The Thomsons - parents Thomas and Francie, and children Willa, Arthur, Beatrice (nicknamed Booky) and Jakey - are a loving working class family living in Depression era Toronto. In the lead up to Christmas, Thomas loses his job as a harness maker for the Eaton's company as the company is moving into the motorized age in an effort to keep up with the times; Eaton's is facing as challenging a time as any business during the Depression. Thomas' job prospects in this changing time are not good. Ironically, Eaton's has a Christmas Fund where each child in the city whose father is not working is eligible for a Christmas gift from the company. Because of the Thomson's new situation, Booky risks losing her best friend Laura Westover, whose snobbish and social climbing mother wants her daughter to associate with a higher class of friend. By happenstance, Booky befriends Mr. Eaton, the owner of the Eaton company. Because of circumstances, Booky, who knows Mr. Eaton was the Eaton's Christmas ... Written by
In a scene between Booky and Mr. Eaton where they are sitting on a bench outside the Nut Shoppe, the scene cuts between shots of Booky face on and Mr. Eaton face on where the back of Booky's head is seen. From the front, Booky's toque is not covering her right ear. From the back, Booky's toque partially covers her right ear. See more »
Booky & The Secret Santa full of memories for Torontonians
This was a very special program for me as my mother was Booky's age during the time period in which the story is set. I saw my mother and her family in Booky's. She was born and raised in Toronto during the depression years and her family was not well off. I was actually brought to tears. Eaton's was very important to Toronto then and for many years to come. It was a sad day for Torontonians when Sears took over Eatons. Nevertheless, this production is very meaningful for families who've had generation after generation living in Toronto. I can remember attending the Eaton's Christmas Parties when I was a child. Not at the family's home, but in an auditorium in the Eaton Store. All the children got a gift and some candies. These are lovely memories for my Mother and her children. Thank you CBC
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