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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story 

On Christmas Eve 1933, the Waltons prepare for the holiday. However, John Walton, who was forced to take work in another part of the state, has not returned home yet, and his family are becoming increasingly worried.

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The Walton family is about to celebrate another Christmas. It's during the '30s and the Depression. John Walton promised to be home soon but seems to be late. John-Boy tells his sibs about Christmas and all that stuff. When John hasn't showed for hours, Ma sends John-Boy out to find him. Will John ever get home to celebrate Christmas with his family? This movie spun off the TV series "The Waltons". Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Rated PG for brief mild language
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19 December 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The program Fibber McGee and Molly that the Walton family is listening to on the radio on Christmas Eve, 1933, originally aired in 1935. See more »

Goofs

When the Baldwin sisters are visited by John boy and Hawthorne, they put on a record that appears to be a 33rpm. The 33rpm wasn't invented until 1948. It would have been a 78rpm record. See more »

Quotes

Ben: John Boy, did you go crazy when you were 13.
John-Boy: I didn't have time. I was so busy taking care of YOU CHILDREN!
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Connections

Followed by Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Away in the Manger
Traditional lyrics, tune attributed variously to William J. Kirkpatrick (uncredited) or James Murray (uncredited)
Performed by Children Chorus
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Christmas classic set in the Great Depression
18 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was only six years old when I first saw "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" in December 1971. This is a heartwarming Christmas story of a family waiting for the arrival of their patriarch, John Walton, during the early years of the Great Depression.

The values upon which this nation was built are alive and well in this movie and the highly successful CBS series that followed. While the Waltons are not financially wealthy, they have an abundance of love in their home and community.

Richard Thomas' character "John-Boy" is perhaps one of the best known characters in television history. Patricia Neal is excellent as the loving yet strict disciplinarian mother, Olivia Walton. Judy Norton's portrayal of teenager "Mary Ellen" is quite believable; one moment she seems mature and on the verge of womanhood, and the next moment she is whining and bickering with her siblings (typical teen). Ellen Corby is an excellent supporting actress in her role as Grandma.

In my view, "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" is one of the best Christmas movies of all time because it is not about Santa, a snowman, nor an abundance of gifts. On the contrary, the Waltons Christmas movie is about family, love, discipline, friendship, responsibility, and the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, the reason for the season.

I've had this movie in my Christmas movie VHS/DVD collection since the early 1990s. "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" is in the same category as "It's a Wonderful Life", and I highly recommend this film.


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