Last Vermont Christmas (2018) Movie Script

[instrumental music]
Merry Christmas!
[Peggy] Daniel?
- Look here.
- What?
- Oh.
- [Daniel] Ah.
I can't believe
this is the last time.
[music continues]
Nice work, munchkin.
That was some fast packing.
Is that your boss again?
Oh. Yeah, he's a worrier.
Kitchen and staff will be fine.
It's only two weeks.
Okay, driver's gonna be here in?
- One minute.
- Yup. That's right.
And then
the Marvin family Christmas
officially begins.
You excited to see
grandma and grandpa?
Yes, and Aunt Audrey
and Aunt Bethany.
You think we'll beat them
to grandma and grandpa's
this year?
[Megan] Not if we miss our ride
to the airport.
[Megan chuckles]
Well, thank you.
[instrumental music]
[George] So it's exactly
356 miles to Woodstock.
I suggest we stop in Kingston
to switch
and we'll have a bite to eat.
are you excited to tell them?
I just hope I don't slip.
[laughs] You?
I will be the one to tell them
when the time is right.
[George] Okay. It's your family.
Thank you.
Who knows, maybe Audrey'll
come back from semester break
with a 4.0
and a second-year scholarship.
What? She could.
[alarm beeping]
[instrumental music]
[doorknob clattering]
- Thanks, mom.
- You're welcome.
[instrumental music]
[gasps] Doesn't it
look beautiful?
[Daniel] Megan. [laughs]
- Dad. [chuckles]
- Mm...
You, oh... [chuckles]
Peggy, Megan and Ivy are here.
- [gasps]
- Grandma!
- Oh, my gosh!
- [chuckles]
You have grown so big.
- Did we beat Aunt Bethany?
- You sure did.
[footsteps approaching]
It's about time you got here.
Aunt Audrey!
Hm. Hey, squirt.
You beat us, but Austin's
farther than Nashville.
That is so true.
When did you get in?
Oh, it feels like months now.
[inhales] How's Nashville?
You didn't hear? I signed
a record deal, went platinum.
- No big.
- Ha-ha! Right. [chuckles]
Dad, would you please help us
with our luggage?
- Oh, yeah, I got it.
- [Megan] Okay. Yeah.
- Up to my old room.
- [Daniel] Yup.
I did a drawing on the plane
for you.
Oh, I can't wait to see it.
Seems like
Megan is under the impression
you're still living
in Nashville.
I'll tell her...
- Grandpa.
- Whoa.
Oh, what a beautiful picture.
- It's great to have you home.
- [Megan] Thanks, dad.
This is goin' on the fridge.
[Ivy chuckles]
[instrumental music]
[knocking on door]
It'll be a while
before Bethany gets here.
You wanna head into town,
do some Christmas shopping?
Mm, I don't know,
I'm pretty wiped.
Come on, it'll do you good.
Ivy, you wanna go for a...
Guess it's just you and me.
Whoo-hoo! Sister trip.
Sister trip.
You dropped out?
Maybe you can say it
a little louder.
I'm sorry. I just...
- Why?
- I don't know.
I just figured, "Why go
into debts studying music
when I could just perform?"
I mean, that's why people go
to Nashville in the first place,
not to go to school.
How's that panning out for you?
Well, without student aid, I ran
out of money pretty quickly.
Turns out, street performing
isn't super lucrative,
so I kind of moved back in
with mom and dad.
Oh, Audrey.
I know, I had to sell my guitar
to afford a bus ticket home,
so please,
I don't need to be reminded
of how young and irresponsible
I am.
Your words, not mine.
Have you told Bethany?
Oh, you have to tell her.
She can't be the only one
who doesn't know.
I will...
Come on, you know how she is.
- I'll never hear the end of it.
- Audrey.
Just give me until Christmas.
[man 1] Merry Christmas!
After that I'll tell her.
- Have it your way.
- I promise.
All right.
Congratulations, Nash.
We're officially
in this together.
Here is to a long and fruitful
[chuckles] I'll head back
to the office
and make sure everything
is in order for tomorrow.
Why, are you sure
you don't wanna stay?
Maybe, uh, split a donut
or somethin'?
[chuckles] Do I look like
a donut person to you?
Oh, come on,
everybody is a donut person.
[inhales sharply]
Goodbye, Nash.
See you tomorrow.
So how are you doing?
I'm okay.
It's been three years
and every day gets easier.
But being here
reminds me so much of James.
He always loved
all of our Christmas traditions.
Buy you coffee?
[woman 1]
Large Americano for Margaret.
- Thank you.
- [woman 1] You're welcome.
Sure you don't need me
to spot you?
I'll have you know that I sang
in this cafe a few days ago,
so I have a few bucks to spare.
[woman 1] Hot chocolate
with whipped cream for David.
You are never gonna guess
who's in here.
Here's a hint,
you have some very embarrassing
winter formal photos with him.
- Should we go over?
- No.
with my high-school boyfriend
is not at the top
of my to-do list.
[woman 1] Medium
half-caf soy-latte
with whipped for Megan.
- Did he see us?
- Yup.
- Is he comin' over?
- Uh-huh.
Do you think he'll recognize me?
- Definitely.
- Definitely.
What a surprise!
Megan Marvin back in Vermont.
- Hi, Nash.
- [woman 1] Here you go.
You know, when I heard this
order, I knew it had to be you.
You haven't changed
since high school.
This is
a perfectly reasonable order.
It's a soy-latte with whipped
cream. It makes no sense.
I don't have to explain myself
to you.
[woman 1] Eggnog latte for Rich.
- It's good to see you, Nash.
- Yeah, I know.
It's nice to see you, too,
So I'm just going to wait here
for my drink--
- I'm gonna...
- If you wanna...
How long has it been?
Hm. Hundred years, give or take.
- Yeah, that sounds about right.
- [woman 1] Got a peppermint...
So, um,
what brings you to town?
I thought you were spending
Christmas in LA these days.
Well, mom and dad are spending
the sunny Christmas back home,
but they're gonna have
to make do without me this year.
- Oh, poor them.
- Or lucky you.
Actually, I moved back.
Been here a few months now.
Why is it so hard for you
to believe?
Are you kidding me?
You couldn't wait to get to USC
and out
of tiny little Woodstock.
True, but, um... things change.
Now I see the appeals
of a great, little family town.
- Yes, it is.
- Um...
I'm sorry about James.
My parents told me
about the accident and...
Yeah, I should have called.
It's okay.
Well, actually, um,
I was gonna look you up.
Uh, I have something
I need to talk to you about.
- Really?
- I just got a text from mom.
Bethany and George
are at the house.
They're gonna start cooking.
- Okay.
- Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on.
You guys still do
the Christmas cook-off?
Leave it to your family
to take a holiday feast
and turn it into a competition.
Are you hoping for an invite?
Oh, uh, well, I-I could never
say no to your cooking--
- Always a pleasure, Nash.
- Sorry, got to run.
Nash, it's been, well,
it's been just like high school.
Is that a good thing?
Jury's still out.
[instrumental music]
- [grunts] There.
- And that looks yummy.
Oh, it's a good one this year.
Oh, honey, look at that.
Looks delicious.
Don't you think it's a little
unfair to have a cook-off
as a family tradition with Megan
being a professional chef?
It started
as a way to share new recipes.
It's not supposed to be
a competition.
- Tell that to Bethany.
- Hey!
How am I supposed to compete
with pie?
In what world
are mashed potatoes
more delicious than pie?
She's right.
Audrey doesn't stand a chance
against this.
Any dish is fair game.
Remember the year
dad won with a salad?
You just have to think
like a chef.
Add some pizzazz.
Speaking of which,
how's work, Megan?
You still liking the restaurant?
It's steady.
I love running the kitchen.
I just wish
I could run the menu, too.
Her boss is hopeless.
That's what mom says.
Yeah, the owner is a bit much.
You should open your own place.
Do you have any idea how hard
it is to start a restaurant?
Bethany's right.
There is no way
I'm ready for that.
And the most important thing
is that we're happy in Austin.
[Daniel] Oh, Megan,
that is outstanding!
[Bethany] Wow, Megan.
[Ivy] Mm, looks good, mom.
So unfair.
That's it. I surrender.
This has got to be the best
holiday cook-off we've had yet.
Way to go, Marvins.
And I think we all agree on
our surprise winner this year.
[Megan] Hm.
[Audrey] Called it.
I couldn't have done it
without grandma.
- Could I?
- Oh.
I think the prize
is all yours, Ivy.
To the successful beginning
of our family
Christmas celebration.
May the next two weeks be full
of joy, love and warmth,
and lead to the best Christmas
we've ever had.
- Cheers.
- Cheers.
- Cheers.
- Cheers. Merry Christmas.
Mm. Thank you, Daniel.
I think
that's an appropriate segue
into delivering our news.
- Ooh, what could it be?
- Right.
Kids, uh, as you know,
I've been planning to retire
for quite some time now
and this year
I'm finally doing it.
- Oh, great, dad. Oh.
- [Megan] Congratulations.
- Congratulations.
- [Daniel] Thank you.
I've had a good run, 37 years.
you'll get there someday.
[all laughing]
At least I'm teaching college,
I can't imagine
teaching Earth Science
at high schools for that long.
Honestly, it had its faults,
but it rocked.
- [Peggy] Hm.
- Oh, no, dad.
[all laughing]
And with my retirement,
your mother and I
are ready to move on
to the next stage of our lives.
Well, what your father's
trying to say is...
we're selling the house.
Mom, you can't be serious.
We grew up in this house,
I guess.
That's too expensive
for just your mother and me.
And, of course,
we always thought
the house would stay
in the family.
But then Bethany moved
to Philadelphia
and Megan to Austin.
You all started your own lives.
But if you move, where would we
celebrate Christmas?
This is the one place
we actually
get to see each other.
You can't just sell it.
I... Where are we,
y-you going to live?
We already have a condo in mind.
We've given a deposit.
When we sell the house,
we'll have enough to retire.
You kids will love it.
It's a cute, little community
just outside Sedona.
Imagine living that close
to the Grand Canyon.
And I'm thinking
of all those desert landscapes
waiting to be photographed.
Mm. That's great, mom.
You guys are gonna love it.
Guys, let's not lose focus here.
They're selling the house.
Megan, you have to be with me
on this one.
We do have
a lot of great memories here
and we'll make plenty more
wherever we celebrate Christmas.
I'm happy for you, dad.
You deserve to retire.
I know this is sudden,
but things are moving fast.
We have some buyers coming
to the house in the morning.
In the morning?
We'll have to make
our last Christmas here
that much more special.
So was Bethany really okay
with our plan?
She thinks it's a smart decision
and so do I.
Your turn.
Here you go, flatter side down,
eyes on the top
where you wanna strike.
You got that?
[grunts] Oh.
Well, that's a start.
I'm gonna go check on the girls.
[instrumental music]
So now you bring this stitch
back that way.
There you go. That's it.
- Great.
- Good.
Look at you.
- How's our lumberjack?
- I have an apprentice.
[all laughing]
- Oh, Peggy?
- Hm?
Good morning, Daniel.
Good morning, Lane.
Please come in.
Thank you.
I'd like you to meet Lane.
- Hello.
- Hi.
Lane Castle.
Archer Real Estate.
- Wonderful to meet you.
- You're the real-estate agent?
Yes, but in this particular
I'll be handling the transaction
for myself.
I never pass up
on a good investment property.
- Huh?
- So I thought I'd make an offer.
- Well, me and my partner.
- Partner?
Yes, he is covering
half the purchase.
He's been doing work
as a contractor
on some of my properties
these past few months,
and when I learned
he was also looking
for an investment property,
we decided to team up.
Will he be joining us?
I spoke to him on the way over.
He should be here any minute.
Would you like some coffee?
Sure. Oh.
Oh, there he is now.
Are you going to live here?
Oh, I don't think so. [chuckles]
Well, hi there.
Hi, Mr. Marvin.
Why, it's been ages.
- I heard you'd moved back.
- [Lane] Hey.
You k-know each other?
Megan and Nash were close
all through high school.
He was over here
almost every day.
Oh? Well, then you must be
pretty familiar
with the property.
Um, it's great
to see you all again.
It's been way too long.
Wait. You're buying our house?
Yeah. Well, I mean,
we're buying it.
Why didn't you mention this
I'm sorry. I tried to, but...
- [Nash] Are you okay?
- I'm fine.
But, I mean, it is
a little weird, though, right?
Well, yeah.
Well, why don't we talk
in the kitchen?
Lane, let's get you that coffee.
- And a cup for you, Nash?
- I think that's a great idea.
- Nash?
- Yeah, sure.
It was wonderful
meeting you all.
Nice to meet you.
I'm sorry.
We'll talk about this later?
Sibling meeting. The attic.
[instrumental music]
Sorry, dad.
We are not gonna
let this happen.
- Audrey.
- This is where we grew up.
Are you really gonna let
your ex-boyfriend
do who-knows-what with it?
If I had to say,
yes, he's, he's flipping it.
this is none of our business.
If mom and dad wanna sell,
let them sell.
What about Christmas?
Megan, you used to live
for all our family traditions.
You were, like,
the Christmas police.
What'll happen
once the house is gone?
We can always make
new traditions.
It's just a house. We can meet
somewhere else for Christmas.
Our place in Philadelphia
is perfect
for hosting family functions.
And, actually--
We all know this is about
more than just a house.
Megan, back me up here.
I understand what you're saying.
Remember, I have ten years
on you in this house.
- So I know how special it is.
- Thank you.
So if this
is our last Christmas here,
we should be making it
as memorable as possible,
doing all the things
that make it so special.
Yeah, like chopping down
the tree?
Exactly, we are going to do
all of our Christmas traditions
to the fullest.
Like, finding a tree and
making ornaments, the snowman.
Donating toys,
decorating cookies.
Making gingerbread houses
and the Christmas firework tour.
Of course, how could we forget?
- So we say goodbye properly.
- I don't believe this.
Megan, I thought, of all people,
you'd understand.
You got married
in our living room.
Can you really let it go
so easily?
I'm not gonna let it happen.
And what exactly
are you gonna do to stop it?
- I'll think of something.
- Audrey, come on!
Can we try to be a little more
mature about this?
- You can all do what you want.
- Audrey!
That could have gone better.
[knocking on door]
I got it, mom!
- Hi, Brandon.
- Morning, neighbor. What's up?
How do you feel about helping me
save my house?
[Audrey] By the way, I'm glad
you're on semester break.
[instrumental music]
[Lane] I just wanna be sure.
We're putting up a lot
in earnest money.
And we can kiss
that deposit goodbye
if you simply get cold feet.
I won't get cold feet.
I do this for a living,
you know?
you're reading into things.
Megan and I dated ages ago.
Yes, you did, which is why
I find it interesting
that you're going all in
on this property in particular.
It's a good house.
Look, would I take a risk
if I had any reservations?
Trust me, things are more than
under control.
In fact, I'm heading over there
tomorrow to oversee
the home inspection and I'm not
even thinking about her.
If you say so.
We need to be a team on this.
I can't afford this deal
without you, Nash.
Yes, I say so.
You've nothing to worry about.
Now, if you'll excuse me.
I'm all for reconnecting
with old flames.
Just try not to ruin
a perfectly good
real-estate deal in the process.
I won't. [sighs]
I just hope that Megan can
withstand my natural charm
through all this.
Bye, Lane.
[instrumental music]
[Bethany] Do you know
that this train has been here
since I was your age?
- Really?
- It really has been.
It's awesome.
They put it out every Christmas.
[indistinct chatter]
I'm just picking
wrapping paper, mom.
I know, but it might be the last
time in your favorite toy store.
They've had that same train
setup since I was Ivy's age.
[indistinct chatter]
Ah, I love this place.
We didn't really get a chance
to talk about
what happened this morning.
- Are you all right?
- Mm. I am fine.
And you didn't know it was gonna
be Nash any more than I did.
I know, but still...
Don't worry, mom.
Hey, can you buy this, too, dad?
- Of course.
- Oh, thank you.
[laughing] That is quite
the donation this year--
And we're not done.
Ivy still has a few gifts
to pick out.
Come on, let's help her decide.
[woman 1]
I'll hold on to these.
Remember those?
You and Bethany
had the entire set.
Right. So where are they now?
Probably under Audrey's bed.
Oh. I'm really
going to miss it here.
They do have toy stores
in Arizona, mom.
I know, but...
I guess, part of me always
imagined Ivy coming here
with her children, too.
I know it's silly.
I am excited to move and start a
new adventure with your father,
but Woodstock will always hold
a special place in my heart.
It will for all of us.
I don't know. Doesn't that seem
kind of dishonest?
How is it dishonest?
If anything,
it's the right thing to do.
We're pointing out
the house's problems.
With a few embellishments
to convince them
not to go through with it.
What, it's not like
it's against the law
to bend the truth a little.
It's called perjury.
Isn't Bethany a lawyer?
How did none of that
rub off on you?
I don't know. [laughs]
Okay. Uh... How do your sisters
feel about this?
They're both in denial.
Well, at least Megan is.
But trust me,
this is for the best.
I'm just buying a little time
for my parents to see
how important it is
to keep the house.
I mean, if you really want me
to move away...
[inhales sharply]
Okay. Fine.
I'll help. But you owe me.
because the home inspector
is coming by tomorrow.
[knocking on door]
[door creaking]
- Hey, Megan.
- Hey, Brandon.
- Hey.
- It's good to see you.
What are you guys up to?
- Nothing!
- Uh, we're...
- Just catching up.
- [clears throat]
Well... Well, I'm just waiting
for the home inspector.
- He should be here any minute.
- Oh.
- Wow. What a coincidence.
- Hm.
Oh, there he is now.
[instrumental music]
- What's he doing here?
- Aha!
Would you look at that?
Looks like he wanted
to oversee the inspection.
Unless he's interested
in more than just the house.
If you'd like, Brandon and I
can show the inspector around.
Give you some more time
with Nash.
Don't be ridiculous.
- Well, hi there.
- Hey.
I didn't know
you'd be here today.
Well, I figured I should be here
in case something serious
pops up.
This is Randy,
he'll be doing the inspection.
- Hello.
- Hi.
I guess I should be
getting used to the fact
that we'll be seeing more
of each other.
I will let you two get to it.
Yeah, actually, um,
do you mind tagging along?
I thought it might be helpful,
just in case Randy needs
any details that I don't have.
Uh, Brandon and I can help.
In fact,
why don't you two catch up?
And if we need you,
we'll, we'll come find you.
I do have some sugar cookies
to bake.
[instrumental music]
Is that your brother-in-law?
Yeah. George.
Dad says he's improving.
So fill me in.
You're buying old houses
and flipping them now?
Well, only houses that I know
other people are gonna love.
Houses with history
and character.
I mean,
who wouldn't wanna live here?
Well, you used to not want to.
Last time I saw you,
you were racing off to LA.
Hey, that was for school.
And my family moved
and my dad opened his new firm
in Southern California
and, on paper, it was perfect.
Then I graduated,
got a job at the firm
and it turned out that I didn't
want to be an architect
as much as he wanted me to be.
- Yeah, sure.
- Hm.
But I-I always did love
So I figured
why not make it a living.
Well, how's it going?
Honestly? I love it.
There's nothing like
taking something old
and transforming it while
keeping its original essence.
[oven alarm beeps]
And I couldn't see my future
in Southern California, so...
a few months ago I moved back.
Just like that?
Well, it's Vermont, well,
they do things different here
and I've had to adjust,
but, you know, it's been
a little more challenging
than I thought it would be.
Oh, is that why
you started working
with Ms. Castle...
Lane. Well, pretty much.
It's a, it's a big step.
Hey, uh-uh,
those are for l-later.
Hm... Mm.
Oh, my gosh,
I forgot how good these are.
It's amazin' how that can
bring you back in time.
Oh, yeah.
Remembering anything good?
Yeah. All of it. Every second.
I-I wonder how Randy is doing
with Audrey and Brandon.
Oh, I'm sure they're taking
great care of him.
[instrumental music]
D'you remember when we were kids
and I fell through the floor
while helping find
Christmas lights?
Oh, yeah,
you know, I think my dad
said something about termites.
- Hm. Yeah.
- Naughty little guys.
Yeah, my dad's been meaning
to fix that.
That fuse box is, uh,
I myself have been electrocuted
three times
right where you're standing.
Okay, I'm sorry.
But what is this?
That is a sleigh.
Ivy, do we have a ruling?
Sorry. Reject pile.
- Oh...
- That's cruel.
Nash, you might be
even worse at this
than you were in high school.
Now, that's impossible.
- [chuckles]
- [knocking on door]
Is everything okay?
I'll have my report to you
Just, it's gonna be
a long report.
- Huh.
- What happened?
We were just very thorough.
Huh. Ah, well, I gotta take off,
too, actually--
You're not going to come
We're going to town
to sing on Main Street.
Wow! You guys still do that?
- Yeah, of course, we do.
- [Peggy] The whole town does.
We'd love for you to come.
You're not sick of me yet?
Oh, I can't speak
for the whole family.
[all laughing]
But, yeah, you should come.
Fa-la la-la-la la-la-la-la
Fast away
the old year passes
Fa-la la-la-la la-la-la-la
Hail the new year
lads and lasses
Fa-la la-la-la la-la-la-la
Sing we joyous all together
Fa-la-la la-la-la la-la-la
Heedless of the wind
and weather
Fa-la la-la-la la-la-la-la
Fa-la la-la-la la-la-la-la
[all laughing]
- "Jingle Bells."
- Oh, good one.
Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Ha ha ha
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is
to ride and sing...
Now I'm in the Christmas spirit.
You know, the world's best
caroling happens in Woodstock.
I, um, wanted to say,
your voice is amazing.
- Really?
- Yeah.
I mean, I knew you were good
when you left. But now?
I'm surprised they let you drop
out with a voice that good.
You should share it
with more people.
I'll think about it.
So good-goodnight.
Even rejects taste good.
They sure do.
So, uh, thank you again
for today. [chuckles]
It's our pleasure.
- Bye.
- See you around.
- Definitely.
- Hey, Nash.
What are you doing tomorrow?
Oh, I-I have a few errands
to run in the morning,
but I'm free in the afternoon.
[Daniel] Great.
Why don't you stop by again?
You can help us with another
Marvin family tradition.
- We're overdue for a tree.
- Yeah.
Where else are we gonna put
all the presents?
- It'd be great.
- Okay.
Well, I guess
I'll see you all tomorrow.
- [Ivy] Yeah.
- [chuckles] I'll walk you out.
Well, Megan and Nash seem to be
getting along pretty well.
Yes, they do. I haven't seen
Megan this happy in years.
Is that why you invited Nash
to come over tomorrow?
I have no idea
what you're talking about.
[instrumental music]
- And what about this one?
- [Ivy] No.
[Audrey chuckles]
- Hey.
- Hey. [laughs]
- Is this good?
- I think there's a better one.
[exhales] Yeah. I forgot
how committed your family is.
What do you mean?
Where else
are you supposed to find
the perfect tree?
Oh, I remember my first time
doing this
with your family, vividly.
We just started dating
and your dad was walking me out
into the middle of the woods
carrying a giant saw.
- [laughing]
- Mom, catch up.
We'll never get a tree
walking this slow.
[Megan] We're coming.
I'm glad you got to,
you get to share this tradition
with Ivy.
- Yeah.
- [clears throat]
Cutting down the tree up here's
one of her favorite things.
You know, uh, I never asked.
Why did you guys move?
James landed his dream job
in Austin,
and I knew I'd have more
opportunities to cook out there.
It was the best move for us,
for Ivy.
It's kind of ironic.
I mean, we broke up
because I wanted
to get out of this town
and you wanted to stay.
And now I've moved back
and you're the one who left.
No, no, no, you're the one
who broke up with me.
- Regardless.
- [laughs]
I'm glad I get to spend
one last Christmas with you.
Ah. That's it.
- This one?
- Mm-hmm.
It looks like it's big enough.
- Dad?
- Yup.
The only feeling
better than finding
the perfect tree
is cutting it down.
Are you serious?
Uh, yeah, I'm gonna be honest.
I always wanted to do this.
You know, though, I, uh,
I think I'm gonna need
some help, somebody strong.
- Wanna give me a hand?
- Yeah.
Come here.
All right. [sighs]
[indistinct chatter]
God job. Keep goin'. Keep goin'.
Keep it straight.
All right, uh, there we go.
- All right.
- [cheering]
- Yay!
- [Peggy] Good job.
[Nash] Yahoo! All right.
[instrumental music]
- Watch your step, guys.
- I got it.
- Got it?
- Yup.
So what's the deal with Nash?
I know you don't like to talk
about this kind of thing,
but we all noticed how you were
looking at him earlier.
Bethany, we broke up
many years ago.
- There's nothing going on.
- Really?
Yes, he's still cute
and always knows
how to make me smile,
but don't misinterpret that.
We're just reconnecting
as friends.
- I don't want anything more.
- Why not?
When James and I met in college,
it was love at first sight.
We were partners in everything.
Well, you know how that feels.
You and George, in your way,
are so close.
Imagine losing that.
Well, I need to be here for Ivy,
she's my focus now.
I know you haven't so much
as looked at another guy
in three years.
I will always be here for you
to lean on.
But if you ever want
something more,
you shouldn't feel guilty
about it.
Thanks, sis.
- All right, come around.
- Okay.
[Daniel and Brandon]
Ready? One, two, three.
And up!
- All right. How's that?
- All right.
- Uh, a little to the left.
- My left or your left?
- Right there?
- [George] Oh, sorry.
- How's it look?
- Is that good?
- [Brandon] Good?
- Perfect.
- [George] Great.
- Thanks, boys.
- [sighs] Good job, sir.
- Hey, thanks.
Hey, Audrey, uh,
thanks for letting me tag along.
My family firmly falls
into the tree-like category.
Yeah, it was really fun
last night.
Yeah, it was.
So, uh, any updates
on the house?
No word on the inspection report
yet, but I can't say
that Nash hanging around so much
is a good sign.
At least he seems to be making
your sister happy.
I think he's pretty happy, too.
And it's definitely
not just the house
that keeps bringing him back.
I just wish it didn't mean
losing the house.
[Ivy] I'm ready
for my early Christmas present.
Close your eyes.
Hold out your hands.
- Guess.
- A rock?
It's a geode, and I promise you
there's a surprise inside,
but you have to wait
for Christmas to open it.
Thank you.
What you doin'?
Everyone's deciding if they have
the energy to decorate tonight.
[Megan] We can't
decorate the tree.
We haven't made
the ornaments yet.
Hm, we can just use
the ones we have.
[chuckles] Oh, honey.
You're so cute.
Of course, we'll make them.
I'll go check it up.
All right.
Hey. I just wanted to say
goodbye before heading out.
[chuckles] I had
a really good time today.
- Yeah. Me, too.
- And I heard from Randy.
He sent over
the inspection reports.
Turns out
that there is a lot of things
that need fixing in this house.
- Really?
- Yeah.
And I know you guys have plenty
of Christmas celebrating to do,
so if it's not too much
of a nuisance,
I could come over
in the next few days
for some DIY.
Are you sure you aren't using
this whole DIY thing
as an excuse to muscle
into my family Christmas?
Oh, wow. Yeah, I'm...
- Yeah, I'm hurt.
- [chuckles]
What an accusation.
I would never do that.
[sighs] Well, it is the most
wonderful time of the year.
- So is that a yes?
- I'll run it by my parents.
Cool. They already said yes.
[laughs] Oh!
Okay. We can both
sleep in this bed tonight.
Did you have fun today?
Yeah, I like Nash. He's nice.
Yeah, I do, too.
Christmas is coming.
Are you excited?
What's wrong?
I want Christmas
to be here, but...
It's the last one
at grandma and grandpa's?
I know. It's a special place.
We're all gonna miss something
about it.
I liked cutting down the tree.
It reminds me of daddy.
- Oh, honey--
- It's okay. It's a good feeling.
You are awesome.
Night, munchkin.
- Goodnight, mom. Love you.
- I love you.
[Nash whistling]
Handyman reporting for duty.
Wow. You weren't joking
about getting a jump on things.
Oh, I never joke
about home renovations.
Hm. So where do we start?
[Nash] Upstairs.
Okay. Hold it steady.
Screwdriver, please.
Thank you.
There you go.
Come on. Come on.
Oh, God! Okay.
Yeah. Okay. Yup. Ah, good work.
Oh. Thank you.
[indistinct chatter]
- Oh, that's looking good.
- Oh!
Did you do this?
That is actually perfect.
[indistinct chatter]
I think it's gonna...
I'm gonna cool it off.
- What?
- Boom. I'm out.
- [laughs]
- Catch you later.
All right? Yeah? Right, right.
- Okay, we good?
- Okay, great.
- Just a--
- Okay, ready?
Good. Go for it.
- Yes! All right.
- Aha!
[indistinct chatter]
[cell phone ringing]
[drill whirring]
[indistinct chatter]
[drill whirring]
[instrumental "Jingle Bells"]
Ow! Whoa. Dude, dude, what...
Did you just throw it at me?
No. Ow...
[Megan] Oh!
- Nice job!
- Defeat! Defeat!
[indistinct chatter]
Wow! It's cutting down
the tree.
- Yeah.
- Oh, that's really good.
[instrumental music]
But still looks like
there's a lot of this tree
left to decorate.
[footsteps approaching]
Finally found them.
[Daniel] Let's get
to decorating, people.
[clears throat]
Ah, this was the year that you
made the scales of justice.
Yeah. They're in here somewhere.
