Necessity is the mother of invention. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 1977, Maryanne Kinkade has fallen behind in her mortgage payments and is about to lose her small house in Placerville, a town in California's gold country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Her son Thom, who attends art school and is in his 20s, determines to make the transition from amateur to professional painter to help save the family's home. He seeks advice from an aging mentor. Written by
Love is the brightest light of all.
Did You Know?
Thomas Kinkade was left-handed but Jared Padalecki is right-handed. To prepare for the part, Jared only used his left hand for the month leading up to filming. There was also a left-handed artist on set who helped Jared look more natural as he worked. See more
Though set in 1977, in the bar scenes there is a draught beer pull for Bud Light, a beer not introduced until 1982. See more
Big Jim stayed up all night fixing the wiring on that tree, and Placerville turned on its real lights that year. I always thought it was the year we found Christmas all over again.
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