Magical Christmas Ornaments (2017 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)


Magical Christmas Ornaments

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Stars: Jessica Lowndes & Brendan Penny

Synopsis (via Hallmark)

When Marie begins receiving ornaments from her mother, a new coincidental blessing comes with each one, causing Marie to feel more excited for the holidays than she has in years. Marie’s once-lost Christmas sprit gets another boost when she meets her handsome neighbor, Nate, and feels a spark with him while celebrating the season. When Marie’s boss assigns her to edit the book of the man who broke her heart, however, it resurfaces her past holiday heartache, and even causes her to push Nate away. Feeling lost both at work and in love, Marie looks for a Christmas miracle to give her the confidence to pursue her work goals and to try to win Nate back. As Christmas approaches, Marie must follow her heart’s passion—both at work and in love—and hope her Christmas ornaments work their magic one more time.changed.



Marie lives in NYC and wants to be a fiction writer but she has a successful cookbook and is stuck in boring non-fiction.

On her way home from martinis with her friend, Marie meets Nate (a Florida boy who loves Christmas). While they ride up the elevator, Marie complains about her neighbor who listens to corny Christmas music really loudly and explains why she isn’t a fan of Christmas cheer. Turns out, Nate lives on the same floor… and loves Sinatra Christmas. (He’s the neighbor who plays Christmas music too loudly.)

In her apartment, Marie opens a package from her Mom (who is also facetiming to watch her open it). It’s an Aurora Angel Ornament, apparently from Marie’s childhood. Marie’s Mom tells her the ornament makes wishes come true, but then abruptly ends the call because It’s a Wonderful Life is on.  She makes a Christmas Wish for the transfer of departments and a sign to show her that happy endings aren’t just in fairytales.

Back at work (Lyons Publishing), Marie takes a meeting with Henry, her publishing boss. He agrees to move her to fiction—if she helps with the next non-fiction book. Could she be getting her Christmas wish? Could it be the magical Christmas ornament? While mulling over those questions, Marie gets ANOTHER ornament from her Mom. It is a Christmas pill bottle? Again, from Marie’s childhood. While she was young she fell and broke her wrist and the nurses in the ER gave it to her.

Foreshadowing because, Marie’s martini friend is running the toy drive at the hospital and needs some extra hands. At the hospital with the most healthy-looking kids I’ve ever seen, Marie thinks of a great idea: to make ornaments for the kids and put what they want on the back. She runs into Nate, who is a nurse at the hospital. He can’t believe that Marie doesn’t have a Christmas tree and immediately goes and gets her one.

Again, at work, Marie receives an Emily Dickinson ornament. JP is Marie’s celebrity client (Tim Matheson) and will work with her on his next fiction book. While talking, he quotes Emily Dickinson to her… WEIRD!

When another mailing mishap brings the neighbors together, Nate helps Marie decorate her Christmas Tree and they talk about their Christmas Past, including Nate’s affection for Tiny Tim. (Who inspired him to become a nurse.) We, of course, get a tree decorating montage, and then Nate asks her to go ice skating, but warns her it will be Christmassy. Marie agrees and they say goodnight. When she looks down, she sees her dog (Sam) playing with a box; it is another ornament! A pair of skates/Lighthouse/and Pancakes, because that is how her Dad proposed to her Mom, I guess.

The next day, Marie gets a treasure chest ornament and talks to her martini friend. It’s serendipity! As they are talking Marie gets a manuscript from JP, the title? A Christmas Treasure!!! Before she can work with JP, Marie will have to work with her ex-boyfriend, Clark.

At the ice skating rink, Nate is terrible at skating and Marie has to teach him how to turn. Jessica Lowdens is really good at nagging people. Like she probably does that all the time. After skating they grab Christmas pancakes (which are green and gross looking) and then visit Skyler (one of the sick kids… she broke her leg in gymnastics).

There is a scene where Nate and Marie go to a friends house to play charades or something? It shows that Nate and Marie are the best couple.

Clark shows Marie the treatment for his book. It is basically their relationship. Marie is horrified and angry because he is using her past pain for his own personal gain. Somehow they work things out. Then at the holiday party, he betrays her again and steals her ideas. She goes off on him at the party. The next day, after a talk with her Mom, Marie resigns from her position and decides to follow her heart.

Apparently, her heart is telling her to give Nate a Tiny Tim Christmas ornament? They love it and each other! Because happy endings really do exist!

Side Note

I’ve watched this one TWICE and can’t fill in the plot holes, soooooo many plot holes.

Jessica Lowdens got highlights to appear less bitchy—it didn’t work.

Marie is the worst dog owner on the planet.

Overall rating

🎄 🎄  (2 Christmas Trees)

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 (5 glasses of wine required)

*Photo Credit: © 2017 Crown Media United States, LLC

Author: Patrick Serrano

Hi! I'm a Chicago based actor, who has a love/hate relationship with made for TV movies.

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