In my next life, I’m going to set up some sort of lamaze-type class where we all hold hands and prepare our bodies for the amazing suspension of disbelief we need to accomplish to get through a Hallmark Christmas romance. For now just do your best, limber up, breathe deeply, and try to keep in mind that we can stop at any time if all gets to be too much.
Kate Lockheart is a very successful big city real estate developer who doesn’t take a lot of time out of work to celebrate Christmas, or celebrate anything, really, especially not since her mother died, but this year she’s in charge of a big corporate Christmas party, and a lot’s riding on it.
Chris Dixon is a small town school teacher, divorced with two kids. School’s about to let out for Christmas break but that doesn’t mean Chris gets time off; she’s in charge of the school’s Christmas festival, and there are a lot of moving parts to be organized, especially since this year they have a handsome benefactor with some ideas of his own.
Surprise! Kate and Chris are estranged identical twin sisters (both played by Candace Cameron Bure, of course). At a rare pre-Christmas lunch, they complain about their various burdens until they agree there’s only one real solution: a good old fashioned switcheroo. Kate will go home and throw Chris’s school festival, while Chris will stay in the city, planning the firm’s holiday shindig. They’ll both benefit from a change of pace, and maybe they’re also just a teeny bit envious of each other’s lives. Of course, things are never as simple as they seem, and since they’re grown women one would hope they would have foreseen some of the complications in Parent-Trapping themselves. And yet.
Thank god there’s a cute guy in both of these situations to sort of help gloss over the stickier spots. Of course, it’s not best practice to start out a relationship whilst pretending to be someone else, but who’s counting, right? It’s just a bit of fun?
Will this blow up in Kate and Chris’s identical twin faces? What would their dead mother think of this? Or their living father for that matter? And for the love of mistletoe, which twin will consume the most cocoa? You know what you have to do to find out.