Nothing can stop the wheels of politics turning, not even Christmas. So when Congresswoman Bradford (Virginia Madsen) needs to make some tough decisions about the closure of an airforce base, she sends her aide, Erica, to Guam to research the facility.
Giving up Christmas with her family, Erica (Kat Graham from The Holiday Calendar) heads to Anderson Air Force base where she must decide if it is worth keeping open. There she meets and clashes with Capt. Andrew Jantz who traditionally oversees Operation Christmas Drop. Based on real-world events, Operation Christmas Drop is a humanitarian mission that delivers vital supplies to the remote islands of Micronesia. So while this film is loosely based on those annual events, it is still a Christmas romcom, albeit one with a really good message about the spirit of giving.
As you can imagine, despite Erica and Andrew getting off on the wrong foot, the two do become friends. Erica discovers that Operation Christmas Drop is vital to the surrounding remote islands. The medical, school, and food supplies that are delivered are so important that closing the base would be catastrophic for the families that live there.
The problem for Erica is that while she is there to research the finances, her boss really wants to close the base, and Erica's report is more of a box ticking exercise, in an otherwise done deal. If Erica doesn't write what Congresswoman Bradford wants, then she risks losing out on a promotion to Chief of Staff. Will she write the report and keep her job? Or will Erica risk it all for Operation Christmas Drop?
Similar to Holiday In The Wild, Netflix have created a Christmas movie that's more than snow-covered inns in quaint little towns. They have focused on a bonafide humanitarian mission that has been going since 1952. And they made the film in Guam using the actual Anderson Airforce Base. Operation Christmas Drop is all about community and giving back and while it almost had to throw in a few romcom cliches, the focus is less on Erica and Andrew (Alexander Ludwig from Vikings) getting together and more on the work that is done. So for that reason, it stands out from the usual Christmas movie clutter.