Christmas Joy - Review

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I had to watch this movie twice to understand it completely. I had so many questions. What was the Cookie Crawl? Was it a contest? A party? An excuse to overload on Christmas Decorations? And why couldn’t Aunt Ruby help out with any of it? Could she only bake with her feet? Could she not sit on her couch with an elevated ankle and brainstorm decorating themes? And why was it so complicated for Ben to bake gingerbread with his mom? Why did they even need a judge if every one in the town voted via token? Oh, Crystal Falls, you were a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

Mystery aside, here are my Top Five Moments from Christmas Joy:

 

1. This Hat.

Just call me Captain Christmas…oh wait…

Just call me Captain Christmas…oh wait…

In case you didn’t already know, I have five Very Scientific Categories that I use to determine my Top Hallmark Men™. One of the categories is Hats. Can the lead male pull off a variety of hats? Bonus points if its a Santa Hat. Y’all, we got our first Santa Hat of the Season! Matt Long can pull off a Santa Hat. And while this isn’t important to the movie because we never see him in the Santa hat again, I had to give it a spot on the list because we never see him in the Santa hat again. I’m still sad about this.

 

2. This Heart-Stopping Moment.

Don’t worry— this tissue thin handkerchief will protect me from the shards of glass I’m about to put in my pocket.

Don’t worry— this tissue thin handkerchief will protect me from the shards of glass I’m about to put in my pocket.

That sound you heard about half-way through the movie? Yeah, that was ALL of us audibly gasping when Ben dropped Joy’s ornament from her mom. I blame the binders as that’s what he tripped on. It took two viewings for me to catch the part where Ben sneaks a few pieces to take home with him while Joy goes to get the broom. How did I miss this the first time? He immediately picked up a few pieces knowing he was going to recreate something for her. ::insert crying emoji::

 

3. Patrick Verona

I’m sorry, WHAT.

I’m sorry, WHAT.

My man Ben here straight up Patrick Verona’d Joy in this moment. You remember 10 Things I Hate About You, right? When Patrick and Kat almost kiss in the car after the party, but Patrick leaves her sitting there with her head tilted and eyes closed? That. Was. Awful. But this? THIS WAS WORSE. At least Patrick was trying to do the right thing by Kat, because she was drunk and he didn’t want to take advantage of her, but Ben here was just like, nah, I’m good. I legit shouted, “WAIT, WHAT?!” at my TV. Minus 250 points from Gryffindor, Ben.

 

4. The Gift

This is how I would pack my purse as well— $11, a phone, and an ornament.

This is how I would pack my purse as well— $11, a phone, and an ornament.

Y’all, this gift was everything. I mean, we all knew that Ben was going to try and do something with her mom’s ornament, but this? This was so swoony and perfect. My only question here was how could Joy wait so long to open it? I mean, let’s be real. If the guy I almost kissed in front of a lit Christmas Tree gave me an early Christmas present and said, “Here. Don’t open this plot point until later.”, I would smile and nod and then TOTALLY tear that sucker open the moment my dude turned his back. Don’t lie— you know you would too.

 

5. This Balsam Hill Showroom

I’d like one of everything, please.

I’d like one of everything, please.

This entire scene was incredible and I want to live there now. Normally, I’m #TeamColored Lights, but these clear lights had me Emotional.

 

BONUS - Would These Two Stay Together?

Don’t mind the wine, the mood lighting, or the fire— this is totally not a date.

Don’t mind the wine, the mood lighting, or the fire— this is totally not a date.

Probably. But I think they’d fight over money a lot. They look like they’d argue over grocery bills and who’s turn it is to gas up the car.

What do you think?? Do you think they’d live happily ever after?

 

Rating: ★★ I’d watch this again. Basically, I was obsessed with her hair, their secret looks, and the passive-aggressive flirting.

★★★★★ - WHEN CAN I BUY THIS ON DVD?

★★★★ - I would protect this on my DVR.

★★★ - I would DVR this.

★★ - I’d watch this again.

★ - One and done for me, thanks.


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Director: Monika Mitchell

Writer: Tracy Andreen

Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long

Links: Hallmark / IMDB

You will like this movie if you are into:

  • Men with Dimples in Santa Hats

  • Binders

  • Cookies and gingerbread


You won’t like this movie if aren’t into:

  • Foot injuries that prevent people from using their hands

  • Complicated Gingerbread Contests

  • Cookie dough that melts in freezing weather




All movie images are © Crown Media Productions