A Christmas Wish

Synopsis: MARTHA EVANS has been abandoned by her ne'er-do-well husband, who took all their cash and left her homeless and virtually destitute with her two daughters and stepson. Martha leaves town in hopes of finding a job and a place to stay, she finally finds a job at a sleepy rural diner, formerly famous for its home-made root beer. But with her car broken down and the bills piling up, it looks like it's going to be a bleak Christmas for the Evans family. However, there are warm hearts working behind the scenes that ultimately make this the happiest holiday of Martha's life -- a real answer to her prayers...
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Craig Clyde
Production: Entertainment One
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
97 min


Yes, I know, baby bear.

Come on, we're gonna

get in the car

and get in our

princess seat.

But he might be

coming back.

He's not coming back,


You read the note.

And even if he did,

we're not gonna be here.

Where are we going ?

As far as Jack'll

take us.

Why do you call

the car "Jack" ?

'Cause it rhymes

with Cadillac.

Come on, get in the car,

put on your seat belts.

Let's go.

( girl )

You ready to go

on a trip, Lilee ?

( horn honking )

( Miles )

Which way are we going ?

( woman )


How far north ?

( girl )

The North Pole ?

No, not that far north.

( birds chirping )

( bells jingling )

( girl )

It looks like

no job here, either.

Hello !

All right,

put your seat belts on.

And then Santa came

and the family had

the best Christmas ever.

( girl )

Tell us another one.

Oh, tomorrow, honey,

I don't want to

use 'em all up today.

I miss home.

Well, we'll find

a better one.

( Miles )

We never should have left.

No, we shouldn't have

stayed as long as we did.

Mama, I gotta go.

It'll be okay, Mama.

How do you know ?

I said a prayer.

A-- a lot of good

that'll do.

Hey, Miles,

it couldn't hurt.

Mama, you're strong.

Thank you, sweetheart.

Remember what Pastor Woolery

used to say.

What ?

"Women are like tea bags.

"You never know

how strong they are

until you put 'em in

hot water."

Or how dumb.

( bell dinging )

( woman sighing )

We gotta find a motel.

Mama, I gotta go.

Oh-oh-- why-why didn't you go

when we stopped last time ?

'Cause I didn't

have to go then !


You do ?

Okay, thanks.



The motel has a vacancy.

I thought Dad

took all the money.

Well, I had some

he didn't know about.

Why'd he take it ?

'Cause that's

what lowlifes do.

I mean, maybe he needed some

for himself, right ?

Yeah, probably needed it

for his lady friend.

( giggling )


Well, the motel's not far,

so... buckle up.

( man )

No pets neither.

( woman )

We don't have any pets.

I could give you

a better rate

if you stayed

the whole week.

With Christmas and all,

we don't get much traffic.

Do you need any

help around here ?

Nah, wife does it.

Mama, I gotta go !

I'm coming.

Trudy may be looking

for a waitress

to handle

the graveyard.

That's what I hear.

Who ?

Trudy Willis.

She owns the Model A Cafe,

south end of town.


Thank you.

But, Mama, I gotta go !

Well, you're just

gonna have to hold it.

That's what I've been doing

and I can't anymore !

Does she have to

be by us ?

A diaper !

( giggling )

I can't afford to hire

anyone right now.

Please, I've tried

every town

between here

and the state line.

I've got to find something.

I understand that.

No, I'll work for

half the wages.

You don't understand.

I can't afford to

hire anyone.

She's re-really gotta go.

Okay, do you have

a restroom she can use ?

Sure, come here.

What are you drawing,

Lilee ?

Oh, what color is it ?

How about I work for whatever

you can afford and tips ?

How about that ?

I can only afford

minimum wage

and we'll see how

it goes 'til Christmas.

Thank you, thank you !

Oh, you won't

regret it.

I already do.

Oh, thank you !

Hi, Lilee.

Well, this probably

won't last long anyway.

What's that ?

Oh, I said

I can't wait that long.

I need you to start


Tonight, tonight ?

Oh, um, all right,

let me get the kids

squared away then.

Mac and cheese leftover

from lunch.

For the children.

Really ?

Thank you.

You'll need to wear this.

It's not chic,

but it's clean.

Great, thank you.

You're a good person,

Mrs. Willis.

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Craig Clyde

Craig Clyde is an American actor, screenplay writer, and film director. He lives in Salt Lake City and is the father of K. C. Clyde. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Clyde is the cofounder of Majestic Entertainment Inc., a film production company based out of Utah. Currently Clyde and his son K.C. own Seerstone Entertainment. They write and produce independent films. more…

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