Sometimes you have to leave home to find some heart again…
Yep. It’s that time of year again.
It seems too early for the Christmas rush of programming headed our way over the next two months–we don’t even have snow yet! (well, at least not in the Tdot)–but it is indeed time to start planning.
One of my family’s holiday traditions was always watching our favourite Christmas movies–The Muppet Christmas Carol, anyone?–when they came on, replacing any and all regular programming. I know my mom must have a stash somewhere of numerous, VHS-recorded holiday films–okay, so now I have just dated myself. But my point is… watching a good Christmas movie will always get me in the holiday spirit.
If you happen to be looking for some of your own holiday films to add to your Christmas tradition, check out A Heartland Christmas, now available on DVD. Fans of the show will be especially interested in how Amy, Ty, Jack, Tim and Lou decorate the Heartland hearth, but even those new to the show won’t be lost while watching this feel-good Christmas flick.
As a stand-alone movie–not really placed at any point in time during the current/past seasons–A Heartland Christmas follows Amy and Ty, just a few days before Christmas, as they journey out to save some horses who have been trapped by a recent avalanche in Pike River. But it turns out to be much more than the two of them can handle.
Attempting to reach out to the nearby town for help, Amy and Ty are faced with a long-ago tragedy that the townspeople cannot forget–not even to help out some horses who are slowly dying out there (talk about lacking a little Christmas spirit). Meanwhile, there is pressure from home: Jack, Tim and Lou all want them back for the holidays. Not willing to give the horses over to their fate, Amy and Ty have two choices: try to save them on their own and miss Christmas completely or find a chink in the frosty armour of the townspeople–before it’s too late.
Here’s the run down on A Heartland Christmas:
Action: Definitely. Amy and Ty have to survive wolves, avalanches and grumpy old men. Out in the mountains of Alberta, danger lurks at every corner.
Romance: Check! Ty and Amy get stranded out in Pike River and are forced to cozy up together in a previously abandoned, old house. SPOILER ALERT: with brown water, a faulty chimney and no heat, things stay pretty PG.
Holiday Spirit: You bet. Christmas is not about a plethora of gifts under a perfectly decorated tree. It’s all about new beginnings and this Pike River town sure needs one.
Check out a preview here on CBC (sorry about the annoying pre-roll video ad).
A Heartland Christmas is now available on DVD. Also available on DVD is the complete Fourth Season of Heartland, with all 18 episodes and tons of bonus features like behind-the-scenes featurettes, cast and crew interviews and, of course, bloopers. Check it out!
THE MAIN CBC HEARTLAND WEBSITE
I was very disappointed in Heartland Christmas. There wasn’t much “Christmas” about it. I was hoping for something more like the Waltons. With a good moral and Christian message that pertains to Christmas and its meaning. The birth of our Lord. But it just seemed to fall flat. Still its a nice show with pretty gals and horses. So that helps.