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Newspaper reporter Rebecca Chandler, who feels she got no fair chance to prove her worth in her three years career, looks forward to a Hawaian holiday with her fiancé Ryan, but instead of a ring he brings her- walking orders, he found better. So she accepts again to be the bachelor on duty in the Christmas season, and write the annual romantic non-news feel good-story, once more about the elusive Secret Santa in small-town Hamden, where the Christmas spirit it said to last all year. Bad luck follows her from Indianapolis: her car breaks down, she can only get lodgings in a home for the elderly without Internet, and nobody wants to help her unmask the secret Santa. Soon she guesses it must be the only rich philanthropist, but the popular Mr. John Martin Carter doesn't grant her an interview and isn't tricked either, in fact meets her at the worst repeatedly without her knowing him, until he arranges to be presented at the mayor's Christmas party, then invites her for dinner and proves ... Written by KGF Vissers

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She set out to uncover Santa...and discovered the best gift to open is your heart.

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This was Barbara Billingsley's final acting role before her death on October 16, 2010. See more »

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When Rebecca's Volkswagon Beetle breaks down, it emits huge clouds of steam as though it had overheated. But Volkswagons are air-cooled, so this is impossible. See more »

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Rebecca Chandler: Let me bottom line it for you Ryan.
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Predictable but cute.
14 December 2003 | by (LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA) – See all my reviews

About eight minutes after the opening credits, I identified the Secret Santa to my companions. As the movie progressed my friends began to believe me more and more. Finally, it turned out that I was absolutely correct. How did I figure it out so fast? I have a nasty habit of always reading the credits...carefully.

The story - Jennie Garth as a reporter is sent to a town called Hamden to identify a mysterious Christmas benefactor. Along the way she meets the citizens of the town, gets to know them, and ends up liking them. She does find out who the benefactor is at the last minute, which disappoints me because the clues were in front of her face most of the time. Even if she could not see them, she should at least done a better job of listening.

Still, it was cute to watch and young ones can learn a great deal from the story's moral.


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