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November Christmas (2010)

A brave young girl is battling cancer, which has an effect on the people around her.

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Jess Sanford
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Tom Marks
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Claire Sanford
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Ted Zachary
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Wade Miller
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Abby Hildman (as Dawn Cyr)
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Rick Zackary (as Glen Lefchak)
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A brave young girl is battling cancer, which has an effect on the people around her.

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: November Christmas (#60.1)  »

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Wonderful job
6 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

"November Christmas" is the name of a story a pretty blonde girl is reading to children at a library. We find out later it is based on the real (in this movie) life of 8-year-old Vanessa--though some details in the story being read are a little different.

15 years earlier, Tom and Beth are new in the small community. We never learn what work Tom does, but he and Beth spend a lot of time with their daughter Vanessa, who has been in the hospital a lot. Vanessa has no hair but a cheerful attitude for the most part. Her 4-year-old brother Gordon seems to accept what is going on better than many his age. Tom visits Jess' farm to buy vegetables, but he later shows up in the middle of summer wanting pumpkins. The reason: Tom is worried Vanessa might not survive to see Halloween.

Jess and his friend, who have both suffered losses in their lives, go to a relative of Jess who already has pumpkins, and they come back with a big load, and a possible second wife for Jess' friend.

Vanessa has a new friend, a teenage waitress who is a talented artist and aspiring writer, though right now she must work for her demanding uncle at his diner. Meanwhile, Beth is helping out with story time at the library, where Jess' wife Claire used to work and still volunteers some.

If Vanessa continues to go downhill, she also won't see Christmas. It just so happens Jess grows Christmas trees, and Tom goes to pick one out.

Jess is going through a lot of bitterness, but helping this family helps him a lot, and he becomes a kind and loving grandfather type.

Eventually the whole town knows about Vanessa's plight, and what happens next is truly a Christmas miracle.

Will Vanessa make it? I will say that the movie has a happy ending.

The story is great, and the holidays are celebrated just as one might expect--just at different times.

Everyone involved gives a great performance, but I believe Sam Elliott stands out from the group. If anyone gets an Emmy nomination, I believe it will be him.

Emily Alyn Lind certainly deserves something, though most likely she would be nominated only in a category that favors kids. Vanessa keeps her attitude positive so much of the time.

It was worthy of the name Hallmark Hall of Fame.


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