The Christmas Dress Summary
It’s Christmas Eve, and Leland Jeppson’s hope is gone. Struggling to get by in their rustic homestead, he had at least wanted to give his family a special Christmas. But with a blizzard blowing in and the train bearing their gifts nowhere in sight, it seems Christmas is just one more thing they’ll have to do without. But as dusk falls, the Jeppsons’ packages unexpectedly arrive at the post office in the not-so-nearby town. Half-blind Postman George Schow is hesitant to brave the storm, but his son, Sidney, will stop at nothing to bring Christmas to the Jeppsons—and ask their daughter, Ellen, to the New Year’s Eve dance. Now it’s up to father and son to battle fierce elements in an attempt to deliver a Christmas miracle. Don’t miss this heartwarming reminder that while God helps those who help themselves, sometimes He does so through others
The Christmas Dress Review
The Christmas Dress is a sweet Christmas story based on a true event from the life of the Jeppson Family. It takes place in the winter of 1927 in a remote little town on the Canadian prairie.
In addition to a collection of Christmas books, I also love Christmas movies, especially ones that are uplifting without being cloying or hitting you over the head with their message. The Christmas Dress is a beautiful and poignant story of faith and hope and service. As the movie opens, the Jeppson family is preparing for Christmas and despite the doubts of her oldest daughter, Ellen, Mary Jeppson clings to the hope sent in a letter by persons unknown (surely distant family members) that they will send packages for Christmas to help this struggling family who have reached the end of their resources. But it’s Christmas Eve and no packages have arrived. To complicate matters a snowstorm is coming and the prospects of help are dimming. However, the postmaster’s son, Sidney, finds that the packages have finally arrived, delayed by a train breakdown and convinces his father to brave the storm and together they set out to deliver Christmas to the Jeppson farm.
This short film—only 27 minutes—is perfect for a family home evening lesson or family movie night. So often we pray for God to send a miracle—and this movie reminds us that those miracles often show up in the form of other people. It is also a reminder that we need to keep our faith and never give up hope. If you enjoy this movie, you may also love the short book the movie is based on: A Christmas Dress for Ellen by Marian Jeppson Walker, published by Thomas S. Monson.