Everybody has those couple of Christmas episodes, specials, and movies they grew up watching that remain emotional touchstones throughout their lives. I'm not alone when I include the 1971 Christmas TV movie The Homecoming on my favorite's list. Making this Christmas TV movie even sweeter--it introduced the Walton family to TV audiences. Let me remind you of these past essays I've written about The Waltons at Christmas time.
|In "The Best Christmas," Miss Fanny's car slides off the road during a snowstorm on Christmas Eve.|
The Waltons 1976 episode "The Best Christmas"
|War refugees Tess and Pip come to stay with the Walton family in "The Children's Carol."|
The Waltons 1977 episode "The Children's Carol" Parts 1 and 2
|In "Day of Infamy," it is December 1941 and Mary Ellen (here with her young son John Curtis) braces herself for bad news from Pearl Harbor.|
The Waltons 1978 episode "Day of Infamy"
|There's a stranger on Waltons Mountain one Christmas, in the 1979 episode "The Spirit."|
The Waltons 1979 episode "The Spirit"
|As the expert on Christmas TV movies, I was invited to take part in the 40th anniversary screening (and cast reunion) of the movie The Homecoming, in 2011.|
Are you a fan of The Waltons TV series? Which is your favorite Christmas episode?
|From the 2011 cast reunion and anniversary screening of The Homecoming in 2011. (I'm seated wearing the black dress).|