In Our Christmas Journey, as Christmas draws near, single mother Lena (Peete) faces a challenging decision for her autistic, 18-year-old son, Marcus (Sanchez). Lena’s ex-husband Rick (Bent) has secured an interview and trial weekend visit for a coveted slot at a program upstate, where people with cognitive challenges can flourish and gain some independence. Lena wants the best for Marcus and is concerned about whether the program is the right fit, but she reluctantly agrees to give it a chance.
Days before Christmas, she and Marcus make the trip, along with her nurturing mother Robin (Wright) and sweet but often overlooked teenaged daughter Maya (Martin). When the trial requires Lena to separate from Marcus for the weekend, she must learn to let go so he has the best chance of flourishing on his own. Over the weekend, Lena finds herself spending more time with Rick and many of their old feelings resurface. Robin, meanwhile, gets to know Beth (“Van Helsing”), who runs the guest house where they are staying, and helps her to process a painful loss.
Maya, who loves her older brother dearly, yet quietly struggles with the fact that he commands the majority of her parents’ attention, befriends Beth’s son Henry (Graham Verchere, Stargirl) whose sister is also in the program. As the weekend comes to a close, Lena sees Marcus and the rest of the family blossoming in this special place. However, when old issues between Rick and her resurface, Lena must decide if she and the family will return to the way things were or take a chance on this new, more hopeful future together.
“Our Christmas Journey” is from Box Road Productions Ltd. Orly Adelson, Allen Lewis, Holly Robinson Peete and Denielle Jackson are executive producers. Michael Rosen and Kevin Fair are co-executive producers. Charles Cooper is producer. Kevin Fair directed from a script by Marcy Holland from a story by Camille Thomasson
Cast: Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, Nik Sanchez, Caroline Cave (Beth), Graham Verchere (Henry), Lily Johannesson (Morgan),
Written by Marcy Holland and Directed by Kevin Fair.
Airdate: Saturday 4 December 2021 on HMC.
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