- Remember this?
- Oh, of course.
What is it?
[Peggy sighs]
It's the Eiffel Tower.
Your grandpa made this years ago
after we came back from Paris.
- You went to France?
- We did.
And I introduced your grandpa
to the beautiful paintings
in the Louvre.
We had plenty of adventures
before settling down here.
And, hopefully,
we'll have plenty more.
I remember making this one.
Mom, I don't wanna go back
to Austin.
Oh, honey.
I don't want this
to be our last Christmas here.
It won't be the same
somewhere else.
I know.
But we can't forget all the
great ones we've already had.
We should enjoy this one
as much as we can.
That's my girl.
Now, you know what I think
would help us feel better?
Some of grandma's hot chocolate.
Hm. I think
that's a wonderful idea.
- I'll help.
- Okay.
[clears throat]
[Peggy coughs]
- Hey.
- [Daniel] Here.
You okay?
Okay. Well, I should head out.
You sure?
Yeah. Go be with Ivy.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
Yeah, well, um,
I'll see you soon.
[Daniel] Night, Nash.
Ah, goodnight, Mr. Marvin.
- Goodnight, George.
- Goodnight.
[Lane on voicemail]
You've reached Lane Castle.
Sorry I missed your call.
Leave a message and I'll return
as soon as I can.
Hey, Lane. Um...
Sorry to, uh, call so late.
Uh, can we meet up for coffee
I just wanna go over
a few things.
He is getting better. Hm.
Where God's redeemed
Their vigils keep
I'm going there
To meet my mother
She said she'd meet me
When I come
I'm only going
Over Jordan
I'm only going
Over home
Whoo! Encore!
[chuckles] Excuse me,
this is a private show.
You owe me thirty bucks.
[whistles] Steep. But worth it.
So any chances
one will end up online?
Yeah, if there's
a Christmas miracle.
Well, I'm glad to see you
embracing the Christmas spirit.
Hey, you haven't seemed as upset
about the house lately.
Yeah, well, I'm still
not thrilled about it, but...
Actually, me, neither.
I didn't realize it
until the last couple of days.
I'm finally starting to feel
like I belong here again.
But it is not our decision
to make.
We have to let it go, right?
[Bethany] What? Are you serious?
Was that Bethany?
What's going on?
You dropped out of college?
It just slipped.
I assumed you told her.
Can you believe this?
Wait, you know?
[scoffs] Wow. Great.
Everyone in the family knows
except for me.
Yeah, because I knew
you'd freak out.
Audrey, I'm trying to help you.
Bethany, it is so not
a big deal.
Not a big deal? I helped you
write your application. [scoffs]
I had to pull some strings
to get you an interview.
I'm sorry, okay?
But you don't have to treat me
like I'm a child.
Yes, I do, because you keep
acting like one.
You guys!
I don't need to take this.
I'll be at Brandon's
if anyone needs me.
Audrey, wait,
it's Christmas Eve.
[door slams]
[Lane] Are you serious?
Yeah. I've given it
a lot of thought.
It's just...
not the right thing for me
right now.
Wow. Well, I have to say
I'm pretty surprised.
You seemed so excited
about the house.
Um, I know the inspection report
wasn't exactly glowing, but--
Yeah, it's...
It's not about that.
Okay, so what is it about?
[Nash sighs]
This house is important
to the Marvins.
Way more important
than it is to me.
And if you'd been there
last night--
- Ah. Of course.
- What?
I told you this would happen.
You have a history with Megan,
so I guess
it shouldn't come as a shock
that you'd fall for her again.
[scoffs] You're not thinking
No, I am thinking clearly.
[scoffs] What is it, guilt?
Why? Her parents
want to sell the house.
Everybody's onboard,
except for you, apparently.
Look, what you're feeling
is natural.
Okay? It's a big purchase.
But, please, make the decision
for the right reason.
Don't back out because you feel
bad for doing nothing wrong.
Then why does it feel wrong?
Because you're thinking
with your heart,
instead of your head.
Say, you don't buy the house,
what happens when Megan goes
back to Austin after Christmas?
How does it help?
Daniel and Peggy
are anxious to sell.
Isn't it better the house go
to someone they know?
Someone they trust, who'd
give it the love it deserves?
Not to mention, you'd be leaving
me high and dry in the process.
Just sleep on it.
I'm sure you'll come
to the right decision.
Okay, but if it still
doesn't feel right...
Then you and I will settle out.
Just because she has a career
and a husband
and doesn't live at home
with her parents
doesn't mean
that she's better than me.
Bethany doesn't think
she's better than you.
She's just hurt
you didn't tell her.
I just thought I could make it,
you know?
If I recorded a song
or something,
maybe they wouldn't be
so disappointed in me.
Who do you think's
disappointed in you? Bethany?
Her life is so together
and mine's never been.
Maybe that's why I've been
holding on to the house so much.
They have their lives
to go back to.
But once the house is gone,
I don't really have
anything else.
Yes, you do.
You have courage.
I mean,
putting everything on the line
to pursue your dream of music?
That takes guts.
I have no doubt in my mind
that if you keep trying,
you're gonna make it.
- You think so?
- Yeah.
And what about everything else
you have?
Passion, beauty,
and let's not forget me,
which is also super valuable.
[chuckles] Thanks, Brandon.
- And there. All right.
- There we go.
Let me see.
- What do you think, there?
- Yeah.
Kinda close together.
Ah, that's pretty good.
[Ivy] That's good.
[gasps] I can't believe
you're doing the snowman
without me.
- Hey, mom.
- Hey. You know the rules.
It's Christmas Eve.
We had to do it today.
Grandma, why do we build
a snowman on Christmas Eve?
I never told you? Huh!
Well, when I was a little girl,
younger than you,
there was one year
grandpa was stuck in a blizzard
and couldn't make it home.
Yup, I took my AP students
on a field trip
to Coolidge State Park
over winter break.
the roads were so bad
when they wanted to come home
that they were stuck there
for two days.
I was so sad
that on Christmas Eve
your grandma and I
made a snowman
to look just like grandpa,
with his clothes and all.
So that way,
on Christmas morning,
it was like
he was there with us.
And we started doing it
every year.
I think he's still missing
one thing.
I guess we won't be doing this
in Arizona.
Not unless we build one
out of rocks.
Hey, it sounds like fun to me.
There. What do you think?
I think it's perfect.
Mom, we haven't done
the Christmas firework tour,
and this is the night
they do it.
You are so right.
- Grandma?
- Let's go.
- Yay!
- Yay!
Hey. You sure you up for it?
I know this was always
your and James' thing.
Yeah. I know James
wouldn't want us to miss it.
Mom, can we invite Nash?
Yeah, sure.
[instrumental music]
[fireworks exploding]
- [Megan] Hey.
- I've not done this in forever.
Thank you
for letting me tag along.
My pleasure.
Our parents already went ahead,
but our ride should be
right around that corner.
Uh, we'll meet back here
real soon.
Yeah. Sounds good.
Mom, can I ride
with Aunt Bethany?
Uh, as long as it's okay
with them.
- Of course. Come on.
- Definitely.
Come on.
Have fun!
Giddyup! There we go.
Well, looks like
it's just the two of us.
Allow me.
[driver clicks tongue]
Let's go. Come on.
- [chuckles]
- Hm.
You know... this is kinda
starting to feel like a date.
[chuckles] Yeah.
Well, we haven't done this
since senior year.
I have really enjoyed
being back here this Christmas.
- Yeah, me, too.
- Hm.
I have to ask.
Is it a coincidence
that out of all the houses
you could have chosen to buy,
you chose to buy ours?
I know the house.
It's a good property.
I wanna make it the best
it can be and send it off right.
Well, at least
that's what I wanted at first.
But then we started seeing
more of each other
and it was... great
being with you
and your family again.
So what if I want
something more?
What, is that so crazy?
Megan, I know you.
Where do you see this going?
Yeah... we've both felt
And, honestly... it's something
I haven't felt in a long time.
But what if it's just nostalgia?
The magic of Woodstock
and Christmas.
Ivy and I get on a plane in
a few days to go back to Austin.
Because that's where
our life is.
It doesn't have to be.
Megan, I...
I realized
that even after 17 years,
the way I feel about you
is exactly the same.
I never stopped caring
about you.
And I don't wanna
lose you again.
But I can't just
uproot our lives.
W-what about my job?
What about Ivy?
I can't just pull her out
of school,
take her away from her friends.
She said she didn't even
wanna go back.
This isn't about where I live.
And it isn't about our house.
It... it isn't even about you.
Have you ever lost someone?
Someone you loved so much
that life without them
seemed impossible,
like a piece of you
was lost, too?
I'm not ready
to face that kind of hurt
ever again.
Yeah, I, I understand.
Then you'll let me enjoy
our time together right now...
just for what it is.
[driver] Okay, folks.
Ride's almost over.
Merry Christmas.
I'm sorry, Nash.
Truly I'm sorry.
Wasn't that the best?
I'm so glad we got to do that
one more time.
What's wrong?
I was just saying goodnight
to your mother.
Goodbye, Megan.
Hey, everything okay?
This is an unexpected surprise.
Yeah, I was just
passing by and...
I take it you've thought
about our conversation.
And I'm sorry.
I didn't know this was gonna
put you in a tight spot, but...
I've to back out.
[chuckles] It-it turns out I
was, uh, thinking with my heart
and, uh, turns out
that my heart is pretty stupid.
[clears throat]
So you and Megan...
Yeah, it's over.
But even if she doesn't
wanna be with me,
I, I know how she feels
about that house.
It just doesn't feel right
to fix it up
and sell it to someone else.
And how does Megan feel
about this?
She doesn't know.
Not yet.
[exhales sharply] Okay.
If that's what you want.
I mean...
Yeah. We had an agreement
and you've made your choice.
- So...
- Um, thank you, Lane.
And then I'll pay you back
your half of the deposit.
Uh, it's gonna take me a while,
but I will get you every penny.
I'm sure
we can work somethin' out.
Can I offer you some advice?
Yeah, sure.
If you care enough about Megan
to kill this deal,
why are you lettin' her go
so easily?
Hi, sweetheart.
Did you guys go
on the fireworks tour?
It was so beautiful.
We missed you.
I missed you, too.
Well, we're all here now
and it's Christmas Eve.
Yeah, what are we standing
around for? We should be...
[whispering] Everybody's here.
Megan, is something wrong?
Uh, no.
Nash and I...
It got complicated
and I probably
won't be seeing him again.
But tonight I told him that,
you know,
we have our lives
back in Austin
and that being here
this Christmas Eve,
even though it reminded me
how much I love this place,
that it didn't matter.
But the truth is, even as I was
saying it, I didn't believe it.
Mom, dad, I-I'm so happy for you
to start this next chapter
of your lives,
but I feel guilty...
'cause the fact is
that I am not ready
to let go of this house.
Well, why didn't you tell us
I didn't wanna ruin your plans.
You deserve to retire,
go on adventures.
And I was worried that
if you knew how I really felt,
that you might put the sale
of the house on hold.
Oh, and, Ivy, honey,
I know how much you've loved
doing all the Christmas
traditions this year,
because I have loved it
just as much.
But I promise you that no matter
where we spend Christmas,
we'll bring the magic
of this place with us.
I don't want us to fight.
Well, you heard her.
No fighting.
Only the Christmas spirit here.
Let's get this celebration
Ivy, let's see
what's in your stocking.
- You have a sec?
- Sure.
Megan's right,
we shouldn't spend
our last Christmas here
fighting, so...
I wanted to say I'm sorry.
I shouldn't have lied to you.
I was ashamed, I guess.
I didn't want you
to be disappointed in me,
because sometimes it feels like
that's the only dynamic we have
- What happened to us?
- What do you mean?
When we were kids,
we were best friends.
I-I miss being that close.
I guess we both grew up.
We started our own lives
and just... drifted apart.
I think that's what
I was afraid of
with the house.
We all live in different places
and this house is our anchor.
