A CHRISTMAS BLESSING on the Great American Family network stars Lori Laughlin. Lori plays Mandy Gilmore, a TV chef who ends her program in New York City after 12 years to visit the top restaurants around the world and write a book. Before she can follow her dream, she must make a stop in Milwaukee to sign the papers selling her late Aunt Susie’s food bank store, Angel’s Fare. After learning more about the food bank, Mandy decides to hold one more Christmas food giveaway. However, she only has a few days to arrange it.
A CHRISTMAS BLESSING tells a delightful, winsome, well-acted story about the meaning of Christmas. It has a strong Christian worldview stressing prayer, salvation and giving, including making a reference to the word of Jesus in Acts. 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The exact lyrics of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” about the salvation Jesus brings are heard at least twice. Also, a food bank volunteer uses Chapter Three of Ecclesiastes to help the movie’s romantic lead express his feelings to Mandy.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, biblical, moral worldview promoting Jesus, faith, salvation, prayer, the joy of giving, grace, hope, and love, with overt positive references to Acts 20:35 and Ecclesiastes, plus the Christian lyrics to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” are heard at two important points;
No foul language, but there’s one light exclamatory profanity that can be read as a plea, not a blasphemy;
Very light comedy violence when man gets ink on his shirt and when he catches a woman who starts to slip on some sidewalk ice;
Couple clinks wine glasses during dinner, and a toast with wine and non-alcoholic drinks is made at a Christmas dinner;
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
A CHRISTMAS BLESSING on the Great American Family network stars Lori Laughlin as a TV chef in New York City who discovers the Christmas Spirit when she unexpectedly takes over her late aunt’s Christmas food bank in Milwaukee. A CHRISTMAS BLESSING tells a delightful, winsome story about the meaning of Christmas, including the joy of giving.
The movie starts with TV chef Mandy Gilmore, played by Lori Laughlin, ending her 12-year run as host of A WORLD OF FOOD, shot in New York City. Mandy plans to spend two years visiting the top restaurants around the world and writing a book about the experience. Before she can follow her dream, however, she has to make a stop in Milwaukee to sign the papers selling her late Aunt Suzie’s food bank store, Angel’s Fare.
However, when she gets there, she discovers that lawyer for the buyer, Adam (James Tupper), who owns a deliver business next door, wrote the wrong address on the sales agreement. So, they have to wait a day to sign the revised agreement. At the same time, Mandy meets a strange man named Otto, who says he used to volunteer for the food bank’s annual Christmas food giveaway and Christmas feast. He starts telling her about it and how much joy it brought the community and her aunt.
So, the next day, Mandy tells Andy she’d like to have one more Christmas food giveaway and feast in honor of her aunt. It’s only six more days, she reminds him.
Mandy gets help from Otto, but she learns from her aunt’s normal donors and food vendors that they thought there wasn’t going to be a Christmas Faire this year because of her aunt’s recent death. So, they already used up their charitable allotment for the year.
Other complications ensure, not the least of which is that Adam seems to be falling for Mandy, but he’s having trouble expressing his feelings.
A CHRISTMAS BLESSING tells a delightful, winsome story about the meaning of Christmas. It has a strong Christian worldview that stresses prayer, salvation and the joy of giving, including making a reference to Acts. 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The exact lyrics of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” about the salvation Jesus brings are heard at least twice. Also, Otto uses Chapter Three of Ecclesiastes to help Adam tell his feelings to Mandy.
A CHRISTMAS BLESSING is a heartwarming movie for the whole family.
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