When Todd, a developmentally-challenged 20 year-old with an affinity for animals, hears that the animal shelter is looking for families to foster a dog for Christmas, he’s eager to sign up. But Todd's father George says “no adoptions” – even temporary ones – claiming he wants to protect Todd from disappointment. Mary Ann, Todd's mother, knows better. Something else is troubling George – something he doesn’t want to face.
With Mary Ann’s support, Todd’s persistence pays off. He chooses a friendly yellow lab and names him “Christmas.” Bringing Christmas home proves to be a life-changing event for the whole family, allowing Todd to show that he can care for the dog on his own, and inspiring George to love a new member of the family.
Stars Bruce Greenwood, Linda Emond & Noel Fisher.
This is the best Christmas movie I have seen so far this season. The story is unusual. The characters are well-played and inspiring. The actor who plays Todd is fantastic. You just fall in love with him. The summary really doesn't do the movie justice, so I will. It is the story of Todd who is challenged, but can work alongside his father on their farm feeding and taking care of the animals because it is what he loves to do. He hears about an "adopt-a-dog for Christmas" program on the radio and is determined to participate. He finally convinces his father, who had a dog when he was young whom he loved. That dog died while he was serving in Vietnam, but he found another one in one of the destroyed villages. When he got injured, the dog disappeared and that, along with losing his pet back home, broke his heart. He didn't want his son to have to go through that pain - or maybe he didn't want to go through the pain of losing another pet himself. Anyway, Todd convinced him to participate in the "adopt-a-dog for Christmas" program and they got a dog they named "Christmas." Then Todd felt bad for the other dogs - all 33 of them - that were left in the shelter. He singlehandedly found homes for those dogs for Christmas. He even called the television station to come out and do a story on it. This is only part of the story of the movie. It has depth to it and it really makes you feel good when it's over. I highly recommend it because I'm sure it will be shown again before Christmas comes.
I gave this movie 5 stars because it is excellent!