Josh has been away for 3 years, but now it's Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries continues its annual tradition with another moving “time to come home for Christmas” movie. Here's a look at this one and a review of whether it holds up to the touching movies we've seen in previous years.
Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas Story
Josh (Tyler Hynes) and Elizabeth (Holland Roden) were best friends, and secretly they each wanted the relationship to be more than that. But when tragedy hits, Josh moves away and Elizabeth changes her career path and chooses to stay home and work for her mother. It's the safe and comfortable thing to do.
With the birth of his niece, Josh decides its Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas. He is happy to be home with his family, but he also has mixed emotions about being home and seeing Elizabeth. When Elizabeth receives a touching voicemail that is meant for someone else, she makes it her mission to track the person down. She heads over to the hotel where the call originated, and that is where she bumps into Josh.
Josh ultimately ends up helping Elizabeth as she tries to track down the sender of the voicemail. When that leads to a dead end, they switch gears and search for the woman the voicemail was for. Can they find her before the Christmas Eve meeting that the caller mentions in his voicemail?
Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas Review
Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas is a touching and emotional movie. It is a movie about love, loss, regrets, and forgiveness. Heavy topics for a Christmas movie, but the movie isn't a downer like that. Sure, there is sadness interwoven in the story, but ultimately it is a movie about hope and redemption.
Without giving away too much of the story, I'll say that almost everyone involved is living with guilt. Whether that guilt is warranted or not is part of the story. In the end, I think they all learn that you have to focus on the love in your life. And, to not give up. We all make mistakes, and we all have to cope with grief. It's how we handle those situations that determines if our life is filled with happiness or sorrow.
The Verdict: Touching.
Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas Movies in Order
If Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas sounds familiar, it's because it's part of a series of “coming home for Christmas” movies. Hallmark has included one of these movies in its Christmas lineup since 2018. Here they are in order:
- Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas (2018)
- Time for You to Come Home for Christmas (2019)
- Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas (2020)
- Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas (2021)
- Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas (2022)
Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas Recap
I enjoyed Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas. It is at it's best in the second half when Josh and Elizabeth are back to the way they were together three years ago. At the start of the movie they are walking on egg shells around each other and not sure how to act. The movie is much more enjoyable once they let down their walls and start having fun together. And spoiler alert, there is a very non-Hallmark like kiss at the end.
For country music and Tenille Townes fans, there is a performance at the end of the movie that will get you into the Christmas spirit. A nice little surprise to have a mini-concert wrapped inside the movie.
Three Wise Men and a Baby, the other Tyler Hynes Christmas movie from Hallmark this year.