The First Christmas DVD Review
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Unwrap a Christmas miracle with this new deluxe edition DVD! Give your family a holiday to remember with this unforgettable story about the true meaning of Christmas from the animation powerhouse Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)! After Sister Theresa (voiced by Angela Lansbury) rescues an orphan shepherd boy from a lightning storm, she lovingly nurses him back to health. However, the boy suffered injuries during the storm and wakes up blind and discouraged in his new surroundings. With Sister Theresa’s help, the pint-sized shepherd with the king-sized heart learns that seeing goes deeper than what your eyes show you. Together, they discover that unconditional love can overcome any obstacles. Celebrate the gift of love with your family this holiday as you experience this fully remastered deluxe edition DVD!
The First Christmas came out in 1975 so it has been around a long time- even before I was born! It stars Angela Lansbury as the voice of Sister Theresa. It uses Stop Motion animation and runs about 25 minutes long.
I had never heard of this movie before, but it looks like it was a Christmas television special that was aired up until 2011 on ABC. When I first started watching it, I didn’t realize it was an older film so the animation is much different than what we are used today. However, the story is so touching and it really evokes the true meaning of Christmas.
The story begins with a group of nuns discovering a young shepherd boy with his flock of sheep on a mountainside during a storm. They rush to his aid and bring him back to their abbey to care for him. The boy ends up blinded by the shock of lightning, and the nuns learn that he is an orphan. Sister Theresa grows attached to him and wants him to stay at the abbey for good, but the church priest thinks he belongs in an orphanage.
The boy is in good spirits despite his blindness and visits his sheep out in the barn each day. When asked what he wants for Christmas, he simply says that he wants a white Christmas. He wants to feel the snow and doesn’t care if he can’t see it himself. It shows what kind of boy he is because I would have thought he would have said his Christmas wish was to regain his sight.
The movie was more about the religious meaning of Christmas vs. Santa Claus, elves, etc. I think my girls would really like it and am looking forward to showing it to them as we get closer to the holidays. It’s a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.
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I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.