Christmas Beneath the Stars (2021 UPtv)

Christmas Beneath the Stars (2021 Uptv)

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Cast: Maddy Foley, Steve Belford, Jayne Lewis

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Christmas blogger and aspiring photographer Hannah Reed just got the assignment of a lifetime; visit a charming town and Christmas wonderland called Christmas World in Alaska, but is instead greeted by a sadly decorated town on its last leg. Desperate to get the photographs she needs, Hannah strikes a deal with the heir apparent of Christmas World in exchange for a locals insight into the best places to photograph the lights. (2021)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Hannah is a photographer who is spending the holiday with her Aunt Lucy. That is until she gets an assignment to take photos in ALASKA! (Aunt Lucy decides to come along, which is fun! Good for Aunt Lucy!)

When the woman arrives in Alaska, they see a handsome man named Ben in the hotel lobby. He is the son of the owner and is a military veteran. Then Ben takes the last suite. Looks like Aunt Lucy and Hannah will be roughing it in a small room with a double bed. Aunt Lucy encourages Hannah to pursue Ben because he didn’t have a ring on his finger. 

Ben’s father wants to sell the lodge and retire. Ben wants to take over Christmas World, even if it isn’t so Christmasy anymore. 

Aunt Lucy wants to help the lodge upgrade its Christmas decor and give Hannah something beautiful to take photos of for her blog. They walk through the woods, and in a very un-Christmas turn of events, Aunt Lucy trips and falls, Hannah twists her ankle, and they get lost in the woods. They call for help and are rescued by Ben on horseback. 

The doctor tells Hannah to stay off her feet for a week and but into a boot. (Haha) Aunt Lucy and the Doctor might be vibing. 

Hannah offers her and Aunt Lucy’s services to Ben to help rebuild Christmas World to it’s original glory. He agrees and offers to show Hannah the northern lights once she is feeling better. Well, actually not. Ben takes her boot in all horseback riding in the night to look at the stars. They see the northern lights pretty early and makeout.

A decorating montage happens until Hannah sees Ben talking to another girl and is jealous. She also finds the paperwork for the sale of Christmas World and feels like Ben is keeping secrets from her.

Aunt Lucy and Ben’s dad are also vibing? Aunt Lucy gets around!

Ben’s father explains things to Hannah and tells her she misunderstood. Ben wants to keep Christmas world, and he was the one who wanted to sell. Since the upgrades, he has changed his mind, and thanks to Hannah for reminding him how special Christmas World is to him. 

Greta, the waitress, throws herself at Ben, and he tells her that he doesn’t have feelings for her and wants to be with Hannah. Hannah sees them together and gets the wrong idea. (again.) She packs her bags and heads out of town. Aunt Lucy tries to convince Hannah to stay, but she is set on leaving and heartbroken. 

Ben tries to stop Hannah from leaving and rushes to the airport.

Hannah is shocked to see New York big shot Catherine Moore is a guest at Christmas World just as she is heading out. She decides to stay for the opportunity to pitch her photography over lunch. 

While reviewing the photos, Hannah notices that Mark, the general manager, sabotages the remodel and works with Greta to sign the sales papers. 

Greta tells Hannah that she is nieve to think she can save Christmas World and tells them about the sabotage. Apparently, Ben’s dad doesn’t even own the lodge; he owes 100K on a bad loan. She also admits to kissing Ben, not the other way around. Then she rips up the contract, so I guess we are good?

The bad guy runs out screaming, “You’re all going to regret this,” 

Ben and Hannah have a nice long chat (Off-camera) before Christmas World really has a chance to shine. Hannah’s blog becomes the Christmas Guru, and Catherine Moore offers her a job.

Been and Hannah walk alone on a dock. He tells her that he is falling in love with her. Hannah decides to run the Christmas Blog at Christmas World with Ben. They shake hands, and then they kiss.

Side Note

I haven’t seen a Christmas antagonist in a long time. Thanks for the throwback Uptv

Minority Report: Catherine Moore, 

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Christmas Trees represent the Christmas vibes. *** I’ve updated the rating system. Wine is overall enjoyment (NOT a value judgment) on a 1-5 scale.

 I will use the following tags for those who want to know if they should watch or skip: Pour it Up (Would Recommend) or Put A Cork In It (Would Not Recommend). 

Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄🎄 (2 Christmas Trees)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷 (2 glasses of wine.)

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