Christmas Around the Corner (2018) Movie Script

Okay people, let's go.
That's great.
We're gonna need like 10 more
bottles of champagne, okay?
Those are perfect.
Perfect, beautiful, stunning,
I love it.
Okay, let's go.
Does that Santa inflate
on its own?
Bad or brilliant, we'll know
in a few minutes.
Mistle-Toe Corporate CEO.
We are so very proud
of you, Claire.
I really think this gamble
is gonna pay off.
Well you know,
Mistletoe's a great company
and I think people are gonna
want a piece of it.
Who'd known that an
online Mani petty service
would turn out to be such
a lucrative venture?
All because of you.
Call me when the clients
get here.
We expect you to make us
a lot of money today.
The company took off overnight
and has grown into a nationwide
but I'm still not sure about the
timing of this endeavor.
Okay people, fasten your
seat belts, here we go.
- And we off to the races.
- Okay, it's moving.
I have to say they've set-
It's moving people!
- at the high end
of the spectrum.
I expected to see more movement
up front.
Have they topped out already?
We're not even five minutes
into the session.
There's not a lot of
competition today.
We've discussed this before,
it's important to take...
No, no.
...early in their lives.
But is it too early?
Maybe Mistle-Toe isn't
IPO ready?
Look, they're dropping.
Not a good sign so early.
Clients aren't coming.
The clients aren't coming!
Hey, I've been leaving messages.
I just figured you were
out celebrating.
What happened?
You didn't post anything.
Okay, your place, one hour.
Honey, I'm so sorry.
I know how much you were
counting on that IPO.
Crash and burn does not
even begin to describe it.
What's with the tree?
Well, I knew that you
wouldn't have a shred of
Christmas around here.
So monochromatic holiday cheer.
I'm gonna make you some food.
You know there was
a little voice in my head
that kept saying don't do this
on Black Friday.
The market is too distracted,
but all of the analytics
that I ran
just said go for it.
You know?
Why didn't I just listen
to my instincts?
Okay, sweetie,
there is no food in this house.
I know, I'm never here.
You need a break, sis.
When was the last time that
you went anywhere
that did not involve work?
Okay, if you can't remember,
then it's been too long.
HR has been on me to use
up all the time
I've accumulated.
I think I have like a month
saved up.
Do you remember that place mom
was always gonna take us
as kids in Vermont?
Ghastly something.
Okay, so when I
suggested a vacation
I was thinking St. Barts.
I wonder if I could book
something this last minute?
It looks like Christmas
on steroids.
Well, mom said it was enchanted.
I remember her talking about
this Christmas Festival
they had and they would
line the streets
with luminaries all month.
I'm sorry, luma, luma what?
You know, there's those
little paper bags
you put sand and candles in.
Okay that just sounds
like a fire hazard.
Oh my god, this is the
same place as mom's picture.
They rent the apartment and you
get to run the bookstore
on the 1st floor, how
great is that?
I'm sorry, it looks
like Hogwarts.
Stop it, you're just
seeing what you want,
don't, no.
Have an open mind here, okay?
Look, they have availability,
it's perfect.
Come on, you're always on me
for not celebrating the
It does not get more Christmassy
than this.
Okay, so you're gonna
go all the way to Vermont
to celebrate Christmas
by yourself?
Freddie and Bill want you here,
I want you here.
I know, I know, Suz,
but you have your family
and I always feel like
a 3rd wheel.
I promise I'm gonna come back
for Christmas dinner.
It just doesn't make sense.
How are they not booked?
I've had a horrible day.
It's been a terrible year.
And I miss mom.
Don't they make those
creepy Christmas gnomes there?
They're not creepy,
they're cute.
You are gonna be bored to death.
I give you one week, okay?
One week.
Hey, I'm Ernie.
You heading to town?
The Fortenbury.
Of course.
Thank you.
Is it Ernie like It's A
Wonderful Life Ernie?
I don't know if that's
what my mom was going for,
but she sure loved the movie.
So are you here visiting
No, I'm taking a break
from work.
Couldn't think of better place
to escape to.
Shall we?
Thank you.
So has the Christmas Festival
started yet?
Fortenbury didn't tell you?
Tell me what?
The festival's canceled
this year.
What, no, no, there's supposed
to be Christmas windows
and sleigh rides and what about
the luminarias,
are they doing that?
Canceled, canceled, canceled,
we had a big flood come up here
in the early fall.
Wiped out all the businesses in
the upper village.
Thankfully Main Street
was spared.
I'm so sorry.
I grew up here,
I've never seen anything
like it.
It's really killed our
tourist trade.
All the merchants decided not
to celebrate this year.
So how long did you say
you were staying?
This is lovely.
Yeah, Fortenbury's
an institution,
been here longer than
I can remember.
Help you take your bags inside?
No, that's okay, but thank you.
You must be from New York.
How can you tell?
Nobody around here tips
like that.
- Merry Christmas.
- Merry Christmas.
Is anyone here?
I'm sorry, dear.
I've had my ears turned off.
I'm suppose to be able
to work them
with this new-fangled phone that
my nephew gave me,
but every time I try my hearing
aid dials 9-1-1.
I'm Mary Tumilty,
everyone calls me Mrs. T,
you must be Claire.
Yes, it's nice to meet you.
Okay, so this is the bookstore?
It's not what I expected.
You're not at all what
I expected.
Excuse me?
Well most of our renters
are retired librarians
or school teachers,
blue hairs like me.
You burn like a bright light.
Thank you.
That's really sweet.
You know you're website didn't
say anything
about the Christmas Festival
being canceled.
You should really update
your site.
Sweetheart, I can
hardly update my hearing aid,
much less the website.
I'm sorry you're disappointed.
It's okay.
We're thrilled to have you.
Thank you.
Well I work nine
to five generally
and you will take over
after lunch,
but nobody will care if
you quit by three.
What about nights and weekends?
