Review & Giveaway: “The Heart of Christmas” DVD

I believe in Christmas. With that comes the desire to raise Avery in a home where the Christmas Spirit is strong, but not just one day or one month a year.  The Christmas Spirit, love, giving, and magic, can be celebrated year round.

I recently had the opportunity to view the film “The Heart of Christmas”  It’s the true story of Austin and Julie Locke. Parents of Dax, a young boy diagnosed with AML M7 leukemia at 15 months old.  But it’s more than just a sad story. In fact its MUCH more.  It’s the story of hope, and love and a community coming together. When the Locke’s were told that Dax only had a few weeks to live, and would not make it to Christmas, they decided to give him one more Christmas–In October.  When the neighborhood found out about what the Locke’s were doing, they joined them, to give Dax a Christmas that no one would forget.

heart of christmas Boxart

Julie and Austin wanted to share Dax’s story, as a way to bring awareness to childhood cancer and the work of St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.  The started the “Cherish Every Moment” Dax Locke Foundation. After hearing their story, singer/songwriter, Matthew West  wrote a song (One Last Christmas) and all the money made from the song was donated  to the Dax Locke foundation.  A producer heard the song, and thought it would make a heartwarming movie, and filming began.

The movie stars Candace Cameron Bure (Full House), Burgess Jenkins (Remember the Titans), Kelsey Kingsbury, George Newbern (Father of the Bride, Justice League), and Dendrie Taylor (Sons of Anarchy, True Blood,The Fighter), and features GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist Matthew West.

Cast: Candace Cameron Bure, Jeanne Neilson, Erin Bethea, Anita Renfroe, Matthew West, George Newbern

Director: Gary Wheeler

Awards: 2011: Winner, Dove Approved

This movie is a tear jerker, but it also makes you think. It puts a lot of things into perspective.  We often forget about what is truly important in our lives, and our families can sometimes tae a backseat to work, or other stress.  “The Heart of Christmas” makes you realize that life is precious, and can be taken so quickly, and unexpectedly.

Dax did get to see one last “real” Christmas, but passed away on December 30th 2009.

dax locke

I am happy to be able to give away three copies of this moving film.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment.  Winners will be drawn on Sunday,Dec. 16th

It would also be wonderful if you could find it in your heart, and wallet, to go to The Dax Locke Foundation and make a donation.

Now, go hug your children, support your neighbors, and count your blessings!

*Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to view this movie and giveaway three copies, free of charge. All opinions are my own.


  1. Michelle says:

    I heard about him and his family .. so sad, but heartwarming too. THIS is the stuff that Christmas is all about .. I want my kids to understand how each year Christmas day is not just about getting stuff .. it’s about looking around you and seeing that what you have is already much more important than whats under the tree and I want them to learn the spirit of giving. Good post Sarah !

  2. Connie says:

    Ok, Sarah, I’m a mess over here after reading your review and viewing the trailer. What a beautiful story, and an important reminder that nothing is life is promised to any of us.

  3. martinkadelux says:

    Your review made me cry! I hope I have the opportunity to see this movie. I love the holiday season for all the joy and merriment, but for the lessons and family time created, too.

  4. Nunez s says:

    I watched the movie on Netflix and I fell absolutly in love with the story to the point where I donated to the foundation I would love to be a proud own of this movie

  5. Gloria Walton says:

    My Favorite is Dendrie Taylor, I love her acting in The Fighter (2010) and also love her acting in Out of the Furnace (2013). But i need to know about Aiyana Lazarre White, her daughter. I try to find information about her daugher on internet but can’t find more. If you have something pleaase update i eger to know about her daugher, where she is and what she doing? Thanks for posting keep updating

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