“The Christmas Note” premiered on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel on Nov. 29, 2015, as part of Hallmark’s “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas.” The holiday heart-warmer stars Jamie Lynn-Sigler (“The Sopranos,” “Entourage”), Leah Gibson and Greg Vaughan (“Love’s Christmas Journey,” “Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery”). The film is based on a best-selling book by author Donna Van Liere.
Gretchen Daniels (Lynn-Sigler) is moving back into her hometown with her young son Ethan (Dylan Kingwell) while her husband Kyle (Vaughan) is serving in the military. Gretchen is greeted by her mother on the steps of her new house, where she almost immediately states she is worried about how to pay for the new house. Gretchen needs to start looking for a job, but Christmas is approaching and jobs are scarce in the small town.
Melissa (Gibson), her new next-door neighbor, ignores Gretchen and walks to her front door to enter her house. Ethan, a very friendly and outgoing young man, runs up on the porch to greet his new neighbor. Melissa is a loner and it is not clear whether she is shy, reserved or just plain unfriendly. Gretchen calls Ethan back home, telling him that the neighbor looks busy.
The next day, a strange man comes to Gretchen’s door and asks her to give a message to her neighbor. Melissa’s mother has died and she needs to clear out the apartment for the landlord.
Even though she is uncomfortable about the situation, Gretchen delivers the message. Melissa is surprised because she has not spoken to her mother in 10 years and did not even know she had moved back to town. .
Gretch helps Melissa clean the apartment, where they find a letter to Melissa explaining that she had given up a child for adoption. Melissa is shocked to learn that she has a sibling and wants to find her brother or sister.
The note is the start of an exploration into the past of Melissa’s mother, from whom she has been estranged for 10 years. As the two women investigate the family mystery, they grow into close friends.
The letter from Melissa’s mother is not the only note in this story. Ethan sends a letter to Santa Claus, asking that his injured father will return home for Christmas.
“The Christmas Note” is a heart-warming movie that tugs at the emotions. The story explores the bonds of family, friendship, love, relationships and the heartbreak of estrangement.
“The Christmas Card” is another Hallmark movie about a letter that changes the course of events. A soldier receives a Christmas card from a stranger and decides to visit her town when he returns home on leave. Another military themed movie is “The Christmas Visitor,” which is about the family of a soldier who has died in action. “The Christmas Note,” “A Christmas Card” and “The Christmas Visitor” are airing on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries during “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas.”
Hallmark Channel airs holiday programming during “Countdown to Christmas” throughout the months of Nov. and Dec.. Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel’s holiday programming is called “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas.”