12 Days of Christmas – Day 6: A Dream For Christmas

Release Date:  12/24/73; ABC
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:   Ralph Senensky
Studio(s):  Lorimar Productions, American Broadcasting Company (ABC); Viacom; Warner Home Video.
Running Time:  100 mins.

Cast:  Hari Rhodes (Rev. Will Douglas), Beah Richards (Grandma Bessie), Lynn Hamilton (Sarah Douglas), George Spell (Joey Douglas), Juanita Moore (Fannie Mitchell), Joel Fluellen (Arthur Rogers), Marlon Adams (Bradley Douglas), Robert Do ‘Qui (George Briggs), Ta Ronce Allen (Emmarine Douglas), Clarence Muse (Donald Freeland), Maidie Norman (Jennie Daley) Zara Cully (Beth Rogers).

Story:  An African-American minister, the Rev. Will Douglas (Hari Rhodes), and his large family relocate from their Arkansas home to Los Angeles in the 1950s. Douglas has been hired to lead the congregation of a neighborhood church. But, when the family finally arrives, they discover that the church is in major disrepair and scheduled for demolition. Douglas; his wife, Sarah (Lynn Hamilton) ; Grandma (Beah Richards) ; and the children must come together as various hardships rock their household.

A Dream for Christmas originally aired on December 24, 1973. It was originally designed as the pilot for a never-sold TV series titled The Douglas Family.  Source(s):  Rotten Tomatoes; madefortvmayhem.blogspot.com; Reelblack.

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 7:  Dear Secret Santa

Release Date:  11/30/13; Lifetime
Genre:  Holiday/romance
Rating:  PG
Director:  Peter Sullivan
Studio(s):  Hybrid, HFD Productions, Starz Home Entertainment
Running Time:  88 mins.

Cast: 
Tatyana Ali – Jennifer
Jordin Sparks – Abby
Ernie Hudson – Pastor Avery
Lamorne Morris – Jack
Bill Cobbs – Ted
Della Reese – Linda
Jay Ellis – Dr. Brad
Denise Boutte – Gayle
Elimu Nelson – Chris
Levi Fiehler – Kelvin

Story Beverly Hills banker/workaholic Jennifer (Tatyana Ali) comes home to her small Northern California town just before Christmas when her dad, Ted (Bill Cobbs), takes a bad fall while putting up decorations. While home, Jennifer begins getting romantic Christmas cards from an unknown admirer, who turns out to be her old neighbor and the unrealized true love of her life, Jack (Lamorne Morris), who died in a car accident three years ago.  Source(s): Wikipedia; Aceshowbiz.com.

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 8: Jingle Bell Bride

Release Date:  10/24/20; Hallmark
Genre:  Holiday/Romance
Rating:   TV-G
Director:  Allan Harmon
Studio(s):  Hallmark Channel, Johnson Production Group
Running Time:  84 mins.

Cast:  Ronnie Rowe (Matt), Julie Gonzalo (Jessica Perez), BJ Harrison (Mary), Keenan Mentzos (Landon).

Story:  Wedding planner Jessica Perez travels to a remote town in Alaska to find a rare flower for a celebrity client and is charmed by the small-town during Christmas, as well as the handsome local helping her.  Source:  Hallmark; IMDB.

 

 

 

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 9: Diva’s Christmas Carol

Release Date:  12/13/00; VH1
Genre:  Holiday/Comedy
Rating:  PG
Director:  Richard Schenkman
Studio(s):  Viacom Entertainment Group, Viacom Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, VH1 Television.
Running Time:  120 mins.

Cast:  Vanessa Williams (Ebony Scrooge), Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas (Marli Jacob), John Taylor (Ghost of Christmas Present), Brian McNamara (Bob Cratchett), Kathy Griffin (Ghost of Christmas Past), Stephanie Biddle (Terry Freeman), Richard Jutras (Ernie Hoskins).

Story:  To superstar singer Ebony Scrooge, Christmas is just another day of the year – another day to exploit her entourage, insult her family and steal from the less fortunate, before a fateful Christmas Eve changes her tune forever. Enter the ghost of Marli Jacob, Ebony’s former singing partner, who informs the impossible Diva that she will be visited by three spirits: the sharp-tongued Ghost of Christmas Past, the hard-drinking Ghost of Christmas Present and eventually, the Ghost of Christmas Future, who materializes in an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. Once Ebony realizes the errors of her miserly ways, she heads out to set the record straight, as only a true Diva can.  Source(s):  IMDB.

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 10: The Christmas Aunt

Release Date:  11/1/20; Lifetime
Genre:  Holiday/Romance
Rating:  NR
Director:  Tibor Takács
Studio(s):  Nanny Films, Lifetime
Running Time:   86 mins.

Cast:  Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rebecca), Jarod Joseph (Drew), Nyla Alleyne (Maggie), Gabriel Jacob-Cross (Dan).

Story:  When Rebecca Miller (Keshia Knight Pulliam) returns home to Tennessee two weeks before Christmas to take care of her niece and nephew while their parents are away, the last thing she expected is to reconnect with her childhood best friend, Drew (Jarod Joseph). As she attempts to revive the kids’ Christmas spirit and redeem their faith in Santa, she rediscovers her favorite childhood activity: 12 Days of Christmas — something she always did with Drew. As the kids’ faith in the holiday grows, Rebecca and Drew’s friendship returns, and she starts looking at Drew in a whole new light.  Source(s):  IMDB; mylifetime.com.

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12 Days Of Christmas – Day 11: The App That Stole Christmas

Release Date:  11/20/20; Netflix

Genre:  Holiday/Comedy

Rating:  NR

Director:  Monica Floyd

Studio(s):   BreakOut Music, True Vision Media Group, Netflix.

Running Time:  63 mins.

Cast:  Jackie Long, Ray J, JayQ, Diane Howard, J. Anthony Brown, Miguel A. Núñez, Jr., Anthony McKinley and Julia May Wong

Story:   A tech entrepreneur’s Christmas shopping app is a smashing success, but he starts to believe his invention might be ruining the holiday spirit.  Source(s):  Rogersmovienation.com; rottentomatoes.com; IMDB.

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