Christmas Bedtime Stories (2022 Hallmark)

CHRISTMAS BEDTIME STORIES ChristmasBedtimeStories_0850_RT Talent: Tegan Moss, Steve Lund, Erin Cahill, Charlie Weber Photo Credit: ©2022 Hallmark Media/Photographer: David Dolsen

Christmas Bedtime Stories (2022 Hallmark)

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

When Danielle’s husband goes missing in action during his deployment, she is left to raise her daughter on her own. Three years later, as she acclimates to life without him, she begins to tell her daughter bedtime stories of her father.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Danielle is an event planner on a military base who is coordinating a toy drive for the families. Danielle is raising her daughter, who is struggling to remember things about her father, who passed away. (Danielle also is starting to forget things about her husband, Colby.)

Pierce and Jane come to Danielle’s house to help her decorate her house since she has no time for herself. Pierce tells Danielle that he has something he wants to talk to her about after decorating. 

Before putting her daughter to bed, Danielle tells her daughter about how she first met Colby. The movie shows us the story as she talks. It, of course, starts with Christmas tree lighting gone wrong. Danielle tries to stall with dorky jokes while Colby fixes the problem, and together, they pull it off. He invites her out for hot chocolate. 

Once Audrey is asleep, Pierce finally tells Danielle what has been on his mind. He proposes, and he is overjoyed; Danielle checks with Audrey before saying yes. (Audrey is surprisingly on board!) 

It is bedtime again, and we learn about how Colby proposed to Danielle. He gave her a puppy as a Christmas present and proposed with a ring on the collar. Colby gives Danielle an ornament to celebrate their first Christmas together and their engagement. The ornament has been missing since he died, and it turns up the next day. It is a strange coincidence that has Danielle unnerved. (So does Pierce’s planning.)

Danielle talks to Pierce about the strange feelings she has been having, sharing the memories of Colby, and he tells her that she can talk to him anytime and that he wants to remember Colby. It is the perfect thing to say. 

The next bedtime story is about Colby and Danielle’s wedding, which also happened around Christmas. The next day, Danielle runs into the flower girl and her mother at a coffee shop. The interaction throws Danielle off, and she neglects to introduce Pierce as her fiance. Danielle thinks the coincidences might be signs from Colby. Her friend Jen tells Danielle to embrace her future and make new memories with Pierce. 

Audrey asks to hear about her birth in the next bedtime story, and we learn that she was born in a surprise snowstorm. The next day, a freak snowstorm comes on Audrey’s birthday. Danielle even envisions Pierce as Colby while they sing to Audrey. It really concerns her, and she goes to Pierce with her thoughts. He is understanding and supportive. 

Danielle goes to the commander on base and asks some questions about Colby’s death. He tells her that he was swept away at sea and has been confirmed dead even though his body was never recovered. He tells Danielle to focus on her family and Christmas. Danielle says it is exactly what she needed to hear. 

After bedtime and talking with a fellow military wife who was recently widowed, Danielle talks to Colby and tells him what is going on. He lights up a Christmas tree to show her that he supports her decision and wants her to live her life. In her journal, she finds a note to her that he wrote. It reminds her of the advice she gave Colby on their wedding day. Follow her heart.

Danielle meets with Pierce, and they realize that they are better off friends. Danielle uninvites him to Audrey’s father-daughter dance, which is kind of mean. (She didn’t even ask Audrey about that!) 

Danielle talks to Audrey and thanks her for asking questions about her dad. They go to the father/daughter dance together. As they are getting ready, news of the prisoner’s discovery gives Danielle a glimmer of hope.

At the father-daughter dance, Danielle looks herself in the mirror and is ready to raise her daughter on her own. It is time for the father/daughter dance, and Audrey sits down. When her dad comes in, she runs to him and tells him that she loves him. Danielle watches them dance and cries. The family dance slowly together underneath the star decorations. 

Danielle and Colby embrace and share a passionate kiss. 

That night Colby and Danielle tell Audrey a Christmas Bedtime Story together. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Rick, Lisa, Jenny the Flower girl, Priest, 


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Christmas Trees represent the Christmas vibes. 

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Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees) 

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 (4 glasses of wine.)

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  1. As a military wife, go navy, beat army, this movie is something we can all relate to and pray we never have to experience. We support each other for every holiday. We try to keep the children engaged and give them a normal life, full of family, friends and traditions. We celebrate the holidays and milestones twice. Our squadron gave the kids a true homecoming and parties so the soldiers never really missed the big ones. Hard, but worth it. The hallmark movies try to give the positive outlook for the kids. Know that a soldier never dies on Christmas. And know the stories help keep the hope that every soldier should be home. I give this movie 🌲🌲🌲🌲

  2. What a horrible ending to a movie with potential. Just shocked, and I’m seeing it during a June encore presentation. Couldn’t believe it.

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