Christmas Story (2008)

Theatrical Release: November 16, 2007
DVD Release: August 12, 2008
Christmas Story (2008)


Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus grew up to be Santa? Set against a breathtaking landscape, discover the untold story of Santa’s life, as he overcomes personal tragedy and hardship to develop a big and pure heart filled with love for children around the world.

In a remote village in Lapland, young Nikolas loses his family in an accident and is looked after by the villagers. On Christmas Day each year, Nikolas has to move to a new home. To show his gratitude, Nikolas makes toys for the children of the families as good-bye presents. Over the years, his former adoptive families become many, and soon almost every house in the village has presents on its doorstep on Christmas morning. When the villagers suffer a food shortage, the villagers have to send Nikolas away to work as an apprentice to the hermit carpenter, Lisakki. Under his severe tutelage, Nikolas develops skills that enable him to create even better presents, and to work even faster. He also learns to wear the suit that becomes his trademark and deliver presents with the help of a team of reindeer.

Years pass by, and Nikolas ages into an old man. The Christmas-giving tradition is in danger of coming to an end, and it will take a miracle to save it.

Dove Review

A young poor boy becomes the famous St. Nick! This films tells a good story and moves quickly, as it is only seventy minutes long. Young Nicholas, left for adoption, winds up being “temporarily” adopted by a family, and then when hardships hit the village, including a loss of crops, a stern man named Crazy Isaac, who lives outside the village, is the only one who can afford to take young Nicholas in. He insists on being called “Master” and he calls the boy “Brat”. But Nicholas gets to work in a wood shop as a carpenter, and he loves making wooden toys to give to the villagers at Christmas.

As the story progresses, we learn that there is more to Crazy Isaac than Nicholas first realized, and he begins to soften toward the boy as he opens up to share a painful past. Soon Nicholas finds his true destiny and a legend is born! We note that this is a foreign film, and although there are no subtitles, the English is dubbed and it is obvious in a few scenes. This really doesn’t detract from the well-woven story, which is a wonderful story for the entire family, and we happily award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Man insists on being called "Master" when he takes a boy in, and he calls the boy "Brat".
Violence: A man grabs a boy by his head; speaks sternly to him in the beginning.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: The subject of grief and loss.


Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Writer: Marko Leino
Director: Juha Wuolijoki
Producer: Juha Wuolijoki
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 70 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter