The Christmas Hope

DVD Release: October 12, 2010
The Christmas Hope


When lives intertwine during Christmas, hope is the one unifying gift. After suffering a personal tragedy, Patty Addison, a social worker, throws herself into finding homes for children in need. With her marriage to Mark, an airline pilot, on the rocks, Patty feels it’s the wrong time to temporarily take in 9-year-old Emily, who has just lost her single mother in a terrible car accident. However, sweet Emily quickly wins over Patty and Mark. As the Addison’s start to reconnect with each other, it’s revealed that their teenage son, Sean, had perished in a car accident as well, two years earlier.

The ties run deeper– at the same time in the very same town, Dr. Nathan Andrews, a father-to-be, struggles to find the parents of a young man who died in his ER. While Mark takes a troubled friend of Sean’s, the friend who ultimately holds the key to Emily’s special Christmas gift, under his wing. In a twist of fate, all is almost lost when Emily runs away, but Patty and Mark come together to find her in a true measure of healing and faith.

Dove Review

This is a wonderful story that portrays how amazingly small the world really is. This wonderful Christmas tale shows how people and situations intertwine for many years and then come full circle on one particular Christmas Eve.

It is a snowball effect that warms the soul in this movie about mending the heart and the feelings a person experiences after a loss of a loved one. The story involves a collection of strangers that become connected through a chain of events and they help repair the sadness of family loss to create a new family of faith, love and joy.

This is a movie that will be enjoyed throughout the holiday season. We are proud to award the Dove “Family Approved” 12+ Seal for ages 12 and older due to content issues that may be upsetting for younger children.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: H-2; OMG/MG-4; All other references to God are in reverence.
Violence: Young woman gets hit by truck and dies; girl upset and pushes dish to the floor.
Drugs: Discussion regarding a baby's mother being arrested for dealing Meth; man drinks a beer; couple drinks wine.
Nudity: None
Other: Loss of a son in an accident; loss of a young mother hit by truck; wife blames husband for the death of son; couple with marital problems; social worker case problems.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Writer: Wesley Bishop (teleplay) Donna Van Liere (novel)
Director: Norma Bailey
Producer: Craig Anderson / Beth Grossbard
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 86 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe