Nora’s Christmas Gift (1989)

noras christmas gift ldsWarning: You must be 75 or older to watch this film.


You may think you know Gouda. You may relish Buffalo Mozzarella. You might even consider yourself a Gorgonzola expert. But nothing—nothing, I tell you—has prepared you for the cheese you will encounter in Nora’s Christmas Gift.

It stars Celeste Holm, who, in her younger days, was in classic films like All About Eve, Gentleman’s Agreement, and High Society, where she played opposite of Frank Sinatra.

Like Mr. Krueger’s Christmas, this is another short, small-budget film that is nostalgic for those of us who grew up in Utah in the early ‘90s. So yes, this would fall in that “guilty pleasure” category, but it’s a good one for the week of Christmas.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: If you’re ever at a classical concert of any kind, all you have to do is start walking up and down the aisles singing and leading the music on your own, and you will earn not only the love and respect of the conductor, but the deafening applause of the entire audience. #thingsIlearnedfromNora

So I’m at the ripe old age of 28, but apparently some people live for quite a long time after this. I’d like to do the same, if possible.

What I’m not looking forward to, though, and what Nora struggles with in this movie, is the gradual shift from being the one helping others to being the one dependent on everyone else.

christusI’m sure we’re all acquainted with someone in our life who has lost their sight, hearing, or mobility in some way. I often think about my grandmother, whose hearing is all but gone, and how very lonely she must often feel, especially when surrounded by a party full of people who are talking and laughing about something she can’t hear.

Such seasons in life, whenever they come, force us to humble ourselves and learn to rely on others, including Jesus Christ.

“Let earth receive her king” means not only welcoming and celebrating the Savior’s birth, but trusting and putting faith in what He did in His life—more specifically His Atonement—and acknowledging we will always rely on Him for everything even remotely related to happiness in our lives.

No matter our age or circumstance, we will never be left alone or powerless when we faithfully receive He who was called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” — John 1:11-12

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4 Responses to Nora’s Christmas Gift (1989)

  1. John Rainier says:

    Would not watch this on a dare.

  2. Vickie says:

    So I’m in my 20’s…and this is one of my favorite movies. It’s hilarious, don’t hate.

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