I have a collection of favorite Christmas stories I read each year, following Thanksgiving. A Christmas Dress for Ellen is one of those books. This is a wonderful story of the struggle of father and son through the worst of blizzards, so that Christmas can arrive at the Jeppson home. It really tells what Christmas is really all about. Love, family and friends, hugs and kisses in all the right places, peppermint sticks (little Samantha called them "toothpaste sticks" in the book...and that cracks me up every time!), and don't forget those hard-as-a-rock popcorn balls.
I wasn't aware that this favorite story had been made into a film until I was wandering through Deseret Book this past weekend and saw this DVD. Of course I had to buy it. And although Christmas is still a ways off, I watched it that night.
Though this is a short film, it does a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the book (though I was disappointed they hadn't included Samantha's comment about "toothpaste sticks"). The book and the DVD are both classics worthy of including in your favorite holiday collections. And don't forget including family and friends, along with hugs and kisses in all the right places.
I read A Christmas Dress for Ellen, the book that this movie is based on, every year with my children and I cry through most of it every single time. It's Christmas Eve 1927 in Canada and times are tough for the Jeppson family. They are hoping for some Christmas packages from Mary's family who live in Idaho, but they don't come. Mary is a sweet woman who is concerned and disappointed, but hopeful and faithful while dealing with her young children. Leland is discouraged as the provider and not having much for his family, yet he also shows his faith and love for his family.
The Jeppsons' packages arrive late that evening. Sidney Schow, the son of the postman, George, encourages his father to deliver the packages that night. There's a blizzard and they are warm and safe at home, so George is understandably hesitant at first, but ultimately decides to go. There are challenges along the way and George demonstrates his faith as well.
I loved watching this story come to life! I felt for the Jeppson family as they were struggling to make ends meet. Their oldest daughter, Ellen, was upset with the upbeat way her mother was handling the situation, and wanted a reality check. George came across as a bit grumpy at first and it was heartwarming to see the change in him. The casting was perfect and I loved every minute of it! And yes, I cried while watching it. It's an amazing story which we will continue to read every year, and now we will watch it as well!
I received a copy to view. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Short and sweet is how I would describe this brief story about a Christmas miracle. The Jeppson family waits anxiously for the arrival of some packages sent by Mary Jeppson's sister in Idaho, but as of midnight Christmas Eve the packages had not yet arrived. The parents are sad that their children's hopes of Santa coming are going to be disappointed. Ellen, the oldest child, is well aware that without these packages, there will be no Christmas. When her mother reminds her to have faith and hope, she sneaks off to the bedroom to look at the mended dress she'll have to wear to the upcoming New Year's dance, and sheds some tears. Unknown to the Jeppson family, their packages have arrived but George Schow thinks their delivery can wait until after the snow storm has passed. But Sidney, Schow's son knows that the Jeppson's will have no Christmas without these packages and urges his father to deliver them immediately. But as the storm worsens, it's going to take every ounce of faith, hope, and prayer, these two families can muster to make this Christmas miracle happen. This short video is a reminder that God helps those who are willing to help each other, and that the real meaning of Christmas is in the joy of service. This is a movie that would make for a great addition to Christmas Eve programs or activities.
I absolutely adore heartwarming Christmas stories and this one fits nicely in just 27 minutes. It's 1927 and the Jeppson family is struggling. They're desperate to receive their promised packages, but with a blizzard coming in, they're nowhere in sight. Mary, the mother, has the sweetest disposition and the strongest faith of anyone I've ever seen and calmly makes Christmas as meaningful for her family as she can. Leland, the father, has done everything he can, working hard to provide for his family, but falling short.
When the packages arrive on Christmas Eve night, the postman's son is determined to deliver them. George, the postman, is pretty grumpy about having to take the gifts with a storm brewing. He has a very Scroogy attitude. I loved watching the transformation that comes over George as he ponders this situation and his actions show that he is a man who lives by his words.
In a style full of hope and faith, this family's Christmas miracles are realized and I had a lump in my throat as I finished the movie. This is a great movie to add to anyone's collection to bring the true spirit of Christmas to a home.
*I received a copy to view. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Watching Christmas movies together is one of our family's favorite pastimes at this time of the year. We have tons from all different genres and all different points of view. This is one that we will be adding to our collection this year.
This one is a little bit different from a lot of movies, in part because of it's length. It's only about half an hour long. I loved the whole feel of the movie, it's set in the 1900's, during a time when the Jeppson family didn't have much. Leland, the father in this movie, is out of work, and times are hard. The family barely has enough food to eat, let alone any hope of Santa coming.
But young Sidney Schow cares for the Jeppson daughter Ellen, so when their expected packages finally arrive late on Christmas Eve, he convinces his father that they must be delivered that very night.
I was touched by this movie, I loved the way that George Schow is portrayed as almost a Scrooge figure, but his heart is not as hard as it seems and he is easily convinced to help deliver the packages. I loved the faith of the mother, Mary, in this one, she knows that Heavenly Father will provide for her family, though she has no idea how. I loved how hard Leland works for his family, he's doing everything he can to have something to give his kids, but sometimes even your best isn't good enough.
This is a heartwarming short movie your family will want to watch over and over again!
The whole family can enjoy this heartwarming story set in the old west. It is roughly a half hour long which lets even young kids enjoy a movie with the whole family and not get antsy. In the end, serving others is what it means to follow Christ, especially at Christmas time. This story shared that message in a positive, non preachy way.