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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 20th 2022
Grandma broke out the Christmas tequila

Angelina is a pop star in danger of being dropped from her record label in favour of a new, up and coming starlet. Her manager wants her to write a Christmas song, but she isn't feeling the Christmas spirit. When she sees a video online from a young fan covering one of her songs, she decides to pay the girl a visit. The girl's father, Miguel, becomes her collaborator on the new song, and might even be something more.

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Aimee Garcia and Freddie Prinze Junior as Angelina and Miguel.

Christmas With You is a feel-good, cheesy Christmas movie directed by Gabriela Tagliavini. It stars Aimee Garcia (from Lucifer) as Angelina and Freddie Prinze Junior as Miguel. Deja Monique Cruz plays Christina, Angelina's fan.

Around this time every year I like to watch some Christmas movies and liven things up with a game of Christmas movie bingo, where I cross off squares on my bingo card for different cheesy things that happen in each film. You can make your own bingo cards, or find them online. This time I used one from this site.

Freddie Prinze Junior was in Punky Brewster (I feel so old right now!), so I crossed off " former child star as main character" (he's the male lead, so close enough). Miguel is a single dad, there are sundry holiday sweaters, and for some reason at the end the entire family are dressed in matching flannel shirts. I came so close to getting bingo with this one! Alas, surprisingly, it didn't end with a kiss.

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This movie does pretty much what you would expect from a Christmas film. It has romance, snippets of carols, and someone learning to love Christmas again after heartbreak. However, it makes a change that the main characters are Latino Americans, and much of the plot revolves around Christina preparing for her Quinceañera. I also found it refreshing that there is no bad blood at all between Angelina and the younger singer who is set up to be her rival. Instead they resolve to cheer each other on in their careers.

Christmas With You is a fun, wholesome Christmas movie with a Latin twist. It is currently streaming on Netflix. Also, for those playing Whamageddon, it does not contain the dreaded song, and is therefore safe to watch during December.

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