Thank you, Hallmark!

Imagine a show that combines romance, comedy, feisty comebacks and drama all into one.  Next, add a beautiful, critically-acclaimed and very talented movie star and pair her with a popular and handsome TV star.  What do you get?  The heart-warming series on Hallmark channel, Cedar Cove. Oh, and the aforementioned actors…none other than Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal

If you have not heard of Cedar Cove, you are missing out on a great find.  Fans of Debbie Macomber’s writing such as myself were absolutely thrilled that one of her series was going to be made into a TV series and broadcast on the Hallmark channel.  I was happy to know there were other people out there like me who simply desired a good show with great characters that I could look forward to watching week after week.  I have read Debbie’s books for a number of years and each time I read a book of hers, I feel as if I am right there in that quaint little town, experiencing the heartache, drama and typical small-town life. CC1

In the summer of 2013, the viewers were introduced to almost every character or cast member.  The way the actors engulfed themselves fully into the characters made it easy to fall in love with each and every one of them.  I applaud Hallmark for saying yes to such a refreshing show.  Andie MacDowell has been quoted as saying she gets “agitated” when watching a dark movie or something disturbing on TV.  I am the same way.  I certainly enjoy a good, suspenseful movie but sometimes when we are not expecting a scene so dramatic, we are left on edge.  In my opinion, there is not enough quality options on television nowadays.  Last year, I did not have the Hallmark channel and would have to wait a few days before I could purchase each episode and watch it on Amazon (this was one of the reasons I switched to Direct TV). 

Fast forward to today and I now look forward to every Saturday night where I get to relax on the couch and settle in for another hour of great television.  What’s even better is that when their schedules allow, the whole cast is involved in “live tweeting” with their fans during the show.  So thanks to Twitter, we are able to interact with the stars of the show.  In a matter of a few seconds, we can send a message to our favorite character and make a comment about a scene that just happened.  In a world of terrorism, bickering in Washington D.C. and school shooting sprees, thankfully there is a place we can escape for one hour each week to “a small town with a big heart.” 

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Yes, I’m one of those people…

I have a confession….I’m a sucker for those Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel.  I am perfectly content on the weekends to stretch out on the couch and settle in with some hot chocolate and let the characters entertain me.  Sure, if I had “someone special” to share this time of year with, it’d be even sweeter….but I have faith that will come when it’s time .  But back to my being a sucker part…I love the way the movies make me feel good and give me that itch to go and do for others.  They give me hope—hope for the season, hope for living with a clearer sense of purpose.  One movie in particular I watched was “Farewell, Mr. Kringle.”  A quote I wrote down that stood out, from the character Kris Kringle, went like this, “Christmas is more than a day on the calendar, it’s a feeling—like a smile from a long-lost friend.”  Hopefully we all get that warm, fulfilling joy from giving a gift to someone we care about.  It could even be a complete stranger…..and the gift doesn’t even have to be expensive or grand gesture….just something to make their day and their Christmas season, a little brighter. 

This is my favorite time of year, if you couldn’t tell that already.  There are 20 more days until Christmas. I intend on making the most of each and every one.  So, to you and yours, all the best this holiday season!