The Christmas Note

Theatrical Release: November 29, 2015
The Christmas Note


Having just moved back to her hometown with her young son but without her serviceman husband, Gretchen Daniels (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) finds her life in disarray as Christmas approaches. She discovers new purpose when she helps to deliver a message to her neighbor, Melissa (Leah Gibson), which makes her an ally in a quest to find the neighbor’s sibling she never knew she had. The women become bonded not only by the search, but by the understanding that being there for each other means they’re no longer alone. This friendship becomes the greatest Christmas gift of their lives.

Dove Review

“The Christmas Note” is a splendid movie to watch at Christmas or, in fact, any time of the year. That is because it deals with love, devotion, and a search that will bring more meaning to one’s life. This fine story features Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Gretchen, Leah Gibson as Melissa, Dylan Kingwell as Gretchen’s son Ethan, and Greg Vaughan as Gretchen’s husband, Kyle, who is recovering in a German hospital from being wounded in the military. These fine actors bring likable characters to the screen.

Gretchen and her son Ethan are waiting for Kyle to recover from his injury so he can return home. Ethan writes a letter to Santa, asking that his dad return home in time for Christmas. In fact, that is the only Christmas gift Ethan asks for. Gretchen and Ethan meet a next-door neighbor, Melissa, who seems distant. Melissa’s landlord gives Gretchen the difficult task of letting Melissa know her mother just passed away and her apartment has to be cleaned out. Melissa and her mother had been estranged, and she takes the news hard. But Gretchen and Ethan become good medicine for Melissa, cheering her up and making sure she is all right. Then Melissa discovers a note from her mother, which says that she has a sibling she never knew about. Gretchen begins to help her in her search for her lost sibling.

The film features some surprises along the way, as Ethan wonders if his dad will really arrive home in time for Christmas and Melissa has to persevere through a lot of dead ends to learn who her sister really is. This feel-good movie ends with a happy conclusion, and we believe viewers will be delighted with it. We are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages. Sit back and enjoy a cup of eggnog and “The Christmas Note” during the holiday season.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: A few couples briefly kiss; a comment as a joke that "you have the hots for your ex-husband."
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Wine in one scene.
Nudity: None
Other: A woman feels guilty over being estranged with her now-deceased mother.


Company: Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
Writer: Welsey Bishop, Erik Patterson, Jessica Scott - Based on the Novel by Donna VanLiere
Director: Terry Ingram
Producer: Craig Anderson, Beth Grossbard, Shawn Williamson
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 85 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter