Widowed Connie Forrester, mother to an adolescent son, TJ, and divorced Will DiNova are both second generation owner/operators of their respective family business. Those businesses just happen to be both toy stores - Forrester Toys and DiNova Toys, respectively - and both located in New Britain, Connecticut, one block away from each other. Connie's father and Will's uncle, from who they inherited their respective business, used to be business partners until they had a falling out which led to the two stores so close in proximity. Both Connie and Will speak nicely about the other's store when customers ask, but quietly seethe about the existence of the other and thus are not really on speaking terms. They are also both struggling financially, with Connie soon having to make a balloon payment on the store's property mortgage, while Will is trying to buy back what was his family's home which his ex-wife got in the divorce settlement, they both hoping a good Christmas season will yield ...
Did You Know?
The Polka Band in the carnival scene wears traditional Polish highlander Goral Hats as a nod to New Britain, Connecticut's large Polish population. The city even has an officially designated Little Poland neighborhood. See more
In the close-up shots of the bobsleigh race, the trees are nestled right next to the rather narrow race course. In the long shots, the race course is much wider with the trees nowhere near the course. See more
If I am so bad at poker, how come everybody in town wants to play with me?
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Jessica Simpson
and Rosie O'Donnell See more