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There is nothing sexier than handling estates, especially when there is snow on the ground. Lori Loughlin is like the Tom Cruise of the Hallmark Channel, so when she stars in a movie, they pull out all the stops. She plays a journalist who has to go to Hollyvale, the most Christmasy town in America, to rehab her image, and has to bring her ex-boyfriend along for the ride. This sticks really close to the formula, but also proves why the formula is so darn good. Tia Mowry-Hardrict gets her Hallmark Christmas movie debut, and she gets to do everything you'd expect in one movie. She plays an architect who builds a life-sized ginger bread house with baker Adam Duane Henry , falls in love with said baker, saves his business, and gets a promotion in the process.

This is a silly fun time, and the life-sized confectionary constructions look good enough to eat. Much more somber than most of these, The Note is about a newspaper columnist trying to find the intended recipient of a note she finds washed up on the beach after a plane crash. Of course this special Christmas delivery tugs on all the right heartstrings. Just like a Stefan skit on Saturday Night Live , this movie has everything: dead WWII soldiers, Christmas comets, time travel, kindly police officers with deputies that are in love with them, a family farm, busybody townspeople, Candace Cameron Bure, and, of course, a Christmas miracle.

The reverse Back to the Future plot to this one is a little bit more bonkers than most -- a WWII nurse Bure is transported to modern day and discovered by a hunky cop Oliver Hudson -- but the heart that everyone loves about these movies is still there. The highest-rated premiere in Hallmark history, this movie is basically like Northern Exposure where Paige Candace Cameron Bure, of course moves to Alaska to be a doctor when she doesn't get into the program she wants in Boston.

But after she falls in love with a guy named groan Andy Holliday, she has to decide between love, Christmas, and ambition. It's easy to see why this is so popular, but it is pretty indistinct from the rest. Yes, this is a movie about a town called Cookie Jar, home to famous Aunt Sally's Bakery, which only sells cookies during the Advent season. Jill Wagner is Hannah, the exec who wants to move the factory to Buffalo, and Wes Brown is Jake, the guy who wants to keep the town as it is.

Who do you think wins?

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This is the classic trope of a woman out of a job who finds a new career, romantic fulfillment, and the spirit of Christmas all at one gala. That's never happened to you? Lizzie Danica McKeller gets laid off at an insurance agency only to become the new caretaker of Ashford Estate, which is about to sold by handsome family scion Robert Neal Bledsoe.

Lizzie has to fend off the advances of his playboy younger brother Kip Andrew Francis and win over his year-old sassy grandmother Pippa Paula Shaw all while throwing the last black-tie event at Ashford. Can she pull it off? Duh, of course! The only thing that could possibly make a Christmas movie more potent is to combine it with a wedding. Based on a best-selling book by Richard Paul Evans, this has everything you could want in a Hallmark movie: two people with laughably ornate hatred of Christmas, revenge on an ex, posing as a couple for the company Christmas party, and, of course, falling in love.

Jaime King and Luke MacFarlane make an adorable pair, and the openly gay MacFarlane is as close as you're going to get to a queer romance on Hallmark. This is as close as Hallmark will ever get to swinging. Two bachelors trade apartments for the holidays, and country boy Owen finds love in the big city while Sean gets flirty with Owen's sister Battlestar Galactica' s Tricia Helfer.

This is not only a twist on the city mouse-country mouse trope, but something a little bit different from the standard formula. The late, great Doris Roberts stars as the titular miracle worker, who convinces a widower Dawson himself, James van der Beek and his kids' teacher that it's all right to fall in love. Of course there is a Christmas pageant to plan for, too, which gets him playing the piano again. Dawson is so talented! For some reason the movies where someone is baking are always the best. But to get the money to start her business, she needs to win the grand prize at a gingerbread house baking competition.

When a snowstorm keeps a bride Candace Cameron Bure again away from her New York wedding, she convinces the bartender sitting next to her on the plane to give her a ride. Christmas road trip! The movie's destination is the same as all the others, but it's the infectious energy that makes this a journey worth taking. Christmas movies love a dead spouse, but this one delicately handles one widow torn between the memory of her late husband and the sparks she feels with a hunky Christmas-tree salesman.

