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Hallmark's 'Northpole' a sweet reminder of holiday spirit

Hallmark's 'Northpole' a sweet reminder of holiday spirit

When did Christmas become such a hypochondriac?

Mere moments after the newly power-fueled Halloween season ends, wreaths and bayberry candles start elbowing severed limbs off store shelves while construction begins on the increasingly elaborate Santa's workshops that anchor every commercial plaza. And it's not just the U.S.; Western European capitals have been doubling down on yuletide, with skating rinks, holiday markets and light displays that can be seen from space.

Yet every season film and television churns with the message that someone Must Save Christmas.

In Hallmark's lovely if predictable "Northpole," the task of tinsel triage falls to an elf named...

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