The Christmas Blessing
In this heartwarming holiday drama—sequel to the highly-rated 2002 television movie “The Christmas Shoes”—the young boy from the original film has grown up. He meets a young woman and a boy who, with the help of a Christmas miracle, change his life.
Rob Lowe makes a special appearance, reprising his role from “The Christmas Shoes.”
NewSong performs their holiday single “The Christmas Blessing,” and country singer Blake Shelton performs his song “Nobody But Me.”
Nathan Andrews (Neil Patrick Harris) has grown up and is now a medical resident. After he loses a patient and old memories are triggered, the young doctor begins to rethink his career and takes a break from practicing medicine to move back home with his father. There he meets a beautiful young teacher, Megan Sullivan (Rebecca Gayheart), and falls in love with her. One of her students, Charlie Bennett (Angus T. Jones), also wins a special place in Nathan’s heart as he, like Nathan, lost his mother at an early age.
Returning home brings a whole new set of complications for Nathan. He realizes, with Megan’s help, that he must let go of the past in order to embrace the present and move on with his life. Just as Nathan is settling in, his world begins to crumble when the lives of the woman he loves and an innocent young boy are in crisis. As a result Nathan finds himself questioning God, fate, and the fragility of life, all the while hoping for a Christmas miracle.
“The Christmas Blessing” is a wonderful movie to add to your holiday collection, especially if you already have “The Christmas Shoes.” This sequel adds to the original story and offers a look at what has happened to Neal after the Christmas when he lost his mom. It also shows how precious life is, no matter what is thrown your way. Sometimes it is that loss in our lives that makes us see things in a different way and gives us strength to deal with disappointments.
The characters and the story will make you both laugh and cry as it highlights the blessings and miracles that seem to be part of the Christmas season. But fair warning: If you wear you heart on your sleeve, make sure you have the tissues ready. Gather the family around the TV with blankets, popcorn and tissues to enjoy this fantastic Christmas movie.
The film is Dove approved for ages 12 and over.