Well if the spirit moves you,
but we don't expect many
No, anybody who comes
in is usually lost.
But this is very important.
This is the registry that has
been signed since 1906.
They write something nice
about Glastenbury
and of course Fortenburys.
Yeah, okay, yeah absolutely.
There's not many customers
this fall, huh?
No, after the flood
there were a lot
of cancellations of bookings.
You know nobody's in
a holiday mood,
but we can always hope for
next year, right?
Let me get you to your room.
I can get it.
No, no, it's all right.
It's good for me.
Move it or lose it, right?
Now my nephew owns the place.
He has a forge out in
back of the store.
Which was built by his great,
great grandfather in 1888
when there was nothing but pine
trees around here.
So if there's ever anything
that you need,
you will find him out
in the back.
Anything at all.
It's what you young people
call a man cave.
He makes things there.
He makes things?
What kind of things?
He feels more at home with tools
than he is with people.
Oh my god.
This is beautiful.
This is exactly like I was
picturing it.
Well I told Andrew it
needed some sprucing up.
I wish he'd let me do the same
with the book store,
but my nephew's not a fan of
Christmas any more.
Well you obviously are.
He thought the apartment
would be a good idea
to raise some extra money
and I came up
with the idea of the guest
managing the book store.
Oh my god, it's a reading nook.
I've always wanted one of these.
For afternoon naps
and romantic novels.
You and I think alike,
I like it.
Sleep well.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
I'm sorry, your door was open.
I, this.
I'm so sorry, I was just
trying to take a shower.
Well I thought I fixed this.
See this is why we shouldn't be
renting this place.
You hand me the channel locks
over there?
I don't know what that is.
Oh my god, oh my god!
- The bigger one.
- This one?
Yeah, the big one.
- Yeah, the big pliers.
- This one?
- Yeah, yeah that's it.
- Okay.
I'm Andrew.
This is no way to greet a guest,
I'm sorry.
I'm Claire.
I re-piped the bathroom
last month,
so I'm really not sure
what's going on.
Everything's under control.
Can you get a couple of towels
There we go.
It should be safe to take
a shower now.
Handle comes off again,
there's my number.
Okay, thank you.
Hey, where'd that painting
come from?
My mom painted that.
Yeah, she came here years ago,
she loved Glastenbury.
She really captured
the way it used to look.
I remember those curtains from
when I was a kid.
My mom sewed them.
Your mom sewed those curtains?
It's a lost art.
Well, until the next disaster.
- That's not funny.
- You'll be fine.
Goodnight, Claire.
Thank you.
These macarons are lovely.
The sandwich cookies,
can I get you a dozen?
No, no, that's okay.
I would love a coffee though,
do you do coffee to go?
I'd love a decaf Americana
with an extra shot
and soy milk foam cap.
Two black coffees decaf,
creamer's on the way
out the door.
You're bakery is lovely.
Those breads look fabulous.
I would love to try a sample of
maybe the seeded rye.
You eat 'em, you buy 'em.
Come on, everybody does samples.
They're a great way to bring
in customers.
We do just fine here.
I'm Claire, I'm.
Good morning.
I brought us some coffees.
God bless you, dear.
So you've met Barb
across the way?
Yes, not the friendliest.
Well, Vermonter's are
notoriously suspicious
of outsiders, especially those
from New York.
How can you tell?
Your shoes.
How do you walk in those
things anyway?
Do you mind if I let
some light in?
Of course, you're the manager.
How come there's no Christmas
not even a wreath in the window?
You should have seen it
when Andrew's folks were
still around.
The trip to Glastenbury was
not complete
unless you came to Fortenburys
to witness
all the Christmas decorations.
What happened?
Andrew inherited quite
a responsibility,
but God bless him, he keeps up
the family tradition.
Do you think I can get
him to move these bookcases?
Good luck with that.
Doesn't he wanna fix the
place up for the holidays?
Andrew has lost his spirit.
For Christmas?
For just about everything.
Why don't you relax, get the lay
of the land?
Do you have a broom?
- Maybe a dustpan or something.
- Not in those heels.
I'm so sorry.
I'm so, so sorry.
What's going on in here?
Isn't it great?
She's only been here
a few hours,
think what the rest of the month
will be like.
Claire, we don't expect
our guests
to reinvent the wheel during
their stay.
You're on holiday,
enjoy yourself.
I am.
I was thinking we could do some
wreaths in the windows,
maybe some garland and twinkly
Can you help with that?
I don't think so, no.
Really, why?
The bookstore's not
doing holiday decorations,
nobody in town is.
Just something, you
know like tasteful and elegant.
It's freezing in here.
We're wasting energy.
The heat doesn't even
work so it doesn't matter.
It's spring cleaning.
It's December.
Yeah, that's even better.
- It's better in December.
- Better in December.
She talks a lot, doesn't she?
She's full of ideas.
But in all fairness, when was
the last time anyone
showed this kind of interest
in the place?
I can't even remember.
But I don't like being told
what to do.
Get off your high horse,
young man.
Give the girl a chance.
I can't believe the way
you talk to me.
Listen to your auntie.
She's looking out for you.
You know I should
probably get a key
for when I lock up myself.
Well you can check with Andrew.
Do I have to?
He just acts like everything
I ask is an imposition.
He's harmless.
He's all bark and no bite.
You'd never know it was
the holidays.
You have to come back next year.
The festival leads up to
Midnight Madness
and everybody comes out of the
street til the wee hours,
shopping and partying
and they have to bring in
extra generators
to supply the electricity for
all of the Christmas lights.
It's wonderful, wonderful.
Don't you find it kind
of depressing?
Well do something
about it, dear.
You're here for a another month.
That's true.
Excuse me.
Mrs. T said that I could come
and get a key from you.
I'm sorry, do you make these?
It's my hobby.
These are beautiful.
Kids in town call them
reindeer bells.
We used to sell them in
the bookstore.
You used to sell them.
These are perfect Christmas
We should put them all
over the shelves.
No one's gonna buy 'em, Claire.
No, you're wrong.
These are incredible.
The craftsmanship is amazing.
Where did you learn to do this?
My uncle Ned.
My aunt Mary's late husband.
He was the best blacksmith
in Vermont.
He learned from his father,
it's kind of a family thing.
And I'm gonna pass it
on some day.
You needed a key to
the bookstore.
- Right, okay.
- Yeah.
Let's see here.
Guests are forever losing these.
Why don't I give you
one of these?
For me?
Thank you.
Oh my gosh, I have to take
a picture of this.
What are you doing?
I'm just gonna post
it on social-
No, no, no picture.
No, no, no, it's good
for business.
The bookstore is doing
just fine.
Yeah, we had one customer today
and all she was looking
for was gas.
You're a guest here, you know,
you don't have to do any
of this, Claire.
I know, I'm just trying to help.
We don't need help.
- Thanks.
- Yeah.
Each item on the list
will enhance the customer
shopping experience.
You wanna have an open
house and cocktail reception?
I majored in marketing before
I got my MBA
and I specialize in
I know about these things.
- Really?
- Yes.
And I want your sleigh bells
all over the shelves,
especially the ones with
leather braids.
They're great impulse buys.
Look, I have a plan for
the bookstores future
and it doesn't include cocktail
parties, okay?
But why not?
Claire, the ski resorts
are 40 minutes away.
You could be on the slopes
having the time of your life.
Okay, let's negotiate the terms.
Excuse me?
Every item you take
off the list,
you agree to help me with
one that I want.
It's my bookstore,
why would I want to negotiate
against myself?
Because I'm here for a month.
Yes you are.
- No.
- Stop it.
Those are great.
- Absolutely not, what...
- I don't understand that.
- Well it's a fire hazard.
- It's not a fire...
Yes it is.
Okay, maybe.
I have five more.
- What?
- Yeah.
We're having an open house at
the bookstore tomorrow night.
No one holds night hours
any more.
Well we are.
And I was wondering if you
do custom orders?
- Yeah, sure.
- Great.
Could you do these macarons
or the sandwich cookies
in red and green and maybe with
some sparkle or something?
- How many?
- Three dozen.
This is like water torture.
I've been posting all morning.
Stop worrying.
Wrong hours, wrong
books, wrong drinks,
and wrong food.
This isn't even Vermont cheese.
All right, this might be fine
for your upper east
side friends,
but not gonna cut it here.
I'm telling you, we're
gonna be mobbed, okay?
Just trust me, I do this
for a living.
It's a ghost town out there.
She's heartbroken.
Hey, these are pretty good.
Then go tell her.
You act like you don't want
her to succeed.
You act like you don't want the
bookstore to succeed.
No, no, that's not it,
aunt Mary,
it's just she's not making this
any easier for me.
What are you talking about?
what'd you put in these crazy
holiday drinks you made?
They're good.
They're cranberry juice,
vodka, and bitters.
I made my own bitters.
Where'd you learn to do that?
I put myself through grad school
working as a bartender.
Well you are just
full of surprises.
I totally blew it,
I didn't read the market place.
Why do you beat yourself up
like that?
I'm so sorry we wasted
all this food.
No, no, no, no, no, we
don't waste food around here.
I'll take care of it.
What do you mean, what
are you going to do with it?
You can come with if you want.
- Good to see ya.
- Good to see ya.
Luke, this is Claire Clayson,
she's running renting the room
above the bookstore for a month.
- Nice to meet you.
- Hi, how you doing?
Who is this handsome boy?
That's Dash, short for Dasher.
He's a rescue, we found him
last Christmas Eve.
- Hi.
- Well, he found us.
Awe, I used to have
a dog when I was a kid.
He was my best buddy.
I wish I could have one now,
but I'm always at work.
What's with all the boxes, Luke?
Chewy donated packages
to our food pantry,
so we give the pet food
to the homeless
for their animals.
That's fantastic.
And it looks like Chewy
gave us a Christmas card.
Your choir sounded
wonderful tonight.
It was the first time it felt
like Christmas
since I got here.
Of course the town
might not wanna
celebrate Christmas this year,
but in this house we're
going all out.
We had a little misfire
at the bookstore tonight,
but Claire had the brilliant
idea of donating our food.
Well, thanks Claire.
We're a small town, but we have
a homeless problem
just like any other city
in America.
Macarons, nice.
Thank you.
You'll have to excuse
Luke here, he's a new dad.
A very sleep deprived
new dad actually.
What do you have,
a boy or a girl?
A little girl, Mable.
And a pair of lungs you
wouldn't believe.
And as soon as she learns
how to walk,
she's gonna be in that choir.
Well we will get out
of your hair.
We'll let you get back to work.
Okay, well thanks for coming in
and thank you so much
for the food.
Of course.
Any time you wanna come
back and help the church out,
- you're more than welcome.
- Yeah, thank you.
You should come by the bookstore
because we're gonna have a 20%
off sale for the holidays.
We are?
Yeah, I thought I told you.
Well she's amazing.
Yeah, yeah, she's got
a great eye for business.
I wasn't talking about
the bookstore, Andy.
I still don't understand
why we're doing this.
It's probably been here
for 50 years.
Because it's bad fengshui.
I wanna put it over there.
You must be some kind
of bigshot at work
because you sure are good
at giving orders.
I'm a venture capitalist.
Don't you mean a vulture
I'm more like a guardian angel.
I save companies and put money
back into them,
pay off their debts,
set up IPOs,
you know, that kinda thing.
Okay, Mrs. Guardian
use your heavenly powers
and let's all push, huh?
- I'll help.
- Okay.
- Ready?
- Ready.
One, two, three.
Who puts a bookcase in
front of a fireplace?
I've never seen this, Aunt Mary?
Well I don't remember
this at all.
This is beautiful.
You know what, we'll put
these two chairs
in front of it and arrange the
whole room around it.
Does this mean moving
more furniture?
Of course it does.
Bless you.
Hope you're not allergic
to books.
Most of my friends are,
but I'm not.
Do you have O. Henry?
We just read Ransom of Red
Chief at school.
The classics are right
over there.
Are you looking for a particular
Gift of the Magi.
That is the best Christmas book
- ...and the ending...
- Don't tell me.
Our English teacher said
it was a big surprise.
What's your name?
- Alicia.
- Alicia.
I can't believe was
written 113 years ago.
I know, but you know
what it's still fresh today.
I mean it's about Christmas
and love
and life going haywire.
Do you like Christmas books?
Any kind of book.
I wanna be a writer some day.
I write short stories
all the time.
Well I'm sure your
school library
probably has tons
of great books.
Closed until spring.
The flood, lots of soggy pages.
That's awful.
I gotta go.
- Real cool bookstore.
- Thanks.
Well it was nice to meet you.
Come back again and don't forget
to sign the guestbook.
Hey, I'll be right with you.
It's nice to meet you.
Hi, can I help you with
Just, sorry, just one second.
Hey Alicia, it was really
nice to meet you.
Do you live here in town?
My parents run the tree
farm on Route 12.
Listen, I need to get
going right now.
You know what?
I think you have something
of ours.
Please don't call the police.
My mother will kill me.
Do you want me to get Andrew?
No, no, I can handle it,
it's okay.
So, you like surprise endings?
I don't know.
Well here's one you
didn't see coming.
I will keep this between you
and I on one condition.
You read Gift of the Magi.
You can take it.
A Little Princess.
This is one of my favorite
You come back on Friday
after school
and we're gonna talk about them.
- Yes.
- Okay.
Claire, extension cords
aren't a substitute
for proper wiring.
Next time just let me know and
I'll rig something up.
Yeah, but then I
couldn't hear you whine
and complain about it.
Is that what I do?
See Andrew, I'm not the
only one who says that.
It's not Friday.
I stayed up all night reading.
The ending of Magi was so good.
I can't believe she cut her hair
and he sold the watch.
- I know.
- I never saw it coming.
I wanted to say thank you.
These are from mom's greenhouse.
That's so sweet.
Thank you.
Hey Andrew, this is Alicia.
Yeah, I've been out
to your folks farm.
You sell Christmas trees, right?
Yeah, not many customers
this year.
And I loved The Little Princess.
OMG, it was so good.
I love the end where
the rich family
brings Christmas dinner over
to the neighbors
- who didn't have anything.
- Yeah.
It's the best gift you
could give someone.
- Thanks.
- Christmas books.
This is our resident
critic, the Grinch.
Christmas novels are the worst.
Are you for real?
It's a totally distorted
view of the holidays.
Happy families gather around
the table.
Everybody gets the perfect
Christmas gift.
Nobody lives like that.
Don't listen to him.
He's, I don't even know.
My mom used to read
A Little Princess
to me and my sister.
She was a single parent and we
never really had a lot,
but she, thank you.
She always found a way to make
Christmas special.
Yeah, thanks.
Good job.
Would you be willing to write
like a little paragraph
about the book and I can put
it on the shelf?
Nobody cares what I think.
I care what you think.
Actually, you know what
would be better?
Is if you were here in person.
How 'bout an internship?
You could come after school.
I realize we can't pay you,
but I would really like
to have you here
and we can talk about books
and you could help me tie bows,
you know?
- Seriously?
- Yeah, absolutely.
- Claire.
- It would be really good
for your college applications.
I'll have to ask my mom.
Yeah, of course and if
she wants to talk to me
just have her come by.
Okay listen, before you start.
I love that you see
value in people,
it's a beautiful thing, but we
are not guidance counselors.
She loves to read,
this is the perfect environment
for her.
The idea just occurred to me
in the moment.
Okay there was a little voice
in my head
and I'm just really trying
to listen
to my intuition for a change.
Well can you please just
check with me first?
Andrew, these kids need a break.
They have nowhere to go,
nothing to do
with the Christmas Festival
was canceled.
If you think you're
gonna fix Glastenbury problems-
No I don't, I just,
one, one kid.
Okay, just one.
That's all I'm asking for.
You are impossible
to argue with.
That's because I'm always right.
Okay, all right, so what
happens when you leave?
If I can just plant one
little seed while I'm here,
then I will have had the best
Christmas vacation ever.
I just wanna give back for
a change, come on.
Thank you.
You won't regret it, I promise.
What is this?
What is that doing here.
All that stuff is suppose to be
down in the basement.
You're like a kid on
Christmas morning.
I know, I feel like one.
I mean look at this stuff.
This is Austria, 1902.
And this was just sitting in the
back of the storage room.
I don't get it.
Look at that.
What is this?
Is this, is that Andrew?
- Yes.
- He's so cute.
Yes, that's Andrew
and that's my sister,
his mother, Addie and that's
her husband, John.
It's been three years since
she's been gone.
- Hey.
- Hi.
Look what we found.
This picture.
So cute.
What's all this stuff doing out?
Isn't it wonderful?
I thought maybe we could
decorate the store
with these things.
Yeah, these boxes are
full of family memories, Claire.
No one wants to see that stuff.
Come on,
you were at St. Paul's.
I mean there wasn't an empty
seat in the house.
People out there are starved
for Christmas.
Just get it cleaned up.
It's all right, you
didn't mean any harm.
It's been a hard time for him.
We've gotta find a way
to get people in here.
I mean if we could just get
the luminaria's back
on the streets, I know it would
bring in business.
The Chamber of Commerce
meets every Wednesday at two.
You're not exactly a shrinking
I didn't say that.
Mrs. T, I thought you
put that thing away?
Andrew's gonna be really upset
about that.
I must've left it out
by accident.
Sometimes my memory's not as
good as it should be.
Hi there, can I help you
with something?
I was on my morning walk
and that adorable Santa
caught my eye.
Yeah, it's lovely, isn't it?
When I was a little girl
I remember coming to
and seeing that cookie jar
in the window.
You know it belonged to
the owner's family.
Any chance it's for sale?
No, absolutely not.
Claire, can I?
Are you looking for a gift?
Because we have these lovely
sleigh bells here.
And they're made by our very
own Andrew Fortenbury.
These are wonderful.
My daughter loves anything
that's handcrafted.
So artistic.
You made these young man?
Yeah, yeah, my
workshop's just out back.
You know I've been
trying to get him
to sign them or at least put
his initials on them.
So that everybody can know
who the artist is.
- I'll take them.
- Great!
But only if you sign them.
I wanna be able to
tell my daughter
I met the artist in person.
Okay, sure, sure.
Here, let me ring
that up for you.
See, what did I tell you?
Now are you gonna let me
put up some
more Christmas ornaments?
Claire, we talked about this.
All right, let's negotiate it.
- Well no.
- Yes.
For every ornament that you hate
I get to put out
two that I like.
So road construction on
the F12 bridge
will be completed two months
ahead of schedule.
Now, let's put that to a vote.
All in favor of approving
additional funds
for the flood relief
construction, raise your hand.
Motion approved.
Okay, moving on to new business.
The floor is open.
I'm Claire Clayson from
Fortenbury's Bookstore
and I'm here to talk about the
Christmas Festival.
With all due respect,
this board has voted.
I'm aware of that,
but in the last few days
since we put out Christmas
we've seen an increase
in foot traffic.
All of the events are canceled.
Have you looked up
and down Main Street?
I mean it's kind of like
a ghost town
celebrating its own funeral
instead of Christmas.
I mean listen,
clearly it's too late to salvage
the festival,
but what about just doing
a piece of it?
You know instead of the
luminarias all month,
how 'bout just a week leading up
to Christmas?
And then the Midnight Madness
sale could just be one night.
I mean how hard would that be?
You know when
I was a little girl
my mom used to tell me about
this magical place
called Glastenbury where
the streets
were lined with candles
and holiday lights
and where Christmas was real.
Anyone else with public input?
I really think you're being
short-sighted about this.
No other new business?
This meeting is adjourned.
Mom's windows were always
the main attraction in town.
She'd start planning
in the summer.
She sounds like quite the woman.
Yeah, yeah, she was.
You know Mrs. was mentioning
that she used to have book
readings during the holidays.
What if we scheduled one?
Book readings
a lot of work, Claire.
No, no, it's really not.
You just pick a book
and put out a sign
and you know have refreshments
and stuff.
you wanna go there?
Stop, I'm gonna have
Alicia help me, okay?
I know she knows what real
Vermonters like.
You know,
the nutcracker's always guarded
the front door.
Shall we?
We shall.
I think it looks good.
Hey Barb!
We've gotta get this girl fed!
She's been working like a fiend.
Yeah sure, come on in.
Let me see if I can find
you a seat.
- Great.
- By the way,
I've never seen anyone stand
up to Puttnam
the way you did at the chamber
I know.
All the power to ya.
I wish I would have succeeded.
Yeah well, you know
those red and green
sandwich cookies, the macarons
- that I made for your open house?
- Yeah.
I made an extra batch,
sold out in a flash.
Now I can't keep them in stock.
- Really?
- Yeah.
Everyone's looking for Christmas
wherever they can find it.
So what can I get for
you ladies?
It's on the house.
So what's got you so
intrigued about New York?
I know this sounds silly
but I want to go to NYU for
their writing program.
That's not silly,
that's amazing.
My parents think it's
kind of silly.
Who spends all that money
to go to college
to become a writer?
Lots of people.
Just like you.
You just have to do what's
in your heart
and follow your instincts.
But my parents-
I know, but it's your life.
You can make it whatever
you want.
Why don't you come visit
me some time?
We can go to NYU, I can show
you the campus.
- Really?
- Yeah, absolutely.
I would love to.
I promise, okay.
And I never break a promise
to a friend.
Pinky swear.
- Hey.
- Hi Father Luke.
- Nice to see you.
- How ya doing?
Great, I heard that was
quite a speech
you gave at the chamber meeting.
Let me introduce you
to Erin my husband
- and little Mable.
- Oh my gosh.
Mable you're so sweet.
You so cute.
You're not so bad yourself.
Thank you.
Rumor has it you sure know how
to fire up a crowd.
Can we borrow you over
at the church?
I'm so happy to see what
you're doing here.
- It's like the old days.
- Thank you.
Unfortunately, we can only
stay for a bit.
Mable here keeps us on a pretty
tight schedule.
- Yeah.
- Of course.
How is it living here?
Two dads and a baby.
Actually pretty great.
I'm from Boston, so at first
I was a little worried.
But you have to be careful about
stereotyping small towns.
That's true.
This place surprises me
every day.
Okay, so I want you to do
the first reading.
Well, because I'm gonna
be gone in a couple weeks
and you're still gonna be here
and I just think it's good
for people
to get to know your face
you know?
- Are you sure?
- Yes.
- Okay.
- Okay, perfect.
Don't you clean up nice?
Look at this crowd.
Well what did I tell you,
I've been posting all day.
That's smoke.
What, what?
Did you open the flue?
Yes, yes I opened it.
What do I do?
We gotta get 'em outside.
There we go.
Alright, everybody out
of the way!
Oh no.
Oh no, I can't believe
this is happening!
I'm so sorry.
Please tell me that you
didn't do this on purpose.
No I didn't do it on purpose!
Had I known.
Well, so much for good
Great, well, I'm covered
in ash now.
I know, me too.
I've got some soap in the shop.
Okay, okay we'll be right back.
Watch the fire.
Okay, it's okay.
Is it always so hot in here?
Yeah, when I light the furnace
it stays on day and night.
Summers are awful but winters
are kind of wonderful.
You're right, this stuff
really works.
Yeah, it's volcanic pumice.
It's, good.
If my New York friends
could see me now.
You gotta really really
get in there and scrub.
May I?
We need more chairs.
Yeah, I'll come.
- I just, need to finish.
- Yeah more chairs.
- Washing.
- Yeah.
So, about last night...
I was gonna bring that up also.
It doesn't really make
any sense, right?
'Cause I'm not gonna be here for...
I'm leaving in a week.
No of course.
I knew that...
...and I'm not looking
for any kind of commitment.
And you're on vacation.
Right, exactly.
- So, you know.
- Exactly.
That's what I thought
you were gonna say.
Alright, so we'll just
keep it coworkers and...
- Coworkers.
- Friends.
That's a good plan.
- Okay, that's great.
- Yup.
See ya at lunch.
Looking good neighbor.
Hey, everybody's talking
about how you almost
burned down the bookstore.
- Whatever it takes right?
- Exactly.
You know, I'm thinking of
extending my stay.
Maybe through New Years.
That's great!
Consider yourself invited!
Great, thanks!
- Such a beautiful night.
- Yeah.
Full moon.
Okay, where's your phone?
Well, if there was ever
a picture worth posting online.
Oh no, not tonight.
What ya thinking about?
My mother.
How long has she been gone?
Since I was in college.
What was she like?
She was scraffy and determined.
She was the hardest
worker I've ever met.
Like you.
You know, my mother was kind
of like that too.
She never ran out of patience,
especially with me.
My mom had a nine to five job
that she hated.
But she painted on the side.
That's how she came here
Her sketch group would take
a trip once a year
and do nothing but paint.
And they rented these cottages
over Christmas break.
So that's how that
painting happened.
Yup, and she came home
and just quit her job
and started painting full-time.
She would always tell me
that Glastenbury
was this magical place
where dreams came true.
We should put that on a
billboard at the Train Depot.
She was always gonna
take me here.
It was kind of a dream
we had together
but it just never happened.
I think that's why I feel so
connected to her here.
Christmas can do that to people.
Okay, now you sound like
one of your
sappy holiday novels.
You do!
It's not that sappy.
Just the last part.
Did you have a good time
last night?
I did.
It was so beautiful.
The church in the woods,
with the lights.
It felt like the holidays.
What happened?
We had a run on bells
yesterday afternoon.
A woman from Maine bought
six of them.
That's fantastic!
Hey, Alicia, can you go down
and ask Andrew
if he can put together some
more bells?
- Sure.
- Great.
Yeah it's Andrew Fortenbury.
Yes it's urgent.
No, no, no, no, no, no,
I don't want to move
the closing date.
I've already delayed
the sale a month.
I need the bookstore to close
escrow right after the first.
No, I can't move it again.
No, no, it's gotta be the
beginning of the month.
I can't wait any longer.
Yeah okay, yeah, thank you.
Are you okay?
I accidentally overheard
Andrew on the phone.
What happened?
I think he was talking
to someone
about selling the bookstore.
Why didn't you tell me?
About what?
You're selling the bookstore?
Look, I appreciate all
you've done around here Claire.
I do, but you don't need to
get involved in this.
It's not a big deal.
It is a big deal.
Why did you let me do
all of this work
if you knew you were closing?
Things have turned around.
The bookstore's doing better.
It's not sustainable.
Okay after the holidays this
little uptick
will turn into a trickle.
You know, I evaluate
companies for a living,
and from what I can see-
I can't do this on
my own Claire.
You made this place come alive.
But if you go back to New York,
what am I supposed to do?
I know, but this bookstores been
in your family for
over 100 years.
And here's the good news,
nothing's changing.
The bookstore's not
closing down.
So all of your hard work
is not in vain.
But I don't understand.
The building is being sold,
but the bookstore
and the apartment,
they all stay the same.
That Fortenbury sign
stays right above the door?
Well who's the new owner?
George Puttnam.
- George Puttnam?
- Yeah.
The Chamber of Commerce
- Yeah.
- No, no, that guy's a jerk.
Well he's the largest
real estate broker in the area
and he's paying a fair price.
Yeah, in a down market.
It's perfect timing for him.
He gave me his word, Claire.
My sister's in real estate.
And no offense to her,
but you never trust
anything until you get it
in writing.
And even then...
His family goes way back
alright, just like mine.
So he understands the value
of Fortenbury to the community.
I've never seen him
at any of our events.
What if he loves the location
more than he loves books?
Look, the decision's been made.
You're just gonna have
to trust me.
I can't believe that Andrew
would do this.
I know things have been tough,
but surely...
Have you heard the news!
The City is putting the Luminarias
back on the calendar for a week.
And we're going to do
Midnight Madness again!
How did this happen?
Well you lit a fire
under the chamber Claire.
We start decorating tonight.
We need volunteers.
- Yes.
- Yeah, okay, cool!
When were you going to tell me?
I'm family for God's sake!
I didn't wanna say anything
until I knew it was certain.
If you think that
I'm going to stay here
and run the bookstore
for George Puttnam,
you have another thing coming.
I'm only here because of you.
I made a promise to your mother.
I'm sorry.
The Luminaria Festival
is back on.
You represent this family.
As long as you own the bookstore
you will be there.
I'm disappointed in you Andrew.
George and Ernie, if you could
start at the General Store.
Father Luke and Erin are
on sand brigade.
I will just give us a shovel
we'll get to work.
And Claire and Andrew,
I have you on candle duty.
Can I trust you with a lighter?
Very funny.
I could do this by myself.
Yeah, and I can't stay
very long.
No, we need every able
bodied person we can find.
What are Luminarias without
Light this town!
Let's go!
Hey guys, thanks for coming.
Look, sorry about this Claire.
I didn't mean for us to argue
like that.
No, you know what,
it's not your fault.
I shouldn't of said anything.
I mean I'm just a guest.
It's not really any of
my business.
You're more than a guest
alright, you know that.
We wouldn't be out here
in the freezing cold
lighting these stupid candles
if it wasn't for you.
Okay, well, can you
explain it to me
because I really don't
understand why you
have to sell the bookstore.
Ever since my folks died,
the bookstore has consumed
my life.
I don't travel, I don't date.
I mean I'd like to start
a family some day.
Look at what Luke and Erin
are doing,
I'm thinking why can't
that be me?
Well yeah, I mean
everybody deserves their dreams.
Just, I don't wanna fix
broken pipes anymore.
I wanna do blacksmithing
Maybe open up my own shop.
But I can't do that with
the bookstore
hanging over my head.
I just...
I need a clean break so I can
just focus on my life
for a change.
Yeah, I mean I get it.
It's complicated.
Alright, that's all of them so
let's get some more.
As much as it pains me
to say this,
I should've listened to you.
I was not expecting you
to say that.
I have a news crew
coming from Burlington.
They wanna do a report,
Christmas Return To Glastenbury
After The Flood.
That's good news for the
new owner of Fortenbury's.
You know?
Look, I'll take good
care of the place alright?
You have nothing to worry about.
Excuse me.
Excuse me, I'm Alicia's mom.
It's so nice to meet you!
We love having your daughter
at the bookstore.
She talks about you
all the time.
You know she's really stepped
up to the plate.
We're very proud of her.
You know, she told me she wanted
to be a writer.
I mean we were talking
about NYU.
Last summer she told everyone
she wanted to be a veterinarian.
A writer, that's all fine and
good for someone like you,
but she's gonna need to
earn a living.
During the off-season,
we have Alicia working
at the Christmas tree farm
after school.
Yeah, she told me
that business has been slow.
I'm really sorry to hear that.
There's not a lot of
opportunity for a girl like her
in a place like Glastenbury.
Well with all do respect,
I actually grew up a lot like
your daughter.
And she's a feracious reader.
She observes the world with
a keen eye,
she's just really really
Training her to take
over the family business
is very important to us.
Right, of course.
I have to be realistic.
Well you know, I've been
trying to listen to my gut more,
and my gut is telling me
that Alicia
is a very special girl with
a very bright future.
There's a family tradition here.
I'm sorry, I did not mean to...
You're on vacation
here, correct?
Enjoy your stay at Glastenbury
but I need Alicia back.
I'm so sorry, she wants
you to be at
the Christmas tree farm
after school.
Always messing with my life.
I hate it.
I know, I know it feels
like that.
But there's gonna be so many
other opportunities.
No there won't.
You're going back to New York.
The bookstore's been sold...
What happens to me?
You know, I was an
independent kid just like you.
And I'm telling you,
there's gonna be so much
time in your life
for you to do whatever you want.
What about now?
Now you just have to
read every book
you can get your hands on
and keep writing your
short stories.
I know you can feel stuck here
in Glastenbury,
but I promise you, you can get
out of here one day.
I'm so sorry honey.
Claire, you have to let this go.
What was that?
Oh my god.
Oh my god, oh my god,
what can I do?
Grab a bucket, grab a bucket!
Are you okay?
- Yes, yes.
- Here, come on down.
I'm just a bit soggy.
Okay, can you turn off
the main waterline?
Are we gonna be able
to open tomorrow?
'Cause it's Midnight Madness
and we have the open mic
and I've got
a guest list of people like
three pages long.
I mean, I can fix the
pipe, that's easy.
It's just predicting when
the rest of
this old place is gonna
fall apart.
That's a little harder.
I'm gonna leave you two
to figure this all out.
There's much too much excitement
for an old gal like me.
Okay, I'll lock up.
- Thank you.
- Night.
Just leave it til tomorrow.
No, I wanna get it
cleaned up so, you know...
See, this is why I want
out Claire.
Running this place is someone
else's dream.
Not mine.
I was just thinking of
telling people
that Santa couldn't get down
the chimney
so he cut a hole in the ceiling.
That's very cute.
I've been looking at the
train schedule
and I think I might go
back early.
Claire, don't give up on us.
I know, I just don't
know what I'm doing here
- anymore.
- Well I do.
You have a job to do, do it.
Bucket brigade to the rescue!
The what?
We heard there was a
flooding of epic proportions.
Where shall we start?
No, no, no.
Oh my gosh, Barb.
No, no, I can't ask you
to do that.
Too late, we're here!
Oh my gosh, I don't even
know some of you.
Well they know who you are.
You're the lady who brought
Christmas back to Main Street.
Barb, you're so sweet.
Honestly, I don't even know
what to say.
"I will honor Christmas
in my heart
"and try to keep it
all the year.
"I will live in the past,
present, and the future.
"The spirits of all three shall
strive within me.
"I will not shut out the lessons
that they teach."
Before I open up the mic
I just wanted
to say a few words.
The past three weeks have
been amazing.
You've all welcomed me to your
community like I was family.
And I just want you to know,
I'm so grateful for that.
You know, I find it truly
inspiring that
despite everything that you've
gone through
you've still come together
to celebrate the most wonderful
time of year.
Thanks to you.
And I'm gonna miss you
all so much
when I leave tomorrow.
I think my mother really
captured the magic
of Glastenbury in her painting.
And I'm just so thankful that I
was able to experience it
through my own eyes.
So thank you.
Merry Christmas.
No you can stay.
You can join our choir.
- Hey.
- Hey!
Could you believe the crowds
last night?
Best Midnight Madness since 02.
Well, if you build it
they will come right?
I feel like I'm leaving this
place better than I found it.
Well that's an understatement.
We need another box of
photos at the bookstore
and I'm not gonna be here, so?
I'm on it.
Listen, I've gotta run down
the hall for a sec,
could you stick around?
Yeah, sure, why?
Well we're considering
a new marketing campaign
for next Christmas that I'd like
to run by you.
For someone who isn't from here,
you sure have a keen sense for
the marketplace.
You know your stuff.
Thank you.
Andrew, he lied to you.
Putnam's not going to keep
the bookstore.
I saw the plans in his office.
He's gonna subdivide the space
and rent it out.
He's not even gonna keep
the Fortenbury sign
- on the building.
- No that's impossible.
- He gave me his word.
- No, I know,
but that might have been
the original deal
but since business has
been picking up
he can rent it out and get
three times the rent.
You're gonna cancel
the contract right?
Andrew, if you sell there's
gonna be no more Fortenbury's.
Look, don't tell me what
I can and can't do.
I'm not.
I'm just trying to help.
It's not to late, I can call
my sister-
What is it with you?
Was coming up here a way
of escaping
your problems in New York?
Is that what you think?
I don't know what to think.
I do know that I have to get
on with my life.
Just don't sell.
It's my decision okay.
I'll deal with the regret.
So you work on fixing
your life Claire,
not mine.
You know, coming out
here made me realize
that I need to find
my own family
and start my own traditions.
And I'm not gonna sit here and
watch you give up yours.
Why are you so invested
in this place?
It's not this place Andrew!
I am invested in you.
And what this might turn into.
We're going in different
directions Claire.
But we don't have to.
I don't know how to make
that work.
Then it's best that I go.
I really wish you'd reconsider.
I know, I just can't.
You know, I never got to
know my own grandmother.
But, in the last three weeks,
you've kinda given me a glimpse.
Did I make a mess of everything?
No, no, you have been my anchor.
My nephew is stubborn and proud
and he likes to do things
his way.
A little bit like you.
There's only three days
til Christmas,
why don't you stay?
Finish out the season.
I just can't.
I can't do it.
Would you give this to Alicia
for me if she comes by?
Of course.
I just don't want her to
think that I left
without saying goodbye.
Don't forget about us.
That would be impossible.
- Hey.
- Claire.
I was sorry to hear that you
were leaving so soon.
I know, I know, I've just gotta
get back to the city.
Hey, hey Dash.
Are you gonna take care of all
my new friends for me
while I'm gone?
You have the best Christmas
ever okay?
Claire, you don't need to go.
I think you can
maybe stay around another
couple days?
I gotta go.
I'm gonna miss you.
You really blew that
one didn't ya?
Can't you just put
a red or a green
or like even a blue?
Are you still in
culture shock after Glastenbury?
I have no idea.
You miss it all, huh?
Here's the last of them.
Thank you.
I really appreciate you
coming in Alicia.
Are you kidding?
I was so excited.
I'm so happy to be back.
I can't believe my mother
said yes.
Well, I told her we
couldn't manage the final
days of the bookstore
without you.
Come on, no sad faces.
We're all gonna be better off
for this, right?
Is Claire here?
She helped me last week
and I found the most perfect
gift for my daughter.
She went back to New York.
I thought she was
part of the family.
That's too bad.
I really liked her.
We did too.
Is there anything I can
help you with?
Where are you going?
I've got one last batch
of bells to finish up
and try out some new signs.
Claire would have
loved to have seen those.
Can we not talk about
her please?
Alright, it's finished!
- Let's take a selfie and post it.
- I don't wanna do that.
No, come on, we're doing it.
Come, come!
Smile, come on, real smile.
It's cute, no stop it.
I don't wanna do it anymore.
I did one!
- My gosh.
- I'm just doing me.
It's a great book.
Mrs. T, could you get me
some more ribbon
and some of that striped
wrapping paper please?
- Yes of course dear.
- Thank you.
This is not much of
a Christmas Eve dinner.
No, it's gonna be great.
And when the guys get
here we can
watch It's A Wonderful Life.
Hey Suz, come here.
That's moms handwriting.
Where'd you get that?
Mrs. T and Alicia
sent it to me.
Mom's right.
If I have dream, I have
to go after it.
What do you mean?
Suz I could barely get
through the day today.
You're gonna get back
into the swing of it okay?
No, no, I know.
But that's exactly the problem.
I don't wanna get back into
the swing of things.
I just wanna do something that
matters to me.
Okay, like what?
I don't know, I don't know.
Something with books, and kids,
and helping them fulfill
their dreams.
That's what makes me happy.
Suz, Suz, say something.
Are you appalled?
Am I about to get the big sister
Mom found her bliss there.
Why can't you?
Okay, I'm gonna go back.
I mean it's the right
thing to do
and I just have to put
away my pride
and my hurt feelings.
I just can't walk out on them.
You mean you can't
walk out on him?
Oh my god, I miss him so much!
- Is that totally crazy?
- Not at all.
Morning sweetheart.
I'm sorry to get you up
so early.
I just, I took the last train
out of New York, I promise.
Anything for you Claire.
Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas.
Ernie what happened around here?
Mrs. T.
Andrew, I had to come
back because...
I missed you.
Oh my god I've been
so miserable.
I'm sorry I let you leave.
I'm sorry I left.
You know, someone once
told me that
Christmas let's us see
the things
that we really care about.
And I care about this town,
and I care about this bookstore,
most of all, I care about you.
So, does that mean
we get to keep the
bookstore though?
We can't sell this place.
I am gonna need someone
to run it though.
You know anyone?
I don't know, I'm gonna
have to check.
Okay, well you let me know.
I'll send out some texts.
I'll let you know.
Okay, okay, come on.
We are gonna be late.
- Late?
- Yup.
Merry Christmas.
- Merry Christmas.
- It's nice to see you.
Merry Christmas, lots of room.
Hi Merry Christmas.
Your back's all better, great.
Thank you, thank you.
Claire, welcome back.
Don't ever leave again.
I know, I promise I won't.
I knew you'd be back.
Looks like you finally got what
you really wanted.
You know what,
I think I had it all along.