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Pete was carrying a whole lot of baggage in the form of a soon-to-be ex-wife, one sad daughter who is pregnant, one angry daughter whose wedding he did not attend and a soon-to-be new wife near his daughter's age. Then along comes a heart attack, right after he informs his wife he is remarrying and hands her divorce papers to sign. Since Pete refuses to stay in the hospital where he belongs, his doctor wife, Sarah, takes him into her home.
His stay extends through Thanksgiving and Pete begins to feel the tug of his heart, as he remembers holidays past and begins to recognize there is an irreplaceable history here. As Christmas rolls around, an incident occurs that proves to be a pivotal point. It allows his eldest daughter to air her hurt and anger, while his younger daughter reveals her deep sadness. Pete is convicted and realizes the damage he has caused. As his youngest daughter is in labor, Pete makes a decision that will change his family's life for the better.
This movie is about realizing when we need to drop some baggage in order to carry the baggage that matters most. Baggage doesn't have to be something negative. The baggage Pete ends up carrying are the pieces of his family's history - the family he and Sarah created, nurtured and now can watch grow through a grandparent's eyes. This baggage is lightweight and valuable. Enclosed in its interior are memories of love and laughter and hurt and reconciliation and forgiveness. All the things that make a life worthwhile.Read more ›
Cheryl Ladd plays her role well as Sarah, an even-keeled woman who has basically raised her two daughters to adulthood without the help of her absentee husband. When he sets up a meeting with her after a prolonged separation she has no idea what is coming. He wants her to finally sign the divorce papers so he can go off to the Bahamas and marry his girlfriend that is about the age of his daughters--and he wants his daughters to come to the wedding. Barry Bostwick is convincing as Pete, the irresponsible husband/father who has found an exit every time things got hard. His wife agrees to sign the divorce papers if he tells their daughters about the divorce and his upcoming nuptials, and suddenly he finds himself on the floor, in pain and gasping for breath.
Pete ends up in the hospital, but refuses to stay. Sarah, who is a pediatrician, keeps him at their home to watch over him until the tests for his diagnosis are completed and he is in the clear and this means he is in on the family Thanksgiving and Christmas. This angers their oldest daughter, who has never forgiven her Dad for leaving them. And both daughters are surprised to learn that their parents have never officially been divorced.
Things get pretty tangled in a web that includes surrogate motherhood, a widower next door who is very friendly with Sarah and who happens to be a friend of Pete's and their daughter's father-in-law, the youngest daughter's boyfriend who is leaving the country, and Pete's young fiancee who is beginning to feel neglected and shows up at a most inopportune time. The storyline also includes a death, a home birth, and an angry tirade from daughter to father.Read more ›
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I like this movie! Great actors help this movie. I am a huge Christmas movie fanatic! I own well over 100 Christmas movies alone. I had to add this to my collection. Read morePublished 10 days ago by karaokegrandma
Love Christmas movies and this is a great movie. It has all the magic of the Holiday season which to me is Christmas.Published 2 months ago by Sandra J. Conger
Such a cute movie; I've watched it on TV and gotten from the library for a couple of years. Glad I finally own my own DVD.Published 6 months ago by JD