Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: October 31, 2022 by Crystal Uys


I have a confession to make: I have a soft spot for sappy holiday movies, and thanks to the Hallmark Channel, I can indulge this fondness from November 1 through December 31 each year. Most of the movies follow a pretty set pattern, as you would expect from the genre. Occasionally, they’ve featured movies with dogs, but this year, for the first time that I know of, there’s a movie featuring cats. And not just any movie: The Nine Lives of Christmas is based on the book of the same title by Sheila Roberts, which happens to be one of my favorite Christmas cat books.

From the Hallmark Channel website:

Fireman Zachary Stone (Routh) is a confirmed bachelor who doesn’t believe in love or commitment. When a stray tabby cat named Ambrose shows up at his door, Zachary takes him in and slowly starts to see that a little companionship might not be so bad after all. Zachary’s commitment to solitude is further challenged when he meets Marilee (Sustad), an animal lover and veterinary student who teaches Zachary how to care for his new feline roommate. Chemistry immediately develops between the two, but will they find a way together despite themselves?


 In the book (and can I say how much I love the cover!), the story is told from  Ambrose’s, Zach’s and Merilee’s perspective, and, not surprisingly, I particularly enjoyed Ambrose’s sections. I also loved the suggestion that he had encountered some of the people he meets in this ninth life in some of his prior lives. I found myself rooting for Ambrose as he uses all his feline powers to bring Zach and Merilee together.

I’m often leery about watching movies based on favorite books, and I’m curious to see how Hallmark will handle presenting parts of the story from Ambrose’s point of view, or whether they even will. But regardless of how they do it, I’m really looking forward to this movie.

The Nine Lives of Christmas premieres on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, November 8. Check local listings for air times. For more information about the movie, visit the Hallmark Channel website.

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