Must Read, Must Stream: November 2020

Amanda Harper

 

Must Stream: Holiday Romance

The holiday season is all about festive little traditions. For a long time, The Hallmark Channel had all the jingle bell feels on lock with their annual lineup of shmaltzy made-for-TV romance movies. And who could argue? On top of festive scenery (and cute actors), a happy ending was always guaranteed. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the season! In recent years, Netflix has come for the crown, producing slightly glossier alternatives, often with heavier star power. We’ll gladly grab a glass of wine, cuddle up by the fireplace and stream ‘em all! Here are some of the 2020 titles headed your way. And to answer your question, yes, you can buy that blanket. It’s available from Hallmark.com ($29.99).

Operation Christmas Drop 

Netflix • premieres November 5th • A congressional aide looks into a military operation that delivers supplies and gifts to remote islands… under the leadership of a hunky Air Force captain. Watch it for: adventure, beautiful island views and lessons in the power of giving.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again 

Netflix • premieres November 19th • Will these look-alikes switch places again? Princess Stacy must intervene when a handsome royal threatens to steal Duchess Margaret’s heart away from her best friend. A third look-alike shows up to cause trouble for everyone. Watch it for: Vanessa Hudgens playing three roles in one movie. Zany!

A Nashville Christmas Carol  

Hallmark • premieres November 21st • A workaholic television producer is put in charge of a country Christmas special. This take on “A Christmas Carol” includes appearances from country stars like Sara Evans, Wynonna Judd and more. Watch it for: all that amazing Christmas music!

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square 

Netflix • November 22nd • A rich, mean woman returns to her small hometown… you know what, we know we don’t need to tell you the plot. You’re going to watch it. Watch it for: 14 original songs with music and lyrics by Dolly!

A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado 

Hallmark • premieres November 24th • The woman in charge of planning the town’s Christmas celebration must win over a firefighter in order to get a beautiful spruce from his property. Watch it for: a will they, won’t they romance.

Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem  

Netflix • premieres December 3rd • Christmas becomes Groundhog Day when Jorge wakes up on Christmas Eve over and over and over again. Watch it for: the heartfelt lessons Jorge learns along the way.

Christmas Comes Twice

Hallmark • premieres December 13th • Tamera Mowry-Housley stars as a newscaster who regrets missing out on the one who got away. A Christmas carnival ride transports her back in time to have a second shot. Watch it for: that silly time travel trope that we just can’t get enough of!

Love, Lights, Hanukkah!  

Hallmark • premieres December 20th • A woman just got a DNA test: turns out, she’s Jewish! She discovers a new family and an unlikely romance (with Boy Meets World’s Ben Savage). Watch it for: eight crazy (romantic) nights.

 

Must Stream: For the Family!

Jingle Jangle: a Christmas Journey 

Netflix • premieres November 13th • This star-studded family holiday adventure combines stunning visuals and a fabulous story to bring the magic of Christmas. Watch it for: a little holiday wonder… and one adorable robot.

Alien Xmas

Netflix • premieres on November 20th • Extraterrestrials are trying to steal Earth’s gravity. Watch it for: it’s claymation, folks. What more do you need?

The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

Netflix • premieres on November 25th • Full of adventure, charm and magic. Watch it for: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Angela’s Christmas Wish

Netflix • premieres on December 1st • A young girl is determined to bring her family together for Christmas. Watch it for: adorable Irish accents, and a story inspired by Frank McCourt.

 

Must Read: New Books

No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

by Michael J. Fox • Available November 17 • Prepared to laugh and cry? Reflect on love, life, aging, illness, strength and joy with one of America’s most cherished icons... Marty McFly himself. With his signature humor, Fox recalls his journey with Parkinson’s Disease.

Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence

by Claire Saffitz • Available Now • With the coming holiday season, this wonderful guide makes baking breads, cakes, pies, tarts and cookies seem... so much more possible for non-bakers. Meticulously tested by this Bon Appetit alum, you’ll love the variety of recipes.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

by Emmanuel Acho • Available November 10 • Former Cleveland Brown and current Fox Sports Analyst Acho hosts an open-hearted web series that opens a dialogue about racism. In his own words, this book provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both.

A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection

by Steve Martin and Harry Bliss • Available November 17 • What happens when one of the world’s funniest men collaborates with a New Yorker cartoonist? A hilarious, gorgeous book that you will want to share with family and friends over the gravy boat.

All that Glitters

by Danielle Steel • Available November 17 • Danielle Steel’s novels are always a romantic comfort. In this one, a wealthy young woman faces a sudden, devastatking heartbreak. She finds love and lessons as she learns to move foward.