It's the usual story, but with just a touch more pathos. Squarely sentimental in all the right ways, this one lacks some of the punch and originality of others on the list. Flight attendant Sydney Brooke Burns returns a package that a young traveler left on a flight. Of course, Sydney spends Christmas at the young girl's house, of course, she falls in love with the girl's dad, and, of course, they love happily ever after. Still, the acting and the sincerity of this production puts a shining star on top of this somewhat square tree.

Shakespeare was full of gender-swapping, so why shouldn't there be a Christmas movie with it too? The only job Nicky Alicia Witt can get during the holidays is playing Santa at Cartwright's department store, but no one can find out that she's more of a Mrs.

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A surprisingly agile take on gender hides beneath Nicky's prodigious belly. Princess snowflake is part of the fake compassion committee on social media, displays zero genuine empathy in real life and is obviously the ring leader and architect of the demise of my otherwise, closeknit family. I like this no nonsense approach that sugarcoats nothing and emphasizes the importance of protecting oneself. I feel vindicated.

Thank you. I can start with my husbands toxic attitude in Not wanting to work the millinialls while me his family and friends went to Bavaria. He had used his seniority option to try and force lesser seniority who also had plans to work instead of him staying and use options of personal time to take something different, His father and some of the fammilies used their friendship with a local judge to have him taken into Custody to work the time from a jail cell.

Even after he demanded a statement of judgement or a warrant for his arrest and knocking two deputies out who were not taking him with charges filed the still did not file char5ges knowing my husband was well within his rights. We hoped to come home and try and get him to see the need for the lesser seniority to have the holidays off was greater than his.

My husband and his EX military friends were setting things up for the post milliniall time to not be a time to forget and forgive the time before the new year. Let things be a new start. But they wanted our lives to be made hell on earth for not letting them have their way, just because their names were higher on a hire list than someone elses.

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We came back with a peace offering for my husband of A dollar Seico, A high tech clock that was programed to randomly show pictures of everything we did and saw in Bavaria Needed a burning cross to hang the social outcast by and threw down a rope tied in a hang mans noose along with two oil Rag wrapped crosses we could use to hang him by from a light post as a warning that there were some in the community that did not have rights.

It was the most toxic return from a nice holiday imaginable just because he was made to be nice about letting other people off when he should have had the holiday. Until today this is what defines our holidays. Us begging either he work and at times using firearms to force him The reasons why we could not let him come home in a wheel chair van for the holidays was we felt he was just going to be in the way.

I can see your concern, but I am not talking about a one off event, I am talking about a history of such events. See the comments from victims below, as I have over the years, they reach the point where enough is enough and as I said, no one has a right to victimize us. You are describing people with narcissistic personality disorder or borderline personality disorder.

I have plenty of family members who fit this description, along with the assortment of alcoholics. Perhaps the best thing is to not invite them in the first place and if they get angry because they are excluded, so what. Just one more grievance usually perceived to add to their long list of injustices and grievances against you.

At least you will be able to enjoy the genuine fellowship of kind spirits and be able to eat your holiday or reunion meal in peace. I used to tiptoe around these drama queens and kings in my family, now I don't call them. I am always out of town when they want to get together. And if they decide to insult me on the phone, I hang up. I'm too old for that nonsense.

Don't leave out Bipolar as a dinner table diagnosis! They will argue and yell!!!! They do not have the ability to empathize with you bc their mind is racing and they really can't take the time to relate to you unless you feed their grandiose fantasy If a bipolar person is on medication and faithfully takes it, they are just the next average person. If not, then yes, there is a problem,. I've started no contact with pretty much my entire family. I feel rotten, but I'm sure there is some sort of grieving period involved.

Guilt is a factor also, because my family aren't spring chickens. Here's the thing: I spent my childhood and my adulthood being the very best person I could be. I think I am a kind, generous, and thoughtful person. And I agree, no one gets to insult me anymore with words, looks, innuendo, or just plain weirdness.

