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Set in San Ernesto, California with only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden needs to rescue a young reindeer from a zoo.


Alex Zamm


Rich Burns




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cavanagh ... Nick Snowden
Ashley Williams ... Sandy Brooks
Patrick Fabian ... Buck Seger
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Hector
Jackie Burroughs ... Lorna
Leslie Carlson ... Chester (as Les Carlson)
Karen Robinson ... Isabel
Paul Bates ... Carl
Adam Greydon Reid ... Jordan (as Adam Reid)
Dan Willmott ... Passanger #1 (as Dan Wilmott)
Bubba Bubba ... Security Guard #2
Zie Souwand Zie Souwand ... Boy on Tour Bus
Mark Breanne Mark Breanne ... Girl on Tour Bus
Andrea Scott ... Female Co-worker
Michael Dunston Michael Dunston ... Man Dressed as Elf


For the Christmas holidays, Buck Seger has been tasked with getting some reindeer from a game farm for the San Ernesto California Zoo. Sandy Brooks, an animal keeper at the zoo, is a lonely woman who uses the animals as a surrogate for human affection. Despite this, she detests Buck, who is continually pestering her to go out with him. In his task for the zoo, Buck, indulging his big game hunting passion, decides to get one of the reindeer from the wild instead. He inadvertently captures Buddy, one of Santa's new reindeer. Santa not only has come to San Ernesto to rescue Buddy, but also to teach Buddy to fly, all before Christmas Day. Santa can travel between the North Pole and any location in the world via mirrors. While in San Ernesto, Santa names himself Nick Snowden. To get Buddy back, Nick figures he has to get close to Sandy, a move that does not sit well with Buck. Nick manages to move into the boarding house where Sandy lives. Getting Buddy back is more difficult than Nick ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy


Did You Know?


Tom Cavanagh and Ashley Williams also had recurring roles on Royal Pains. Although they never appeared together in the same episode. See more »


Nick Snowden: I have a confession to make.
Sandy Brooks: You do?
Nick Snowden: The first time I saw you, I forgot how to breadth.
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References How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) See more »


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
(opening title)
Written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
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16 September 2005 | by Incontinentia_ButtockthSee all my reviews

I don't understand why "mandlk" would be concerned with how "secular," much less "TOO secular" this made-for-TV movie is, or whether or not it made "sure there was No religion in this movie" as, the entirety of the story of - and the origin of the story of - "Santa Claus" has nothing to do with religion, whether viewed secularly or otherwise, in any fashion. The legend of Santa Clause derived from Thomas Nast year end cartoons printed in New York in the 1820's, amplified by Coca- Cola (paint)advertisements dating as late as the 1930's.

The English colonists of what had been "New Amsterdam," now New York, had no legend that correlated with the Dutch "Sinter Klaas," wherein Sinter Klaas would visit all the good (Dutch) children, giving them gifts and whatnot. After the English had taken over New Amsterdam, they ended up evolving the Santa Claus legend (and boy... it's a long story) to please their children. The Santa Claus story we're all familiar with in the 21st-Century didn't fully gel until after the Great Depression of the 1930's and, especially, with the "Miracle on 34th Street" film.

I guarantee it had nothing, whatsoever, to do with religion, lack of religion or secularism... or NON-secularism... or even a Christian usurpation of some pagan yule tradition. It is basically a 19th- century urban legend that became evermore-convenient to present-for-commercialization for the benefit of whoever happened to sponsor the latest made-for-whatever-medium depiction of it.

I suggest you simply enjoy the movie for the 'warm-fuzzies' it contains... or not... "That choice is left up to you."

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