“The Spirit of Christmas” has Christmas movie spirit


A successful city girl, an unrealistically attractive ghost, an aesthetically pleasing Christmas, and a romantic looking-into-each-other’s-eyes scene: “The Spirit of Christmas” has all the ingredients to a cliche yet addictive Hallmark holiday movie – except that it’s on Lifetime.

Jen Lilley portrays Kate Jordan, a lawyer who is given three weeks by her boss to appraise and  sell a haunted bed and breakfast. She is determined to sell the inn as soon as possible in order to get a promotion, but doesn’t anticipate the unapproving spirit that dwells inside it.

Kate meets  the innkeeper, who warns her of the spirit, but arrogant Kate is determined to believe that the supposed ghost is a silly rumor. However, after experiencing a series of inexplicable events, she begins to realize that the ghost is very much real.

Kate is then introduced to Daniel Forsythe (Thomas Beaudoin), the resident ghost who peculiarly comes back to life during the 12 days before Christmas. Upon this realization, she can think of only one logical course of action for the benefit of the both of them – find out the reason for his reappearance every December so he can move on.

But, just as in any Hallmark-inspired film, she does not plan for one thing – to fall in love with him.

Overall, the movie is extremely unrealistic – but that’s also the appeal of it. There’s something so tempting about escaping the real world with a story of a “normal” woman falling in love (with a ghost, for that matter) around the magical holiday time.

“The Spirit of Christmas” is predictably filled with falling-in-the-snow-on-top-of-each-other scenes and overdramatic first world problems, but it’s also sweet, and to its credit, it is a bit more creative and different than Hallmark movies.

And although cliche, it is no surprise that many networks, such as Lifetime, have taken after Hallmark in their predictable holiday features. Hallmark movies have stood the test of time, relying on a simple formula for their feel-good Christmas films. B-list actors play successful women that live in nonexistent towns and fall in love with seemingly perfect men, all while discovering the true spirit of Christmas and living happily ever after with their Prince Charmings: because that’s as realistic as it gets, right?