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Monday Movie Madness: A Smoky Mountain Christmas

Hello, Posse!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have not had mine as of this writing. I am working ahead to I can spend all day Monday. working on Christmas gifts including the books that are going out free to all the people on my mailing list by midnight CST on December 22, 2021. The books go out on Christmas Eve so don't miss out!

Today's flick has some real national treasures in it starting with the queen diva herself, Dolly Parton. I've featured her before for her free book program for kids, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. You can register your children by clicking HERE. Today we are taking a quick look at her 1986 Christmas special, A Smoky Mountain Christmas.

This TV movie was directed by none other than the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, and stars Dolly Parton along with Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins, Dan Hedaya, Anita Morris among a larger cast. Dolly also wrote the story with William Bleich who also wrote the screenplay. It also has René Auberjonois as Dolly's agent. (On a side note: I love his work. I had the privilege of meeting him once at a Comic Con. He was a very kind man.)

While the story is a bit simple, it makes a perfect feel-good family movie night pic for the holiday's. A country singer (Parton, shocker, I know and you say type casting?) is on a trip in the Smoky mountains when runs into a reclusive mountain man (Majors). They end up rescuing seven orphans who are on the run from the sheriff and (surprising twist here) a witch.

This movie is just a fun evening and I think it deserves an easy downhome traditional movie snack as well . . .

Movie Snack Recipe

One of the things people are recommended to try if they make a trip to Dollywood, is their famous Kettle Corn! Today's movie snack recipe comes from Baking Mischief, Easy Homemade Kettle Corn (<--- click for recipe) you can make at home for your movie night.

Personally, I have never been too fond of kettle corn. P.R. prefers it to salty popcorn and I prefer the salty. At least that means neither of us tries to steal the others popcorn at the movies. Opposites really do attract! I will be trying this recipe for our next movie night at home to surprise P.R..

Remember . . .

If you are looking for more wholesome entertainment, read my Into the West Saga Serial Collection (<---click to view books). Parts one through six are available now on and I'm currently writing the final installment of this saga, part seven, Into the West: Family Ties. It is set for a Spring 2022 release.

Don't forget, you can join my mailing list and never miss out on news or upcoming release dates. Just go to our subscribers page (<--- click here) and give us your name and email address. When you join up, you get to read the first chapter of Into the West: The Orphan Train for free. If you haven't read my books this is a great way to try them out with no risk to you or if you have Kindle Unlimited the entire Into the West Saga Serial is available to read free with your subscription.

If you sign up before midnight CST on Dec 22, 2021 you will also get a free Into the West Saga Serial Christmas Companion Book and a Free Family Fun Book as well. It's filled with great puzzles, trivia, and more. The mailing list is free to join, quit anytime, no strings attached . . . ever!

What have you got to lose? Join us today and start reading!

You know what time it is now, posse! It's time to grab your snacks and settle in for another great western movie!




Dolly Parton - A Smoky Mountain Christmas (Song)

A Smoky Mountain Christmas - 1986 Full Feature


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