Rocky Mountain Christmas

Synopsis: Sarah Davis heads to her uncle's struggling ranch to escape New York and the spotlight from a recent breakup. Returning home for the first time since her aunt passed, complications arise ...



Okay, gang, remember,

a New York Christmas

is one-of-a-kind,

so even though we've done

an amazing job with the lobby,

I want to keep

changing things up every day

so people want

to come back.

Aaron, let's work

on the lighting design

in the courtyard.

Maybe snowflakes projected

on the wall?


let's put all the golden lights

on the trees

and then keep the

icicles for the stairs...

And Daisy, can you start

working the restaurant?

Great, thanks.

How are you holding up?

Uh, fine. Good.

I mean, as long

as I keep busy,

you know,

distraction is welcome.

Just forget about him.

He wasn't worth it.

In a month's time,

you won't even remember him.

Well, I don't

know about that,

but thank you, Jo.

-I appreciate it.

-You're welcome.

Call me if you need me.

I will, thanks.


Heads up.

Jacobs is approaching

at 12 o'clock,

and he doesn't look happy.

Mr. Jacobs,

good evening.


as my interior designer,

you're supposed to make

our lobby look amazing

each Christmas...

And you've done it again.

The afternoon edition

of the sentinel

just raved

about our window decorations

in their style column,

all thanks to you.

Thank you, sir.

I appreciate that.

You know, after the merger,

we're adding a dozen hotels

to our portfolio.

How would you like to be

the chief designer

for the entire hotel chain?

Sir, I would love that.

I mean, it's always

been a dream of mine...

-[Phone ringing]

-I think that...


I've got to take this.

Chairman of the board.

We'll talk about it

in the new year.

Okay. thank you.

Merry Christmas!


what did he want?

Well, apparently,

the sentinel loved our lobby,

so he was very happy.

Sarah, that's great!


Yeah, it is.

Oh, come on.



stop thinking about him.

It's hard.

I mean,

you realize we were together

for a year and a half,

and then he meets this actress,

and all of a sudden,

he dumps me like that.

Suppose now I have to worry

about the possibility

of being chased down

by the press...

All because he created

some silly website.


It's actually a search engine

with over

a hundred million users a month.



Yeah, I agree, it is silly.

I don't even know

what I'm worried about.

Who would care

about our little break-up?

I mean, we were just

a boring couple.

[Yelling and clamoring]


after a high profile break-up

with fiancee Sarah mckinney,

tech titan Eric gold

is now dating Hollywood star

Lisa Taylor.

Up next, we'll show you

the fashions craze

that's getting Hollywood.

Guess you weren't

as boring as you thought.

Are you sure

you want to just...

Leave town?

Yes, I just need

some distance,

and my family's ranch

in Colorado

is the perfect place

for me to spend Christmas.

I mean,

snow-capped mountains,

the horses...

Sitting by the fireplace

drinking eggnog...

There's even

a Christmas parade

that ends

in a tree-lighting ceremony

right at my family's ranch.


after we lost my aunt Beth

this year...

I don't know,

i just think it's important

that we all spend

Christmas together.


You deserve it...

And I'll take care of things

here while you're away.

Ah, I know.

Now go...

And have

a merry Christmas.

Two tickets

to "the nutcracker" tonight,

for you and Jim.

Merry Christmas,


Thank you!

See you in the new year.


Merry Christmas, sis!


Nice hat, Santa.

Why, thank you, ma'am.

How was your flight?

Mm, as good as any red eye

from New York can possibly be,

but I'm here now,

so I'm not complaining.


The weather's supposed

to be really nice

the rest of the week.

Sounds good.

You okay?

I just miss aunt Beth

running out to hug me hello.

I know.

Uncle Roy's

in the barn.

He'll be in soon.

Let's get you

something to eat.


I hope my steak

and eggs lived up

to your Manhattan


Are you kidding me?

I would take breakfast with you

over brunch at the ritz any day.

What's the ritz?

Well, if you ever came

to visit me in New York,

you would know.

I know, I know.


I promise,

I will try and come and visit

in the spring.


But you're here now,

so what do you want to do

while you're in town?

Honestly, as little

as humanly possible.

The only things

I'm looking forward to

are the tree-lighting ceremony

and the Christmas Eve parade.

Well, I hate to be the

one to break it to you,

but there isn't going to be

any tree-lighting this year.



and no Christmas parade either,

by the looks of it.


Without aunt Beth,

Paige is stretched too thin

at the cafe

to organize the parade,

and Roy just doesn't want to do

the Christmas lighting

without her.

But that's our tradition!


it's also a tradition

to hug your uncle

you haven't seen in six months.

Uncle Roy!


Good to see you.

Good to see you!

How are you?

I'm good, I'm good.

You know, keeping

busy as always.

Your brother and I got

our work cut out for us,

building that

new barn out back.

Well, I'm just happy

that we can all be together,

for Christmas.

Me too.

It's good

to have you home.

Good to be back.

Hey, uncle Roy?

Don't forget,

you have that

rotary club lunch.

Oh, that's right,

I'm going to be late.

I could drop you in

town, if you like?


Let me go upstairs and change.

I'll meet you down here.



I didn't think you were

coming home this Christmas.

I had a last-minute

change of plans

oh, I'm so happy.

Paige, you're going

to have to stop hugging me,

or people are going

to start talking.

Oh, who cares.

Let 'em talk.

Oh, gosh! Yay!


nobody loves the Christmas

parade more than me,

but I am swamped

this year with work.

Besides, I don't have

the creative genius

that runs

in your family.

You could probably do it

with your eyes closed.

Honestly, Paige,

I came on this vacation

because I wanted

to get away from work,

not pick up

another project.

But just out

of curiosity,

if you were in charge

of the parade,

how would you decorate?

Well, I would definitely use

aunt Beth's giant candy canes,

and then I would take

the pine boughs

with the red and green lanterns,

and I'd put them up

over there,

and I'd get

all the storefronts

to paint their windows

with different scenes

from the advent calendar,

and then for

a real country Christmas feel,

I'd use Mason jars

with lights

and twig garlands

all along the route.

-That'd be perfect.

-Go on.


No, I see what you're doing.

Nice try!

No, Paige...

I just want to relax.

Okay, fine...

And I'm not saying this

to make you feel guilty,

but you know that this was

aunt Beth's pride and joy.

I know, but I just...

I just spent

the past hour

telling you

about my broken heart.


this will help keep you busy

and help you forget

Mr. what's-his-name.

Besides, you know

you are the only person

who could ever replace her.

Agh! okay!

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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