Because it's weird when your family doesn't care about you. It's unnatural, it doesn't fit into my psyche. Navarro: What to do when you are the in-law and his family is toxic, offensive and "he" is defensive about it? Am I supposed to tolerate the subtle abuse, nod and smile for the sakes of my children on Xmas? Do you think my body language skills can create distance and prevent their approach? I am in the same situation as you. My husband's mother is the nastiest piece of work. He does not have it in him to stand up for me. If someone is determined to ruin your holiday, don't give them the satisfaction.

Decide ahead of time that you will have a good time. I focus on my son mostly. Take deep breaths and stay calm. Know that the abusive people are so self absorbed and miserable they can never know what true joy is. My mother in law always tries to insult or embarrass me in front of everyone.

If it gets really bad, I will say to my husband we are leaving. You are a decent person and you do not have to stand to be treated like garbage. Would love suggestions on how to plan Christmas My brother and sister in law ruined our family Christmas this year Our Christmas consisted of going to 4 - 5 homes in between the two days to please everyone. It was not fun at all. Our kids and married kids complained.

As families grow, our oldest daughter now offers Christmas at her home. We no longer have small children at home and she does. We invited my brothers family to join us at her home extra 10 minute drive only. They declined rudley. To problem solve I began offering celebrating day early in December our family could get together without the "same day" pressure.

I noticed many families do this and it seems to work well. This is our third year. We go all out. Invitations are out by Thanksgiving so family can "save the date" Ugly sweater contest, gingerbread house building, white elephant exchange, games, Mom is happy because we are all together. It's fun for all ages and time relaxed.

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This was primarly done for my brother and his family. My brother is very well to do and his wife is an impossible rude competitive, rich individual. I have tried to roll with it over the years. They don't care about anyone but themselves and mom just makes excuses for them. Brother is owns a financial company and sister in law doesn't have to work. She plays tennis and goes to the spa everyday. They have 3 kids which I have made individual time to build positive relationships with.

Our family is hard working, loving, thoughtful, traditional and caring. We are not rich but not hurting. We are no slouches. I am an HR Director, kids are doctors, nurses, pre-vet college and and mechanic in college. So the big day arrives I have been up all night everything is perfect and ready. My brother shows up says hello and goodbye. He has baseball tryouts for his son. It's am he says he will be back at This is also our only gift exchange time between our two families Games have been carefully planned out and now won't work as well.

Wow - I am shocked and hurt! Eats the food not on the huge buffett table. Dives into the food from the stove which is meant to be served to replenish the buffett. Cheats and uses everyone elses gingerbread house supplies. This is the only thing we ask ppl to bring.. Complaines about the decorating game. It's a competition and we do this because they are competitve.

We have good prizes too. The rest of the family really likes it. During the white elephant. Funny family heirlooms are a part of one gift. Locks of grandmas hair dishes she owned, funny Christmas decorations that belonged to everyones great grandma. Carefully labled and meant to stay with the family.

It is sweet but funny. Sister in law takes the gift from someone else laughs and says shes going to throw it all out. Even throws out her own kids toys and takes thier gifts away and regifts them. Meanwhile the brother and nephew haven't come back. We are done with the party. I suggest we load his gifts in the car. Sister in law says no he is coming. He shows up and opens his gifts.

I paid for the set up fee etc He says, "Oh I can give this to someone. I have clients. Back at Thanksgiving time sister in law said have you bought my gift yet? I had She was openly not pleased. I had thoughtfuly purchased her a silver chaffing dish as they entertain high end clients and mom said she didn't have one. Also purchased other items for her as well. She asked what we wanted and we said money for tile. We are trying to complete the basement.

I am hurt, upset and do not want to get together with them again! They do not appreciate a thing and are rude. This happens almost every family event.

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I want the cousins to stay close but how to do it? Next year I suggest a quick resturant visit quick gift exchange and be done with them. Exchange money with the adults which is senseless in the perspective of Christmas. My brother needed help organizing a high end quartely CEO meeting for his business. I provided the work early December and followed up weekly to see how I could help and see if he was ready. The day before our family party he decides his work project needs to be done ASAP.

This was two days prior the party. He is my only brother but Older brother is using you. He is quite capable of handling his own affairs. As for the dysfunctional others in your family, a nice dinner in a fine restaurant and gift cards sounds good. Hopefully they will be on their best behavior in a public place. If they don't want it,let them organize their own get togethers and you manage to be unable to accomodate them.

Perhaps this is a good time to go on a cruise. You are being too nice to them and they are walking all over you because they know that. Merry Christmas. But using the invention of mobile games can be a good pastime when we moviestarplanet cheats need to unlocked a hidden negative level that's make the virtual superstar.

I came across this article while browsing the web. I realize it's a year old but thought I would give some insight from my personal experience. Hopefully it might be able to help someone else out there. I'll try to keep it short. About 2 and a half years ago my son was born. First time Dad. I had invited my brother to come visit and even offered to pay for his gas as he lives a few hours from me. We weren't close growing up. Our parents divorced when I was 6 and he was 4.

As we got older, I was the defiant rebel who partied all the time and he was a youth pastor at church who was also an honor roll student. Went to college etc. I've apologized to him for not being there and being a better brother growing up. I've apologized for any way that I've wronged him over the years. I'm a different person then I was over a decade ago.

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I've been married for 8 years, have 2 kids, a steady job, paid off a couple vehicles and keep a roof over my family's heads. He would consistently found ways to avoid coming to my house to meet my newborn son. Every lie and excuse in the book you can think of. He says he would feel awkward at my house. I've been to his house and hung out with him over the years in other places. Just trying to build that brotherly bond. I finally got tired of him disrespecting my family and not trusting me.

It was obvious he was still holding a grudge from over a decade ago even after my apologies and attempts to bond with him. I told him if that's the way you are going to continue to be then my family does not need to know you or be around you. Out of respect and love for my family and myself I am not going to allow you to continue to treat us like we are beneath you. I explained the situation to my mom and sister. We have had a few different discussions about it.

They keep insisting they are neutral but say things defending him subtly. I'm 33 years old with a family of my own. I just got beyond tired of trying to prove my point to them only to have them disrespect my family and I as well. The bottom line is I've had to cut my brother out of my life completely and distance myself as much as possible from my mom and sister. My relationship with them became severely strained.

I'm the happiest I have been in a long time since I've done that. You can't change who people are but you can change who you keep company with and make a part of your family's lives. Sometimes cutting people off is necessary, even family for your own happiness. I hope this helps someone out there! This sounds a lot like what happened between me and my older brother, except I wasn't able to understand the family dynamics quickly enough to stop shooting myself in the foot. Bravo to you for putting a stop to the nonsense at age Thank you, I appreciate that.

I respect myself enough to walk away and love my kids too much to let them be subjected to their insecurities. Can't cater to the constant victim mentality. Happy Holidays to you Sherry! This Thanksgiving, my cousin's husband, who is a reformed alcoholic, attends AA religiously, and has always been judgemental about me because I've inherited money from my late father and am a reformed alcoholic and sexaholic as well, was giving me minute portions of food due to weight gain on my behalf. I am gay and his son who is also gay will not respond to any of my extensions of cordiality to him.

He feels that I am pestering his son and that any friendship with me would be dangerous and inappropriate, which i can understand. His sister will not let him the father, my cousin's hubby anywhere near her house due to the past when he was apparently intoxicated. I am not at that point with anyone, thank God. I ignored him this time when he did this as not to make a scene but it hurt. You don't know - until you know. You find out about what a particular mix of relatives is going to be like when they are together for a holiday - until after you have tried it.

Then it is up to you to make the decision about whether you want to go back over to their house for another round of what will more than likely be the same behavior. My late sponsor told me that the longer we stay sober, the shorter the amount of time we allow ourselves to remain in discomfort. She would say things to me like, "You don't have to go over there," which was a huge shock to me, since I thought I HAD to do things a certain way or the family would have a melt down.

