Noel Next Door (2022 Hallmark)


Noel Next Door (2022 Hallmark)

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

A hard-working single mom gets into a war of words with a neighbor who she feels is ruining Christmas, only to find that this misunderstood grouch just may steal her heart.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Happy Holidays! October is the kick-off to Countdown to Christmas, so her we go!

Noelle is a diner waitress who is co-parenting her son, Henry, and getting slack from her ex-husband, Greg, because she is a single mother and can’t provide a “family” atmosphere. (Which is such crap!) 

Jeremy Geer is a grumpy composer who listens to classical records over Christmas music. He practically yells at kids to get off his lawn and slams doors in the faces of Christmas carolers. Henry gets caught kicking a soccer ball and gets into an altercation with the sexy/mad musician.

Noelle finds out about Henry and her friend Shannon’s experience with scrooge Jeremy and is horrified. Then he comes into her diner. Noelle scolds him for parking in a handicapped spot before realizing he uses a cane. (Due to a stroke.) Jeremy is turs but leaves a big tip. 

While talking with his buddy Frank about why he isn’t dating, Jeremy trips on an extension chord. Jeremy threatens to sue the condo board. 

Noelle and Jeremy run into one another at the convenience store while she buys tampons. (It happens every month! NBD!) They laugh and bond over cereal slogans. The lighthearted interaction is interrupted by a rude child freaked out by Jeremy’s stroke-weakened arm. 

Jeremy and Noelle try to go out on blind dates that don’t fare too well. (AKA the dates are terrible people!!!!!!) They commiserate over the bad dating experiences with some apple pie at the diner. Later, Noelle gushes to her friend Shannon about the spark between the two.

When a sleazy customer hits on Noelle and degrades her profession, Jeremy comes to her defense and then asks her out on a date. 

They go skating and watch classical music, and Noelle tells Jeremy about being a single mother divorcee. It is something she says plainly and directly asks if he has a problem with that. (It is a big step for Hallmark to acknowledge a significant part of their audience.) The date goes well, and they almost kiss but are interrupted by an annoying Santa. 

Henry’s rabbit (that we didn’t even know he had.) gets lost. Noelle puts up missing Rabbit signs and offers a reward for his safe return. The rabbit has, of course, made it over to Jeremy’s house. Jeremy writes a mean letter to Henry’s parents, not knowing that it is Noelle. 

When Noelle gets the letter, she becomes highly annoyed. This only escalates when Henry tells her the mean man took his soccer ball. Noelle angrily writes a response letter and signs with her apartment number. 

Greg confronts Noelle about Henry spending Christmas with him and his girlfriend and threatens to sue for full custody. 

While getting ready for a date with Jeremy, Henry starts asking questions and is horrified that his mother doesn’t even know his last name. He tells her that he can look up the date online because he is worried about serial killers. (The kid listens to too many true crime podcasts. “They’re addictive!”) 

Jeremy is locked out of his house and can’t get ready for the date. Henry tampered with the lock, and Jeremy goes over to confront the neighbor. Henry is horrified that his mother is dating scrooge. Noelle is shocked and tries to mediate the situation. When Jeremy tells Noelle that her kid is a brat, she cancels the date. 

Noelle is upset but needs to focus on her child and the holidays. Her friend Shannon tries to rationalize his behavior because his wife left him after his stroke. (Which is messed up.) 

Jeremy downs a bottle of vodka but gets some words of wisdom from Frank, who helps him realize that he needs to start with an apology. Henry beats him to it and apologizes to Jeremy for acting out and putting a toothpick in his lock. They bury the hatchet and play soccer together.  

Noelle sees that they have made up and is touched they have come to an understanding. 

Jeremy finally apologizes to Noelle. He shares what happened with his stroke and how it affected his relationship with everyone in his life. He was closed off and selfish. Noelle invites Jeremy to spend Christmas morning with them. 

Henry opens his gifts with his mother and Jeremy. Jeremy ends up spending the whole day with Noelle, and he tells her that she is his Christmas angel because she made the holiday special again for him. He takes them both to the condo Christmas tree that has been re-set up. Shannon is there too with her carolers, and they finally get to sing “O Christmas Tree” while Noelle and Jeremy kiss.

The next holiday season, Jeremy takes Noelle and Henry to the Christmas concerto he wrote. He plans on teaching Henry some chords on the guitar too! So everyone is happy! 

Side Note

Greg sucks! 

Great Hallmark Christmas movie to kick off the 2022 season. I wasn’t ready, but now I’m excited!

Minority Report: Frank


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Christmas Trees represent the Christmas vibes. 

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Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄🎄🎄🎄 (4 Christmas Trees) 

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 (5 glasses of wine.)

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