Christmas Magic (film)
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|Written by||Joany Kane|
|Directed by||John Bradshaw|
|Theme music composer||Stacey Hersh|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||84 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Chesler/Perlmutter Productions|
|Original network||Hallmark Channel|
Christmas Magic is a 2011 American/Canadian television movie starring Lindy Booth and Paul McGillion. Lindy Booth plays Carrie Blackford who falls for an earth-bound widower after becoming a brand new angel. The film first aired on the Hallmark Channel on December 18, 2011.
Carrie Bishop (Lindy Booth) is a successful event planner living in New York City. Her life changes when she is involved in a car accident and wakes up in Central Park, where she is met by an older man, Henry (Derek McGrath), a spirit guide who is there to instruct her how to get to Heaven. He explains to her that in order to move on, she must complete one task: help widower Scott Walker (Paul McGillion), the owner of a struggling restaurant.
In order to complete her mission, Carrie spends time at the restaurant and becomes friends with Scott's daughter Abby. Carrie puts her event-planning skills to good use and helps to promote the restaurant. But there is a catch: Carrie only has until midnight on Christmas Eve (in two weeks) to succeed in helping Scott turn the failing restaurant into a successful, thriving business. And there are rules, including that Carrie is forbidden to contact anyone from her previous life and that ultimately she cannot meddle in Scott's life (he must make his choices by free will, without her influence). These rules prove difficult to follow, especially when she begins to fall in love with Scott.
Carrie eventually learns that Henry is actually Scott's father. In the meantime, Scott learns that Carrie has been in a coma and realizes that he must wake her up. He takes his keyboard to the hospital and plays a love song that he wrote for her. Henry ultimately gives Carrie a choice: go to Heaven and live in everlasting peace or stay on Earth and be with the people she loves. In the end, Carrie chooses to wake up from the coma, accepts Scott's love, and gives him a message from his father: "the secret ingredient is love."