Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas with Holly

I just got back from my first Christmas party of this season, a long lunch with a dozen old friends. I talked so much I now sound like a poor imitation of Lauren Becall, and I ate so much cornbread salad that I’m skipping dinner tonight. This was the beginning of the busiest time of year, that time when my reading and writing time is measured in minutes rather than hours, but in budgeting my time for December, I made sure that I blocked out Sunday night, December 9, beginning at 9:00 (EDT). The Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Christmas with Holly, based on Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas, is a must-see for me, even though I rarely watch TV.

I gave the novel a handful of stars when I reviewed it here November 2011, and I’m eagerly anticipating the movie. I’ve watched the sneak peek video half a dozen times, and each time my excitement about the movie has increased. Sean Faris, who plays Mark, is new to me, but he's so good-looking with a fantastic smile. Eloise Mumford, who plays Maggie, has a real life connection to Friday Harbor. The movie promises to be sweet and fun.

Reading Christmas books and watching Christmas movies are the ways I reward myself for the cleaning, shopping, and endless gift wrapping that make up the parts of the holiday of which I’m less fond. And what could be better than a Christmas romance based on a book by one of my favorite authors? So come Sunday evening, I’ll be partying with ABC and Hallmark for a couple of hours and celebrating with a square or two of peppermint bark with dark chocolate.

You can find out more about the movie by clicking here.

And if you haven't read the book, you can find out more about it here.

What about you? Will you be watching Christmas with Holly Sunday night? What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Do you think Hallmark has plans for Rainshadow Road?

I am one of "Lisa's Divas" - a group of select fans who share info & content related to Lisa's novels and get sneak peeks & chances to win swag in return.


irisheyes said...

I've already set it to record on my DVR, Janga. With all the craziness that happens around this time of year I was afraid something would come up and I'd completely forget to watch it. Plus I'm getting lazy and impatient the older I get and would rather not sit through commercials. LOL

My favorite Christmas movie would have to be White Christmas. I can't remember a year we didn't all watch it as a family and then I started the tradition with my kids. They love it, too. Love Actually would be my runner up. The DH and I have been watching that together every year since it came out.

I was wondering if they were planning on turning the rest of the Friday Harbor books into movies. I suppose it would depend on how well Christmas with Holly does. I'd rather the BBC try their hand at the Wallflower series. The creator of Downton Abbey could probably pull it off to my satisfaction. :)

quantum said...

I will keep an eye open for it on UK TV .... really enjoyed the book!

I don't seem to find much time for Christmas films, though watching the 'Christmas Goodlife' with Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers has become something of a Xmas ritual with us.

The Xmas Radio Times, which lists all of the TV films to be shown over the holiday hasn't been published yet. I expect we will pick something to watch when it's available.

Janga, I have just finished the audio book 'Goddess of Fried Ocra' which you reviewed a couple of years ago. Absolutely loved it .... I'm slowly catching up with you! *grin*

Nancy Northcott said...

We're having company Sunday night, and we don't Tivo, so I'm afraid I'll miss the movie. I'm glad to know about the book, though. I'm on the lookout for new Christmas-themed reading.

PJ Ausdenmore said...

I'll be watching! My DVR is set to record so I can enjoy an encore performance too. :)

Janga said...

Irish, I gather from some of the things I've read that there is a lot riding on the audience CWH pulls. If it does well, we may see more.

Love Actually is one of my favorites too. I also love The Muppets Christmas Carol, and I try to watch all those classic Christmas movies like White Christmas, It's A wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and Christmas in Connecticut ever year.

Janga said...

Q, I hope you find a great Christmas movie to watch. And I'm so pleased you read and liked The Goddess of Fried Okra. It continues to be a favorite with me. I hope Jean Brashear is going to do more with those characters.

Janga said...

Nancy, I'm sure they will rebroadcast it sometime. If nothing else, it will show up in the Hallmark Channel's Christmas lineup next year. They are rerunning both Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle stories. So you'll be able to see it; you may just have to wait a while.

Janga said...

PJ, I recently canceled my Tivo subscription since I uaed it so seldom, so I guess one viewing will have to do for me--until next year. :)