The Buckley family, consisting of two parents, four pre-pubescent brothers and a baby on the way, deals with the antics of its young sons and their struggles with the Hagbart family during the Christmas season. Actions center on Matthew, the second eldest son, who grows up to be a writer and narrates the action from fifteen years in future. The Buckleys devote themselves to "elving," selecting a family on hard times who could use a bit of anonymous gift-giving (usually food) to see them through. 1986 was a memorable year as the "elved" family turned out to be the Hagbarts, whose eldest son, Finn (held back a year and bigger than most of his classmates), bullied all at school with particular focus on Matthew. With charity comes insight.
Anonymous/revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
Filmed in Mapleton, Utah. See more
When John hits the floor after being pushed off the top bunk by his brothers, he's supposed to still be asleep but has a smile on his face. See more
The Hagbarts' trees were not like the ones at Jay's lot. Jay's trees were tall and strong-looking. These trees were straggly and ugly - just like the Hagbarts.
The Holly and the Ivy
Traditional British Christmas song, music first published by Cecil J. Sharp
, arranged by H. Walford Davies
Arranged by H. Walford Davies
(as Sir Henry Walford Davies) See more