Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Giveaway: The Christmas Lodge, a charming DVD

Okay, I have to admit.  When Steve and my family pull out the Christmas movies, I often groan.  I love the kid movies, the comedies, the old classic movies.  But I don't care as much for the more modern Christmas movies ... the tear-jerkers.  Steve told me I shouldn't have asked to review this new Christmas movie, since I'm uncommonly harsh on the genre. But, this movie said, "Thomas Kinkade presents" before the title.  I couldn't resist seeing a Thomas Kinkade movie.


Inspired by a Thomas Kinkade painting, The Christmas Lodge is a charming family movie.  A coincidental meeting on a hiking trip reunites two families who share a love for one lodge.  Unfortunately the lodge has fallen into disrepair and the two families must work together to restore it.  Of course, a little bit of romance happens along the way.


Okay, here it comes.  I'm sure you're wondering what I thought of the movie.  I really enjoyed it.  The main actors (Erin Karpluk and Michael Shanks) were excellent.  As is often the case, not all of the supporting actors were as skilled, but it didn't detract from the movie itself.  I like that the movie was touching without being overdone.  I just don't care for a movie that I think is TRYING to make me cry.  Now, if I were pregnant, I still might have cried at The Christmas Lodge's ending, but I didn't have to fight it off this year.


The Christmas Lodge is rated G, and Dove Family Approved.  It's a perfect movie to snuggle up with this holiday season.  I enjoyed watching it with my 3 year old snuggled in my lap and a hot mug of decaf mocha coffee.  I'm so glad I can put it on the shelf with our other Christmas movies ... and I won't have to go wash dishes or read a book when the family decides to watch it.  Even though this movie includes romance, there is only one brief kiss in the movie.  And I don't recall even the hint of any bad language, either.



You can learn more about The Christmas Lodge or view a trailer at  The Christmas Lodge website. You can buy the DVD at Amazon.com and Walmart.com.


If you'd like to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Christmas Lodge DVD, keep reading!  Fly Propeller is hosting a giveaway for this movie.


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here telling me what your favorite Christmas tradition is.  (US Residents Only)  You can leave one entry each day. The contest will  end on November 11, 2011 at midnight.  I'll draw a winner on November 12, 2011.


Ready, set, go!  What's your favorite Christmas tradition?


Merry Christmas!

April E.


This review and giveaway was sponsored by Fly Propeller.  I was given a free copy of the DVD in exchange for my HONEST review.  I was not required to post a positive review.

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services
mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I
only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."








  1. My favorite Christmas tradition is driving around town looking at all the light displays. We must also retell the story of the Christmas Eve when the electricity went out all over town.

  2. My sons' favorite Christmas tradition is having homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast. I prepare them on Christmas Eve, let them do a slow rise in the refrigerator, and bake them on Christmas morning. They love waking up to the smell.

  3. Our (current) favorite tradition is to go to a State Park about an hour away and stay in a cabin for a few days! It's a great way to get away without getting too far away, and this particular park's cabins are very inexpensive ($25 a night) and yet still very nice (full kitchen, TV, nice, super-warm heater, bathroom, very nice park rangers who come by and check on us). We've done this for 4 or 5 years in a row now, and it's great!

  4. I had a reader that was unable to get her comment to post and she sent it to me. Entering that comment for her:

    My favorite family christmas tradition is Mom's homemade doughnuts and grandma's homemade chocloates and brittle. I couldn't decide between the two so I pick them both!

    Jeannine D.

  5. Our favorite Christmas tradition is setting up our Christmas tree. We do it either the day or the weekend after Thanksgiving. We pull out all the decorations, eat leftovers from Thanksgiving, drink eggnog and watch It's A Wonderful Life. Yes, we watch the same movie every year. My kids look forward to it so much, and they are teenagers. It truly is a fun tradition for us.

  6. My favorite tradition is setting out and lighting Luminarias or Farjolitos on Christmas Eve...just beautiful!

  7. My favorite christmas tradition is getting all of the family and friends together for a big dinner [=

  8. My favorite Christmas tradition is setting up the tree : )

    Sweetlikecandy1688 at gmail dot com

  9. One of our favorite traditions is going to a tree farm where we can cut our own Christmas tree :-).


I love to hear from you. Thanks for your comment!