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Our First Christmas (2008)

Christmas plans are destined to be ruined when two families come together.

Director:

Armand Mastroianni

Writer:

Edithe Swensen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dixie Carter ... Evie Baer
Julie Warner ... Cindy Baer-Noll
John Ratzenberger ... Joe Noll
Steven Eckholdt ... Tom Baer-Noll
Grace Fulton ... Lily
Cassi Thomson ... Tory
Maxim Knight ... Jacob
Richard Riehle ... Santa
Kat Graham ... Assistant Bernie (as Katerina Graham)
Carly Bondar Carly Bondar ... Mean Girl #1
Lewis Smith ... Pastor Brown
Chris LoPrete Chris LoPrete ... Singer
Eric Seppala Eric Seppala ... Singer
Lisa Donahey ... Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
María Antonieta Vázquez María Antonieta Vázquez ... Barista
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Storyline

Widower Tom Baer, a school counselor, recently married school coach Cindy Noll, a widow. Their respective offspring gets along fairly well, despite different parenting styles, but as their first Christmas with all step-siblings approaches, each set is desperate to respect their own seasonal traditions, reminiscent of their late parents. Tom's father, retired preacher Joe Noll, and Cindy's mother-in-law (from her deceased husband, Dave), Evie, a businesswoman, each liked by both, hoped to bridge the gap, but when that fails, she returns home alone. Just that gets the kids reconsidering their pouting pact. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our First Christmas See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Dixie Carter and Julie Warner worked together previously on Family Law (1999). See more »

Goofs

Mom's mixing bowl changes repeatedly between metal and ceramic in the scene where Tory needs help with quadratic equations. See more »

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Blended family issues
16 November 2017 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

This story is about what happens when a newly blended family tries to blend their traditions for Christmas. They do a good job of showing how traditions are bittersweet when someone is no longer there to share them. We see that these kids are not selfish and in fact very mature for their age in that sense. Giving up the traditions is like losing that loved one again.

This is not your stereotypical Christmas story, although I'm sure elements of it have been done before. The ending could have gone a couple of ways.

All the acting is good. Two of the kids seem especially mature for their age. I was particularly impressed with John Ratzenberger who was nothing like he was on Cheers and presented a Christian retired pastor as a reasonable man of faith and love.

There was a Bible reading about Christmas and saying of grace that was more than rote. The movie may be a little preachy, but it is not about religion. It is about the importance of family.


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