A Christmas Sibling Mystery
Having moved back to the town where she grew up, Gretchen (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is worried that she won't be able to manage Christmas as she doesn't have a job yet and has her young son to take care of. But Gretchen finds herself having to be the bearer of bad tidings when her neighbour, Melissa's (Leah Gibson - Ms. Matched), estranged mother dies and she has to break the bad news, which is a double shock for Melissa as it turns out her mum had moved to the town before she passed away but had not told her daughter. But following her death Melissa learns that she has a sibling she never knew about and with Gretchen's help they set about trying to track them down, which in turn brings the new friends closer together with Melissa learning so much about her mum she never knew.
I was sitting there watching "The Christmas Note" and suddenly a piece of music appeared, a familiar little piano piece which I recognized and couldn't immediately place it. Thankfully I stumbled across some information as "The Christmas Note" is based upon a book written by Donna VanLiere who also wrote "The Christmas Shoes", "The Christmas Blessing", "The Christmas Hope" and "The Christmas Secret" all of which have been turned in to Christmas movies and I know that piece of music has appeared in at least the first three of those movies. In fact "The Christmas Note" has a similar tone to those other movies as it delivers elements from friendship and mystery to romance all done with a sensitive side, but also a touch of comedy. Although, I will say this; "The Christmas Note" features the character of Robert Layton who was played by Rob Lowe in "The Christmas Shoes" but here the character is a minor character played by Lochlyn Munro, which technically puts this movie in to the same universe or at least extended universe of those movies.
It means very simply is that if you have watched any of those other movies I just mentioned and enjoyed them then I would imagine you will enjoy "The Christmas Note" as well. It is the blend of elements from the touching to the comical which makes the movie work rather than the detail. By that there is a scene where it seems like Melissa and Gretchen may have tracked down her sibling but of course anyone who loves movies will know it won't be that obvious for the simple reason that in this case the movie is nowhere near over when that scene arrives. I suppose in a way I am saying that when it comes to the mystery side "The Christmas Note" doesn't quite get the subtlety right but it doesn't spoil the over all tone of the movie and this is one of those movies where the tone is so critical.
What this all boils down to is that "The Christmas Note" is simply a sentimental, sweet and touching Christmas movie which whilst delivering aspects typical of many a Christmas movie, such as a touch of humour, it's focus is on this mystery which leads to friendship for two people.