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Grade: A

Let It Snow

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Candace Cameron Bure – Stephanie Beck

Jesse Hutch – Brady Lewis

We start off at Falcon Resorts headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.

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And right off the bat I’m confused, since I’ve really only seen this font before on “WANTED” posters from Old West movies.


Our first shot of Stephanie are her black high heels as she walks down the hall of an office suite. As she walks past an assistant’s desk she throws out, “He’s expecting me,” and then pauses before two large doors to straighten her jacket - sort of like she’s girding her loins. Now I’m expecting her boss to be an a-hole.


That’s no a-hole! That’s Alan Thicke!

Oh wait, his character is an a-hole…nevermind.

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First impressions of Bossman – he likes to throw his hands around and wear clothes that don’t match. Add in Alan Thicke’s booming voice and we have ourselves a scene stealer people!


Bossman tells her he closed the deal on Snow Valley Lodge and he wants Stephanie to go up there and take a look. “It’s just a Mom and Pop operation now, but we’re going to turn it into the first Falcon Winter Sports Resort. I want the usual demographic; adults 21-45 with no kids. We’ve got to haul this place into the 21st century quickly! I want an après ski bar. I want a spa. I want a nightclub. Oh, and one of those snowmobile racing circuits! 


Side Note: Snowmobile racing? Hope he wants a lot of lawsuits as well.


During his little speech Stephanie just stands there like this. Is she awake? Is she a robot? Candace Cameron Bure is a pretty woman, but really the girl has to blink more.

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Bossman tells her she has one week to recommend how to go about doing all the things on his list. 

He asks her, “You ski right?” and she looks at him with a sarcastic expression and says “No.”

He counters with, “Well maybe I should send Bart Johnson from Sales huh?”

“Well,” says Stephanie huffily, “I don’t jet ski and I don’t parasail, but I put them all together for Costa Rica remember?”


Preach it sister.

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Bossman continues, “So go on up to Snow Valley and I’ll join you on Tuesday. Oh, and since that happens to be Christmas Eve, why don’t you and I grab Christmas lunch at the hotel - just like the old days.”


She answers, “That would be great Dad.”


WTF? A-hole boss is her Dad? Well played Hallmark. Well played.


Now she is in her office with some rando coworker. I’m guessing it’s her assistant since this character is mouthy and Hallmark assistants are always mouthy.

“He can’t send you up there – its Christmas week!” she rants to her boss about her boss.

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“He’s the boss,” says Stephanie (yes…we know). Then she whines, “I don’t do cold.”

Assistant lady looks annoyed, “You already know what he is going to do. He’s going to knock it all down and start from scratch like he always does. Why not just give him your pitch on Christmas Eve and then ditch him and fly home? Come spend Christmas Day with us.”

“I wish I could,” Stephanie responds resignedly, “but I should spend it with my father. Besides, us Becks were never big on Christmas anyway.” Then she leaves and the assistant looks after her like this...


Honey, I wouldn’t want your life for a million dollars.

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We will never see this nice lady in the blue shirt again.


Now we move over to Snow Valley Lodge in Maine and zero in on a lone skier shushing down a precarious mountain slope with the ease of a professional skier paid to do this for a movie.


Once again with the vintage font. You know I was never 

one to notice font use in movies before, but if you do notice it – 

I think that means it sucks.

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We follow the skier over jumps and down tree lined trails, all to this goofy music that is terrible, but since it will be played about a billion times throughout the story you will just give up on your distaste and get used to it.

For this is the Hallmark way.


The skier shushes to a stop, removes his goggles, and drinks in the wintery sight around him. This is Brady Lewis, the son of the owners of Snow Valley Lodge. Brady is super happy to be out on the slopes. 


All you ladies will be happy just that he took his helmet off.

Merry Christmas.

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Next please enjoy a poorly photo-shopped aerial shot of Snow Valley Lodge in Maine.

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Inside the lodge that night we see the guests milling around a large living area. Brady approaches his Mom, (Carla Lewis), who is offering pastries to some guests.  

“Mom, the Donovans want to know if they can have another plum pudding.”

“Sure, I’ll just need to make another one. Oh, and Brady, Anna called and said Harvey can’t have the chocolate logs anymore so don’t put any in his basket.”


Side Note: Ewww, what happens to Harvey if he eats chocolate logs? Does he make more chocolate logs? Ewww.


