Hello, all! Once again, I “heartily” apologize for not posting yesterday; I know you were all waiting with baited breath! It was Christmas cookie baking, making sure my toddler didn’t destroy the house, falling asleep because the exertion and pregnancy overtook me, then having an early Christmas with my mother and a dear friend before they went out of town for Christmas. The blog kind of fell through the cracks. So welcome to the very first edition of #I’mSorrySaturday to make up for yesterday.

I thought the best, (and most logical!) course of action would be to have a #FlashbackFriday of Season 4’s Christmas movie. Sigh! Can you say magical??? And here’s a fun tip to start things off. Terence Kelly, who played the angel figure of Sam Bailey, was in a Hallmark version of Titanic with Kavan Smith (Lee) back in the 90’s. Cool, huh? It also starred Peter Gallagher and Catherine Zeta-Jones, if you’re interested in finding it.

So, back to our true topic. Once again, we get a true sense of community and real love in the face of opposition…as well as just how much pure caffeine affects Bill. The spark of energy in his eyes when he talks about tracking Billy the Kid with that “coffee from south of the border” is almost scary. But seriously, seeing all those adults stay up all night, and Jack and Elizabeth giving up the Mountie Christmas Ball, just to make sure the town had a beautiful Christmas was so inspiring. It reminds us nowadays that we shouldn’t give up so quickly, that hopeless situations can be possible with just a little bit of effort and creativity. Then there’s Cody…giving up his prized autographed baseball so Maggie could have her Bitty Betsy Doll; there aren’t many 10-11-year-old boys who would be so selfless.

One more insightful thought before I move to the humorous parts: Harper. Who could deny the impact of that adorable face, coupled with his sweet voice, and child’s wisdom? For him to be the one to get through to his mother when Pastor Frank couldn’t is so poignant. “Out of the mouths of babes,” right? His heartfelt speech is actually what gave me the idea for the first part of the story I posted last Friday. I love that he wants to healthily hold onto his father’s memory, and teaches that to his mother, who is unhealthily pushing those thoughts away.

Now to some of my favorite parts. First of all, how MEAN of the writers to trick us into thinking Jack was going to propose when he dropped that ornament, then asked her to the ball instead! Don’t get me wrong, the invitation to the ball was lovely, but…Grr! At least we can look back and laugh now that the ring is on the finger.

Rosemary just cracks me up in this one! First she tries to change the Christmas arrangements the moment she’s back in town, then she springs the news that she’s moving next door to Elizabeth, then the incident with the pin…the list goes on and on. Her expression when trying to describe her feelings about it to Jack: my belly shook like a bowl full of jelly! Then Jack’s lecture, including the fantastic, “You will act surprised and delighted!…You’re a very talented actress.” Just a classic moment! In fact, it inspired a real-life situation: I bought my friend Sarah Nitsch, (also a Heartie,) a spider pin for her birthday; she never saw it coming!

Well, dear Hearties, I’m sorry to not go on. Frankly, I could go on for pages and pages about how incredible this story is, but it IS Christmas Eve Eve! So much to do! And it’s only 2 more days until someone comes to town!!! I will be posting a very short blog on Christmas, then the reaction to the episode will probably be on Tuesday or Wednesday. Have a safe holiday preparation!

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