SYNOPSIS: For Kallie Watts, Christmas is anything but merry. For the last five years, the tinsel-strewn holiday has spelled disaster for her family, so when an apartment fire leaves Kallie and her widowed mother homeless just in time for the holidays, it comes as no surprise. There's only one logical conclusion: Christmas is cursed for Kallie.
When her mother finds a new job in a small California town, Kallie steps out of the moving van and into her worst nightmare: a real-life version of "Whoville", overflowing with holiday decorations and brimming with Christmas cheer. Forced to navigate the complicated ins and outs of her jolly new surroundings, Kallie is shaken out of her gloom one day when she discovers a curiously crafted wooden Santa box on the porch, addressed to her. The moment she lifts the lid, the young teenagers' life is changed forever as she rediscovers the true magic and meaning of Christmas.
REVIEW: I am always in the market for a new, family-friendly Christmas movie, so I was very excited to be offered the opportunity to watch and review this one. I am incredibly glad I said yes because this is a movie I will be watching every holiday season from now on.
There are two main stories to this film that tie together in a rather surprising way. Both of them show how giving to others, and expressing love and compassion, can change the lives of not only the recipient but also the giver.
RATING: Five stars
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