Christmas in Louisiana (2019 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
The Winter Family is Christmas royalty in New Iberia, Louisiana, and Sarah Winter (Kramer), a successful lawyer and former Miss Christmas, is no exception. When she returns home to celebrate the anniversary of the town’s Sugarcane Christmas Festival with her mother (Kelly) and her grandparents (Wallace and Bostwick), she rediscovers the magic of the season–and a little romance– with her former Mister Christmas, Luke (Daggs III).
It is 2004, and we see the crowning of Mr. and Miss Christmas. Sarah (her family is a long line of crown winners) and Luke are crowned Mr. and Miss Christmas. Luke breaks up with her on stage in front of the entire town.
15 years later. Sarah is a no-nonsense Boston lawyer who is headed back to Louisiana for the holidays. This year is the 50th anniversary of the crowning, and all the previous town Mr. and Miss Christmas winners are coming home for the celebration. Sarah runs into Luke and his dog on the street and is relieved to hear he will be leaving town to spend time with his family in Texas.
Sarah spends time with her family decorating and talking about how she is super over Luke. Dee Wallace is Sarah’s grandmother and meddling in everyone’s relationships. She is a previous winner too and has all the family sashes saved. She likes to honor the past. Just as they are going to take the photo of all the past winners, Luke shows up. (He has to stay in town to run his vet clinic.)
Sarah and Luke call a truce but have this weird dynamic going on. He is super goofy, and he does not amuse her. I’m not exactly sure what are they working towards, like some big event? They bake cookies, and Luke explodes frosting all over her face, they have frosting fight? It is not romantic or cute. They call a truce again.
Next, they go around town with Sarah’s Mom and her photographer friend and take photos for a Christmas card? Luke gives Sarah her coat when she is cold. Dee Wallace isn’t having it and wants everyone to focus on the Christmas Festival. (But she also wants all the hot goss about Luke and Sarah rekindling their romance.) Then they sing “Silent Night” around a piano that Dee Wallace’s husband refurbished.
Sarah and Luke decorate a boat, and he invites her on a proper date at his empty vet clinic. Sarah’s Mom also goes on a date with the photographer. (Dee Wallace is dee-lighted!) Luke loves New Iberia and was hoping that someone he loved might come back. (Sarah.) They sit on the floor and eat Chinese takeout from the cartons. They finally talk about the incident. Sarah was confused and missed having him in her life. He needed time to figure out what he wanted and was overwhelmed by the pressure. They almost kiss, but it gets ruined by an app going off.
The 2019 Mr. and Miss Christmas pageant is finally here. After crowning the newest Mr. and Miss, Christmas Sarah learns that they are going to break up. She tries to tell the girl that it is all going to be okay because love has a way of finding its way back.
Sarah and Luke get re-pinned as the best of all time. (After Dee Wallace gives it to her.) They are about to do a couple dance when Sarah storms off because she can’t risk her heart being broken again. Dee Wallace tells Sarah to follow her heart, or she will regret it.
Sarah gets on the next flight out of town. She misses the boat parade and the tamale trolley!!! But wait! Sarah receives a notification from her Christmas app and still gets on the plane.
Before Luke’s boat goes off in the parade, Sarah runs down the dock screaming his name. She tells him that she loves him and they kiss. The boat rides off as some honky-tonk music plays. Dee Wallace looks through some binoculars and says, “That’s my girl! Then fireworks happen.
Minority Report: Luke, Sarah’s co-workers, and BFF.
The movie was set and filmed in New Iberia, Louisiana.
Emily Moss Wilson, the movie director, and writer is from Louisiana
🎄🎄(2 Christmas Trees)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required)
*Photo Credit: © 2019 Lifetime
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