“Angels in the Snow” is a good reminder that angels are with us. The dad, Charles Montgomery (Chris Potter), and mom, Judith (Kristy Swanson), have been drifting apart for some time. They go to a cabin Charles built, to celebrate Christmas, and the cabin is a bit grand in Judith’s opinion. This is one example of the tension between the two. Unfortunately, Charles can’t stay off the phone with Ben, his business associate. Judith and the kids, Alexander, Jennifer, and Emily, feel like they’re not a high priority to Charles.
The Tuckers show up, cold, and explain that their van went off the road. The Montgomery family takes them in and gives them lodging, but in actuality, the Tucker family ends up helping them. The Tuckers love each other, are polite, and take time to listen to each other. The Montgomery kids hit it off with the Tucker kids. In a moving scene in the film, the family passes around a candle — a Tucker family tradition — and each person states what they are thankful for. Mr. Tucker (Colin Lawrence) says he heard that the greatest thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother — and he does so, because she is a terrific wife. In fact, Mrs. Tucker (Catherine Lough Haggquist) tries to encourage Judith to keep working on her marriage. When Charles states he is thankful for his business, his comment doesn’t sit very well with the family.
An accident occurs, which eventually leads to a happy conclusion. The viewer will learn more about the Tuckers, and the fact that they didn’t just “drop in” from the cold. The acting is excellent in the film, particularly that of Chris Potter as Charles, Kristy Swanson as Judith, and little Jaeda Lily Miller as the youngest Montgomery daughter, Emily. This film is enjoyable, not just during the holidays but at any time during the year. We are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and older. Parents should consult the content listing, because some parents may be fine with their kids under 12 watching it. It is an old-fashioned Christmas story that deals with modern problems.