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Christmas in July means Christmas movies on Hallmark and HMM! I am still going through my list of movies saved on my DVR. Check out my reviews over on my FB page if you’re interested. It’s exciting.. but what’s most exciting is the countdown to the 2019 Holiday movies. I am totally looking forward to it. It seems everyone is getting wise with the diversity. This year there’s going to be a Hanukkah one (maybe 2)! So far there isn’t a time and date for the 2019 list but this is what I’ve found so far.
Clearly I’m on a deadline because I have taken the time to even research how many movies these repeat offenders has been in.
I can’t help myself. I have goals I tell ya!
|2019 Christmas Movies||Xmas Movie Repeat Offender||Reason to watch||Diverse story||Diverse Cast|
|2nd Chance for Christmas||AA characters||Vivica Fox|
|Merry & Brite||Andrew Walker|
|The Christmas Song|
|Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses|
|Holiday for Heroes|
|A Very Vintage Christmas||Tia Mowry-Hardrict|
|A Merry Christmas Match|
|Christmas Town||Candace Cameron Bure|
|Christmas in Rome||Lacey Charbet|
|A Christmas Wish||AA characters||Pam Grier,|
|Five Cards for Christmas||Chad Michael Murry|
|A Very Country Wedding||Harlequin Book|
|A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby|
|Christmas in the Wild|
|Holiday Rush||African American||AA Cast|
|The Knight Before Christmas||ehh|
|A Family Under the Christmas Tree (WIP)|
|Christmas Duet||African American||Rome Flynn|
|Two Turtle Doves|
All this Christmas talk gets me all in the mood for some holiday romance books. I feel like I just might be a Christmas Repeat Offender #DebbieMacomberGoals
PS… there are 23 weeks and 5 days until Christmas.
A beauty queen with a bad reputation and a morality clause… what’s a belle to do?
Dominic is just your average hunky hero, new to town with a garage. According to his sister he needs to acclimate with the townspeople of Southwood, GA…maybe sponsor a team or perhaps a contestant in the upcoming Miss Southwood Beauty Pageant. The problem is, Dominic hates drama. Pair him up with a dethroned beauty queen with her eyes on the Miss USA prize, and drama is what he gets.
Teacher Gift Ideas to Come Up with While Watching Tonight’s Hallmark Movie
Tonight’s Hallmark movie is… It’s Christmas, Eve. It’ about a school superintendent with a knack for turning around schools meets a single father who works as the head of the school’s bankrupt music department. As she rediscovers her passion for music, she works to save the dreams of the kids who love music.
Since this movie deals with a school setting, I can’t help but be reminded to start making my gift list for teachers. Now way back in the day I used to get all creative with my cupcakes and packaging.
But then my kids got older … Now don’t get me wrong… I still give Teacher Gifts but usually it comes in the form of gift card in an envelope with a holiday hand-sanitizer attached to it and a lil’ something else.
There are some cute labels here at Darling Doodles.
Now that I’m raising five boys (Yes five. …1 senior, 2 sophomores, and 2 eighth graders) I have to get a little creative with what I can do. Being a baker helps. I like to pair up a $10 gift card (to like a Starbucks or a fast food place where they can pick up breakfast or run out and get lunch) with a plate of goodies.
And because I’ve most of my kids have some of the same teachers over the years, I’ve learned what they like. I have I also like to get to know kids’ teachers. I know for a fact there are at least 6 teachers that will receive a batch of my delicious chocolate chip pecan cookies, 3 will get a pan of lasagna, 4 will get a loaf of banana bread. For the teachers just getting a $10 gift card, I sometimes put the cards on top of a plate of homemade ugly sweater cookies. That’s always a fun thing to have your kids do over the weekend.
So you’re not a baker? That’s fine. There are lots of ways to show your teachers you care.
-Go to their web page at the school and pick up their wish-list supplies.
-Gift cards to the local grocery store.
-Volunteer your time in the classroom.
-Gift cards to the movies.
And if you really know your teachers and you’re not a baker…here’s a cute thing to do for the ones you know… but …. you must know them and only you have to give this to them when you guys head off for happy hour after school!
Cute wine labels… again… just for the teachers you know.
Sunday November 4th
Let the Christmas Movie Games Begin! I think all of these movies are going to have to be DVR’d…. Why? Tonight is Rick Grimes’ last episode on The Walking Dead. Real Housewives of Atlanta returns. Outlander starts back up and of course there’s Ray Donovan. Fortunately for these cable shows, they’ll re-air at another time… And since I’m off work tomorrow I’ll be able to catch up on EVERYTHING! Let the popcorn popping begin!
7:00 pm The Christmas Switch Up
8:00 pm Road to Christmas Hallmark Channel
9:00 pm Marrying Father Christmas Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
UP’s version of A Christmas Switch 2018 kinda shares the title as a 2014 movie starring Robert Krause and Natasha Henstridge and the 2018 Netflix, The Christmas Switch, movie that may or may not be changed. These are not to be confused with TV One’s 2016 The Christmas Swap or Hallmark’s 2017 Switched for Christmas.
Today is November 3rd. Tonight’s movie is a book-to-TV. It reminds me of the cute gift idea with a spin on a classic, Hot Cocoa.,… don’t ask me why. There’s something about taking a classic idea (hot cocoa) and adding some simple ideas to make a decadent treat.
Here are a few cool recipes to follow. While you put these gifts together, you can watch tonight’s movie.
On deck for the Christmas movie tonight is Christmas Joy, starring in the movie is Danielle Panabaker… aka Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost if you’re a Flash fan. Of course I’ll watch this movie. As an author… at least for me, it has/is always a dream to have a book of mine turned into a TV Movie. I have Lace, Sidney Sheldon’s series, If Tomorrow Comes , and a ton of Sandra Brown and Danielle Steel to thank.
Christmas Joy…..the book is written by Nancy Naigle.
A heartwarming Christmas story about family, friendship and finding love in unexpected places.
Joy Holbrook might be all work and no play, but that changes when her Aunt Ruby takes a fall that lands her in a rehabilitation center before the holidays. Joy takes a leave of absence from her job as a market researcher to run the family farm, even though the timing may hinder her chance at garnering the promotion of her dreams.
Ben Andrews isn’t your average accountant. He also happens to be the handiest man in Crystal Falls. He’s helped his elderly neighbor, Ruby Johnson, decorate for the annual Christmas Home Tour—and win—the last several years. He’s not about to let some drop-in niece break their winning streak.
Ruby seems overly concerned about Joy being able to handle Molly. Under the impression she’s referring Molly the bunny that is one of the menagerie of animals, Joy’s not worried at all until the next morning when a little girl named Molly shows up. For the sake of her aunt, Joy is forced to partner with Ben while Ruby is on the mend to help with preparation for the Christmas tour and, in the process finds her career-focused heart dreaming of a family.
Will the magic of Christmas help her to open her heart and find her everlasting joy?
From the IMDB Summary
She’s a corporate market researcher, gunning for a promotion within her firm. Just as her company’s CEO is taking notice, Joy finds out her Aunt Ruby has broken her ankle and will be undergoing surgery. Despite the less than opportune timing, Joy makes her way back home to Crystal Falls, NC to be with her Aunt. Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, while at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there’s no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success.
Let’s see how #Hallmark makes this classic book into a visually cheerful TV movie.
Happy Gift Making & Merry Watching
Your #ChristmasGeek, Carolyn
PS…. There are 51 days left until Christmas!
Tonight is the 2018 Christmas Movie Kickoff!
8:00 pm Christmas at Pemberley Manor Hallmark Channel
As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate and rekindle her holiday romance. Starring Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady.
What other Christmas movies has Jessica been in? 2017-Hallmark Magical Christmas Ornaments. 2016-Hallmark, A December Bride. 2015-Hallmark, Merry Matrimony
What other Christmas movies has Michael Rady been in? 2017- Hallmark, A Joyous Christmas. 2016-Hallmark Christmas in Homestead.
In case you missed my tv list last week… here it is again https://carolynhector.com/2018/10/19/watch-dvr-or-save-for-later-your-guide-to-2018-christmas-movies/
Here’s a game of bingo one can play while watching. I swear just from the trailer alone I hit bingo!
There are 87 days before Christmas…64 days until you can get your hands on Her Mistletoe Bachelor but 0 days to wait to pre-order it! What are you doing to get into the mood…. for the holidays (besides celebrating Halloween & Thanksgiving)?
Oh The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry! The 1st time I recalled a romantic Christmas story. How about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas book old or new? Let me pass out a few good names!
Their Mistletoe Baby by Karin Baine
Diamonds for the Holidays by Nicki Night
A Perfect Holiday Fling by Farrah Rochon
All He Wants for Christmas by Elle Wright
A Chase for Christmas by Candace Shaw
A Very Merry Romance by Brenda Jackson
Little Secrets : Holiday Baby Bombshell by Karen Booth
The Perfect Present featuring Rochelle Alers, Cheris Hodges, Pamela Yaye
A Wedding One Christmas by Therese Beharrie
So do you love Christmas movies?
Before I started writing, I loved (and still love) watching movies. I always dreamed of having one of my books played on TV. So here’s a list did giving you a view of some of the diverse Christmas/Holiday movies….some I’ve seen, some I look forward to watching. Tell me about your favorites. Let me know if I missed your favorite diverse holiday movies.
