Well, my dear #Heartie friends, we are a mere 5 DAYS away from seeing the one and only Jack Thornton sweep the beautiful Elizabeth Thatcher into his arms, and give her the reunion kiss of a lifetime! Can we wait? Well, we gotta, right? While I cannot WAIT to see it, that will mean Christmas is over, and that just makes me sad. December 26th is the saddest day on my calendar. I’m kind of into Christmas, if you couldn’t tell! But at least there will be the Season 5 premiere to look forward to. THAT is worth saying goodbye to the Christmas season for a while.

So! Today’s #WonderWednesday is Erin Krakow’s 2014 Christmas movie A Cookie Cutter Christmas. This is actually the first thing I saw Erin in, as I hadn’t discovered WCTH yet. (SAD day for me! I call those The Dark Days!) The first and foremost thing I noticed that I had completely forgotten is how many stars from our wonderful series are a part of it; a lot more than I remembered! Of course there’s Erin as the teacher Christie Reynolds, but there’s also Genea Charpentier (Laura Campbell) as her student Lily Thompson, and Jill Morrison (Carla Noonan the pregnant mother from Season 1) as Ali. But I think the best surprise and cutest coincidence is Gracyn Shinyei (Emily Montgomery) as young Christie. Isn’t that cool!

I find it adorable that Erin plays a teacher who can’t bake, then learns how. Where have we heard THAT before? She certainly has a knack for portraying non-culinary educators. And then, there’s shepherd’s pie in the mix too! I do admit, the one thing that bothers me is the feud between Christie and Penny Miller. I guess it’s possible for two grown women to hold onto a petty grudge that long, and to act that childish, but I’d prefer not to witness it. Why would you want to act like that in front of a guy you really like?! I start cringing every time the two of them are on screen together.  So we won’t dwell on that!

Let’s move to David Haydn-Jones. He plays James Thompson, Lily’s father, and Christie’s love interest. HE has a knack for playing a philanthropist in Christmas movies. In this movie, he’s the head of a donation center for the needy. In another movie called Dear Santa, his character owns and runs a soup kitchen. I wonder if that’s something he does in his own time. And instead of just trying to be nice to Penny and saying he’ll go out with her, he comes right out and says he is seeing someone. I like straightforward behavior in a man!

I also want to give a shout-out to the late Alan Thicke, who played the famous chef judge of the cookie contest; not of the WCTH variety, but a fabulous actor. It was about this time last year that he passed away from a ruptured aorta. Such a sad loss to the acting world, but movies like this help us remember him fondly.

One thing I want to point out that I liked was the first attempt at a kiss. While I’m not a huge fan of throwing the kiss in at the end when a prior attempt has been made, they did something different this time. The camera takes an angle in between their two faces, and you see the “distraction” from in between them. Way to shake up an old tactic, and make it new.

The other aspect I loved was the character of Lily. I love that when the “drama” enters the scene, and James thinks Christie stole his recipe, Lily tells him how it is, plain as day. She tells him flat out to give her another chance because HER teacher would never cheat. But the best thing about her is that she breaks up their first kiss just so she can hug them both. The laugh Erin gives there is so genuine, it makes me wonder again if it was improv.

I must say that I learned a few baking tips from this film. That’ll come in handy for my holiday baking! And speaking of which, I need to get back to it. Farewell for now! Join me again on Friday for the first #FlashbackFriday.

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