Christmas Aunt (2020 Lifetime)
Cast: Keshia Knight Pulliam
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
When Rebecca Miller returns home to Tennessee two weeks before Christmas to take care of her niece and nephew while their parents are away, the last thing she expected is to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Drew. As she attempts to revive the kids’ Christmas spirit and redeem their faith in Santa, she rediscovers her favorite childhood activity: 12 Days of Christmas–something she always did with Drew. As the kids’ trust in the holiday grows, Rebecca and Drew’s friendship returns, and she starts looking at Drew in a whole new light.
Becca is an are a dealer who speaks in hushed tones. She gets a call from her sister, Courtney, and mother back in Tennessee. They inform her that her mother broke her leg and need help taking care of herself and Becca’s niece (Maggie) and nephew. (Dan) Becca is reluctant to leave her job and her boss Blake is not supportive.
Working while taking kids and her mother doesn’t work out as well as Becca thinks, especially with her art dealer job being so demanding. (Damn! Get a new job.) At music class, Becca picks up the kids, and the music teacher is an old friend named Drew. They make a date to get together as friends.
Becca decorates the entire house herself because no one is into Christmas. She also plans a 12 Days of Christmas with the help of Santa. The kids quickly start to believe. (Pretty sure they were upset their parents abandoned them at Christmas) They make a snowman in the middle of summer, so it IS a Christmas miracle.
Drew helps Becca and share that he is going through a breakup with a long term girlfriend. He joins them every 12 days of Christmas for some reason. They go to a Christmas tree farm, decorate a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, make paper snowflakes, have a snowball fight, donate toys to charity, and they visit SANTA! (Yay!)
Becca finds an old box of items from her childhood and reads an old letter from Drew when he was her Secret Santa. She agrees to go out to dinner with Drew, and then they walk through the Christmas lights. Drew shares why he moved home and that he is happier in Nashville. It spooks Becca, and she ends the date awkwardly.
Dan and Maggies start to feel the Christmas magic and set up a surprise Christmas formal for Drew and Becca. (Like the one they didn’t go to in 2006.) They dance in crowns and capes… because they are the king and queen of the dance of two? Becca is holding onto some stuff from the past about how Drew ended their friendship via text and storms off without letting him explain.
Becca wallows in her sorrows for one scene. Then she makes up with Drew and invites him to another Christmas event. This time it is making cookies. As they decorate, Becca gets a video call from Courtney. They are stuck abroad and will miss the kid’s Christmas concert.
Work calls and books a flight for Becca to handle a high profile client. She says goodbye to the kids and Drew. She is more upset to leaves Drew. He begs her to stay in town and not leave him again.
In LA, Blake is thrilled the event was a success, but Rebecca misses her family. She watches the concert on the phone, but it isn’t the same. She quits and walks out of the gallery.
Becca performs a grand gesture creating a gallery of her own with a display of childhood memories. Then she pops out from behind a Christmas tree and makes an impassioned plea to Drew. Becca will be the curator for the Nashville art gallery and spend more time with Drew/her family. (But really, Drew.) They kiss, and it is the lamest kiss I’ve ever seen.
Minority Report: Rebecca, Blake, Courtney, Maggie, Dan, Mom, Drew, Santa,
🎄 (1 Christmas Tree)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2020 Lifetime