This is a delightful film the entire family can enjoy. When disgruntled Arizona Senator Max Schmucker campaigns against Santa Claus, a brother and sister named Zach and Miley Logan decide to fight against him, especially after Santa shows up in their own barn! His powers have weakened due to the “We don’t believe in Santa Claus” movement but Miley manages to challenge the senator to a debate on the topic. Meanwhile, Zach and Miley learn that their mother Renae’s cancer has returned. They will need two miracles by Christmas time, one that people will begin to believe in Santa again and also that a miracle happens to their terminally ill mother. But in Hope, Arizona, anything seems possible.
The acting is excellent in this movie, making the plot that could have come off as unintentionally funny instead work great. Caitlin Carmichael is outstanding as young Miley and when she turns the tears on she will touch the viewer’s heart. The kids do tell a few lies in the story to protect and cover up for Santa but the truth eventually comes out. In one nice scene Santa makes a cross necklace appear on Miley’s neck. The theme of believing when things are the worst is to be commended. We are very pleased to award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. Your family will enjoy this movie not only during the holidays, but any time they want a little old fashioned imagination and magic from a film.