This poignant and dramatic made-for-TV movie is based on an autobiographical story written by Gail Rock. It takes place in the small town of Clear River, Nebraska in 1946. Ten year-old Addie Mills doesn’t understand why she can’t have a Christmas tree. Her whole life, she’s never had one. She fears her unemotional father doesn’t love her.
|Addie and her grandmother discuss why her father is so emotionally distant|
|Addie doesn't understand why she can't have a Christmas tree like everyone else.|
|James yells at his daughter Addie for defying him and bringing home a Christmas tree|
|The Cott family become the recipients of the 5th grade classroom tree|
|Addie's star handmade by her mother|
The cast includes: Jason Robards as James Mills; Mildred Natwick as Grandma Mills; and Lisa Lucas as Addie. The House Without A Christmas Tree is directed by Paul Bogart.
|Addie (Lisa Lucas) and her best friend Carla Mae (Alexa Kenin) in school.|
|Molly Shannon's Mary Katherine Gallagher Christmas sketch also includes guest stars: (left) Rosie O'Donnell and (right) Whitney Houston|
|Am I the only one to see a similarity in appearance between Lisa Lucas and Liz Lemon (Tina Fey)?|
The House Without A Christmas Tree went on to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation by Eleanor Perry. It was so popular and critically acclaimed that three more TV movies based on the characters by Gail Rock were created: 1973’s The Thanksgiving Treasure, 1975’s The Easter Promise and 1976’s Addie and the King of Hearts.
The House Without A Christmas Tree is available for viewing on DVD as well as Youtube. It is one of my favorites on my Youtube channel: TistheSeasonTV.
Watching The Homecoming and The House Without A Christmas Tree were annual events in my house when I was growing up in the 1970s. What Christmas program do you remember looking forward to watching every year when you were a child?
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Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story"
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