Carla and Brady enter the kitchen where we see Dad, (Paul Lewis), on the phone and Christmas treats on trays all over the freakin' place. Mom puts her apron back on. Is she making the extra plum pudding right now? While everyone is arriving? Uh…okay.


Also, is it just me……………or does Mom look like she’s in crisis?

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Paul is aggravated, “Someone just called from Falcon.  They’re sending out one of their executives.” He looks at his son. "We got room at the Lodge for one more?"

Gee Mr. Lodge Owner, do you not know this?

Now Brady looks aggravated. “They are not sending another executive up here. Not a week before Christmas!”

Paul says helplessly, “What can I do?”

“Well you could say “no” Dad, and don’t ask me to babysit them.” Then Brady leaves to deliver Christmas baskets to the cabins.


Carla takes a single tray of cookies out of the oven and turns to her husband, “Why’s the executive coming up here? They already bought Snow Valley.” Paul just shrugs his shoulders.


Mom walks away from the counter and…wait a minute! Now there’s two trays of cookies cooling on the counter! How did that happen?



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Hey, if this movie is about the magic of Christmas turning cookies into more cookies, I am all in. 


(Also, Carla does kinda look like she could be a witch so that would be cool).


Paul continues his haplessness. “Hey, have you seen my glasses?” And Mom walks up to him and picks them up from the counter right in front of him. 


Okay I'm serious now...what’s the deal with Dad?

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Dad says, “Ted Beck probably wants to know exactly what we do at Christmas so he can make sure he gets it right without us.”

Mom gets a little emotional and he gives her a hug.

“It’ll be okay!” He tells her, “Nothing is going to change, Ted gave us his word.”



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Stephanie arrives at the airport and stands curbside, waiting for her ride from Snow Valley Lodge to appear. Brady drives up and splashes through a puddle accidentally spraying her with snow. Stephanie loses her sh*t.

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Stephanie: Hey!

Brady: Oh no! Did I do that? I am so sorry. Are you okay?”

Stephanie: I’m soaked!

Brady: I am so sorry! (moves to brush the snow off of her coat)

Stephanie: (nastily) I CAN DO IT! Do you always drive like that? Splashing into puddles and soaking people?

Brady: Well, I didn’t see the puddle and besides you probably shouldn’t stand too close to potholes because slush happens right? (smiles at her)

Stephanie: Oh, so now it’s my fault that you just soaked me?

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“You’re from Falcon?” he asks her.

She gives him a clipped, “Yes.” 

As he is putting her luggage in the trunk, Stephanie overhears someone call him Brady. 

“You’re Brady Lewis? Paul Lewis’s son?” she asks.


“Why didn’t you tell me?” she reprimands him. 


Side Note: Why? Would she have treated him better if she knew who he was? What a snob!


Too late sister, now we all hate you.

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Next we are back in the kitchen of the Lodge and Paul is asking Carla, “Have you seen my car keys? I’m supposed to be picking up that executive from Falcon and I’m 20 minutes late. I sat down for a minute and the next thing I knew I was asleep for an hour.”

“That’s okay, I sent Brady” says Mom.


Side Note: Holy moly, Brady’s Dad is a disaster.


Please note that during this scene Carla is standing in front of a bunch of dirty baking things and a counter with flour all over it. 

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Good grief, look at that counter. She still hasn’t even thrown away her broken eggshells.  Who cracks eggs and then leaves the shells there all morning? And why is she prepping six cream puffs when she has 50 people to feed? This makes zero sense. 


Hilariously, Carla then tells her hubby, “We better get cleaned up to greet the executive from Falcon. After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression!” 


Then may I suggest not offering a behind-the-scenes tour.


Stephanie arrives at the Lodge, steps out of the car and the first thing she says is, “Ugh! How can anyone live up here?” - right in front of Brady. How rude!


Gee, are you cold Stephanie? Awwww……good.

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“So where’s the skiing?” she asks Brady.

“You want to go skiing?”

“Ack! No! I don’t ski.” (horrified expression) I just need to know that’s all.”

“We have a shuttle that goes up to Blue Mountain. It’s a 30-minute ride.”

“Oh, we’ll need something closer than that!” she exclaims as she goes inside.

Brady mutters to himself, “Yeah, well you’ll have to move a mountain then.”


Uh, could you stand downwind please?

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Stephanie meets Brady’s parents and Carla offers her some of her homemade cookies from Iceland. When Stephanie turns them down, I think Carla suffers a slight aneurysm.

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Stephanie tells Carla and Paul that she needs to get straight to work. “But I do need one thing from you - your client demographics?” 

