A Christmas Melody (2015) - full transcript

A gift of music transports people back to another time and place where they find their truest feelings.

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Mariah Carey:
♪ THE FIRST NOEL ♪

♪ THE ANGELS DID SAY ♪

♪ WAS TO CERTAIN
POOR SHEPHERDS ♪

♪ IN FIELDS AS THEY LAY ♪

♪ IN FIELDS WHERE THEY ♪

♪ LAY KEEPING THEIR SHEEP ♪

SPARE SOME CHANGE, MISS?

♪ ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT ♪

UM, I'M SO SORRY.
I DON'T HAVE ANY CASH ON ME.

♪ THAT WAS SO DEEP ♪

♪ NOEL ♪



YOU KNOW WHAT?

THIS $5 BILL WAS
FROM MY VERY FIRST SALE.

IT WAS -- IT WAS MEANINGFUL
TO ME ONCE.

MAYBE IT'LL BRING YOU MORE LUCK
THAN IT BROUGHT ME.

BLESS YOU.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, SIR.

♪ ...OF ISRAEL ♪

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISS.
♪ NOEL ♪

♪ NOEL ♪

♪ NOEL, NOEL ♪

♪ BORN IS THE KING ♪

♪ OF ISRAEL ♪

[ KNOCKS ]

WHOA.



I LIKE WHAT YOU'VE DONE
WITH THE PLACE.

HALEY,
YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND.

HOW COULD YOU NOT TELL ME
I'VE BECOME A PACK RAT?

YOU ARE A DESIGNER,

WHICH MEANS YOU ARE DESIGNED
TO SAVE THINGS,

LIKE THIS COUTURE DRESS
THAT YOU DESIGNED

OUT OF THAT HIDEOUS
BRIDESMAIDS GOWN.

OKAY, NO, NO, NO.

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE
HELPING ME PACK, NOT UNPACK.

FINE.

BUT I'M NOT GONNA ACT LIKE
I'M HAPPY ABOUT THIS PLAN.

I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU GO.

I DON'T WANT TO SEE ME
GO EITHER,

BUT...WE DON'T HAVE
A CHOICE.

THAT LITTLE, UH,

LITTLE START-UP
WAS TURNING INTO A SHUT-DOWN

QUICKER THAN I KNEW IT.

MAN, I WAS JUST IN
OVER MY HEAD.

WHEN MY AUNT SARAH
SUGGESTED IT,

HOW WAS I SUPPOSED
TO SAY NO?

MY DAD'S HOUSE IS JUST
SITTING THERE.

I MEAN, IT'S A FREE PLACE
TO LIVE.

YEAH, IN OHIO,

WHICH IS, LIKE,
A MILLION MILES AWAY.

I JUST WISH THAT
WE COULD'VE MADE IT WORK.

WELL, THAT WOULD'VE MEANT
NOT EATING OR SLEEPING

OR SEEING MY DAUGHTER
FOR THE NEXT YEAR.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

I-I JUST -- I FEEL LIKE MAYBE
THIS IS FOR THE BEST.

THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE SAY
WHEN THEY'RE TRYING TO

CONVINCE THEMSELVES OF SOMETHING
THAT THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN.

WELL, LOOK AT YOU.
YOU LANDED ON YOUR FEET.

I MEAN, YOU'RE THIS AMAZING
WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER

FOR BUTLER'S
DEPARTMENT STORE.

YEAH, BECAUSE YOU TAUGHT ME
EVERYTHING I KNOW.



I REALLY THINK
THIS COULD BE FOR THE BEST.

YOU KNOW,
THINGS HAVEN'T BEEN EASY

SINCE EMILY'S FATHER
PASSED AWAY.

WELL, YEAH, BUT IT'S BEEN
A LONG TIME.

YOU'RE ALL
SHE'S REALLY KNOWN.

EXACTLY. SO MAYBE
IT'LL BE GOOD FOR HER

TO BE AROUND SOME FAMILY.

YOU KNOW, SPENDING TIME
IN MY OLD HOMETOWN

WHERE, I MEAN, THE PEOPLE
REALLY ARE TIGHT-KNIT THERE.

YEAH? AND IF IT'S SO GREAT,
THEN WHY DID YOU LEAVE?

TO FOLLOW MY DREAMS.

WHICH ARE...CURRENTLY UNDER
A SLIGHT REVISION.

HMM.

HEY.

OH, HEY, PEANUT.
WHAT YOU GOT THERE?

STUFF FOR THE RECYCLE BIN.

WHAT --

WHY ARE YOU THROWING AWAY
YOUR SHEET MUSIC FROM CHOIR?

EVERYBODY AROUND HERE HAS
GIVEN UP THEIR DREAMS ANYWAY.

NO, NO, NO. NO ONE IS GIVING UP
THEIR DREAMS.

OKAY? AND PEOPLE -- PEOPLE SING
IN SILVER FALLS, OHIO.

MAYBE EVEN MORE SO.

RIGHT, HALEY?

HALEY, RIGHT?

YOUR MOM'S RIGHT. JUST BECAUSE
YOU'RE MOVING AWAY

DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU DON'T
GET TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS

AND KEEP DOING THE THINGS
THAT YOU LOVE.

REALLY?

I DON'T KNOW. I WAS ASKING.

[ LAUGHS ]
I'M JUST KIDDING.

YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT THERE
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT.

SHE'S RIGHT. [ KISSES ]

GIVE ME THOSE.
[ LAUGHS ]

OH, LOOK AT YOU.

YOU WERE JUST A LITTLE,
TINY BABY. YOU REMEMBER THAT?

YEAH, YOU PROBABLY DON'T
REMEMBER THAT.

- No.
- AW.

OH, SO CUTE.

[ CRICKET CHIRPING ]

HEY, ANGEL.
WHAT YOU DOING?

MAKING SURE I HAVE ALL
MY FRIENDS' E-MAIL ADDRESSES

SO WE CAN STAY IN TOUCH
WHEN I GET TO OHIO.

