Hallmark movies are so similar to each other that it’s a wonder why sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t. On the Twelfth Day of Christmas has the same basic plot as every other Hallmark movie, but it works better than most.
Mitch, a college DJ, who gives Maggie a ride home for Christmas. When they are caught in a snowstorm, Mitch gives Maggie a Christmas to remember. Ten years later Mitch moves to Maggie’s hometown to run the local radio morning show. He’s different, though, the death of his mother on Christmas soured him on everything Christmas. Maggie is determined to get Mitch’s Christmas spirit back – she gives him a series of Secret Santa gifts that are meant to inspire him. She doesn’t count on being assigned to write the story for the local paper, violating every journalistic standard there is by creating the story she is writing. From there it is the standard Hallmark fare. She gets a big out-of-town promotion; he finds out she lies; he gets mad; they make-up in the final five minutes; they live happily ever after.
As standard as this plot is, On the Twelfth Day of Christmas is an enjoyable film. The gifts are fantastic and represent the spirit of Christmas well. Mitch and Maggie are believable as a couple. All the actions of the characters are logical. The sidekicks are awesome (Mitch’s production manager and Maggie’s sister). It’s the best movie of the season so far.
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