The Christmas Card

Synopsis: US Army sergeant Cody Cullen's horror tour in Afghanistan ends when his fellow soldier Jonesy is killed in an attack while they are delivering medical supplies in Nurestan. Cody is put on leave and goes to return private possessions to Jonesy's bride turned widow. On his way home he passes Nevada City, California, where he meets Faith Spelman, who writes the parish's Christmas cards to lonely soldiers, who had coincidentally included him, an orphan. He happens to save her dad Luke from a serious car run-over. The Spellmans invite Cody home for dinner, then the Christmas tide. He proves a great help in the family logging firm. Vietenam vet Luke wants Cody as son-in-law, but although charmed, Faith still seems committed to rarely present fiancé Paul, a wine broker.
Genre: Family, Romance
Director(s): Stephen Bridgewater
Production: Sonar Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win.
84 min


Let nothing

you dismay

remember Christ

our savior

was born on

Christmas day

to save us all

from Satan's power

when we were

gone astray

"Dear service member,

"I hope this card

finds you in good health

"and preparing

to enjoy the holidays.

"At this time of year,

"I always reflect on what

I can be thankful for.

"I was raised

in a loving home

"by wonderful parents.

"My folks,

Rosie and Luke,

"send their Christmas

greetings to you

"along with mine.

"Nevada city

has been home

"to the spelman family

for 3 generations.

"I could have left,

"but everything

that was important to me

"was here.

"Our lives are

not about things.

"Family and friends...

People... are at the heart of it.

"You won't find a chain store

or mall around here,

"and... and that suits us

just fine.

"Our local church organizes

operation Christmas card

"every year for our

troops overseas.

"The church is at the center

"for many of our activities

and social events.

"The doors are open

"24 hours a day to anyone.

"Believe me,

"you have many friends here.

"You just haven't

met them yet.

"I'm sure being

far from your loved ones

"weighs heavy on your heart.

"I know a little about that.

"When I met my boyfriend

"he was everything

I was looking for.

"Since then, his business

has kept us living far

"from one another.

"I bet you'll be

back with your family

long before he and I

live I in the same zip code."

hallmark channel and friends of nci

oh, what fun

it is to ride

in a one horse

open sleigh


- jingle bells

- ho ho ho.

Hey, sarge.

What are you

up to, Jones?

Hey, hey, how about

snappin' a photo, chief?

Where'd you boys

get those hats?

From the dancers

at the u.S.O. Show.

Oh, a Christmas card for you from

our admirers back in the states.

The church group from my home

sent us all Christmas cards.

Give it to one of the boys

who didn't make the show.

Can't do that, sarge.

The army entrusted me with

the assignment of giving you

this card.


Ho ho ho.

Jingle bells,

jingle bells

jingle all the way

"if you're ever out west,

please come visit us.

"We'd love to thank you

in person for your service

and sacrifice."

"I speak for everyone

in Nevada city

"when I say that we are

grateful to you

"for making sure

that we're safe and secure.

"I'm attaching a photo

of our church.

"Know that the lights there are

burning for all of you tonight

"in the hope that next

Christmas you'll be home.

"And the world

will be at peace.

"You're in our thoughts,

"and you're in our prayers.

"With loving best wishes

for the season,

faith spelman."

Did you get a nice

Christmas card, team sarge?

I did, jonesy,

thank you.

Looks like you've got quite

a handful of goodies there.

My fiancee liddy would

like you to have a cookie.

- She would, would she?

- Said so herself.

Thank her for me.


This is her most recent photo.

She gets prettier

every day.

You're a lucky man.

Merry Christmas,


Merry Christmas.

Man, I don't know

about you, Lewis,

but I did not

sign up for this.

You got that

right, brother.

Hey, me and liddy

picked a date last night.


Valentine's day.




Liddy and I would

like you to be there.



- Jonesy!

- Get out of there!

Just let it go!

Man, go!


First squad,

secure that hill!

You'll be fine,

buddy. Come on.


Edo, get a medevac.

You're gonna be

all right, jonesy.

Everything's gonna

be ok, buddy.

- I need a medevac.

- At check point zulu, one priority.


Fragment wounds and

crush injury. Over.

U.S.S.F. W.I.A.

This is Charley 2-2. Out.

At ease,

master sergeant Cullen.

Mind if I sit

and talk a sec?

Please, sir.

I was sorry to hear

about sergeant Jones.

Lousy luck.

It was, sir.

You're about

to rotate home.

I'm thinking

of extending, sir.

I think you need

to take some leave, Cullen.

Look, Jones

wasn't your fault.

Time for some r&r.

That's an order,


I need you

to do something for me.

There's a young widow

stateside that needs these.

And while you're home,

don't think about the army.

Think about your life...

What you want,

your family,

a career out

of this uniform we wear.

You've stood watch

a long time now.

Maybe it's time

to find out what's next.

Hello, liddy.

Sergeant Cullen.

I would've

recognized you anywhere.

Jonesy used to send me

pictures of you all.

I would have

given my life for him.

If I had the chance.

I came here because

I wanted to tell you...

He really loved you.

- Howdy.

- Afternoon.


What can I get for ya?

Uh, you have

chicken salad club?

Curly fries.

- Mm-hmm.

- Extra crispy.

- All right.

- White, wheat, or rye?


And a hot chocolate.


Even better.

How you doin'?

Know where the latrine is?

Hey, bill.


Can I get some ketchup?




I thought

I ordered it to go.

Faith, that isn't yours.

Whose is it?

It's his.

You ordered

a chicken salad club

on rye with crispy

curly fries

and hot chocolate

with marshmallows?


Heh... I'm so sorry.

What are the odds?

Oh, yeah,

that never happens.

Let me give you

some of my fries.

It's ok, really.

It's fine.

Come on!

I've gotta go.

Um, I'm sorry

about the fries.

Oh... merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.


Oh, good afternoon.

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Joany Kane

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