THIS WAY, IT'LL ALMOST BE LIKE
I'M NOT EVEN GONE, RIGHT?

YOU REMEMBER THAT
IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS?

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT

WHAT YOU WANT SANTA
TO BRING YOU THIS YEAR?

WHAT?

WELL, YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT

SANTA GRANTS CHRISTMAS WISHES,
DON'T YOU?

BUT NOT THIS WISH.

LISTEN, I KNOW YOU DON'T
WANT TO LEAVE L.A.

I DON'T EITHER.

BUT WE STILL HAVE
EACH OTHER.

AND WE'RE GONNA BE LIVING
AROUND THE CORNER

FROM MY AUNT SARAH,
WHO YOU'RE GONNA LOVE,

BECAUSE SHE'S HILARIOUS.
[ LAUGHS ]

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER,

YOU'RE GONNA GET TO EXPERIENCE
A REAL WHITE CHRISTMAS.

YEAH?

[ SIGHS ] I'M TRYING TOO HARD,
AREN'T I?

LITTLE BIT.

REALLY? JUST A LITTLE?

- AND A LITTLE BIT OF THIS.
- [ GIGGLING ]

AND A LITTLE BIT OF THIS.
A LITTLE BIT OF THIS.

[ BOTH LAUGHING ]

WHAT ABOUT YOU, MOM?
DO YOU STILL BELIEVE?

I THINK SO.

I WANT TO.

I MEAN, I THINK
YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD

TO BELIEVE
IN CHRISTMAS WISHES.

REALLY?
EVEN AT YOUR AGE?

[ LAUGHS ] HEY.

THANKS A LOT.

I THINK I NEED TO BELIEVE NOW
MORE THAN EVER.

LOVE YOU, MOM.

I LOVE YOU MORE.

SO MUCH MORE.

[ KISSES ]

ALL RIGHT.

NOW GO NIGHT-NIGHT.

[ SWITCH CLICKS ]

[ CRICKET CHIRPING ]

[ SWITCH CLICKS ]

[ PEN CLICKS ]

Emily: DEAR SANTA,

I KNOW THIS LETTER'S LATE
WITH CHRISTMAS SO NEAR,

BUT I WASN'T SURE EVEN YOU

COULD MAKE MY WISH
COME TRUE THIS YEAR...

BECAUSE IT ISN'T A PRESENT
YOU CAN WRAP UP WITH A BOW.

IT'S SOMETHING MORE MEANINGFUL
THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW.

THIS YEAR, SANTA,
I JUST WANT A WAY

FOR YOU TO FIND MOM A WAY
TO GET US BACK TO L.A.

YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO BELIEVE
IN CHRISTMAS WISHES, HUH?

IN THAT CASE...

[ Whispers ] PLEASE GIVE EMILY

THE BEST,
MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVER.

Emily: I DON'T WANT ANY GIFTS.
I JUST WANT TO GO HOME.

MOM SAYS I'LL BE REAL HAPPY
THERE, BUT I FEEL SO ALONE.

LOVE, EMILY.

Chuck Berry:
♪ RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH ♪

♪ SANTA'S GOTTA MAKE IT
TO TOWN ♪

♪ SANTA, MAKE HIM HURRY ♪

♪ TELL HIM HE CAN TAKE
THE FREEWAY DOWN ♪

♪ RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH ♪

♪ 'CAUSE I'M REELING LIKE
A MERRY-GO-ROUND ♪

HOW ARE YOU DOING, EM?

ARE WE THERE YET?

UH... [ CHUCKLES ]
YEAH, IN ABOUT TWO DAYS.

OH, COME ON, YOU KNOW WHAT?
LET'S SING A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

READY? LEAD THE WAY.

"THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS,"
TAKE IT AWAY.

Both: ♪ ON THE FIRST DAY
OF CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME ♪

♪ A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE ♪

♪ ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS
MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME ♪

♪ 2 TURTLE DOVES,
AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE ♪

[ LAUGHS ]



♪ 4 CALLING BIRDS,
3 FRENCH HENS ♪

♪ 2 TURTLE DOVES...♪

♪ AND A PARTRIDGE ♪

♪ IN A PEAR... ♪

- [ Operatically ] ♪ TREE ♪
- ♪ TREE ♪

WHOO!

[ INSTRUMENTAL "JINGLE BELLS"
PLAYING ]

SILVER FALLS DINER.
THIS IS SARAH.

- CAN YOU PLEASE HOLD?
- No.

No?

HEY, HOW MUCH FOR, UH,
TWO TURKEY PLATE SPECIALS

WITH AN EXTRA SIDE
OF STUFFING?

[ LAUGHS ]
BABY NIECE, I BELIEVED YOU.

JUST HOLD ON, I'M GONNA GET
RID OF THIS JOKER, ALL RIGHT?

[ BUTTON CLICKS ]

YES, SIR, A COCONUT CREAM,
LEMON MERINGUE,

AND APPLE BROWN BETTY. YEAH?
BETTY.

NO, IT'S SARAH.
NOT BETTY. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

[ BUTTON CLICKS ]
ARE YOU CLOSE? WHERE ARE YOU?

YEAH, WE HAVE ABOUT
AN HOUR TO GO.

OH, REALLY? OKAY. WELL, YOU KNOW
WHAT? I'M GONNA CLOSE EARLY.

I'M GONNA COME MEET YOU.
NO, IT'S FINE.

I'M -- I'M EXHAUSTED,
AND EMILY'S ALREADY ASLEEP.

SO WE'LL JUST -- WE'LL GO TO
THE HOUSE AND GET SETTLED.

ALL RIGHT, NO, THAT'S OKAY.
THAT'S A PLAN.

I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.
LOVE YOU.

YOU, TOO.

[ SIGHS ]

SO IS YOUR, UH, NIECE
PLANNING ON MAKING A VISIT

FOR HER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY?
MM-HMM.

BETTER THAN THAT, SHE'S MOVING
INTO THE OLD HOUSE.

