My Grown-Up Christmas List (2022 Hallmark)

My Grown-Up Christmas List (2022 Hallmark)

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Cast: Kayla Wallace, Kevin McGarry, Cory Lee, Colton Royce

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

Taylor, a journalist, and Luke, in the military, share a special bond that grows between them over the course of several Christmases that they spend together and apart. Stars Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Taylor walks through her small town and sees a half-ass Santa. He is skinny and young, and his beard is practically falling off. The budget Santa asks Taylor what her Christmas wish is, and she replies, ” Some Christmas wishes can’t be granted.” (Which is sad!) The Santa is actually a marine named Luke Malone.

Taylor visits her Grandpa’s Christmas store and will be helping him for the holiday season while working on some stories she is working for… the newspaper!!! They eat Chinese food in memory of Taylor’s mother’s tradition. A gift basket arrives with no name on the card. Taylor is having a difficult time missing her mother, who recently died.

Out of his Santa Suit, Luke is a HUNK! (Oversized red pants and suspenders never looked so good on a man.) Luke sees Taylor sitting alone on a park bench, and she barely recognizes him. He admits to sending the gift basket and shares a nice moment with Taylor. She thanks him for taking the time to see her because it is the two-year anniversary of her mother’s passing, and he helped her find some Christmas magic.

One year later, Taylor is hitting her stride at work. She is their go-to gal for holiday stories and even gets the newspaper’s front page. (I wonder what she writes about the rest of the year!?) Taylor returns to town in some killer boots. 

At her Grandpa’s store, Taylor runs into Luke again. He didn’t realize that Taylor was related to her Grandpa. He tells Taylor about a veterans dinner that he is planning. Then he invites her on a date, and Taylor accepts.

On their date, Luck mentions that he is a captain in the military. Taylor feels bad for complaining about her problems when he has been shipping off and is only home for the holidays. They find an appreciation for one another and feel familiar. Taylor even helps decorate Luke’s family tree on their first date!

Luke gets notice that he will be training soldiers in “Eastern Europe.” He decides to tell Taylor the truth about what is happening so she can determine if she wants to pursue the relationship further. Taylor is surprised that he will be gone so abruptly and for so long but tells him they feel right together. The two decided to do a long-distance relationship for the year and enjoy the week they have together this Christmas. (Don’t forget this is their first date, still.)

Luke and Taylor kiss passionately in the snow after coming up with their plan. 

A montage happens of time passing. Luke is away training while Taylor works on her Christmas article… all year long. Taylor is up for a promotion and somehow gets it in spite of the fact that she writes at Christmas time. 

The distance starts getting hard for the couple. Dropped calls and lack of cuddle time begin to get to them. Taylor tells her friend Bonnie that she is madly in love with Luke, even if they’ve spent 99% of their relationship online. 

Luke’s travel home for the holidays is canceled because of a storm. Luke recruits his dad to help him set up a virtual proposal. The ring is lovely, so Taylor says yes before the feed crashes.  

Luke and Adam go into the woods to reset the modem to fix the connection. 

As another year goes by, they will be planning the wedding virtually. Taylor’s friend Bonnie joins in on the wedding planner in person and falls for a local soldier named Nathan. He has been helping at Grandpa’s store.

I’m worried about everyone’s taste level because they go WILD over Taylor’s dress, and it is so ill-fitting that I was worried a boob would pop out! (I’m gay; I don’t even notice boobs that often!)

Luke finally makes it home and gives Taylor a bouquet of roses. He doesn’t stay long and is called back to help rescue with a search and rescue mission for Adam, whose helicopter when down. Luke has to go help his friend and clears it with Taylor. (meaning he will have to miss the wedding.)

Before he leaves, Luke slow dances to Amy Grant’s “My Grown-Up Christmas List.” (Which this movie is based on.) 

Bonnie helps Taylor cancel all the vendors and informs the wedding guests. Taylor worries for her man’s safety and cries while holding her hideous wedding dress. 

Taylor decides to make her own Christmas wish come true. After a passionate monologue, she chooses to GO TO THE WILDERNESS! She sees his bunk, and it is filled with pictures and things that remind Luke of her. The commander tells her that she is Luke’s home.

Luke returns from the rescue mission, and everyone is okay. Luke is surprised to see Taylor waiting for him and embraces her while kissing. 

One week later, they get their Christmas wedding in front of a giant Christmas wreath. Taylor receives her Christmas wish to spend every Christmas together for the rest of their lives. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Barb, Bonnie, Adam

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

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Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄🎄🎄🎄 (4 Christmas Trees) 

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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