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Trading Christmas (Hallmark)

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Emily Springer is disappointed her daughter Heather won't make the cross-country trip from Harvard to visit at Christmas. Emily decides to surprise Heather and trades houses with Charles Brewster, a college professor who lives in Boston. Emily is the one who is surprised when she finds out her daughter left for Florida with her boyfriend and has only Charles' brother for company. In this holiday tale about twists of fate, Emily and Charles find love at the most unexpected time and have the best Christmas season ever.

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  • Actors: Tom Cavanagh, Faith Ford, Gil Bellows, Gabrielle Miller, Emma Lahana
  • Directors: Michael Scott
  • Writers: Debbie Macomber, Bruce Graham
  • Producers: Allen Lewis, Caroline Moore, Dan Wigutow, Debbie Macomber, Harvey Kahn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008R5SZZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trading Christmas (Hallmark)" on IMDb

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By J. Olsen on October 2, 2012
Format: DVD
Emily is a widow of almost 3 years and is still adjusting to holidays without Frank. Her daughter, Heather, is in Boston going to college and is asserting her independence, insisting that just this once she not come home for Christmas. She tells her Mom she is going to stay put for the holiday, when actually she is going to Arizona with her boyfriend. Emily gets the bright idea to take Christmas to Heather. She goes online and arranges a house swap with a Scrooge-ish college professor in Boston who is also a writer of novels. He happens to be under pressure of a deadline and needs somewhere quiet to get away and write. She ends up in his stark city apartment, with no daughter in town, and he gets her heavily holiday decorated Victorian style home in a friendly little town that won't leave him alone. If that isn't enough, throw in lots of Christmas cookies, a tripped security alarm, a man who is afraid of being sued for almost having Emily arrested, a friend who decides to drop in unannounced to surprise Emily, an expired driver's license, a bus that only leaves town once a week, a daughter who doesn't know what she wants, a few snowballs, and neighbor kids on sleds. The story is fun and interesting with a diversity of characters.
As for family friendliness, there were just a few moments here and there where I wasn't sure where they were going to take things--the daughter and her boyfriend spending the holiday alone in Arizona at his grandparents' vacant home, Emily lying in a passionate embrace on the sofa with a man she just met a couple of days before, Emily's friend asking her if she "got lucky", lots of kissing, and a couple of double entendre jokes that might go over some heads. You can decide if that makes it acceptable to you or not.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on October 29, 2012
Format: DVD
This movie premiered on the Hallmark Channel last Christmastime. I liked it, it was cute and entertaining. There were some humorous parts. It seemed a little predictable, but it was enjoyable to watch.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Romance VINE VOICE on November 10, 2012
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Wow! What a great movie. After the credits rolled through, all I could do was sit there and say "wow" and rushed over to write this review. Let me tell you, this would be the fourth Christmas movie I watched thus far this holiday season. After so many disappointing movies, I am so glad I picked this up at the Hallmark store. I finally found a winner.

Based on Debbie Macomber's book, "When Christmas Comes - Trading Christmas: Trading Christmas\The Forgetful Bride" the movie revolved around three couples and how one Christmas house swap changed their lives for the better. Widower Emily's daughter, Heather, wanted something different for Christmas this year and told her mother that she wasn't going to go home. Emily decided to surprise Heather by bringing Christmas to her in Boston. Placing her home in a house swap, she exchanged her home with professor/writer, Charles Brewster, who needed a change of scenery for his writer's block. But when Emily found that her daughter had flown the coop, Charles' brother, Ray, helped fill the void. Maybe Christmas can be saved after all.

What really blew me was the amazing choices in casting. The acting was natural and you couldn't deny the subtle chemistry between everyone. The movie handled the three story lines by ping-ponging back and forth between the three couples as their lives were intertwined. Even though they technically were not the main characters, my favorite couple had to be Charles and Faith. They were absolutely hilarious. From the first moment they met, they had such an explosion of chemistry that kept you jumping and laughing. I looked forward to all their scenes.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rissi on November 26, 2012
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012Trading Christmas (2011)
Until Hallmark channel paid notice, authors whose works were considered Christian - or at least moral stories, rarely got much exposure in the world of film, on the small screen or the silver. A pair of movies, already a success and to their credit based on Debbie Macomber's novels have already been made prompting Hallmark to again bring another of her novels to their holiday line-up.

Christmas re-opens many happy and not-so-happy memories for Emily (Faith Ford). A widow with a college age daughter, both she and Heather still enjoy every special holiday tradition three years later. Or that is what Emily thought. Emily's spirits are high with the impending arrival of her daughter as she decorates the house and purchases the supplies they'll need for holiday baking but instead of welcoming Heather home, the girl confesses that she would rather make her own plans... just this once. Impulsively she agrees to a house swap to be with her daughter, travelling to Boston to swap homes with a college professor, Charles (Tom Cavanaugh) who is in desperate need of peace and quiet to finish his current novel. To further complicate matters, Emily's friend Faith (Gabrielle Miller) decides to pay her a surprise visit only to be surprised to find a stranger - Charles, in her best friend's house!

Despite my hysterical giggles and admittance that Christmas movies seem no better than recycled plots and sub-par acting, each year, I eagerly type titles into the Amazon search bar hoping that there will be a slew of them on DVD. Usually each year, I am rewarded. No shortage on Christmas cheer is skimped on in this sweet, heartwarming tale. From Emily's over-decked-out house (talk about overkill!
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