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Lifetime TV movie review: Twelve Trees of Christmas

Cherie (Lindy Booth) works as a children’s librarian in Manhattan. Although it’s a public library, it’s in a private building and the lease runs out and it’ll close because the Shaughnessy family plans to develop it into housing. Turns out she somehow lives in a [beautiful] rent-controlled apartment in the same building as Tony Shaughnessy (Robin Dunne). She quickly meets him and his grandmother in an attempt to save the library. She can’t convince either. To save the library, Cherie decides to hold a Christmas tree decorating contest with the theme “what the library means to you.”

The library custodian reveals his inner dream to be a chef with his Victorian culinary themed tree. The head librarian goes with fantasy. Cherie wavers for a while but then decides to go Irish realizing that it might sway Mrs. Shaughnessy. A married couple who met at the library almost quit the contest when they can’t agree on a theme. Tony joins the competition and his professional interior designer Cordelia (Mel B) insists on helping him. Cordelia’s the spoiler in the wings. She appears to have designs on more than just Tony’s various projects. Cherie and Tony grow closer despite their sparring over the library.

Tony: “I was born into the family business. My grandfather stapled an application to Harvard Business School to my forehead when I was in the crib.”
Tony: “What is your definition of success?”
Cherie: “Living your passion every day, helping other people and enjoying life.”


Cherie’s spot on about passion and what one should do with one’s life career-wise particularly if it comes with a gorgeous rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan. Lindy Booth’s spirited and determined as Cherie. She makes this movie a delightful holiday treat. Twelve Trees of Christmas is a sweet film for bibliophiles and library fanatics. A sparklingly positive celebration of literacy and literature.

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“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” Holiday Programming LINE-UP


Twelve Trees of Christmas
Saturday, November 16, at 8pm ET/PT

Local librarian Cherie (LINDY BOOTH) is ecstatic to celebrate the holiday season until she learns that real estate developer Tony (ROBIN DUNNE) plans to demolish her library. Cherie establishes a Christmas tree decorating contest to save the library. Tony joins the competition and recruits professional interior designer, Cordelia (MEL B), to help him beat Cherie. Will Cherie’s devotion be enough to save her beloved library?

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Kristin’s Christmas Past
Saturday, November 23, at 8pm ET/PT

Estranged from her family, Kristin (SHIRI APPLEBY) falls asleep alone on Christmas Eve only to wake up and discover it’s Christmas morning 1996 and she has to relive the worst Christmas of her life! But this time, Kristin decides to do things differently to change not only her imperfect past, but also her less- than-perfect future. ‘80s icon and Golden Globe nominee JUDD NELSON returns to the screen alongside DEBBY RYAN and Revolution’s ELIZABETH MITCHELL.


Dear Secret Santa
Saturday, November 30, at 8pm ET/PT

After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jennifer (TATYANA ALI) moves back to the house she grew up in, bringing back memories of her recently deceased friend Jack (LAMORNE MORRIS). But after receiving a Christmas card from a secret admirer, she is stunned when she discovers the truth. JORDIN SPARKS, BILL COBBS, DELLA REESE and ERNIE HUDSON headline the star-studded cast.

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Christmas in the City
Saturday, December 7, at 8pm ET/PT

After closing down her small-town family business, Wendy (ASHLEY WILLIAMS) and her six-year-old daughter Grace move to the big city where an old friend offers her a job in the toy department of Wolmans. But her excitement is short lived when the store’s new consultant, Teanna (ASHANTI), ruins the holiday spirit throughout the store by replacing Santa with a hunky male underwear model. It’s only when Grace begins to lose faith in the holiday that Wendy realizes she must bring the true meaning of Christmas back to Wolmans before it is too late.


Christmas on the Bayou
Saturday, December 14, at 8pm ET/PT

One Tree Hill alums HILARIE BURTON and TYLER HILTON reunite in this charming love story. When successful New York marketing executive Katherine (BURTON) discovers her workaholic ways are taking a toll on her eight-year-old son, Zac, she decides to spend Christmas with him and her mother, Lilly (MARKIE POST) in her home town on the bayou. When Caleb (HILTON) tries to rekindle a childhood romance and convince her to move back home, Katherine is torn between the bright lights of the big city and the quiet, gentler rhythms of her Southern roots. Only a Christmas miracle orchestrated by Papa Noel (ED ASNER) can steer her heart to her true home. Also stars RANDY TRAVIS.

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A Snow Globe Christmas
Saturday, December 14, at 10pm ET/PT

A cynical television executive (ALICIA WITT) looks at the perfect world inside a snow globe and rants about how the Christmas movies she produces fall short of real life. Upset, she tries to smash the globe in to pieces, but instead, ends up knocking herself in the head. She wakes up in a perfect snow-covered town, married to her ex, Ted (DONALD FAISON), with two kids. Trying desperately to return to her old life, she slowly realizes the importance of family and begins to find happiness. Also stars CHRISTINA MILIAN and TREVOR DONOVAN.

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