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Lifetime’s Christmas In The City Teaches The Meaning Of Christmas, Which We Somehow Keep Forgetting

Lifetime movie Christmas in the City Ashley Williams 2013

This week’s Lifetime movie Christmas in the City was all about remembering the true meaning of Christmas and keeping tradition alive and blah blah blah sponsored by Fox News. It made me realize how many times we as humans forget the meaning of Christmas. I’m not being schmaltzy. I really want to know why we can’t retain that information in our minds after we’ve seen five hundred movies explaining it to us. Is it like high school math? As soon as we take the test it seeps out of our brains and we have to learn it all over again next year?

This week’s heroine is shockingly a single mom. But if she weren’t single, how would she get her Christmas wish of falling in love with a hottie? Wendy Caroll (Ashley Williams, who really needs to play Lauren Cohan’s sister in something stat) runs her late father’s candy shop with her mother (Beverly Leech), but they’ve fallen on hard times and the shop is facing foreclosure, as evidenced by the FORECLOSURE NOTICE in Wendy’s hand. Lifetime must have some kind of prop warehouse brimming with depressing documents covered in huge, readable text.

Wendy is determined to save the shop in time for Christmas, so she and her yell-acting daughter Grace (Kylie Noelle Price) head to the city (no specific city, just “the city”), to stay with her friend Angie (Shanola Hampton), who’s gotten her a job at Wolmans department store. The owner’s nephew Tom (Jon Prescott) thinks Wendy is super cute, judging by his creeper stare, so he has her start working right away in the toy department.

Unfortunately things can’t be as magical and romantic as Wendy might hope, since there’s a professional bitch arriving by the name of Teanna (played by Ashanti, whom I didn’t realize was still a thing). After her requisite Miranda Priestly stiletto-stepping-out-of-a-limo shot, she gets to work helping Wolmans increase sales. We soon learn that she’s plotting with an investor to oust Tom’s uncle, even though she at the same time seems to be in love with Tom. Her boob-restricting dresses must be cutting off the circulation to the rational part of her brain.

Meanwhile Wendy is learning the ropes in the toy department. Angie explains that the cash deposit bag goes in the drawer at the end of the day and it’s WENDY’S RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THAT. I wonder if something will go wrong with that later in the movie. It’s weird when I have these hunches.

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  • March

    This year Lifetime has taught me not to trust well-dressed black women (as seen in this movie and the Twelve Trees of Christmas). Also, I’ve noticed they’ve chosen to portray very Christian Christmas songs as opposed to the more secular ones.

    • http://www.youtube.com/sweettina2 Tina Sullivan

      Well, seeing how Christmas is actually about Christ being born, Christian Christmas songs are very appropriate.

    • March

      I won’t go into the whole winter solstice and all that stuff but besides that fact it is indeed interesting as most Christmas movies often prefer to celebrate Santa (as many people nowadays do) and keep religion out of it. Furthermore, this year’s movies while they may contain more religious music, still focus on family, togetherness and “being good”, rather than the religious aspect of Christmas.

    • essasime

      Indeed, these things differentiates itself from other Christmas movies.
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      Tornado
      Shelters

  • Cbalducc

    Did you notice how Santa made it snow in sunny Los Angeles? And Bruno proved you don’t have to be a woman to be a dumb blond!

  • l. Moore

    Christmas in the city has put me in the opposite mood of the Christmas spirit:(

  • val

    My hubs says u guys are mean. He watched that movie twice yesterday. I asked if he needed a Midol.

  • Jenny

    Ba humbug, seems as though the writer needs to get a drink and watch the Grinch.

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