This is one of those destined-to-be-a-Christmas-classic that not only tugs on your heart-strings, it jerks, yanks, wrenches, but leaves you with a big smile afterward. A good cry is cathartic, right? How about a cry that uses half a box of tissues?
Sweet, heart-scorching story of a developmentally challenged young man who is loved dearly by his parents, family, and friends. The family lives on a farm in Kansas. The local shelter needs to foster over 30 dogs over the Christmas holidays. Todd (Noel Fisher), the young man talks his Dad (Bruce Greenwood) into fostering a dog, named Christmas. Todd also talks family, friends, neighbours, etc. into fostering other dogs as well. The Dad has never allowed any of his children to have a dog…for reasons that are explored within the movie.
I won’t do any spoilers, but this becomes about so much more than a dog. It becomes about healing and opening your heart, even if it means you might expose it to more trauma. Circumstances alter reality, as always and…love finds a way. Lovely. Those wicked overlords at Hallmark strike again!
Recommend it highly, as well the book of the same name (by Greg Kincaid). Unless you’re not in the mood for a good cry.