Christmas is the one holiday that seems to last all year long, at least as far as TV movies and romance novels. Here are two DVD selections for folks who can’t get enough of the yuletide spirit.
A Princess for Christmas. color. 90+ min. Michael Damian, Brad Krevoy Prod., dist. by Lionsgate, www.lionsgatedvd.com. 2012. DVD UPC 031398151220. $14.98. Closed-captioned.
12 Days of Christmas. 12 discs. color. 17½ hrs. Lifetime, A&E Television Networks, dist. by New Video, 800-314-8822; www.newvideo.com. 2012. ISBN 9781422922071. $39.95. Closed-captioned. F/TV
Lifetime has pulled together 12 holiday-related feature films—A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride, A Christmas Wedding, Under the Mistletoe, Holiday Wishes, Home by Christmas, Holiday Switch, The Road to Christmas, Recipe for a Perfect Christmas, His and Her Christmas, Will You Merry Me?, Christmas in Paradise, and Deck the Halls—packaged in two volumes of six discs each, that will definitely put any viewer in a holiday mood. Common themes run through most of the stories: attractive young people falling in and out (and sometimes in again with someone else) of love; individuals or families facing a difficult holiday made better by some new person or experience; and charming tots and somewhat difficult teens. That each takes place on or near the Christmas holiday ties the whole package together, although it’s not critical to the plots. The story lines are pretty predictable, but they are carried out stylishly and should provide good family viewing. Libraries may want to repackage the set rather than circulate six at a time, however.
Verdict Recommended where similar films have been popular.
A Princess for Christmas is another feel-good film, starring Katie McGrath. Jules, a young woman and caregiver to her orphaned niece and nephew, is invited (along with the children) to spend the holiday season with the family of the children’s father. Grandfather (Roger Moore) just happens to be a duke living in a castle. He disowned his son when he married Jules’s sister but is apparently ready to make amends. Lovely Jules and the charming children soften the old man’s heart, and as luck would have it, the Duke’s second son is on the scene, so the inevitable romance with Jules blossoms. All totally unbelievable, of course, but told in an entertaining way.
Verdict Recommended for public libraries.—Joan Greenberg, Warminster, PA