly about – aside from Mia’s stereotypical annoyance (and maybe her wardrobe, which wasn't also complimentary) when a certain someone lets her son down, for me, her character was a bit too wishy-washy to “feel” genuine. Once you accept that, this film really is cute in a fluffy feel-good way… and I loved every minute of it! Unlike most of its counterparts, this does span a much longer timeframe so while we are sometimes finding the romance unbelievable, it’s important to remember that instead of taking place the two weeks before Christmas, this one actually begins before Halloween and concludes, of course, on Christmas. The emphasis on family and its importance is precious and Scotty is one great kid (his cute “boyfriend” speech was too sweet), so if you are in the mood for decorating your tree this weekend or enjoying a wholesome family movie night, don’t miss out on the latest Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas title.

Hats off to Christmas airs Saturday, December 14th. Take a peek at the promo spot:
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  1. Sounds like a fun little movie! I'll have to set it to record on our DVR so I can watch it. :D

    1. It was indeed a fun little movie, Sereina. Hope you enjoy it - it's fun to watch these on a cold winter night. :)

  2. It sounds like a cute movie. Love the title!

    1. It was quite cute, Gwendolyn... and yes! The title is adorable to boot. :)

  3. How the heck did you already get your hands on this one??

    1. ...sending you an email with all the details! :)

  4. Coolness! I know the writers!!

  5. I would have really liked this movie except that I couldn't stomach Haylie Duff. She acted petulant and all her "concern" for her son came off like it (and she) was all about her. I know it's a holiday movie but her son walks and she takes it like a green light to make a move on the guy. She was repulsive. What a shrew. Too bad, really the rest of the cast and the movie would have been charming.

    1. Sorry -- I meant to include my name, Sara. And I agree with you that Antonio Cupo was better in LATDP! He would have been so much better here with Hillary Duff! They would have been so cute together.

    2. I didn't mind Haylie... she and Hilary were fun together in Material Girls though I will admit that this wasn't my favorite Hallmark. As you say, Hilary would have been good in this role though. Sorry you didn't enjoy the film because of Haylie; I liked how "jolly" the movie was (which was helped by the setting) but did think Haylie's character was as bit of a contradiction. Anyway, it was still cute. :)

      Antonio was GREAT in 'Thanksgiving Day Parade.' I loved him and Autumn together. So cute.

      Thanks for visiting, Sara. Please do so anytime.


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