REALLY?

[ CHUCKLES ]

KRISTIN IS, UH,

SHE'S MOVING
INTO THE OLD HOUSE.

- MM-HMM.
- SHE'S MOVING BACK TO OUR TOWN.

THAT'S...WOW.

WAIT A MINUTE.

DIDN'T YOU USED TO HAVE
A MAD CRUSH ON HER

IN HIGH SCHOOL?

SARAH, LOOK, TRUTH BE TOLD,
EVERY GUY IN SILVER FALLS

FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL
TO HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR YEAR,

HAD A MAD CRUSH
ON YOUR NIECE.

- THAT'S THE TRUTH. IT WASN'T JUST ME.
- MM-HMM.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO --
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

MM-HMM.

LOOK, WE WERE, YOU KNOW,
WE HARDLY EVEN KNEW EACH OTHER,

NOT TO MENTION WE TRAVELED
IN DIFFERENT CIRCLES.

SHE WAS OBVIOUSLY ONE
OF THE MORE POPULAR GIRLS,

AND I WAS --
A BAND GEEK?

[ CUP CLATTERS ]

YOU KNOW,
BESIDES BEING A BAND GEEK...

MM-HMM.
I WAS THE LEAD

IN THE SILVER FALLS
MARCHING BAND.

NOT TO MENTION, I WAS A LEAD
AND LED ALL THE GIRLS' CHOIR.

AND I'M VERY PROUD OF THIS,
BY THE WAY,

BUT I WROTE
THE SCHOOL ANTHEM.

EXACTLY. BAND GEEK.

[ CUP CLATTERS ]



I'M A BAND GEEK.



OHH. EM...

[ GASPS ]
EM, WAKE UP. LOOK.

WE'RE HERE. [ GASPS ]

OH, IT'S SO PRETTY.
ISN'T IT PRETTY?

WHEW.
SO GLAD WE'RE FINALLY HERE.

IT'S A LOT OF LIGHTS, HUH?

COME ON. WE'RE FINALLY HERE.
OH, GOOD GIRL.

[ INHALES SHARPLY ]
OH, WOW. LOOK AT IT.

OH, "WELCOME HOME."

THAT'S SO SWEET.

WE'RE HERE.

LOOK AT THIS.

AW.

AUNT SARAH'S TAKING CARE
OF US ALREADY.

OVER HERE.

EM, THIS USED TO BE
MY ROOM.

AND NOW IT'S YOURS.
ISN'T THAT COOL?

OKAY, IT COULD USE
A LITTLE SPRUCING UP.

BUT WE CAN JUST REDECORATE.
WE CAN MAKE IT YOURS.

[ SIGHS ] ALL RIGHT, YOU'RE JUST
CRANKY 'CAUSE YOU'RE TIRED.

[ SIGHS ]

DON'T BE LIKE THIS, EM.

TRY AND AT LEAST
GIVE IT A CHANCE, OKAY?

[ SIGHS ]

YOU KNOW, I USED TO LOVE
LAYING IN THIS BED AT NIGHT.

AND I WOULD STARE UP
AT THE CEILING

AND THINK
ABOUT ALL THE THINGS

I COULDN'T WAIT TO DO
THE NEXT DAY.

OH, THIS ONE TIME
I REMEMBER THAT, UH...

[ CHUCKLES ]
THERE WAS A SNOWSTORM,

AND ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT
WAS HOW I WANTED TO BUILD

A SNOWMAN AND A SNOWWOMAN
IN THE MORNING.

AND I DID, AND I DRESSED THEM UP
IN CLOTHES

LIKE THEY WERE GETTING MARRIED.
[ CHUCKLES ]

I GUESS I WAS DESIGNING CLOTHES
EVEN BACK THEN, HUH?

EM?



[ EXHALES SHARPLY,
INHALES DEEPLY ] COME ON, EM!

YOU DON'T WANT TO BE LATE
FOR YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

COME ON.

ALL RIGHT.

CHOP-CHOP.
[ EXHALES DEEPLY ]

HONEY, ISN'T THIS GREAT?
LOOK AT THIS.

HERE, WE GET TO WALK
TO SCHOOL.

IN L.A., WE'D BE IN THE CAR,
SITTING IN TRAFFIC.

WHERE HERE WE GET TO
WALK IN THE ICE, COLD.

WELL, THERE'S ALWAYS A CLOUD
IN EVERY SILVER LINING,

IS THAT IT?

I LIKED MY OLD SCHOOL.
I KNOW YOU DID, HONEY,

BUT JUST GIVE THIS PLACE
A CHANCE.

WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT?

WELL, JUST HAVE AN OPEN MIND
ABOUT IT, OKAY?

I MEAN, THIS COULD TURN OUT
TO BE BETTER THAN

BOTH OF US EVER HOPED.

CAN YOU DO THAT FOR MAMA?

OKAY, I GUESS.

YOU GUESS? OKAY, WELL,
I'LL TAKE IT. [ CHUCKLES ]

WHAT DO YOU HAVE THERE?

I WROTE A LETTER TO SANTA.

YOU DID? GOOD FOR YOU.

I WENT ON THE INTERNET

AND FOUND OUT
IT'S BETTER TO SEND IT

BECAUSE SANTA HAS
A PRIVATE E-MAIL ACCOUNT.

YOU KNOW WHAT?
HE PROBABLY DOES.

BECAUSE HE PROBABLY SAVES
THAT E-MAIL FOR JUST,

I DON'T KNOW,

IMPORTANT WEATHER STUFF
AND REINDEER SUPPLIES.

YOU WANT ME TO TAKE IT
TO THE POST OFFICE FOR YOU?

THAT'S OKAY.
I PUT A STAMP ON IT MYSELF.

I WANNA MAKE SURE IT
GETS TO HIM IN TIME.

[ CREAKS ]

[ MAILBOX DOOR SHUTS ]

[ SCHOOL BELL RINGS ]
- OH, WE BETTER GO. WE'RE GONNA BE LATE.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE SO MUCH FUN
ON YOUR FIRST DAY.

