The Christmas Card US Army sergeant Cody Cullen’s horror tour in Afghanistan ends when his fellow soldier Jonesy is killed in an attack while they are delivering medical supplies in Nurestan. Cody is put on leave and goes to return private possessions to Jonesy’s bride turned widow. On his way home he passes Nevada City, California, where he meets Faith Spelman, who writes the parish’s Christmas cards to lonely soldiers, who had coincidentally included him, an orphan. He happens to save her dad Luke from a serious car run-over. The Spellmans invite Cody home for dinner, then the Christmas tide. He proves a great help in the family logging firm. Vietenam vet Luke wants Cody as son-in-law, but although charmed, Faith still seems committed to rarely present fiancé Paul, a wine broker.
Excellent inspiring story of hope when all seems lost
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I am on a quest to watch every Christmas theme film ever made. I have seen over 50 in the past year alone and this one is one the best.
For a change of pace this film is not about a poor young widowed mother. (That seems the major plot lines for Hallmark Movies) Its about “Love” and taking chances. In this film a soldier on leave (John Newton) visits a small town and falls for the woman (Alice Evans) who wrote a well-wishing card to the troops. The whole town has in fact sent soldiers Christmas Cards that have been fighting in Iraq. When one soldier loses his friends in combat his commander suggest that he “take leave”. The soldier has no family of his own but his commander tells him he needs to go back to the USA to remember what he is really fighting for.
This is a perfect movie. The film never drags. The leads are attractive. The location a beautiful co-star.