Old Fashioned Christmas & The Christmas Pageant
Christmas Pageant: Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee Melissa Gilbert ('Little House on the Prairie') gets top billing starring as a recently-fired-again, domineering Broadway director whose only job option is getting a community Christmas play up and going.Vera Parks (Gilbert), an overly intense and demanding Broadway director gets fired from yet another job, leaving her no choice but to take a gig directing a small town Christmas pageant in upstate New York. Stunned at how basic the production is, Vera attempts to back out, but is convinced by some of the locals to give their town a chance. To her surprise, the warmth and charm of the small town grows on Vera and she even enjoys the experience of directing the pageant. When Vera discovers her former fiancé Jack (Mailhouse) recommended her for the job, she is outraged. But over time Vera appreciates the gesture, as she grows close to both Jack and his young daughter (Wynn). Will love stay in the wings this time around? Or is this Veras eleven oclock number after all?Old Fashioned Christmas:Raised on a New Hampshire farm by her hard-working mother, Mathilda 'Tilly' Bassett had dreams of becoming a writer. Thousands of miles from home, some dreams are beginning to come true.For years, Tillys dreams expanded far beyond her New Hampshire horizons. Then comes the opportunity to reach those dreams when her seasoned and wealthy grandmother, Isabella Caldwell, a true force of nature, who has made it her mission to show Tilly the world, uproots her from her humble life. Now, just ten days before Christmas, theyve arrived in Dublin for a purposeful visit: Isabella is introducing Tilly to Earl of Shannon, Irelands poet laureate, Isabellas old friend, and Tillys new mentorall part of a grand scheme to make Tilly a published author. But with her independent Yankee spirit still showing beneath the finery, and a tongue sharp enough to clip a hedge, Tillys making an impression few will forget.