Today its okay with me - let them melt down. This Thanksgiving I put my foot down and declined to invite my sister over with her husband, causing my adult daughter to spend 45 minutes berating me for my choice. We were able to start dinner on time and not have to figure out a way to do it all with guests who were 45 mins late.

Nobody held a piece of the kale from the salad out over the table asking, "Do you think this looks like a bug? We had pleasant, interesting, warm and friendly conversation at dinner. Nobody talked about the show they had seen the night before where a victim was chopped into the top of their head with an ax. No hot button political issues, knowing the table is evenly divided on those issues, were brought up.

In my after-the-holiday assessment of Thanksgiving, I'm so glad I gutted it out and failed to invite someone who ruins most holiday dinners for me. My late sponsor also told me this over and over again: "You can do anything you want to do for the rest of your life - absolutely anything - as long as you are willing to pay the price.

I had to see that I knew better than she realized or was able to understand. The older we get, the easier this can be if we apply principles and don't allow ourselves to be manipulated by family members who don't do well at our holiday tables. Pete - you get to decide whether you want to go over there again for an important family occasion. It is possible to find another meaningful thing to do on Thanksgiving. If you have no other family you might think about dishing up food at a homeless shelter, putting on your own meal for family members you choose, or if you are in AA being the secretary for a number of meetings in the Thanksgiving Alcathon.

You get to choose - isn't that great? The thing is that with my surrogate family, including my uncle, aunt, cousins, etc. I enoy going over there but I don't know how to react to when and if this fellow starts using me as a punching bag. I became lonely. To make it short, I found a spell caster Dr santy. I saw the good testimonies about his wonderful work and after reading the Testimonials, I decided I had to try and give it one last try and After the spells, a miracle happened, my husband came home.

It was awesome, anyone who needs help, should email him dr. Over 33 years we had set traditions on how holidays were done wi8th my husband. We never forgot where he was and when we went to after dinner clubs we would meet him at the gate with sandwiches from the holiday meal. He maintains we blackmailed him with denying a home life as a wife or even to the point he had to be forced in by armed intimidation.

That we would never allow him time for himself. We tried to get him to take his vacation at a time he did not like. From January 2 to February 14 when it would not interfere with others that were deemed to have greater need at other times of the year. I would have done any thing with him including have the honey moon we never had during this time but he said no money after Christmas to fly someplace, and he said he was not enamored with the idea of ice skating someplace on the road. After he had been home from the navy for two years things were resented, when we got him to back off the trip to Rome for a much younger seniority.

Over the agreement I made with him before I left for Rome I was handed divorce paperwork and sent home to my mother for two years. From to his father made sure he was kept under court order not to turn any hours offered down in his UAW plant. Then the judge that issued that order was displaced of the bench, and he started to take the seniority rights he wanted, After a brain surgery in three months later he refused to back of a job bid that the son of a county commissioner wanted.

My husband had 15 years more seniority and took t6he job nearly killing the younger man and three of his fathers and my friends on our front porch. When they wanted to force him back and remove his name off a job bid. We have not seen a day of willing negotiation into what he could take for himself In the way of days off. Into the offering of sex into taking a vacation, People using firearms such as shotguns that were did not have rounds chambered because people became afraid to try even negotiating alternatives to his wants.

In we started hearing how he believed we had stolen his life from him after MRSA caused his spinal cord to be crushed, After three years of rehab He came home and the traditions around holidays and vacations have become se4t without him I had hoped to get some time to work him into things he wanted from sex, to vacations to holidays without causing discomfort but he has decided to drop in to everything like a an arrow volley. The first day home from rehab he came home after keeping his ability to walk with a cane a secret.

He came back on a night I had been invited to go with his mother, father and his fathers best friend to a fund raising dinner. I had just finished getting ready when he came through the door, in the next ten minutes, I was begging him to please understand the last 31 years was just to try and gain his cooperation without defiance, it was not meant to be like that but his defiance created a problem for everyone. So he had to be put on the back burner for every ones needs.