The Waltons

Season 1 Episode 0

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Dec 19, 1971 on CBS
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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story
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It is 1933, during the Depression, and being Christmas Eve, the Walton family are in the midst of their Christmas preparations and hoping to celebrate it together. The problem is that there are many events which seem to prevent John Walton (Daddy) from arriving home to share this Christmas with his family. The majority of the film then, has Olivia wishing and hoping that he will make it home, the children rushing to the door to see if the noises they hear are their Daddy, and John-Boy heading out into the snowy night to try to find him. Eventually Daddy walks through the door, and the first Walton Christmas"miracle" has occurred. We are also introduced to the little old ladies, the Baldwin sisters, the makers of bootleg whisky, a venture that doesn't go down at all well with Olivia. We learn that John-Boy writes down all his secret thoughts, but tries to keep this from his parents, especially his father. He wants to go to University but feels that there is no way that his family would be able to manage this. The surprise for John-Boy comes, though, when his father comes home with a special present for him: packs of writing paper.moreless

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  • I always loved this

    9.0
    I always loved this special Christmas movie and pilot to The Waltons. I remember when it first aired. I have not seen it in quite some time, but I loved all of the so-called "slow" scenes which the other review from April 23, 2015 mentions.
  • A Christmas Must.

    9.0
    My family always watches this during the Christmas holiday. Yes it does have a few slow moments. The biggest being when John Boy runs out of gas and stops in on the country church and the Baldwins. Just drags out a bit too long. I do miss Will Geer as Grandpa and Ralph Waite as the dad. I must admit I do like Patricia Neal as the mother.
Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby

Grandma Esther Walton

Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas

John-Boy Walton

Judy Norton

Judy Norton

Mary Ellen Walton Willard Jones

Eric Scott

Eric Scott

Ben Walton

Jon Walmsley

Jon Walmsley

Jason Walton

David W. Harper

David W. Harper

James Robert "Jim Bob" Walton

Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal

Olivia Walton

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Edgar Bergen

Edgar Bergen

Grandpa Zebulon Walton

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Dorothy Stickney

Dorothy Stickney

Emily Baldwin

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