UM, HI,
THIS IS EMILY PARSON.

OUR NEW STUDENT.
EMILY, HELLO.

WE'RE BEEN WAITING
FOR YOU.

ALL THE WAY FROM
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA.

IT'S LIKE YOU'RE A CELEBRITY
OR SOMETHING.

I'LL SAY. WE RARELY GET STUDENTS
FROM PLACES SO GLAMOROUS.

OH, L.A.'s NOT AS GLAMOROUS
AS YOU THINK.

UH, I MEAN, IT'S -- IT'S MORE
GLAMOROUS, RIGHT, EM?

IN THAT CASE, MAYBE I SHOULD
TAKE YOU TO YOUR NEW CLASSROOM,

AND YOU CAN TELL THEM
ALL ABOUT IT?

[ Lowered voice ] DO YOU
WANT ME TO GO WITH YOU?

NO, I'M OKAY.

YOU SURE?

ALL RIGHT.
THERE'S MY BEAUTIFUL ANGEL.

[ KISSES ]
I'LL SEE YOU AFTER, OKAY?

YOU'LL BE WITH MRS. MELTZER.

I THINK THE TWO OF YOU
WILL GET ON GREAT.

BYE.

[ INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS ]

[ SIGHS ] PLEASE TELL ME THAT
MRS. MELTZER IS A TEACHER

THAT ALL THE KIDS LOVE.

SHE'S ACTUALLY ONE OF
THE MORE POPULAR TEACHERS.

GOOD. GOOD.

I MEAN, I DON'T WANNA BE
ONE OF THOSE HOVER MOMS.

I'M SORRY. IT'S JUST THAT...

[ INHALES DEEPLY ]
THIS IS A BIG MOVE FOR EMILY...

FOR BOTH OF US.

MRS. PARSONS, I PUT TOGETHER
SOME PAPERWORK

FOR YOU TO FILL OUT
WHEN YOU GET HOME.

AND IF YOU'D LIKE,
THERE'S A P.T.A. MEETING

THAT'S GONNA START
IN A FEW MINUTES.

P.T.A., GREAT.
THAT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING

I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN
ABLE TO DO IN L.A.

THANK YOU.

OH! UM, I'M SO SORRY.

WAIT. KRISTIN?

KRISTIN RANDALL?

IT'S ACTUALLY
KRISTIN PARSON NOW.

MELISSA McKEAN?

MELISSA McKEAN-ATKINSON.
MARRIED NOW.

12 GLORIOUS YEARS,
3 CHILDREN,

HUGE 4-BEDROOM, 3 1/2-BATH,
2-STORY.

WOW.

THAT'S A LOT OF NUMBERS.

CONGRATULATIONS.

MY HUSBAND'S A DENTIST.

10th ANNIVERSARY PRESENT.

ARE...YOU WANTING ME TO GUESS
HOW MANY KARATS OR...

I MEAN, IT'S OBVIOUS THAT
HE MUST LOVE YOU A WHOLE BUNCH.

[ SCOFFS ]

BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU?

I MEAN, I DON'T SEE A RING.

UH, NO, YOU DON'T.
[ EXHALES ]

HMM.

OH, GOOD FOR YOU.

I MEAN, THERE'S NO POINT
IN SETTLING.

UM...

I DON'T MEAN TO BE RUDE,

BUT I'M ACTUALLY ON MY WAY TO
THE, UH, P.T.A. MEETING, SO...

OH. WELL, YOU'RE LOOKING

AT THE HEAD OF THE P.T.A.
RIGHT HERE,

SO I'LL JUST
WALK YOU ON DOWN.

GUESS TODAY'S
YOUR LUCKY DAY.

IT'S EARLY YET.
[ CHUCKLES ]

I'M ALSO SPEARHEADING
THE SCHOOL'S SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT.

OF COURSE YOU ARE.

I DON'T MEAN TO BRAG,

BUT I'M, LIKE, THE TO-GO MOM
FOR EVERYTHING AT SILVER FALLS.

OH, OKAY, WELL,
I'LL HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT.

BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU
AND YOUR BIG CITY DREAMS?

I MEAN,
IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY,

YOU COULDN'T WAIT TO
GET OUT OF SILVER FALLS.

THAT'S A BIT
OF AN EXAGGERATION.

NOT REALLY.
BUT...WHAT HAPPENED?

WELL,
SOMETIMES DREAMS CHANGE.

HMM.

[ Under breath ]
PEOPLE DON'T.

OKAY, EVERYONE.

THIS IS EMILY PARSON.
SHE JUST MOVED FROM LOS ANGELES.

LET'S MAKE HER FEEL WELCOME,
OKAY?

Students: HI, EMILY.

EMILY, WHY DON'T YOU SIT
NEXT TO ABIGAIL?

YOU CAN SHARE HER MATH BOOK
FOR TODAY.

[ MOUTHS WORDS ]

[ STUDENTS MURMURING ]

[ MOUTHING WORDS ]

[ MURMURING CONTINUES ]

[ BOY LAUGHS ]

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHERE'D YOU GET
THAT DRESS FROM?

MY MOM MADE IT.
SHE'S A DESIGNER.

YOUR MOM MAKES
YOUR CLOTHES?

ISN'T THAT
A LITTLE EMBARRASSING?

[ LAUGHTER ]

SHH!

OKAY, EVERYONE, FRACTIONS.

[ MICROPHONE FEEDBACK ]

[ PAPERS THUDDING ]

THIS COMMENCES
OUR MONTHLY MEETING.

FIRST OFF, I'D LIKE EVERYONE
TO GIVE A WARM WELCOME

TO OUR NEW SINGLE MOM HERE

AT SILVER FALLS ELEMENTARY --
KRISTIN PARSON.

[ MOUTHS WORDS ] SOME OF YOU MIGHT
REMEMBER HER AS KRISTIN RANDALL,

OUR SENIOR CLASS
"MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED."

UH, HI, EVERYONE.

