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The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (1975)

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »

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Sister Theresa / Narrator (voice)
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Father Thomas (voice)
David Kelley ...
Lucas (voice)
Dina Lynn ...
Louisa (voice)
Greg Thomas ...
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Iris Rainer ...
Sister Catherine (voice)
Joan Gardner ...
Sister Jean (voice)
Don Messick ...
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Sean Manning ...
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(voice) (as Hilary Momberger)
Dru Stevens ...
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A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to play an angel in the abbey's Christmas pageant, and the Christmas snow that falls during the pageant works a small miracle. Written by Kathy Li

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Lucas: Louisa, if you could have anything you wanted, what would you ask for, for a Christmas present?
Louisa: Oh that's easy. I once saw a rich lady in my uncle's village with a beautiful white fur muff. It was so big she could put a hot potato in it to keep her hands warm. I'd like a muff like that.
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"There can never be too many angels."
23 December 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Angela Lansbury stars in this gem, one of the lesser-known TV specials Rankin/Bass made. The story is about a young shepherd boy who is blinded by lightning and taken in by some nuns, led by Lansbury's Sister Theresa. As the boy recuperates, Sister Theresa tells him about snow, which he had never experienced firsthand. It's a lovely story with a touching ending that I won't spoil here. The stop-motion animation is wonderful. The music is quite nice with some decent songs, including the timeless "White Christmas," sung by Lansbury. I never get tired of Rankin/Bass specials. They're uplifting, heartwarming entertainment for all ages. This one isn't as famous as many others but it's a good one worth taking a look at if you enjoy Rankin/Bass' other classics.


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