“Huh?” says Paul.


Side Note: De-mo-graph-ics.


Carla figures it out, “Well, we know everyone who stays here, so I guess we could go back through the record.”


Later, Mom, Dad and Brady have a powwow in the kitchen and Brady gives his opinion, “I’m sure Stephanie is clawing her way up the ladder of her father’s company, so she’ll write whatever Ted wants her to write.”

His Dad responds, “Good! Because Ted says he likes everything exactly the way it is” 

(So you said Dad...multiple times).


Dad turns to Brady, “Oh, and Stephanie needs you to go back through the guest records for the last five years and compile all the demographics.”


Side Note: Whoa old man…..Stephanie asked YOU to do this! What do you do around here anyway? All I’ve seen you do is eat.


“Seriously? says Brady, “That’ll take me hours.”

Dad says, “I forgot. I was supposed to send it to them weeks ago.”

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Okay I guess we can all agree the Dad is pretty useless. 

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Brady looks disgusted at this new task, but he’s a dutiful son, so he picks up the baskets he needs to deliver and leaves. 


Dad, however, is not grateful in the slightest that his son is covering his chores. “Why doesn’t Brady get it?” He complains, “Our guests like our Christmas the way it is!”


We get it Lazy *ss Dad – you don’t want things to change. Too much effort.


That night Stephanie is trying to work, while downstairs everyone is singing Christmas carols. Scrooge is unimpressed.

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However, I should qualify that I’m using the term “work” loosely here since we can see the beginning of her power point and professionally made it is not.


Wow…blue on blue…you don’t see that too often.

Guess I better grab my glasses.

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The next morning Stephanie comes downstairs to get some breakfast. There is a huge buffet of traditional Christmas specialties to choose from, but she turns her nose up at everything since she’ll “just have fruit.” 


Side Note: FYI the viewing group took a vote and we decided we don’t give a da*m what Stephanie eats.


A little girl with an empty plate and a big glass of milk approaches her and starts to teach her about the Feast of St. Thomas. Evidently this child is the Lodge historian.


“Today is the Feast of St. Thomas,” she tells Stephanie, “and on the night of St. Thomas a spinster can meet her future husband in her dreams.

First, she must step on a stool to get into bed. Then she must stand on her bed and take her shoes off. She has to turn around three times, throw her shoes at the door, and sleep with her feet on the pillows at the head of the bed. If she follows these instructions exactly, that night she’ll dream of the man she’s destined to marry.”

“Wow and you do all of this?” asks Stephanie.

“Every year – its tradition.” 

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Brady runs into her at breakfast, and she asks to tour the outdoor activities by snowmobile so they can finish by lunchtime.

Brady tells her he’ll see what he can do. 


Now we get to see Dad being lazy and obstinate again, “NO!” he says angrily, “We do not allow snowmobiles on the property!”

“Well, she wants to see everything by lunch.”

“Then she won’t see the things the way she needs to see them! No, she can snow-shoe and ski just like everyone else.”

“She doesn’t know how to ski!”

“Well you’ll have to teach her.”

“She doesn’t own a snow suit!”

“Then you’ll have to find one she can borrow!” 

“Dad! I don’t have time for this!”

Side Note: Hmmm…I’m pretty sure Dad has plenty of time, however I’m also pretty sure he’s not going to lift a finger to help out. Now scram back to your chores Brady so Dad can finish his enormous breakfast of eggs, sausage, and various delicacies from around the world.

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Also, I would just like to point out how disgustingly filthy the countertop is in this scene. 



Do you hear mice? I think I hear mice.

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Next we get to see Stephanie fail at cross country skiing and hear her constant b*tching about it. “I do not ski! I do not do winter! My blood is starting to freeze! If I move I’ll fall! Wah! Wah Wah! Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!” Ugh girl, grow a pair already.

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After unsuccessfully attempting to cross country ski, Stephanie stalks back to the Lodge and walks angrily past Carla, completely ignoring her question “How did it go?” 


Seriously Brady, don’t let this one get away…she’s a keeper. 


Carla looks at Brady with sympathy, “You know you’re going to have to spend a lot of time with her don’t you? Your father promised Ted we would show her everything.”

Translation:  So you’ll be showing her everything.


“If he’d let me use the snowmobile, I could finish in one day.”

“It’s his way,” Mom muses. 


Side Note: Thanks Carla, for this super passive response. Tell us, do you have any opinions about the future of this Lodge, or are you just here to bake stuff until the wrecking ball smashes into your kitchen?


Next we see Stephanie freezing next to a skating rink. Carla comes over, sees how cold she is in her inadequate clothing, and decides Brady will take her out shopping. 

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Side Note: Um…okay. I would think Carla would take a woman out shopping for woman’s clothes, but what the h*ll Brady can do it. Hopefully, Stephanie won’t run out of tampons anytime soon or he’ll probably get stuck with that errand as well.

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During her shopping trip with Brady they bond over the fact that both their Christmases growing up have been kind of terrible. His, because he has had to wait on other people for the entire holiday, and hers, because after her mother died her father buried himself in work and her Christmases became a turkey lunch with him in one of his hotels.  


“Well it looks like we have something in common then,” says Brady with a smile, “…we’re both Grinches.”


At this point they seem to reach an understanding in their relationship. Stephanie stops being a B, (which, I would like to note, does not excuse her from her previous behavior). She thanks him for teaching her how to cross country ski and for taking her shopping, and Brady apologizes for getting her slushy at the airport. They start over.


He offers his hand “I’m Brady Lewis. Pleasure to meet you.”

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Now, it’s Christmas tree trimming time and all the guests at the Lodge are decorating the tree. However, Brady is outside working on chores that need to get done. Dad comes out and tells him to stop what he is doing, come inside, and say hello to everyone. Dam* this guy is never satisfied.

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“But cabin 9 is low on kindling,” Brady explains.

“That can wait,” says Dad. Then he explodes, “How could you not want to take over Snow Valley?”


Side Note: Geez Dude…chill. I can’t decide if Dad needs a “calm me down” pill or a “pep me up” pill. This guy’s all over the place.


“Dad! We’ve been through this a million times. It’s too late now! Ted Beck is going to drag this place into the 21st century and he’ll add a bunch of new things that you’ve always refused to even talk about.”


“Ted Beck likes this place just the way it is and he’s going to keep everything the same, remember that’s why we sold it to him.’


(Yes…we remember, thanks.)


“Oh yeah? Is that in the contract?” says Brady and stalks away.



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Carla comes outside and pats Paul on the shoulder.

“All Brady ever wanted to do was keep the lodge growing and build something of his own.”

“Well, he’s going to have to build it somewhere else now isn’t he?” says Dad snarkily.  


(A “calm me down” pill I think….for poor Carla.)


Next, Carla knocks on Stephanie’s door while she is working and tells her, “Ever since Paul’s great grandfather started this lodge it’s been a tradition to have every guest hang an ornament on the tree. Would you hang this on the tree, so we don’t break the tradition?”

Stephanie says no…seriously…she says no.

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Dear Scriptwriters, 

While we all understand that even a character like Scrooge can change, Stephanie’s self-centeredness is so profound she’s going to have to risk her life to save a small child from a burning building to redeem herself at this point. So throw us a bone here people… it’s Christmas and we all need this one.




When Stephanie refuses, Carla’s gets a crazy look in her eyes. “Please?” she begs, and she shows her the ornament. 


Okay, I’m 90% sure this woman is a witch.

A plot point I have no problem with if it will loosen Stephanie up.

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Stephanie is so “enchanted” with the ornament, (your choice how to read this), that she goes downstairs and has a great time hanging it and joining in with all the other Christmas fun. She even gets in the spirit enough to do the weird St. Thomas ritual before going to bed so she will dream of her future husband.


Here she is taking off her shoes in bed. Then she does the spinning and throwing of shoes followed by sleeping with her feet on her pillows.

I don’t know what to say about this photo.

This is dumb.

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Apparently, all this with the light on and in the middle of the day. 

Sweet dreams girlfriend.

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Of course, she dreams about Brady. Although I don’t really think you need to follow a ritual to dream about Brady. Just sayin’.

Anyway, here’s her reaction to dreaming about Brady.

It goes on for a while.

There was one with her dry heaving, but I took it out.

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Hilariously, just after this Brady asks her to have dinner with him and she’s like, “Oh yeah, sure.”

This is what she wears to dinner…and this is what he wears

which, in a nutshell, is what is wrong with the world today.

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He says, “Wow.” When he sees her and then tells her they need to take a walk. Then he lights up the ice fishing cabin which he decorated for her….awwwww.

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Weirdly, once inside the cabin Brady says the line, “Take your coat off or you’ll get too hot,” which she completely ignores. It literally looks like a mistake that they left in the movie.

