Wednesday, December 25, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Movies - Movie Number 8 - Christmas for a Dollar

In our effort to overflow our Christmas viewing with good cheer, my husband and I simply could not pass up "Christmas for a Dollar."  

Movie Eight
Christmas for a Dollar
Starring:  Brian Krause, Nancy Stafford, Heather Beers and Nancy Chuchman

About the movie (from Christian Movie Database):

America is in the midst of the Depression, and the Kamp family is struggling to get by, especially after Mrs. Kamp’s untimely death. Now little Ruthie, with her mother gone and her father overwhelmed by doctor bills resulting from her brother s polio, expects another Christmas without presents or festivities. But when her father brings home one dollar in change and lets the children use it to buy special gifts for each other, the Kamps come to find that money isn’t what fills Christmas with joy, love, and miracles.

My Review:
We loved the opportunity to watch the portrayal of another simple Christmas.  The movie takes place in the Depression so it is expected that times would be simple and also a bit stressful.  The Kamp family is struggling like many are financially but also struggling over the loss of their mama.  Mr. Kamp is doing all he can to provide for the kids financially and his elder children do what they can to make things work since the loss of their mom.  Because times are so tight, the kids worry that Christmas is pretty much going to pass them by, but Dad has been scrimping and saving.  The family will have one dollar in change to use to buy a gift for each member of the family.  It will take creativity and heart, but the kids are delighted at the task at hand.

"Christmas for a Dollar" contains everything I enjoy in a Christmas film.  Sweet kids, a message of hope and a display of generosity and caring.  There was a sweetness to it that was charming.  It is well written and well acted.  I hope that it will be a film we can watch again and again. We watched it on UPtv.

I give this family friendly film a solid four stars.  I hope to add it one day to our own personal collection. 

Here's the trailer:


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