This is a sponsored post between Hallmark Channel and Life with Heidi, however, as always opinions are 100% my own.
Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday
Jennifer and Meg Swift are sisters who couldn’t be closer despite living hours apart. Jennifer is in Salt Lake City, running a successful restaurant she started with her late husband and raising her teenaged son Simon. Meg stayed in their hometown of Hazelwood, helping their parents run the local bakery. This Christmas is the family’s first since the passing of Uncle Dave who owned the town’s beloved theater, The Madison, where many memories were made over the years. When Jennifer and Simon return home for the holiday, they become wistful for one more Christmas at The Madison, despite that it’s for sale and in need of repairs. Meanwhile, Meg is helping Jennifer’s restaurant staff in Salt Lake prepare for a Christmas competition among local restaurants with the winner earning money for the charity of its choice. With the sisters switching cities leading up to the holiday, they find a new sense of purpose and discover what they both truly need in life and in love.
What the Holidays Means To Me
The holidays in my family growing up were very special because it meant it was a busy time of the year. But because it was busy it also meant we were going to be spending more time together as a family. Growing up in Northern Missouri my grandparents owned and operated Brummitt’s Christmas Tree Farm just outside of Trenton, Missouri in a place we fondly call Hickory.
The tree farm was open every weekend starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and each weekend we would spend hours running up and down the fields of evergreens. While we were there to “work” we had lots of fun and working the tree farm was just a holiday tradition. Because customers were able to cut and choose their own Christmas trees there were lots of us on hand to assist the customers.
While enjoying downtime we drank lots of hot chocolate, warmed ourselves by the fire between customers, and enjoy many sleigh rides on the horse-drawn sleigh with my Papa at the reins. They were some of the best days of the year and with each year that passed, we all looked forward to the holidays each year.
When our daughter Elizabeth was younger she was even able to take part in the tradition of picking our very own Christmas Tree on Thanksgiving Day. Then we would each go home and decorate for the holidays as a family after we decorated Nana and Papa’s tree at their home. It is one of my all-time favorite memories and while the tree farm is no longer it is still something that we chat about each and every holiday season.
Now that I’m a Nana, it’s my job to tell our grandson all about those memories while making new memories with him for years to come. He is now 2 years old and this will be the third Christmas we have spent together and I can’t wait to make more special memories with him this year. And one of the biggest traditions I hope to pass down is to watch some Hallmark movies with him and of course bake some cookies and make Christmas Candy.
Toys for Tots
To support the Toys for Tots mission, in celebration of the all new Hallmark Channel original movie, Christmas CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop will host toy drives at seven flagship locations across the country, providing an opportunity to donate toys to be distributed to children in need at Christmas.
NY (34th Street), LA (Northridge Fashion Center), Chicago (Woodfield Shopping Centre), Minneapolis, MN (Mall of America), Dallas, TX- (Galleria Dallas), St Louis, MO- Union Station, Orlando, FL- Icon Park.
You can help make a difference! Donate today to Toys for Tots ToysForTots.org/.
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