Wish Upon a Christmas – Lifetime – 2 hours 2 minutes
Amelia, an actuary at a big DC firm, has been given orders to go to a small town and down-size employees at an ornament factory. Her boss does not know that this factory is in her old hometown and run by her old boyfriend, Jessie. Jessie, a widower and father to Danny, values the traditions and factory passed down by his family and wants to keep all his workers at any cost. Fearing Jessie and the workers will hate her, Amelia keeps quiet about the down-sizing and tells everyone she is just there to observe and evaluate. After spending time at the factory, Amelia wants to keep all the employees and comes up with a plan. Meanwhile, Danny finds a bobble that he believes belongs to Santa and that he uses the bobble to make sure no child is missed on Christmas. Determined like his father, Danny does everything he can to keep it safe and return it. And like with any Lifetime movie, Danny’s bobble, Amelia’s plan, and Jessie’s traditionalism all collide.
This is a good sit-down, drinking cocoa, Christmas miracle, love story you would come to suspect from Lifetime. You know that everything will work out and some how the stories will collide, but you want to watch it happen. It is sappy and predictable, but that is what Lifetime fans come to love, expect, and enjoy. It is a far cry from the anorexia, husband beating, murder mysteries you see 11 months out of the year. Lifetime fans look forward to this movies in December. And if that is what you are looking for, this movie will not disappoint. Lifetime and Christmas fans will like the simplicity of a good, sappy story. Everyone else … just stick to A Christmas Story.
For the Christmas fan: I give it 3 out of 5 stars
For the Lifetime fan: I give it 3 out of 5 stars
For everyone else: I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars
If A Christmas Carol teaches us anything, it’s that shopping is good – Amelia