There are many enjoyable short films to be enjoyed at Christmas time. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and A Christmas Carol are a handful of the more well-known ones. The newest short film added for the 2016 Christmas season, The Christmas Dress, is a wonderful addition to any holiday collection that portrays the true meaning of Christmas and how even in the darkest of times, it is important to keep hope alive.
It is the Christmas Eve of 1927 and the Jeppson family struggle to get by in their rustic homestead. Even during the hard times, Leland Jeppson wished to at least give his family a memorable Christmas, but a delayed train and a snow blizzard threaten to take that away. When the packages arrive late Christmas Eve, the half-blind Postman George Schow is persuaded by his son, Sidney, to brave the blizzard and deliver hope and a Christmas miracle.
The Christmas Dress is based on the story A Christmas Dress for Ellen by Marian Jeppson Walker with additional material from “The Postman Who Saved Christmas” by Gayla Holt. For a film that does not even span a full half hour, it portrays a beautiful story to others about remaining close as a family, holding onto hope even when all hope seems lost, and trusting that God will be there for everyone who needs Him. Perhaps what makes this short film so refreshing is the fact that it focuses on the religious story of Christmas as well as the legend of Santa.
There was most certainly plenty of content to make The Christmas Dress into a full-length movie. With a bit more storytelling, viewers could learn more about the backstories of both families, the Jeppsons and the Schows; the reason Ellen does not house the faith her parents do; how even in their difficult situation, Leland and his wife were able to obtain all of the wonderful things sent to them for Christmas; etc. However, even with all of the content that could have been added, the actors and writers of the short film brought it all together in a short window of time.
With its excellent Christmas story combination of the birth of Jesus and the legend of Santa and its strong message of keeping hope alive when it seems most lost, The Christmas Dress is a wonderful addition to any Christmas movie collection. It is a film that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age and can be viewed along with the many other popular short Christmas films. The Postman George Schow said, “God helps those who help themselves,” but there are many times when God helps those through others with caring spirits.