Also! Make sure you come back… I plan on giving you a guide to help out your holiday TV movies!
|2018||Coins for Christmas||TV One||Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop|
|2018||My Christmas Inn||Lifetime||Tia Mowry-Hardict, Rob Mayes, Jackée Harry, Tim Reid, Erin Gray|
|2018||Christmas Everlasting||Hallmark Channel||Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield|
|2018||Every Day is Christmas||Lifetime||Toni Braxton, Gloria Reuben, Towanda Braxton, Michael Jai White|
|2018||Jingle Belle||Lifetime||Tatyana Ali, Cornelius Smith Jr.|
|2018||A Majestic Christmas||Hallmark Channel||Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent|
|2018||A Twist of Christmas||Lifetime||Vanessa Lachey|
|2018||The Christmas Pact||Lifetime||Kyla Pratt, Jarod Joseph, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy|
|2018||Christmas Lost and Found||Lifetime||Tiya Sircar|
|2018||Memories of Christmas||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries||Christina Milian, Mark Taylor|
|2018||A Gingerbread Romance||Hallmark Channel||Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry|
|2018||Focus on Love||Hallmark Channel|
|2018||The Truth About Christmas||Freeform||Kali Hawk|
|2018||Life Size 2||Freeform||Tyra Banks, Francia Raisa|
|2018||No Sleep ‘Til Christmas||Freeform||Odette Annable|
|2018||The Christmas Switch||Netflix||Vanessa Hudgens|
|2018||Coins for Christmas||TV One||Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop|
|2017||Enchanted Christmas||Alexa Penavega|
|2017||Almost Christmas||movie||Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union, Monique|
|2017||Miss Me This Christmas||Netflix||Erica Ash, Redaric Williams|
|2017||You Can’t Fight Christmas||Netflix||Brely Evans, Andra Fuller|
|2017||A Christmas Cruise||Ion||Vivica A. Fox, Kristoff St. John|
|2017||Second Chance Christmas||TV One||McKinley Freeman|
|2017||Wrapped Up in Christmas||Lifetime||Tatyana Ali|
|2016||The Mistle-Tones||ABC FAMILY||Tia Mowry-Hardrict|
|2016||Merry Christmas, Baby||Up Network||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2016||A Husband for Christmas||Hallmark||Vivica Fox|
|2016||The Christmas Swap||TV One||Christian Keyes and Dondre Whitfield|
|2015||A Baby for Christmas||Up Network||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2015||A Royal Family Christmas||TV One||Tichina Arnold|
|2014||Marry Us for Christmas||Up Network||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2014||Seasons of Love||Lifetime||Letoya Luckett, Cleo Anthony|
|2014||An Envogue Christmas||Lifetime||EnVogue|
|2013||Christmas Bounty||ABC FAMILY||Francia Raisa|
|2013||A Snow Globe Christmas||Lifetime||Donald Faison, Christinia Milian|
|2013||Marry Me for Christmas||TV One||Malinda Williams, Karon Riley|
|2013||A Christmas Blessing||TV One||Omari Hardwick|
|2013||Dear Secret Santa||Lifetime||Tatyana Ali|
|2013||The Best Man Holiday||movie||Morris Chestnut|
|2013||A Very Larry Christmas||movie||Tatyana Ali, DeRay Davis|
|2013||Black Nativity||movie||Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker|
|2012||Christmas in Compton||Keith David, Omar Gooding|
|2012||Hitched for the Holidays||Lifetime||Incorporates Hanukka|
|2011||A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas||movie|
|2011||Deck the Halls||Lifetime||Kathy Najimy|
|2010||Christmas Cupid||ABC FAMILY||Christina Milian|
|2009||The Christmas Hope||Madeline Stowe|
|2008||Nothing Like the Holidays||movie||John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Peña, Luis Guzmán, Jay Hernandez, and Melonie Diaz|
|2007||Holiday In Handcuffs||ABC FAMILY||Mario Lopez|
|2007||SnowGlobe||ABC FAMILY||Christina Milian|
|2007||This Christmas||movie||Idris Elba|
|2007||A Perfect Christmas||movie||Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut|
|2006||The Last Holiday||movie||Queen Latifah, LL Cool J|
|2006||6 Hours to Christmas||movie||Damilola Adegbite, Chris Attoh|
|2004||Christmas at Waters Edge||movie||Keshia Knight Pulliam, Pooch Hall|
|2002||Eight Crazy Nights||movie||Adamn Sandler|
|2001||The Kudzu Christmas||John Lawhorn, Chrystale Wilson|
|2001||Call Me Claus||movie||Whoopi Goldberg|
|2000||Holiday Heart||movie||Alfre Woodard, Ving Rhames|
|2000||A Diva’s Christmas Carol||VH1||Vanessa Williams|
|1999||¡Feliz Christmas, Merry Navidad!||movie||Carlos Soriano|
|1996||The Preacher’s Wife||movie||Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston|
|1990||The Kid Who Loved Christmas||movie||Vanessa Williams, Michael Warren|
Y’all know at my age it’s hard to make friends #momlife .. etc. So of course I gotta talk about it and boast (yes.. just as I do when I am carded in the grocery line when buying my wine)
I met a FB friend and she’s awesome. Her name is Jen Doyle . She is a romance writer and you can see she likes baseball … click here and check out her books and she put together this really cool get-into-the-Christmas-spirit give away.
Can you see all these talented authors? Kelly Bowen , Brownen Evans, Anna Harrington, Sheryl Lister , Farrah Rochon , Reese Ryan , Shannon Stacey, Tara Wyatt , and Jen Doyle ….Well guess what? One lucky person is going to receive 10 books–one from each of the participating authors PLUS a $25 Amazon gift certificate. If you want a chance to win, you’ve got to enter…. go to: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c00761f51/?