Movie Review and Giveaway: DVD, Thomas Kinkade Presents “Christmas Lodge” – US and Canada

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Want to watch the movie, Thomas Kinkade presents “Christmas Lodge” with me?  Usually I watch a DVD and then write the review but this time I’m going to write as I go!  Might be fun!

The first thing I noticed about this movie is the visually stunning photography.  It opens with great shots of woods and water.  The main character is Mary (Erin Karpluck) and I could identify with her feelings for the outdoors.  She heads to the mountains to rejuvenate from her hectic job and life in the city.  Her boyfriend, Kent (sssss)  is a “city guy” that her brothers call “fancy pants”.  But when Mary asks him if this country/city difference is going to cause a rift between them he says “of course not”.  But I’m sensing a mismatch!  Not as much as Kim and Kris (did you hear about that?  Yikes only 72 days.  Coincidence, I just watched their wedding show – it was a show! – and they didn’t even sit together at the rehearsal dinner because they were fighting.  Okay, back to the movie!)

Uh oh, a cute little girl stranded in the woods that Mary rescues has a cute big dad!  And the dad, Jack, and Mary seem to instantly have more in common than Mary and Kent do.  I’m guessing cute-little-girl doesn’t have a mom and boy-loses-girl-to-better-match is coming!  Oh, now we find out what “Christmas Lodge” is!  Mary and her family visited Christmas Lodge when she was a child.  Jack’s family owned Christmas Lodge and he is trying to renovate it and reclaim it from abandonment.  Mary starts dreaming of renovating the lodge and getting her own  family back together to celebrate one last Christmas there.  Her grandfather’s health is failing and it might be his last chance to return for a Christmas celebration.

Well I don’t want to spoil the movie for you and tell any more of the plot!

My Take

This is a beautiful movie about family, faith, and how they can help bring you through difficult times.  The theme of time marching on and causing change and loss is universal.  To watch a close family, strong in their faith, struggle and come out the other side is inspirational.  If you like Hallmark-Channel-type movies (they actually use the word “courting” and mean it) and you’re looking for something to watch this Christmas , I highly recommend Christmas Lodge and predict it will become a classic!  I know I plan on watching it every Christmas and probably a few times in between *wink*.

About Thomas Kinkade

From, “There is no greater testament to Thom’s mission that art be accessible for everyone to enjoy than the millions of Kinkade images that grace the walls of homes across America and around the world. Through a myriad of genres, Thom’s ability to present his subject in an idyllic setting inspires the viewer to imagine the world full of beauty, intrigue, and adventure.

After attending UC Berkeley and working as an artist in the film industry, Thom began publishing his images so that he could share his passion for beauty and art.       Since that day over 25 years ago, Thom has painted over 1,000 masterworks covering topics that include, cabin and nature scenes, beautiful gardens, classic cottages, sports, inspirational content, lighthouses and powerful seascapes, impressionists, and classic Americana. Hidden in his paintings are messages that speak to Thom’s inspiration for each image. Whether including the initials of family members, hiding Disney characters, or imbedding hearts for special occasions and loved ones, each image contain treasures that add to their mystique.

Thom is also a prolific author and speaker. He has authored or has been the subject of over 140 books. He is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author.

Thom has won numerous awards and has been prolific in his charity work raising millions for various charities.

Thom continues to create inspiring, moving, and compelling art adding to a life’s work that is a testament to the confluence of passion, talent, and creativity with which Thom has been blessed. We trust his images will move you as profoundly as we are moved everyday by images that capture the imagination and move the soul.”




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  1. 1
    Kathy Davis says:

    I voted for you on Picket Fence.

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    Dianna thomas says:

    OMG my heart was beating , its a beautiful setting, and a warm loving story-sighhhhhhhhhhh

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    Dianna thomas says:

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    Win the DVD, Thomas Kinkade presents “Christmas Lodge”! (Hint: Great gift idea!)…
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    Dianna thomas says:

    Voted for you on the pickett Fence

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    Sally Grubbs says:

    If I don’t win this loving movie. I tend to buy 2 of them. One for me and one for my mom. Thank you so much for the giveaway and chance.

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    I loved how cute and clearly loving the movie is.
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    Love that it’s a family oriented movie which is so important – even more so in our society today.

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    Melissa P. @Mel4Him says:

    What I saw in the video is a beautiful family and lots of love. Just the kind of movie I would love to add to my collection. Beautiful.

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    The “Christmas Lodge” would definitely make a great addition to our Christmas themed media collection. It is a movie my family can definitely relate to in every way – the importance of preserving family traditions. Being together as a family and appreciating each others company on special holidays such as Christmas is the best gift. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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