Two separate stories mesh - in the first, a young music teacher, Maggie Andrews, begins dying of a heart condition and her son Nathan tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for her before she dies. In the second, lawyer Robert Layton and his wife Kate are slowly drifting apart and the matter comes to a head during Christmas when Kate takes over for Maggie for the school choir and declines a job in Robert's firm. When Robert's mother passes away, he begins to reconsider things and his and Nathan's paths cross on Christmas Eve as Nathan tries to raise the money for the shoes and Robert tries to get a present for his daughter.
Did You Know?
The book that the screenplay was based on, was based on the lyric written by Eddie Carswell for the song of the same name - a #1 song by the group New Song. See more
It is supposed to be set in 1985 (as evidenced by the dates on the grave markers at the beginning and end of the film), but many later-generation cars (mostly from the '90s) can be seen throughout the film. See more
Honey, what's the matter?
Your heart. I just wanted to see if it was still beating.
Followed by The Christmas Hope
The Christmas Shoes
Written by Eddie Carswell
and Leonard Ahlstrom
Performed by Newsong
Courtesy of Reunion Records See more