The Christmas Box Reminds Us That Giving Is The Greatest Gift of All
Many years ago, I read and loved the book The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans. It wasn't until recently that I discovered there had been a Hallmark Home Entertainment movie made from the book and once I did discover that fact, it took a bit of time to put my hands on a copy of the movie.
The Christmas Box has been released on DVD in tandem with the prequel movie, Timepiece. However, that double feature must have been discontinued because it is an expensive DVD. If you want to save a bit of money and you still have the capability to view a VHS videotape that is definitely the way to go. That is what I found, a copy of the movie on VHS, and I was able to enjoy this movie at a reasonable price.
This page is dedicated to the 1995 Hallmark Christmas movie, which stars Richard Thomas, Maureen O'Hara and Annette O'Toole. You will find more information about the movie as well as information about the book and the music CD, any of which I believe would make a wonderful Christmas gift when bundled with a copy of this rare movie.
You will not, however, find a copy of the movie trailer on this page. Since I was unable to find one, I have included a copy of the beautiful news segment about the story behind the book. No doubt it will have you wanting to read the book and watch the movie, if you have not already done so.
The Christmas Box Description
From the VHS videotape box.
"Richard, Keri and six-year-old Jenna are a loving family helping to make ends meet by acting as caretakers in an apartment building as Richard starts his brand new business. Keri learns about another caretaking position in one of the grand old homes in town and persuades Richard to accompany her on the interview. Although stately homeowner Mary Parkin seems a bit aloof, she likes the young couple and offers them the position.
Keri, Jenna and Mary become good friends but Richard spends long hours hard at work and grows more distant. When he finds an exquisitely carved Christmas box tucked away in the attic, containing letters that reveal a surprising clue to Mary's past, a bond of affection finally develops between them. In the busy weeks before the holidays, Richard learns a valuable lesson from Mary - about the true meaning of Christmas and the special bond that a family shares."
The Story Behind The Christmas Box
Unfortunately, there is no movie trailer available for The Christmas Box. However, there is this very lovely video of the story behind the Christmas box.
- ACTORS: Richard Thomas, Maureen O'Hara, Annette O'Toole, Kelsey Mulrooney, Robert Curtis Brown
- WRITERS: Greg Taylor, Richard Paul Evans
- PRODUCERS: Allan Henderson, Beth Polson, Chris Harding, Erica Fox, Michael Green
- DIRECTORS: Marcus Cole
- RATED: G
- STUDIO: Hallmark Home Entertainment
- ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1995
- VHS RELEASE DATE: September 16, 1997
Amazon Customer Review
"Though this was, I believe, a made-for-TV event, it is probably my favorite Christmas movie. The story tugs at the heartstrings...strings that need tugging now and again. The story is engaging, and the sentiments ring true to today's over-commercialization of Christmas." ~ Alan R. Holyoak
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The Christmas Box Book - By Richard Paul Evans
Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box for his daughters and never meant for it to be a widely published book. He self-published it in a limited quantity in 1994 but the book quickly gained international attention and went on to become a bestseller. As Amazon says, this is an unusual story filled with truth and emotion and that "Evans reminds the reader that the only way that we can genuinely love one another is by accepting the greatest gift of love ever given -- that of a Father who "so loved His children that He sent His son, that we might someday return to Him." A more simple message to take away is to love your children while you have them.
Paul Cardill's Created The Music For The Christmas Box
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Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 20, 2012:
I just finished rereading The Christmas Box last night. Didn't know there was a movie version. There are many important lessons to be learned from this story. I'll have to see if I can find the movie. Would love to see it. Happy holidays!
ryokomayuka from USA on November 13, 2012:
I have read the book and then I saw the movie and found it okay.
KimGiancaterino on January 05, 2012:
This is a lovely film. Maureen O'Hara is one of my favorite actresses, but the whole cast is great. I've read the book a couple of times too. Happy new year!
Fay Favored from USA on November 10, 2011:
This sounds like a wonderful story that would bring comfort to many who have lost a child.
Toyotaexpierence on November 10, 2011:
Joan4 on November 28, 2010:
The Christmas Box is one of my all-time favorites. Lensrolling to my review, too!
Dianne Loomos on November 27, 2010:
I have this book but I haven't read it yet. I don't think I've ever seen the movie. Need to put that on my list!
tandemonimom lm on November 27, 2010:
I don't remember this movie, but it looks like one worth seeing!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on November 27, 2010:
That message definitely rings true with me. I remember when this movie was on TV. Hard to imagine it was back in 1995. Wouldn't a copy of the movie with the box you have above make a wonderful gift? Beautiful!