Lifetime Christmas Movie Review: ‘A Very Nutty Christmas’

Fall in love with the Nutcracker again!

With just a few days of December left until the New Year, I thought I’d keep the Christmas spirit going for a little while longer and I couldn’t not involve A Very Nutty Christmas, after only just recently finding out Lifetime do Christmas originals!? Ahem, what hole have I been living in? With the next couple of days feeling like we’re in some weird type of limbo of what are we, who are we, where are we?

Join me on keeping the Christmas spirit alive just for these last few days with one of my favorites this December – A Very Nutty Christmas, starring our beloved Sabrina Spellman, Melissa Joan Hart.

A Very Nutty Christmas Movie Recap

Kate, a workaholic baker, has given up on Christmas, especially this year, when her boyfriend dumps her and she’s got to fill an order of 12,000 cookies before Christmas. However, the gift of a magic nutcracker who turns into a real man makes the once cynical Kate understand the magic and beauty of Christmas–and of love.

Final Thoughts

I have to admit, I loved this film a lot more than I thought. It had nothing to do with me thinking it was going to be a bad movie, it’s more the fact that it just exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed it more than I planned!

Kate is a beloved baker, working with her two close friends and in a stable relationship with her current boyfriend. Kate, Rosa and Justin are tasked with an extremely short-timed, but not impossible task of baking 12,000 cookies for their beloved troops of the U.S. Army and Navy.

Whilst doing so, Kate’s boyfriend plays the role of Santa Claus to the school children who rush to the store after school, in order to get a taste of what they’ve recently cooked up – however, this Santa has been quite naughty this year with another woman and is immediately put on the naughty list from Kate herself and heart-warmingly enough, the children.

With the bakery being such a huge success, Christmas really isn’t a time of year that Kate can enjoy – especially with the 12,000 cookies added on to her already big to-do list. Another close friend of Kates, Clara (whom you may also recognize as Berta in Two and a Half Men), takes her along to the Christmas markets where carolers were singing, people were beaming with joy and most importantly, they’re the place to get those magical Christmas trinkets to add the ever-growing batch.

In one particular stall, Kate is given a Nutcracker for no particular reason at all, but she takes the little guy home with her anyway for a bit of company.

Kate does not believe in magic whatsoever, so when a grown man dressed as the Nutcracker is sprawled out on her living room floor the next day – she doesn’t question it and assumes that he is the new guy who will be sharing the house with her. It did baffle me a lot how Kate was so casual to this man laid on her floor. She does not once question him or how he got in to her home, she just accepts that this is her new roommate and carries on with life.

Not once does she even acknowledge the fact that her little Nutcracker ornament is also no longer beside her Christmas tree, which is something you would most likely pick out immediately – but, anyway! Faults aside, let me keep talking about how wonderful this movie is.

Our newly human Nutcracker is known as Chip. He becomes a very useful tool in the kitchen of Kate’s bakery, down to his speedy nut cracking skills and determination to constantly bake.

His only mission is to keep Kate safe and happy, which he does with his wooden sword and touching thoughts, such as bidding the highest at a silent auction in Kate’s name so she won absolutely everything, picking her up in a horse and carriage and the best one of them all, having rubies from his hat put in to earrings for her, because he knows how much Kate loves them.

The two grow extremely fond of each other, as do all the other characters grow fond of Chip – minus the ex boyfriend – until the truth is revealed. Kate is very unfazed by the fact her new love interest is a doll, which I personally think is due to her sentiment towards the story of the Nutcracker from being a little girl and is quick to forgive him just in time for him returning to his natural form.

Chip wasn’t there for Kate to fall in love with, he was there to show her the true magic of Christmas and love, ready for when the right man comes along next. He’ll also see her next Christmas, so it’s definitely not like he’s gone forever and their friendship can live on!

My favorite part of the movie is when Kate is showing Chip around the bakery and telling him how she names her food after the people she loves. One in particular that caught my attention was her Snickerdoodles, which she calls… wait for it… Sabrina! I may have fangirled a little. Her reason for calling them Sabrina in the movie is because that is what her sister is called, but we know the true meaning behind the reference!

Let us know what you’re favorite Lifetime Movies are so far in the comments below and keep a look out for which movie I review next!


Shelby Marie

Shelby is a blogger and TV obsessed writer. When she's not busy working or writing for fabulous websites, she's attached to the sofa or tucked up in bed watching her favourite TV shows and crying over her long list of OTP's. Find her on Twitter to fangirl more about TV and if you love Dylan O'Brien, then you'll get along perfectly!

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