The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

Synopsis: The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas eve and they are waiting for father Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried and over the radio the mother and grandparents hear about an overturned bus and hurt travelers but keep this news from the rest of the family. The story is really a coming of age story about the oldest son JohnBoy who must cut down the tree with his grandfather since his father isn't home and is eventually told about his missing father and sets out to find him. An all round heartwarming story, especially if you are a fan of The Waltons. A simple story about a simple family in simple times. Great family entertainment!
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Fielder Cook
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
100 min


Tonight, CBS proudly presents

The Homecoming:

A Christmas Story

by Earl Hamner, Jr.,

a warm and inspiring

all-family movie

made especially for television.

Starring Patricia Neal.

The story of a family

and a Christmas Eve

that changed their lives



My grandfather used to say

that nobody owns a mountain,

but getting born and living

and dying in its shadow,

we loved Walton's Mountain

and felt it was ours.

The Walton family had endured

in that part of the Blue Ridge

for over 200 years,

a short time in the memory

of a mountain.

Still, our roots had grown deep

in its earth.

When I was growing up there

with my brothers and sisters,

I was certain that no one on

earth had quite so good a life.

I was 15, and growing

at an alarming rate,

each morning I woke,

convinced I'd added

another inch

to my height while I slept.

I was trying hard

to fill my father's shoes

that winter.

We were in the middle

of the Depression,

and the mill on which our

village depended had closed.

My father had found work

in a town 50 miles away,

and he could only be with us

on weekends.

On Christmas Eve,

early in the afternoon,

we had already started

looking forward

to his homecoming.

Go on, girl!

I'll tell you, I don't know

what's the matter with you.

You think it's springtime

or something?

That's the last time

you're going

to get out of there

and run up in the hill.

You some kind of rabbit?

Now move.

Get up.

Get up, girl.

I'm going to give you

some of the best hay

you ever cracked

your shins on.

Open the door.

( harmonica playing

"Happy Days Are Here Again" )

Why don't you play

something Christmasy, Jason?

It's not Christmas yet.

Well, it's Christmas Eve.

When will it really be

Christmas, John-Boy?

Tonight at midnight

when Grandpa rings

the church bell.

Grandpa says

at midnight on

Christmas Eve,

cows get down

on their knees

and pray.

You believe that,


Wouldn't that be a wonder?

I'm going

to find out.

Going to come

up here tonight

and keep watch.

I'm coming with you,

Mary Ellen.

Me, too.

Me, three.

Well, now, you better

ask your mama

before you go prowling around

the place at midnight.

How'd you like

to bump into Santa Claus?

I already asked Mama,

and she said she'd

think about it.

Well, I want you

all to listen

to me a minute.

Try not to worry

Mama today.

Something wrong, John-Boy?

Well, she's got a lot

on her mind.

Like what?

Well, Daddy promised

he'd be home early today,

and he's not here yet.

Daddy'll get here.

You know he'll get here.

Oh, sure he will,

but first

he's got to pick up

his paycheck,

get it cashed and

take a bus to


and take another bus

to Hickory Creek.

And from there he's got

to hitchhike six miles.

It's going to take a while.


Meanwhile, let's

get this wood

in the house

so we'll have a nice warm fire

when he gets here.

Yeah, I got it.



...Heard the bells

on Christmas Day

Their old familiar

carols play

And wild and sweet

the words repeat

Peace on Earth,

good will to men

( humming )

Peace on Earth,

good will to men.

Now, you all come and eat

before your soup gets cold.

I'm hungry

enough to

eat a horse.

Yeah. This Depression gets

any worse, you may have to.




It'll never

come to that.

Franklin D.



to put this

country on its

feet again.

You watch

my words.

( dramatically ):

Ah, friends,

and you are my friends...

Now, you hush

with that


He's your president.

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Earl Hamner Jr.

Earl Henry Hamner Jr. (July 10, 1923 – March 24, 2016) was an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he was best known for Spencer's Mountain, inspired by his own childhood and formed the basis for both the film of the same name and the television series The Waltons, for which he provided voice-over narration. more…

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