A Christmas Spirit

January 201188 minutes
Ages 9-12

A teenager dismisses the Christmas 'spirit' when his single mom is faced with looming unemployment. However, a magical, honest-to-goodness Christmas Spirit named Hope, promises to change his mind when she asks him to help a different family rediscover their own holiday joy. MPAA Rating: NOTRATED
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English [CC]
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Run time
88 minutes
Pete wakes up Christmas morning with a promise of a better day, but he immediately finds that his parents forgot to get him a Christmas present (werenÍt you getting it? I thought you were). To make matters worse, Kenny has received a brand new telescope. PeteÍs parents attempt to apologize, but are immediately distracted. Pete goes to get some air and is immediately pummeled by snowballs by two local kids. The day ends with the family having to eat dinner at a depressing local diner where Grandpa and dad fight. A dinner that is later crowned by food poisoning. Pete ends his day saying goodbye to his grandpa, who leaves later that night, giving him an empty box that was given to him long ago. The worst Christmas day is over for Pete, but he wakes the next day and finds that everything seems to be happening the same as the previous day. At first he thinks it must be some weird joke his parents are playing on him to punish him for ruining the previous day, but when he wakes up the third day he realizes that he is repeating Christmas. Pete is depressed, but after a few repeats he realizes he should take advantage of his ñgiftî. In the end Pete realizes the real reason why his dad and grandfather are fighting, because they both miss Grandma. He creates a star ornament, like the one his father had as a child, full of the pictures of his dad and his grandpa over the years. The star breaks the spell, reminding them that Christmas is all about family. Then for the first time, in all the Christmas days Pete has been through, Grandpa doesnÍt leave. Pete wakes up the next morning and itÍs finally Dec 26th. Pete finds his grandfather and tells him, and he finally realized what his gift of the empty box meant. Life is like that box...itÍs not what you get out of it, itÍs what you put into it that counts.
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