In My Christmas Hero, an Army Reserve doctor (Candace Cameron Bure) tracks down her family’s military history with the help of a new romance (Gabriel Hogan).
US Army reservist and orthopedic physician Dr. Nicole Ramsey serves military members and their families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State. This Christmas, with the help of many dedicated heroes, Dr. Ramsey is on a mission to honor a special fallen soldier and bring much needed healing to her own family.
My Christmas Hero embraces the true spirit of the Christmas season – which involves Jesus, giving, and sacrifice. At the same time, it’s a heartwarming tribute to the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. While there’s an obvious romantic element to this movie, the best part is the family story – namely Nicole’s search to uncover more information about the life and legacy of her late grandfather, Corporal John T. Medlen.
My Christmas Hero includes a fun holiday tradition started decades ago by Nicole’s late grandmother, Dorothy Medlen. This is their first Christmas without Grandma, but the family wants to continue her “Spirit Sweater Holiday Parties,” which is a more positive alternative to ugly sweater contests. The Ramseys invite a bunch of people over for dinner, the only catch being that everyone has to wear a festive holiday sweater. Then they go around the room saying why each of their respective sweaters represents the Christmas spirit to them.
This movie honors both Christmas AND our soldiers in a touching and memorable way. I love how My Christmas Hero includes active duty service members as well as World War II veterans. I also appreciate the movie’s emphasis on the importance of supporting military personnel, veterans, and their families. From what I can tell, the two charitable organizations featured in the movie – A Hand for Warriors and Service Members Defending America – are fictional, but I wish they were real.
It looks like this movie was filmed in Washington, and at one point the two main characters drive to Portland and we see a couple of nice aerial shots of the Columbia River Highway. While movie’s plot revolves around members of the Army and Army Reserves, a holiday lighting ceremony pays homage to the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard too. I don’t know when this movie was made, but I think they left out the Space Force!
My Christmas Hero is a movie that everyone can enjoy, whether they are military families or not. We all know someone who has served in the past or who is currently serving their country. Service members and military families selflessly do whatever it takes to serve the nation. They make incredible sacrifices on our behalf, and depend on the support of the community. This movie reminds us to remember them at Christmas.
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