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She catches a fish and they cook and eat it and talk about how Christmas is not so bad. Then they share a meaningful look.


On the way back they stop at the front door of the Lodge and she talks about her dead mother and disconnected father. After which, in a totally unrelated action, she picks up a handful of snow and throws it on him.

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They almost kiss after this but Dad harshes the moment.

 Hey girl….

 Uh, you guys seen the cat?

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Actually, Dad interrupts them to bark out an order to Brady, “The Christmas lights are out in cabin 3 and I can’t leave the carol singing.” 


Side Note: Um, yes… yes you can. 


That night, before she goes to bed, Stephanie writes a letter to Santa then sneaks downstairs to put it on the mantle in the dead of night. 

If it’s the middle of the night and everyone is asleep, what’s with all the light in this room? 

We’re in Maine right? Not Alaska?

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In the morning she tries to bake with Carla, but she makes a huge mess, (which probably will go unnoticed anyway). She apologizes, but Carla tells her not to worry about it. 

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Carla tells Stephanie, “I’ve been wanting someone to cook with my whole life, but sons don’t want to do it. Have you ever thought of having a family? Because if you do, you should have a daughter.” (And she has a spell to make that happen!)

Then she recites this little weird saying,

“A son’s a son til he takes a wife, a daughter’s is a daughter for the rest of your life.”

Uh…thanks Maleficent.

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Stephanie asks her, “Why didn’t Brady want to take over Snow Valley?


“The short version?” replies Carla, “Brady had big plans about the changes he wanted to make, but Paul thinks whatever his father and grandfather did is cast in stone. Brady could have just waited until we retired and made whatever changes he wanted, but he knew that Paul would have felt betrayed. So, he told us he didn’t want it.”


That night Stephanie joins everyone at the tree lighting, sings some Christmas carols and…OMG she and Brady kiss! Wait a minute, we’re not even close to the end of the movie yet! Hallmark has just veered from their usual formula! What is happening? Did the world just shift? 

I’m scared.


Now we get a montage of Stephanie and Brady doing fun winter and Christmas-y things.

They go on sleigh rides!

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She bakes her own bread!

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She goes snow shoeing, tries to push Brady over, and falls down instead!


(This is actually my favorite moment)

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Everything is going great and then big dumb Ted calls from Phoenix. “I haven’t heard from you so I thought I would give you a call. Have you seen everything? Done your research?”


“Yes. You know Dad, marketing Snow Valley is not the same as marketing a place in Cabo.”


“Obviously! One is hot the other’s cold. But that’s what we sent you up there to do. Linking the two together with the brand. You know that if you get this right then the whole division is yours – you understand that? Now I want your report done and ready for me tomorrow. Meet you at 9am.” 


“Yeah, I got it. You’ll fly all the way across the country tomorrow to the place you sent me to research so you wouldn’t have to fly all the way across country. Then I will show you my Powerpoint presentation that we could just have done by webinar. Sounds great.”

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Brady comes over to see if she is okay and she flat out tells him about her father’s plans.


“You should know my father is planning to bulldoze Snow Valley to the ground and that includes the Snow Valley family Christmas. He doesn’t want to keep anything. He wants to start from scratch.” 


This chick has the sensitivity of a bagel.

“Let me break this down for you. If your dreams were cupcakes, my dad would line them up on a table, grab a hammer and then roll over them with a steamroller.”

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Now we see Stephanie looking sad as she sits in front of her computer. The same screen stares back at her that we saw a week ago, so she has apparently done nothing.

Oh wait, she did change the font to white. My bad.

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Now we get to watch Brady chop some wood and he is awesome at it. This movie should have had more Brady chopping wood.


His Mom comes out and he says, “Why couldn’t Dad have just waited a couple more years? We could have worked things out. Now it’s too late.”


“Because he’s tired. He’s getting forgetful and he needs a rest.”


Side Note: Soooo…to be clear, he needs to rest more than he’s resting now? Seriously?


“Mom, Ted Beck lied,” says Brady angrily, “He’s going to raze this place to the ground. This whole thing is going to rip Dad to pieces.”


At that moment Dad walks out and holds up a binder that says Snow Valley Growth Plan and says to Brady, “Why don’t you show her this?”

So Brady does.


Stephanie likes the Plan. “This is beautiful!” she says.  And since all she had was a title page anyway it looks like her work is done here.

Do you care if everywhere it says “Brady” I cross that out and put “Stephanie”?

