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Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (2014)



One of the best things Hallmark has going for them are the quirky characters of their wildly popular Signed, Sealed, Delivered franchise. Starting out as a two-hour pilot movie that launched a ten-episode show, it is now moving to three 2015 movie specials, all of which is kicked off with this 2-hour Christmas special. These late deliveries keep our quartet in their own backyard, delaying all but Oliver’s Christmas plans. Shane (Kristin Booth) plans to treat herself to a spa, while Rita (Crystal Lowe) has family to visit and Norman (Geoff Gustafson) too has plans of his own, leaving their fearless leader, Oliver (Eric Mabius) to carry out the last minute postal needs, only loyal to each other, plans are put on hold to be sure a little girl gets her Christmas wish – even as her mother lies ill in a hospital bed. Creative thinking and maybe a little heavenly assistance will be needed for the POstables to pull off this Christmas wish – and maybe that of a girl’s from a very long time ago.

It’s not hard to love the cast of characters creator Martha Williamson (Touched by an Angel) brings to life in this charming, almost old-fashioned kind of series. There’s a sweet wit to each story though I appreciate that the writing isn’t afraid to be genuine which can often take an unexpected turn and even, a sad conclusion – but it’s usually something that is turned into a learning moment or by that grief, someone else’s life is helped. In other words, I don’t think this show does anything just for the sheer pleasure of tormenting viewers or because they thought it was the “only way” to further a plot. There’s always a beautiful reason behind the tears and that’s enough.

Honestly, I cannot say this (as a story) was my favorite for the gang though it was still lovely in its own unique way – and really, this story was told in only a way that this canon can tell it. It has a nice emphasis on family even an unconventional one (the fact that these four friends have formed a close-knit friendship that is really more akin to family is a primary structure to the overall picture and it sure is a pretty one) and within that, breaks down more barriers in Shane and even Oliver when he realizes the purpose his last Christmas delivery is meant to fulfill.

The production is nice, including seeing the gang all decked out in their Christmas finery; Oliver being typical Oliver (seriously, who talks like he does!? I mean, I love the guy, but how he refers to past events – as if Shane forgot! – is too cute) and the much anticipated dance featuring Oliver and Shane putting those dance lessons to good use. Anyone who considers themselves a part of the Twitter POstables army will be sorry if they miss this, which is why I do have to advise you to make a date with Hallmark (Movie Channel) tonight because you’ll be moved by this newest journey. There’s plenty of holiday cheer delivered, an emotional (spiritual) message waiting to be received and of course, a poignant message for our thoughts as we enter this Christmas season. Really, this is the perfect bit of holiday cheer – it’s something that has Hallmark’s signature all over it and is hard not to enjoy the results of.

Catch the premiere of Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas TONIGHT (Sunday, the 23rd) on Hallmark Movie Channel. Until then, enjoy this teaser trailer – and let me know if you’re excited for this movie or any other Christmas movie fun you want to chat about.
 
                 
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  1. This looks super cute! I haven't seen a single Christmas movie yet this year, I need to get on the ball! :-) Thanks for sharing about this!

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    1. It is cute, Renee, and if you saw it, I sure hope you enjoyed. As for no Christmas movies yet, oh dear! You must catch up, friend. :)

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