The story is about one specific Christmas night, when Santa missed a child during his night of deliveries. This specific child is a little girl from England, who's letter to Santa was answered by Arthur, Santa's second born. We see that Santa gets help from the elves, who deliver presents simultaneously in order to finish on time. Steve, the first born, is back at mission control on the North Pole, while Grandsanta watches the delivery through television where Arthur joins him. Steve expects that his father, after his 70th mission will pass on the job of Santa to him and finally retire, when he doesn't, Steve grows angry. It is after their family Christmas Eve dinner that Steve gets a call that one of the children were missed and they hadn't gotten their present.
Thoughts? This movie was wonderful! In every sense of the word. About a year ago I wrote a comparison between American and British Christmas movies. In it I discuss two movies in particular that underline the fact that British ones are a lot better. This movie proves that point as well! (If you care to read my comparison, click here!). The way my point if emphasized in the movie is that there is no villain. Steve isn't a villain, we find out that he had his heart broken by his dad and all he wishes for is for everyone to be proud of him - in the end he gladly gives Santa's job to Arthur, as he sees that he wasn't meant for it. Santa, although a really bad father, isn't the villain as he realizes that he is a klutz just like Arthur - this way underlining the fact that Arthur is suited for this job. Also, even if he doesn't always deliver as much care as he does presents, he still loves his family, this can be clearly seen in the scenes with his wife.
Even if not this year, make sure you check this one out if you have little ones in the house, or if you simply wish to have some holiday fun!
I have previously discussed my favorite Christmas movies on a long list, this movie is actually something I want to add now... I don't wish to change my list for the time being, but it would be between place 4 and 5. Also, if you check out the list, I have talked about Doctor Who Christmas Specials, this year's, "The Snowmen" was by far the best of them all! Make sure you put that on your own list of things to watch! If you wish to read my list, click here!