I am thinking of 3 movies I would like to watch, but for the life of me I can't think of the names of them.
All 3 have single mothers, and all 3 deal around Christmas
One the mother runs out of money and loses her nice apartment just as the daughter is going off to college. She then becomes homeless and is sleeping in her car.
She ends up meeting another homeless woman and they go in to business together getting houses that are for sale to look homey and then show them.
She never tells the daughter she is homeless and when the daughter comes home for Christmas she acts like one of the homes for sale is her own home. She had also met a man along the way....a very rich man...who owned a furniture store. She had asked him about using furniture in the house...making him also think the house was hers I do believe.
In the end he finds out the truth...at Christmas of course....and ends up buying her the house.
The other movie, I think the dad dies and leaves the mom with children. They take off in their station wagon to try to find some place to stay. They see an old run down farmhouse on the road. They stop and ask the man across the road about it. It turns out to be his and he agrees after much argument to allow them to rent it cheap and fix it up.
The mom is working as a waitress and not making much money. They are working on fixing up the house more than getting Christmas gifts. Then the house burns down. It turns out in the end that the towns people come together to help the family rebuild the house, but also shower the children with Christmas gifts.
There is also a 3rd one along the same lines---the mom takes off with her 2 daughters and step son to run away from abusive dad. They end up in a small town and the mom gets a job at the local diner and is renting a motel room.
Mom isn't religious but her daughter keeps telling her about the Bible and Christmas and even draws a Christmas tree on the wall of their motel room.
She falls in love with the sheriff.....abusive dad finds her and tries to take his son back.
Again in the end the town comes together to get her a home and she gets the step son back etc.
If you know the name of any of these 3 movies, let me know! I'm really wanting to watch them again. If you know of any other good movies along these lines, let me know about them too.