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Trading Christmas (2011)

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The Christmas season is approaching. In South Woodbourne, Washington, widowed second grade schoolteacher Emily Spengler loves the Christmas holidays, as do all the townsfolk, and the ... See full summary »

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Michael Scott (as Michael M. Scott)

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Debbie Macomber (novel), Bruce Graham (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cavanagh ... Charles Johnson
Faith Ford ... Emily Spengler
Gil Bellows ... Ray Johnson
Gabrielle Miller ... Faith Kerrigan
Emma Lahana ... Heather Spengler
Andrew Francis ... Jason
Lucy Jeffrey Lucy Jeffrey ... Sarah
Noah Bjorgan Noah Bjorgan ... Joey
Eric Keenleyside ... Security Guard
Michael Coleman ... Tony
Travis Turner ... Walter
Aren Buchholz ... Anthony
Elizabeth Thai ... Theresa
Nancy Ebert Nancy Ebert ... Mrs. Spoon
Darla Fay ... Stell
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The Christmas season is approaching. In South Woodbourne, Washington, widowed second grade schoolteacher Emily Spengler loves the Christmas holidays, as do all the townsfolk, and the traditions she had built with her now deceased husband, Frank, who passed away almost three years ago, and her now grown daughter, Heather. As usual, she is expecting Heather to come home for the holidays from Boston, where she is going to school. In Boston, Massachusetts, novelist and English professor Charles Johnson is an unsentimental man, who, like his workaholic brother Ray, owner of his own lucrative business, doesn't celebrate the season. Emily and Charles meet on a house swapping website as they decide to do a one week swap with each other in the lead up to Christmas. Emily wants to go to Boston to be with Heather, who has told her that she isn't planning on coming home for the holidays. And Charles is having problems meeting deadlines for his latest novel and needs somewhere quiet and out of the... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas See more »

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The bus terminal shown in the movie is actually the building for the Abbotsford Flying Club. See more »

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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Performed by Adrienne Pierce
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Keeps moving
26 November 2017 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

This one is a bit of a three ring circus until the three couples get matched up. The story is based on a house swap between a lady who just lives for Christmas, and a man who has decided to avoid it.

The story keeps you going as it switches back and forth and the acting is fine. I never got invested in any of the three romances, but that doesn't mean they didn't do a good job building the relationships. I just didn't find that any of the characters really appealed to me personally. As far as the usual formula, I thought it was funny that a full half way into the movie, Charles and Faith had gone from just irritated to full out belligerent and had yet to start moving together.

There was good humor throughout. At one point, the director did a cute thing with a split screen and coffee cups.

The story was mostly predictable, but then this is a Hallmark Christmas story. I'm sure that many will find the romances more engaging than I did and as a result completely enjoy the movie.


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