A Dog Named Christmas:
George McCray, his wife and their 20-year-old developmentally challenged son, Todd, are preparing for their usual family Christmas when a local animal shelter begins to advertise for families to foster a pet for the holidays. George firmly opposes the idea of bringing a dog into their home. He's worried that Todd cannot accept the responsibility, and will become too attached and not want to return the dog after Christmas. But that's before his wife and son -- with the help of a wise yellow Lab -- work their persuasive magic.
Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond and Noel Fisher
Through a child’s eyes, waiting for Halloween and Christmas can seem like forever. So imagine how special it would make a sick little girl feel if the holidays were magically moved forward – just for her. Vanessa Marks knows just how that feels. Now a healthy young woman, she has written a children’s book entitled November Christmas, inspired by her memories as a very sick eight-year-old. At age 23, Vanessa returns to her hometown to share her story with a group of children at the local library. Years before as Vanessa’s family struggled to deal with her illness, Tom, her dad, was determined to bring some joy to his family. When he stops by the nearby farm stand during the summer to inquire about pumpkins and Christmas trees, his perceptive neighbor Jess Sanford quickly catches on that he’s trying to move up the holidays. Jess steps in engages others to help with this heartfelt cause, and while doing so begins a healing process of his own. With support of their small town and the gift of caring from a neighbor, the father’s wish for his daughter is realized – Halloween in August and a November Christmas.
Stars: Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Sarah Paulson, Karen Allen and Emily Alyn Lind
A Season for Miracles:
In the tradition of It's a Wonderful Life, Hallmark Hall of Fame presents a heartwarming tale that is sure to become a holiday favorite. A Season for Miracles is the story of Emilie Dalton, a young woman who takes off with her jailed sister's children, not knowing where or how they will end up. Along the way, the trio finds refuge in a small town where good things somehow just seem to happen to good people. With the help of the local townsfolk and a small miracle, Emilie and the children have a Christmas to remember.
Stars: Carla Gugino, Kathy Baker, David Conrad, Laura Dern, Patty Duke and Lynn Redgrave.