And mom and dad started talking
about moving to Arizona,
and I just freaked out.
What would happen
if we didn't have this?
Maybe we'd start missing
I'm sorry, too.
I know I treat you
like a child sometimes,
and I don't mean to.
I just don't know
how else to help you.
I've always played it safe,
by the rules,
and it's worked for me.
But you, you have
so much talent and passion.
And I've always been jealous
of that.
I'm glad we're getting one more
Christmas here together.
Feels like we're getting
a second chance,
and I wanna make the most of it.
I do, too.
I have some news.
- [footsteps approaching]
- Yeah.
Everyone, listen up!
We have a serious problem.
What's wrong?
Bethany has an announcement
to make
and it's going to affect
We're gonna have to hang
another stocking next year.
- [gasps]
- [laughs]
Oh! Congratulations!
- Oh.
- Thank you.
- Oh!
- Oh!
- Mom!
- George.
- Congratulations.
- Thank you.
- Sweetheart.
- [chuckles]
You're gonna have a cousin.
- Daddy.
- Oh, come here.
How excited are you?
It's exciting. It's exciting.
[laughs] Yay!
[instrumental music]
Merry Christmas, mom.
- Merry Christmas.
- Hm.
[sighs] Wonderful about Bethany.
Oh, I'm so excited for them.
Are you ready to move on?
I guess.
Gonna miss my room.
I mean...
take another chance at life?
- What?
- You light up around Nash.
I haven't seen that in years.
I know it's scary to commit
to someone after James,
but you owe it
to yourself and Ivy
to be brave.
You have a lot of life
in front of you.
And I wanna see my daughter
truly happy.
And now you have the chance.
You'll never know
unless you try.
All right.
I just needed to say it.
time to get breakfast started.
Tell Ivy
I'll be back in a while.
Of course.
[drill whirring]
[drill powers off]
You know that's rude.
[Megan] Well, it's Christmas.
What are you doing?
Trying not to think about you.
Everything I said to you
last night in the carriage,
I realized
I hadn't said out loud before.
And this morning I thought,
if I can share that with you,
I can share all my feelings
with you.
So I have something
I need to tell you.
I love you.
Love you.
I love you.
So, um, Megan,
um, there's something
I need to tell you.
I bailed out
on the partnership with Lane.
I'm no longer
going to be buying your house.
Yeah, I couldn't see myself
surrounded by the memories
of your house
while I knew
you didn't want me around.
Wait a minute.
Do you think
Lane would do us a huge favor
on Christmas morning?
Just what we needed.
Thanks, George.
Thank you.
First present. Go ahead.
- [Daniel laughs]
- [Peggy] Oh!
- [chuckles]
- Cool!
And if you wanna know
how it formed,
your grandpa will tell you.
- Actually, it--
- Later.
Merry Christmas.
[Peggy] Nash!
[Megan] Sorry we're late.
Merry Christmas.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
Mom, it's time for presents.
Sit down.
Oh, okay.
So who's going first?
Actually... we sort of have
something for everyone.
[chuckles] A last-minute gift.
We hope everyone likes it.
Well, what is it?
It's a purchase offer
for the house from Megan.
And Nash.
[Peggy] I don't understand.
I thought Nash and Lane...
I am sorry to say,
but that previous deal...
fell apart. [chuckles]
But it's for the best.
You'll see that the offer
is exactly the same,
not a penny less.
Well, how did you get this all
together this morning?
Well, we had Lane draft it up
this morning.
We wanted to make it official.
[Megan] Mom, it's like you said.
It's time for me
to take a chance.
And I don't want this
to be our last year here.
So it's a gift for everyone.
It's our home
so we can keep celebrating
our family Christmas.
Nash is gonna re-invest
his initial offer
and I'm going to apply
for a business loan.
- A business loan?
- [Megan] Yeah.
It's like mom and dad said,
this house is too big
for a couple of people,
but we have some great
bed-and-breakfast ideas.
Yeah, I know
this amazing local chef
who's gonna help me run it.
That is, as soon as she gives
her two weeks' notice in Austin.
And, of course,
there will be some ground rules.
We won't be doing
much renovation.
Except, we are going to fix
all the problems
that were found
in the inspection report.
Yeah, um, some of those
may have been a bit exaggerated.
And, of course, the entire house
will be reserved
every Christmas
for one very large,
very rambunctious family.
But I only want to do this
if everyone's onboard.
Ivy, do you still wanna
stay here?
Mom? dad?
It looks like we'll be
celebrating Christmas here
for longer than we thought.
[all laughing]
I'm so happy for you.
- Thanks, mom.
- Well, what are we waiting for?
- Let's open presents.
- That is a great idea.
- Let's see.
- What is this one?
- I think for...
- For you, dad.
- [doorbell rings]
- I'll get it.
- Merry Christmas.
- Merry Christmas.
- I was hoping you'd stop by.
- Of course, I came by.
How else would I give you
a present?
You got me a present?
Huh! No way!
Megan told me
you hawked your guitar.
And that didn't seem right,
not with a voice
as pretty as yours.
It's perfect.
Thank you.
[instrumental music]
Come on.
look what Brandon got me.
- Merry Christmas, Brandon.
- Merry Christmas, guys.
- Hey, Brandon.
- Merry Christmas, Brandon.
- Hi.
- Play something.
Um, okay.
I dedicate this song
to the Marvin family Christmas,
this year
and all the years to come.
[guitar music]
Every time I see
twinkling lights
Sparkle red and gold
and green
Hear a choir sing
Silent Night
While the snow falls
on Christmas Eve
It takes me back
to times with you
And the magic...
- [camera clicks]
- Okay. Come on, mom!
- [cheering]
- Come on, come on, run.
...I'll go home
I'll find
The love of Christmas there
Yes I know
This Christmas
I'll be with you
Hang our stockings
and the mistletoe too
You'll be with me
Whether near or far
You're in my heart
I look outside
and see a winter white
When the world
becomes a Wonderland
I hear stories
of the grace and glory
That lie in Bethlehem
It makes me think
of all of your love