The Tree that Saved Christmas

Theatrical Release: November 30, 2014
The Tree that Saved Christmas


Imaginative, hard-working Molly Logan (Lacey Chabert) grew up on her family’s generations-old Christmas tree farm in rural Vermont and would often write stories about individual trees as they shipped out, her favorite being a “Charlie Brown” tree struggling to grow. One day, after hearing the roar of buzz saws used to clear the woods of sickly saplings, nine-year-old Molly ran to save her favorite—even after her father Gordon and his crew had made a gash in its trunk. She knew that someday this little tree would have a tale to tell.

Now 29, Molly is pursuing her writing career in Manhattan. Unfortunately, as Pendant Publishing CEO Walter Dunlap’s assistant, Molly has no life and little chance to write. She’s devastated to learn from her architect brother Ryan that the bank is foreclosing on her parents’ heritage tree farm. This will be her family’s last Christmas there. However, a frustrated Molly can’t make it home thanks to obligations to her boss and his young daughters.

Much to her shock, Molly discovers that the Christmas tree she ordered for the Dunlap home is that same one she saved years ago. Certain that it is the same tree from her youth—and a sign—Molly drags the pine back to her Vermont home and embarks upon a plan to save the family farm—with some surprising, inventive help from her brother and former boyfriend/banker Lucas.

Dove Review

“The Tree that Saved Christmas” is a unique story about family, home, love, having faith and offering forgiveness. Molly grew up on the family Christmas tree farm, but now lives in the big city. Always writing stories about the things around her, even the Christmas trees that the family grew, she especially loves the story about a tree she had saved from the saw when it was a young sapling.

When she discovers that same tree in her boss’s house, she knows it is a sign that she has to return home. She soon discovers, thanks to her brother, that the family Christmas tree farm is going to be foreclosed on by the bank. Returning home is the only option and, once there, she and her brother try to find a way to save the farm. The farm is not the only thing that needs to be saved; maybe her lost love will be found too.

This is a heartwarming holiday movie that every member of the family will enjoy. We are proud to award it the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Couple kiss.
Language: None
Violence: Nightmare about trees being cut down and a forest fire.
Drugs: Two scenes of couples drinking.
Nudity: Mild cleavage
Other: Foreclosure of a home; rude attitudes; pursuing your dreams.


Company: UPtv
Director: David Winning
Producer: Harvey Kahn
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe