The House Without a Christmas Tree
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After A Mother Dies, Her Family Appears Destined To Spend The Rest Of Its Days Picking Up The Pieces. In 1940'S Nebraska, A Sweet And Intelligent 10-Year-Old Girl Raises The Ire Of Her Bitter Widower Father, Who Has Never Forgotten That His Wife Died While Giving Birth To Their Daughter. To Illustrate For The Girl That Life Does Not Come Easy, The Father Bars The Family, Which Also Includes His Mother, From Having A Traditional Christmas Tree. This Yuletide, Though, Has A Happy Surprise For This Home So Desperately In Need Of Holiday Cheer.
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That noted, let me say that this is a wonderful production. I hadn't seen it since its release in 1972, but I never forgot it. It finally occurred to that it might be available for sale and lo and behold, I found a reasonably-priced copy on Amazon.com (available only on VHS). I'm delighted to say that my memory hasn't betrayed me.
I'm so grateful that these wonderful Christmas specials from the past are available for viewing in the vulgar, violent times in which we find ourselves. The cast shines in this story of a bitter, heartbroken widower who keeps his only child, Addie, at arm's length because she reminds him of his late wife. Addie finally succeeds in breaking through his reserve when she gives away the the Christmas tree she has won despite so desperately craving it, and which he just as desperately opposes because it, too reminds him of Addie's mother.
WARNING: This production doesn't contain rap music, references to substance abuse, social commentary, or politically-correct platitudes, so if your idea of entertainment requires such content, look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a beautifully-realized story of the true meaning of Christmas, put in your order for this wonderful VHS now, so that you can enjoy it in time for Christmas. I promise, it won't disappoint.
I feel like I have gone back to my house, as a child. I was born in 35 and Addie was born in 36. Her home and school look much like mine did.
I liked the post war years and the simple Christmases that we had.
I have watched this with my grandchildren and they compare me with the grandmother and call me a smart old character.
I love everything about the movie. I love the home, the family, the Christmas season, but, my favorite part is the relationship that Addie has with her grandmother.
Who is narrating this movie?
I have no idea why not as I love the three that I do own. I was 14 when the first one The House Without a Christmas tree came out on TV.
It made a very strong impression on me. My dad had died suddenly two years before and he looked alot like Jason Robards.I was kind of dismayed by some (I assume younger reviewers?) who were disapointed in the lack of special effects. That's not why we love it. We didn't need special effects for it to make an impression on us. If we want that we can watch Star Wars. We love it for the heart warming message it conveyed. No amount of special effects could even come close to that.
And although I feel fortunate to own three out of the four movies. I'm greedy. I want the last one! Wahh !!!!
I just loved the fade-ins and fade-outs of her art too.
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Growing up, House Without a Christmas Tree was always an annual Christmas tradition in our home. Our video copy has long since worn out so I was very happy to receive my DVD copy. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2014 by George
Story about a Depression Era schoolgirl who longs for a Christmas tree, but, alas her widowed father won't let her have one. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2012 by Deedee
I was strange to watch this movie from my childhood after all these years. This was one of my sister's favorite Christmas shows - and we used to watch it years ago. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002 by Aubrey
I loved this movie. I could almost smell the chalk on the blackboard as the memories came back of being in grade school in 1955. Read morePublished on March 29 2002 by Brenda K Perdue