Willy Krueger, a lonely and aging widower, lives in a basement apartment with only his cat George for company. Finishing his work for the day as the custodian for the building, he ventures out on Christmas Eve to buy a tree and on the way, he imagines he is a well-dressed gentleman while peering at some fine tailoring in a shop window along the snowy street. Returning home, he falls asleep listening to an LP by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dreaming that he is conducting them in carols of the season. Awakening to find some carollers outside his window, he beckons them to visit him offering hot chocolate, but they leave after only one song. In trimming the tree, he places upon it the mittens left behind by Clarissa, the youngest of the carolling group. Handling figures of the small nativity beneath his tree, Willy finds himself in the manger for the very first Christmas. He also finds the true reason to celebrate as he prayerfully thanks the infant Jesus for being his closest, finest ... Written by
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In the digitally remastered 25th anniversary edition DVD released in November 2005, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir parts (including the "spontaneous" applause) have been re-recorded because the original recordings were not adequate. The Salt Lake Tabernacle (the Choir's home) is undergoing extensive seismic upgrades, so the recordings were done in the new 21,000-seat LDS Conference Center across the street. A few current Choir members actually participated in the original filming. See more
(at around 27 mins) After Mr. Krueger fixes the pipes, he returns to his apartment and begins to pet his cat. As he talks about be "all by himself" on Christmas Eve, you can clearly see a crew member standing to the right of the screen with his arms folded. See more
[George the cat meows
Yeah, I guess you're right George, we better trim that tree. If we don't hurry, we'll be too late !
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
under the direction of Jerold Ottley See more