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“Why didn’t your Dad like this? It keeps most of what’s here and builds on it.”

“He didn’t before, but he does now.”

“My Dad has to see this. I can’t write what he wants me to write I can’t let him destroy Snow Valley.”

They work all night making his work look like hers and finish just before Ted arrives the next morning.


“Hi Carla, I drove up in a bulldozer. I hope that’s okay.”

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As Ted enters the library with his daughter to hear her presentation, Carla slyly slips Stephanie’s Dear Santa letter into his coat pocket.

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Stephanie gives a heartfelt Powerpoint about keeping Snow Valley traditions alive in a new updated resort. After which her Dad tells her that it’s all a beautiful pile of total hogwash.



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“We have our demographic; 21 to 45 year-olds, double income, no kids. They don’t care about Christmas! They know Christmas is a marketing festival for the toy makers. It’s just an excuse to have giant sales.”


“Yes, we do care!" Stephanie shoots back, "And those DINKS are going to have children, and this is exactly the type of place they are going to want to bring them to. Dad I can’t support you tearing down Snow Valley – it embodies everything that is important about Christmas!” 


Her speech was longer, but you get the gist from her face.


Seriously Dad! You have to believe me! I’m a Christmas expert now!

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Stephanie pauses when she realizes her arguments are not working and then just loses it completely, “Right, but what would you know about Christmas and family and love because you’ve never liked any of that since Mom died.”


Youch girl. That was harsh.

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Her Dad gets super p*ssed at that remark. “Well I’m glad that you like it here so much, but that’s not what I sent you here for and since you refuse to do your job - you’re fired,” and he stalks out.


Brady, Carla and Paul rush in – what happened? Stephanie is in tears.

“He fired me. My own dad fired me.”


So, no letter of recommendation then?

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“But I don’t care,” she continues, “because it was the right thing to do.”


Side Note: Yesss! Stephanie forfeiting her job to keep Christmas alive is the Scrooge-like sacrifice we were looking for! Thank goodness I can finally like this woman. 

Next, we contrast the Feast of the Seven Fishes at the Lodge with her Dad’s lonely dinner alone in a restaurant.


Everyone’s so happy! Everything smells so good!

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Ted finds the letter from Stephanie to Santa in his pocket and reads it. He is obviously moved by the fact that all she asked for was to spend Christmas with him like they used to when her Mom was alive. Apparently back then he used to go all out and dress up like Santa for the holiday.

Ted is so overcome he falls over as he is reading.

Or maybe he got drunk at dinner I dunno.

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Back to the Lodge Christmas morning happens and that night everyone sits down to a turkey dinner. Then, much to everyone’s surprise, who should walk in but Ted in a Santa outfit giving presents to all the kids!


What? Two scrooge-like redemptions in one movie? 

This is Christmas on steroids!

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Finally, Ted pulls down his beard and apologizes to Stephanie. He thanks her for opening his eyes and asks, “I hope it’s not too late?” And they hug it out.

Sniff…sniff…blow my nose.

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He tells her: 

  1. He’s going to retire 

  2. He wants her to be the head of the Winter Resorts Division. 

  3. He wants her to take over the company in a couple of years  

  4. He wants Brady to manage Snow Valley.


Wow, everything went from dismal to perfect in less than 2 minutes!


For this is the Hallmark way. 


Brady and Stephanie step away from everyone else to talk privately. 


BRADY: This has been my best Christmas ever. 

STEPHANIE: Mine too.

BRADY: I love you.

STEPHANIE: I love you too.


FYI It’s been one week by the way, and they hated each other for 2 days of it. But what the h*ll, IT’S FREAKIN CHRISTMAS!


And then they both look up and…awww…. mistletoe.

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Hey, is anyone going to mention the implications of Brady working for his girlfriend? 


Okay, just forget it.


  • Something about Carla’s fanatical Christmas baking will get you in the spirit of the season. By the end you will be thinking, “Well if that crazy witch can produce a million baked goods, I can make one batch of Christmas cookies.”

  • Brady is a stellar son

  • Alan Thicke’s voice


  • Dirty, filthy kitchens

  • Brady’s Dad. He needs a new one.

  • Chocolate logs…from now on.



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Credits: All photos, unless otherwise indicated, have come from the Hallmark Movie “Let It Snow” which can be viewed on the Hallmark Channel

Vector Art Link: <a href="">Dear Santa Letter Vectors by Vecteezy</a>

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