Mary Christmas (film)

Mary Christmas is a 2002 American Christmas movie written by Stanley M. Brooks and Betty G. Birney. It was directed by and stars John Schneider.

Mary Christmas
Written byStanley M. Brooks
Betty G. Birney
Directed byJohn Schneider
StarringJohn Schneider
Cynthia Gibb
Jenna Boyd
Tom Bosley
Music byJoey Newman
Country of originUnited Statesmmuni
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersStanley M. Brooks
Daniel Grodnik
Michael Greenfield (co-executive producer)
ProducersTimothy J. Warenz
Kandice Stroh (associate producer)
CinematographyPaul Maibaum
EditorWarren Bowman
Running time120 min.
Production companiesHeartland Entertainment
Once Upon a Time Films
Paxson Communications Corporation
Original networkPAX TV
Original releaseNovember 29, 2002 (2002-11-29)


Joel Wallace (Schneider), is a widower raising a daughter, Felice (Jenna Boyd). In her Christmas letter to Santa Claus, Felice wishes for a new mother for Christmas. The letter is intercepted by a local news producer who cancels reporter Mary Maloney's vacation and sends her to investigate the Wallace family as a human interest story. Most of the movie deals with Joel's searching for a new wife that will be Felice's mother.

The ending takes a bit of a twist, though, when it turns out that Mary is Felice's birth mother, who had given her up for adoption. The movie incorporates a little extra magic with "governor" Les Turner whom Felice thinks is Santa Claus.

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