A Boyfriend for Christmas

A Boyfriend for Christmas is a 2004 American made-for-television romantic Christmas film starring Patrick Muldoon and Kelli Williams. Directed by Kevin Connor and written by Roger Schroeder, it aired November 27, 2004 on the Hallmark Channel.[1]

A Boyfriend for Christmas
Written byRoger Schroeder
Directed byKevin Connor
StarringKelli Williams
Patrick Muldoon
Charles Durning
Bruce Thomas
Shannon Wilcox
Music byCharles Sydnor
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Robert Halmi Jr.
Larry Levinson
Producer(s)Kyle Clark
James Willberger
CinematographyAmit Bhattacharya
Editor(s)Thomas A. Krueger
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Alpine Medien Productions
Larry Levinson Productions
Original networkHallmark Channel
Original release
  • November 27, 2004 (2004-11-27)


After helping a boy take his little sister to see Santa, 13-year-old Holly Grant tells a shopping mall Santa Claus that she would like to have a boyfriend for Christmas. Twenty years later, Holly is a romantic skeptic and is more focused on her career as a social worker. At the time, she is in court helping a mother get her children back from foster care. When the mother's lawyer, Ryan Hughes, does not show up in court, Holly is extremely angry and sends Hughes a letter via her secretary. On Christmas Day, she opens her door to a man carrying a Christmas tree and a bow on his chest. He hands her a note that says, "As promised, one boyfriend for Christmas," and introduces himself as "Douglas Firwood".[2] She assumes he is a gag present from her friend Diane, and invites him into her home. Later that day she takes him with her to her parents' house for Christmas dinner. Hoping to keep her matchmaking family, especially her manipulative sister-in-law Carol, off her back, she tells everyone that Douglas is her long-term boyfriend, and Douglas plays along. On New Year's Eve, Holly learns from her scheming ex-boyfriend Ted that Douglas is really Ryan Hughes, who was sent to her by Santa Claus. She accuses him of lying to her and tells him to leave. After persuasion by Santa Claus and refusing Ted's marriage proposal, she follows Ryan. They meet up at a park, where they finally remember where they first met - at age 13 when she helped him take his little sister to see Santa - and they watch the New Year's fireworks together.




A Boyfriend for Christmas was a made-for-TV production, which aired on the Hallmark Channel November 27, 2004. It earned a 2.7 Nielsen Media Research household rating, placing it as the number two broadcast for its time period for ad-supported cable networks, and the number one broadcast for adults aged 25–54 and women aged 25–54.[3]

Critical reviews

A review in TV Guide says of the film "like fruitcake, [it] is sweet but full of empty calories."[4]

In The New York Times, A Boyfriend for Christmas is identified as bland, yet pleasant and harmless."[5]


The DVD was released on November 8, 2005.[6]

See also


  1. "A Boyfriend for Christmas". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  2. The name is a pun on Douglas fir, a species of evergreen tree that is commonly used as a Christmas tree.
  3. "Hallmark Gets Record for Christmas". Multichannel News. 2004-12-02.
  4. Robert Pardi. "A Boyfriend for Christmas: Review". TV Guide.
  5. Alessandra Stanley (2004-11-26). "Time for the March of the Holiday Specials". The New York Times.
  6. "A Boyfriend for Christmas". Rotten Tomatoes.
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