After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.
Henry Corwin is a down and outer who is normally unemployed and who definitely drinks too much. Every year however, he works as a department store Santa Claus. This year however, he's spent just a little too much time in the bar and is quite drunk by the time he shows up for work. He's fired of course and deeply regrets what he's done. In fact, Henry has a big heart and worries not only about the children he's disappointed at the store but about all of those children who will not get what they've asked for Christmas. When he comes across a large bag of gifts, everything changes for the kids and for himself as well. Written by
Art Carney plays alcoholic Henry Corwin, who has just been hired and fired as a department store Santa Claus after reporting to duty drunk and despondent about the poor living conditions in his neighborhood, especially concerning the children and the holiday season. Henry will get his wish of being Santa Claus when a mysterious and seemingly magic bag appears, enabling him to give out lots of presents, though his former boss Mr. Dundee(played by John Fiedler) still wants him put in jail... Though videotaped, this doesn't mar it too much, and remains a heartwarming modern fable of a flawed but good man given his greatest wish at Christmas.
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