There are some dreadful messages embedded in this film. Some of them are just cliches - it's naughty to get so caught up in your big-city job that you neglect your child, there's a wonderful single guy waiting in every small town for a single mom to arrive at Christmas time is one of them, every Granny is warm and fuzzy, etc. They're not potentially dangerous, just quite unoriginal. No, what bothered me the most is when Mom tells her little boy, "It's okay too do something that makes you happy." On the surface, that's an "Aw" moment, but, when you think about all the horrible things that make many people happy - well, it is not something I would tell my child without a little clarification, and it is surely no fit Christmas message. So much better to evaluate the thing you want to do and see how it affects others, as well as yourself, before you decide to do it. Setting self aside in the interest of others is not a concept that's too hard for a 7-year-old to comprehend.
You can light things up all you want, but I still want a white Christmas. I don't want one in the bayou or the desert or the jungle. And, I'd like to think that 2 people aren't just getting swept away for old time's sake and/or by the "magic of Christmas" but actually find that they like and love each other.
The stars I'm giving this film are for Randy Travis and Ed Asner.
I wouldn't buy this or watch it again.