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A Teacher from Washington state decides to do a house swap with a Boston Professor to be able to surprise and spend Christmas with her daughter.


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Charles Johnson
Emily Spengler
Ray Johnson
Faith Kerrigan
Heather Spengler
Lucy Jeffery ...
Sarah (as Lucy Jeffrey)
Noah Bjorgan ...
Security Guard
Nancy Ebert ...
Mrs. Spoon
Bus Driver

Directed by

Michael M. Scott

Written by

Debbie Macomber ... (novel)
Bruce Graham ... (teleplay)

Produced by

Harvey Kahn ... executive producer / producer
Allen Lewis ... executive producer
Debbie Macomber ... executive producer
Caroline Moore ... executive producer
Michael M. Scott ... executive producer
Dan Wigutow ... executive producer

Music by

James Jandrisch

Cinematography by

Adam Sliwinski ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Alison Grace

Editorial Department

Allison Beda ... post-production coordinator
Earl Fudger ... assistant editor
David Grave ... on-line editor
Gary Shaw ... colorist

Casting By

Lindsay Chag
Candice Elzinga

Production Design by

Chris August ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

James Steuart

Set Decoration by

Melissa Morden

Costume Design by

Carla Hetland

Makeup Department

Anne Carroll ... key hair stylist (as S. Annie Carroll)
Erin Mackenzie ... assistant hair stylist (as Erin Froese) / makeup artist (as Erin Froese)
Tana Lynn Moldovanos ... key make-up artist
Riley Harvey ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Richard Bullock ... production manager
Dawn Knight ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Michael Crain ... first assistant director (as Mike Crain)
Quincy Wheeler-Hendren ... second assistant director
Bryant Marshall ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Scooby Vincent ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Keonna Brisdon ... assistant set decorator
Alexandra Cram ... props assistant
Michael Love ... property master

Sound Department

Tim Archer ... re-recording mixer
Kevin B. Barron ... foley engineer (as Kevin Barron) / re-recording mixer (as Kevin Barron)
Jason Cole ... foley artist
Wendy Czajkowsky ... dialogue editor
Randy Kiss ... re-recording mixer / sound supervisor
Scott C. Kolden ... sound effects editor (as Scott Kolden)
Paul Novokshonoff ... boom operator
Alan Perkins ... dialogue editor
Steven Weakes ... production sound mixer

Special Effects by

Robert Paller ... special effects supervisor (as Rob Paller)

Visual Effects by

Geoffery Antony ... visual effects supervisor
Zachary Mallett ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Darvin K. Manwah ... digital compositor: GFZ Studios (uncredited) / matte painter: GFZ Studios (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Monty Black ... genny operator
Neil Cervin ... camera operator
Mark Evans ... camera operator: "b" camera
Mischa Haman-Dass ... first assistant: "a" camera
Brett Hill ... best boy electric
Vlad Horodinca ... gaffer
Alex Kuchera ... best boy
John Kuchera ... dolly grip
Tenzin Lhalungpa ... steadicam operator
Boris Martens ... second assistant: "b" camera
Nathan McTague ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Nathan Mctague)
Tyler Jinx Moore ... key grip (as Tyler Moore)
Aleks Pichlak ... second assistant: "a" camera
Glenn Pineau ... camera operator: "a" camera
Gary Saibil ... dmt (as Gary L. Saibil)
Vlad Horodinca ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Ronald Richard ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Cody Rusinko ... grip (uncredited)
Eric Scobie ... lamp operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Sara Brown ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Kathy Linder ... set supervisor
Debbie Tallman ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

Robert Amar ... assistant location manager (as Rob Amar)
Darcy Wild ... location manager

Music Department

Tom Porter ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Amanda Alexander ... script supervisor (as Amanda Alexander-Mclean)

Transportation Department

Kam Dhesi ... transportation captain
Dean Fitzpatrick ... transportation coordinator
John Sorensen ... driver: cast (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Ken Forsberg ... craft service / first aid
Laura Good ... assistant to Mr. Kahn
David W. Hamilton ... insurance services: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. (as David Hamilton)
Colin House ... assistant production coordinator
Yale Kussin ... production coordinator
Mark MacDonald ... second assistant production coordinator (as Mark Macdonald)
Sarah Pennington ... payroll accountant
Svatia Sakarova ... production accountant
Juliet Smith ... legal counsel: Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
Marnie Termuende ... controller
Marnie Young ... business affairs
Linda Crain ... production assistant: prep (uncredited)
Ryan Doucette ... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Kelsey Fonda ... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave T. Nall ... wrangler (uncredited)
Ken Poole ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 way to complete his writing. Their house swap doesn't end up being anything as they expected, first and foremost because of the Christmas spirit either missing or overwhelming the other's house. In Boston, Emily learns upon her arrival that Heather has left town with her boyfriend, Jason, Heather who seems to be trying to test her adult wings without Emily's influence. But Emily meets Ray, the two who slowly fall for each other. They will have to determine both their professional and personal futures past this week, and if the other person factors into that future. And in South Woodbourne, divorced corporate events planner Faith Kerrigan, Emily's best friend from San Francisco, shows up on Emily's doorstep planning on keeping Emily company during the holidays in Heather's absence. Out of circumstance, Faith is forced to stay at the house with Charles for the better part of the week. The question with the two is whether they will both survive each other's company for the week, as it is hate at first sight, that perception based largely on the negative way their most recent respective relationship ended. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas (United States)
  • Les chassés-croisés de Noël (France)
  • Una oportunidad para el amor (Spain)
  • Коледна размяна (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Bozicna zamenjava (Slovenia)
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  • 87 min
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Trivia The bus terminal shown in the movie is actually the building for the Abbotsford Flying Club. See more »
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