I ACTUALLY WASN'T VOTED
"MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED."

OH, THAT'S RIGHT. I DID.

BUT YOU DID TAKE HOME
A TITLE THAT NIGHT.

WHAT WAS IT AGAIN?
BEST DRESSED.

RIGHT.

OKAY, THEN.
FIRST ON THE AGENDA,

THE SILVER FALLS
SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT.

NOW COSTUMES HAVE BEEN COVERED
BY TEAM A.A.H. --

ANGELA, APRIL, AND HOLLY.

AND OUR MUSIC TEACHER,
MR. COLLIER,

WILL BE WORKING WITH THE KIDS
DURING MUSIC CLASS

AND AFTER SCHOOL.

AND WE'VE GOT A WIDE VARIETY
OF TALENT THIS YEAR --

JUGGLING, DANCING,
AND, OF COURSE, SINGING.

NOW BECAUSE
I'M THE LEAD ORGANIZER,

I'M GONNA BE COUNTING ON YOU
TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS YEAR

IS THE BIGGEST OF ALL
IN TERMS OF

TICKET SALES
AS WELL AS DONATIONS. YES?

OUR NEW SINGLE MOM
WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER.

OH, NO, NO, I DIDN'T MEAN --
WELL, I MEAN, I'M HAPPY TO HELP.

BUT I-I ACTUALLY JUST WONDERED
IF MY DAUGHTER EMILY

COULD AUDITION FOR THE SHOW.

'CAUSE SHE LOVES TO SING
AND SHE DANCES AND --

I'M SORRY.
UH, THE AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED.

OH. RIGHT.
BUT I JUST THOUGHT THAT

SINCE WE JUST MOVED HERE,
MAYBE YOU COULD...

I KNOW. BUT IF I MAKE
AN EXCEPTION FOR YOUR CHILD,

THEN I HAVE TO MAKE
AN EXCEPTION FOR EVERY CHILD.

RIGHT?

SUPER! NOW LET'S TALK
ABOUT THE BAKE SALE.

I'M THINKING WE NEED
TO OFFER UP

SOME GLUTEN-FREE ITEMS
THIS YEAR.

ANYONE OBJECT?

SUPER.

[ PLAYING
MID-TEMPO CONTEMPORARY PIECE ]



[ STOPS PLAYING ]

EXCUSE ME?
YES?

HI. I'M LOOKING FOR
THE MUSIC TEACHER, MR. COLLIER?

UM, THAT WOULD BE ME.

HI, I'M --
I'M KRISTIN RANDALL.

KRISTIN.

KRISTIN RANDALL.
[ CHUCKLES ] HI.

IT'S ME.

MR. COLLIER?

DANNY.
NO, IT'S DANNY. IT'S ME.

OH, DANNY, HI. DO --

DO THE TEACHERS GO BY
FIRST NAMES AT THIS SCHOOL?

NO, NO, THEY -- THEY GO,
UH, BY FIRST NAME.

I'M SORRY, OBVIOUSLY YOU DON'T
REMEMBER ME. [ CHUCKLES ]

WE, UM, WE WENT TO
SCHOOL TOGETHER.

SILVER FALLS HIGH SCHOOL
CLASS OF 1998.

YOU DON'T REMEMBER?

- YEAH, NO...
- WE WERE IN ENGLISH CLASS TOGETHER.

AS A MATTER OF FACT,
WE WERE IN SENIOR BIOLOGY,

AND YOU AND I DISSECTED
A FROG TOGETHER.

[ GASPS ]
REMEMBER?

THE FROG.
YEAH.

YES.
[ LAUGHS ]

YES, OF COURSE. YEAH, I --

I MEAN, I THINK I PROBABLY
BLOCKED THAT MEMORY

- OUT OF MY BRAIN FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.
- [ CHUCKLES ] OH.

I WON'T BLAME YOU. [ LAUGHS ]
YEAH, HOW -- HOW ARE YOU?

I'M GREAT. NO, I'M GOOD. YEAH.
I'M STILL SINGLE, YOU KNOW.

BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, LOVING
THE SINGLE LIFE, YOU KNOW.

YEAH, I HEAR YA. [ LAUGHS ]
[ LAUGHS ]

LISTEN, I REALLY HATE TO,
UM, I HATE TO BOTHER YOU,

BUT CAN I ASK A FAVOR?

OF ME?
YEAH, OF COURSE. SHOOT.

MY DAUGHTER EMILY AND I --

- WE JUST MOVED BACK TO TOWN AND...
- MM-HMM.

WELL, I FOUND OUT ABOUT
THE SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT

ABOUT AN HOUR AGO,

AND SHE LOVES TO SING
AND SHE WRITES POETRY,

AND I -- LISTEN, I KNOW
THE AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED.

AND I'M NOT -- SHE MAY NOT
GET A SPOT IN THE SHOW,

BUT COULD YOU -- I JUST WANTED
TO GIVE HER A CHANCE.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TRYING
TO SAY, AND YOU KNOW WHAT?

YOU'RE RIGHT.
I MEAN, TECHNICALLY,

THE AUDITIONS, UH, ARE OVER,
AND THEY ENDED A FEW DAYS AGO.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
EMILY WASN'T HERE.

SO HOW WAS SHE SUPPOSED
TO KNOW, RIGHT?

YES, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I SAID.
BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

MELISSA McKEAN-ATKINS?
IS THAT HER NAME NOW?

YEAH, MELISSA McKEAN-ATKINS.
YEAH, SHE'S A PEACH. YEAH.

YOU KNOW WHAT?
SHE HASN'T CHANGED SINCE --

SHE SAID THAT SHE WOULDN'T BE
FAIR OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

SHE HASN'T CHANGED
SINCE HIGH SCHOOL.

YOU GOTTA JUST FORGET
ABOUT MELISSA.

- NO, I THINK SHE'S ACTUALLY WORSE.
- REALLY? [ LAUGHS ]

UH, SHE MIGHT BE.
ANYWAY, LOOK, UM...

I'M OBVIOUSLY
THE MUSIC TEACHER, SO, LOOK,

I'M GONNA DECIDE WHO AUDITIONS
FOR MY SHOW AND WHO DOESN'T.

WHY DON'T YOU DO ME A FAVOR?

TELL ME WHAT IS
YOUR DAUGHTER'S TALENT?

UM, WELL, SHE LOVES TO SING.
REALLY?

YES, AND AGAIN, I'M NOT ASKING
YOU TO GIVE HER A SPOT. JUST...

- [ CHUCKLES ]
- IF YOU COULD LET HER AUDITION.

YOU HAD ME AT,
"SHE LOVES TO SING."

OKAY? OF COURSE I WILL.

THANK YOU.

I MEAN, I DON'T WANT TO
STEP ON YOUR TOES OR ANYTHING.

HEY, STEP AWAY.
JUST BRING EMILY DOWN

AFTER -- AFTER SCHOOL
AND HAVE HER AUDITION FOR ME.

JUST GIVE ME A CHANCE
TO SEE HER AND --

AND HEAR HER
AND SEE WHAT'S SHE'S GOT.

REALLY, THANK --
THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU'RE WELCOME. ANYTIME.
THANK...

ALL RIGHT.
DANNY. DANNY COLLIER, HUH?

IN THE FLESH.
LONG TIME.

- THANK YOU.
- GREAT SEE-- UH, GREAT SEEING YA.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.
NO WORRIES.

[ SCHOOL BELL RINGS ]

[ CHEERING ]

FIRST DAYS ARE THE WORST,
AREN'T THEY?

HOW DID YOU KNOW
IT'S MY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?

PRETTY OBVIOUS FROM THAT
LOOK ON YOUR FACE.

YOU HAVEN'T MADE
ANY FRIENDS YET, HUH?

YET? MORE LIKE EVER.

[ LAUGHS ]

WELL, PEOPLE ALWAYS SELL
THEMSELVES SHORT

BACK WHERE YOU COME FROM?

IT'S ALL IN THE APPROACH.

IF YOU ACT NEGATIVE,

YOU CAN'T EXPECT
A POSITIVE RESULT, RIGHT?

THOMAS. THOMAS DUNNING.

NICE TO MEET YOU, THOMAS.

NICE TO MEET YOU,
EMILY PARSON.

HOW DO YOU KNOW MY NAME?

I KNOW EVERY CHILD'S NAME.

EVERY CHILD AT THIS SCHOOL,
OF COURSE.

I ALSO KNOW THAT YOU HAD
A BUMPY START

WITH ABIGAIL ATKINSON.

YOU KNOW HER?

OH. RIGHT.

SO YOU'RE HAVING A HARD TIME
FITTING IN, HUH?

YEAH, BUT TODAY'S ONLY
MY FIRST DAY.

IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER
FROM HERE, RIGHT?

LOOK WHAT YOU JUST DID.

YOU TOOK A NEGATIVE
AND TURNED IT INTO A POSITIVE.

YOU ALSO MADE
YOUR FIRST NEW FRIEND.

SEE WHAT HAPPENS?
[ LAUGHS ]

SO WHAT ARE YOU
GONNA DO NOW?

STAND HERE AND KEEP ME
FROM DOING MY JOB?

OR HEAD OUT TO THAT PLAYGROUND
AND GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY?

I'LL SEE YOU AROUND?

SOUNDS GOOD.

THANKS.

[ CHILDREN SHOUTING PLAYFULLY ]

[ Singsongy ]
THERE SHE IS! OH!

THERE'S MY FAVORITE GIRL.
HOW WAS YOUR FIRST DAY?

OKAY, I GUESS.

YEAH?
DID YOU MAKE SOME FRIENDS?

ONE, FOR SURE.

WELL, ONE IS BETTER
THAN NONE, RIGHT?

DEFINITELY.
YEAH.

OH. I HAVE A SURPRISE FOR YOU.
LOOK AT THIS.

I PULLED SOME STRINGS, AND I GOT
YOU AN AUDITION FOR THE SHOW.

YOU CAN SHOW EVERYONE
HOW MUCH YOU LOVE TO SING.

BUT WHAT IF THEY'RE BETTER
THAN ME?

WHO CARES?
IT'S NOT A COMPETITION.

IT'S JUST ABOUT MEETING
SOME NEW FRIENDS

AND DOING SOMETHING
THAT YOU LOVE.

YOU'RE RIGHT.
I WANNA GO FOR IT.

YOU IMPRESS ME.

WELL, IF YOU ACT NEGATIVE,

YOU CAN'T EXPECT
ANYTHING POSITIVE TO HAPPEN.

THAT'S TRUE.

YOU BETTER HURRY 'CAUSE DANNY'S
WAITING FOR YOU TO AUDITION.

WHO'S DANNY?

MR. COLLIER, UH,
THE MUSIC TEACHER.

WE ACTUALLY WENT TO SCHOOL
TOGETHER BACK IN THE DAY.

IF I COULD JUST REMEMBER
WHO HE WAS BACK IN THE DAY.

SO WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SING?

I DON'T KNOW. I ONLY HEARD ABOUT
THE AUDITION THREE MINUTES AGO.

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

OKAY, UM, HOW ABOUT
SOMETHING CHRISTMASSY?

"DECK THE HALLS."
DO YOU KNOW THE SONG?

YEAH.
OKAY. ON THREE.

♪ DECK THE HALLS
WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY ♪

♪ FA LA LA LA LA
LA LA LA LA ♪

♪ 'TIS THE SEASON
TO BE JOLLY ♪

♪ FA LA LA LA LA
LA LA LA LA ♪

♪ DON WE NOW
OUR GAY APPAREL ♪

♪ FA LA LA... ♪

♪ LA LA LA LA LA LA ♪
KEEP GOING. ♪ LA LA LA ♪

♪ TROLL THE ANCIENT
YULETIDE CAROL ♪

[ MOUTHING WORDS ]

Danny and Emily:
♪ FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA ♪

♪ FA LA LA LA LA
LA LA LA LA ♪

VERY GOOD!
[ CLAPS HANDS ]

[ LAUGHS ]
THAT'S FANTASTIC.

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I THINK, EMILY, YOU'RE IN...

[ CLAPS HANDS ]
AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED.

LISTEN, CAN YOU COME BY
TOMORROW AFTER SCHOOL

FOR OUR FIRST REHEARSAL?

I THINK WE CAN CLEAR
OUR SCHEDULES. [ CHUCKLES ]

PERFECT!
[ LAUGHS ]

WE'LL SEE YOU THEN.

THANK YOU.

WANT SOME BACKGROUND MUSIC?

[ LAUGHS ] I'M KIDDING.
GOOD JOB, KIDDO.

Nat King Cole: ♪ CHESTNUTS
ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE ♪

♪ JACK FROST NIPPING
AT YOUR NOSE ♪

[ DOOR BELL JINGLES ]

[ Singsongy ] GUESS WHO MADE
THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT?

OH! WELL, IF IT ISN'T
A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE?

OR IS IT MY FAVORITE
GRANDNIECE?

[ CHUCKLES ] OH.

AREN'T I
YOUR ONLY GRANDNIECE?

DOESN'T MATTER.

IF I HAVE A THOUSAND,
YOU'D STILL BE MY FAVORITE.

LOOK -- HOW WAS THE FIRST DAY
OF SCHOOL?

[ Loudly ] THIS WAS HER FIRST
DAY OF SCHOOL, EVERYBODY.

SHE'S A GENIUS.
YOU KNOW WHAT?

TO CELEBRATE, I WANT YOU TO
GO OVER TO THAT DESSERT CASE

AND GET ANYTHING
YOUR HEART DESIRES.

ALL RIGHT?

YEAH, GO FOR IT.
YOU DESERVE IT.

- OH.
- HI!

- HI, HONEY. HOW ARE YOU?
- OH. AW.

IT'S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.
YOU, TOO.

AND HER. ALL RIGHT,
SIT DOWN. SIT DOWN.

OKAY.
OH, THANK YOU.



YOU ARE A SIGHT
FOR SORE EYES.

AW.

BOY, SO... [ SIGHS ]

SMALL TOWN GIRL RETURNS
FROM BIG CITY.

HOW IS IT TO BE BACK?

IT'S LIKE I NEVER LEFT.
MM.

REALLY, THE HOUSE --
IT LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE IT DID

WHEN I WAS A KID --
EVEN THE SCHOOL.

WE WERE THERE TODAY AND --
OH, I RAN INTO MELISSA McKEAN.

UGH. MELISSA McKEAN.
OH, MY GOD.

SHE IS MEANER THAN TAR.

WE KIND OF GOT OFF
ON THE WRONG FOOT,

AND I FEEL LIKE IT'S BEEN
IN MY MOUTH EVER SINCE.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M SURE SHE HAS A BIG HEART
DEEP, DEEP DOWN.

WAY DEEP, DEEP.

[ Deep voice ]
DEEP, DEEP DOWN. [ LAUGHS ]

REAL DEEP.

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

SO WHO ELSE DID YOU SEE?
ANYBODY?

NO, I...

YOU KNOW WHAT?
I SAW, UM...

DO YOU REMEMBER
DANNY COLLIER?

DANNY IS HERE EVERY DAY.
YOU REMEMBER DANNY.

HE HAD SUCH A HUGE CRUSH
ON YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL.

WHAT?
OH, YEAH.

NO.
YES.

WHY AM I HAVING SUCH A HARD TIME
REMEMBERING HIM FROM BACK THEN?

MM-HMM, MAYBE BECAUSE YOU WERE
SO OBSESSED WITH BOY BANDS

AND FRANTICALLY TRYING
TO ESCAPE THIS TOWN.

OKAY, WHY DOES EVERYONE
KEEP SAYING THAT?

I LOVED GROWING UP HERE.

I JUST WAS EXCITED TO
GET OUT

AND EXPLORE SOMETHING
BEYOND MY OWN BACKYARD.

WELL, NOW THAT YOU'RE BACK
IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD, DOROTHY,

WHAT DO YOU WANNA DO?

[ SIGHS ] I DON'T KNOW.

I MEAN, CLOSING DOWN
THE BOUTIQUE

AND THEN MOVING HERE...
MM.

IT'S JUST KIND OF
OVERWHELMING.

OH, HONEY.
YOUR HEAD MUST BE SPINNING.

I'M SO SORRY. WELL,
WE'RE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU.

AND, WELL, YOU KNOW,

I COULD ALWAYS USE AN EXTRA HAND
AROUND HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T --

YOU PROBABLY DON'T WANT TO.

WELL, I MEAN, I HAVEN'T
WAITED TABLES SINCE HIGH SCHOOL,

BUT I-I WOULD LOVE TO,
JUST TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO.

YOU WOULD?

YEAH, I'LL TAKE YOU UP ON THAT
IF YOU'RE SERIOUS.

CAN I HAVE COOKIES AND CAKE?
I CAN'T DECIDE.

HONEY, HAVE BOTH.

TAKES AFTER HER AUNTIE.

YOU KNOW WHAT? I'M GONNA TAKE
THE EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT.

[ CHILDREN SHOUTING PLAYFULLY ]

THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOME MAGIC

IN THAT OLD SILKY CAP
THEY FOUND.

FOR WHEN I PLACED IT
ON MY HEAD...

IT WAS THE GREATEST SNOWSTORM
THE TOWN HAD EVER SEEN.

[ CHUCKLES ]
UM, THAT WAS FANTASTIC.

IT WAS
VERY, VERY NICE, LEWIS.

- WHEN YOU PUT THE CAP ON YOUR HEAD...
- [ YAWNS LOUDLY ]

YOU GOTTA PICK UP THE PACE
A LITTLE BIT, OKAY?

SAY THAT NEXT LINE
REALLY, REALLY QUICKLY.

IT'S THE JOKE.
IT'S GOTTA BE DONE FASTER.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT,
IT WAS FANTASTIC.

THANKS, BUDDY.

YOU'RE DOING GREAT.

LOOK, YOU'RE THE BEST.

I WANT YOU TO SHINE.
GOT IT?

I DIDN'T SPEND ALL THAT MONEY
ON DANCE LESSONS FOR YOU

TO JUST
FADE INTO THE SCENERY.

I CAN DO THIS.

THAT'S MY LITTLE SUPERSTAR.

NOW GET OUT THERE
AND KILL IT FOR MOMMY!

OKAY, WHO'S NEXT?

WE'RE READY TO GO,
MR. COLLIER.

FANTASTIC.
WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

[ "JINGLE BELLS" PLAYING ]

5, 6, 7, 8!

♪ DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW ♪

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

♪ O'ER THE FIELDS WE GO ♪

♪ LAUGHING ALL THE WAY ♪

♪ BELLS ON BOBTAILS RING ♪

♪ MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT ♪

♪ WHAT FUN IT IS
TO RIDE AND SING ♪

♪ A SLEIGHING SONG TONIGHT ♪

♪ OH, JINGLE BELLS,
JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY ♪

♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE
IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

♪ HEY ♪

♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY ♪

♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE
IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

[ SONG ENDS, APPLAUSE ]

VERY GOOD.
VERY, VERY GOOD.

PERFECT.



[ INSTRUMENTAL "JINGLE BELLS"
PLAYING ]

I'M SORRY WE DIDN'T GET TO
YOUR PERFORMANCE TODAY, EMILY,

BUT YOU KNOW, WE WERE KINDA --
JUST RAN OUT OF TIME.

YOU KNOW?
THAT'S OKAY.

YOU KNOW, I WAS THINKING,
RATHER THAN A SOLO,

MAYBE YOU COULD JUST ADD ME
TO A GROUP PERFORMANCE?

OH, I SEE.

SO...STRENGTH IN NUMBERS,
IS THAT IT? HUH?

[ SIGHS ]

YOU GETTING A LITTLE...

ANXIOUS GETTING UP ONSTAGE
ALL BY YOURSELF?

MAYBE A LITTLE.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S A FUNNY THING
ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT, EMILY.

IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL.

AND IF YOU WEREN'T SO GOOD,

I WOULD NOT BE PUTTING YOU
IN THAT POSITION.

SURE YOU'RE NOT JUST
BEING NICE?

[ CHUCKLES ]

IT'S TRUE. ADULTS DO THAT
SOMETIMES, DON'T THEY?

I'M TELLING YOU THE TRUTH.

YOU ARE A REAL TALENT.

THANK YOU, MR. COLLIER.

YOU'RE WELCOME.
WHAT ARE YOU, UH,

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING
ON YOUR NOTEBOOK?

WHAT ARE YOU WRITING DOWN?
NOTHING. JUST SOME HOMEWORK.

[ LAUGHS ] OKAY.

SO...YOU USED TO GO TO SCHOOL
WITH MY MOM WHEN SHE WAS A KID.

YEAH. [ CHUCKLES ]

IT'S CRAZY, HUH?

WHAT WAS SHE LIKE
BACK THEN?

UH, YOUR MOM,
WHAT WAS SHE --

UM...SHE, UH...

SHE WAS A GREAT STUDENT.

WHEN I MET YOUR MOM,
SHE LOVED ART AND FASHION.

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF HER?

ME? UH...

WHAT DID I THINK
OF YOUR MOM?

PUTTING ME ON THE SPOT HERE.
[ LAUGHS ]

I THOUGHT SHE WAS AMAZING.

AS A MATTER OF FACT,
WHEN I FIRST MET HER,

SHE HAD THIS FEARLESSNESS
ABOUT HER.

AND I KNEW THAT
SHE COULD ACHIEVE

ANYTHING SHE SET
HER MIND TO.

YEAH, AND YOU ARE A LOT
LIKE YOUR MOTHER.

TELL ME MORE.

I DON'T THINK SO.
[ LAUGHS ]

ANYWAY,
CAN WE ZIP THAT UP,

MEET YOUR MOM AT THE DINER?
[ ZIPS BACKPACK ]

THERE YOU GO.

I GOTTA TELL YOU, KIDDO,

IF THIS MUSIC THING
EVER GETS STALE,

YOU SHOULD BE A PSYCHOLOGIST,
AND I'LL CALL YOU FOR THERAPY.

Man: ♪ ...GAY AND BRIGHT ♪

♪ THERE'S ONLY SPLENDOR
FOR THE SIGHT ♪

♪ O CHRISTMAS TREE ♪

OKAY, SO,
WELCOME TO SILVER FALLS DINER,

MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER, PLEASE?

I AM GOING TO HAVE
THE MEAT LOAF.

OH, GOOD CHOICE.
AND YOU, MADAM?

FRIES.
OKAY. AND YOU?

I THINK I'LL HAVE
THE CHICKEN POT PIE. NO PEAS.

NO PEAS? OH, COME ON.
GIVE PEAS A CHANCE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[ DOOR BELL JINGLES ]
HEY! HERE'S MY ANGEL.

SO HOW WAS
YOUR FIRST REHEARSAL?

MR. COLLIER THINKS I'M GOOD
ENOUGH FOR MY OWN SOLO.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT?

I THINK I NEED TO THANK
MR. COLLIER

FOR TAKING YOU
UNDER HIS WING.

OH, EM, COME AND HAVE DINNER
WITH YOUR COUSINS.

[ BELL DINGS ]
[ Whispers ] HI, DANNY.

HOW YOU DOING?

I REALLY DON'T KNOW
HOW TO THANK YOU.

COME ON,
DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

I MEAN, I PRACTICALLY
EAT HERE, LIKE, EVERY NIGHT.

SO IT'S NO BIG DEAL.
[ LAUGHS ]

I DON'T MEAN JUST FOR THE DRIVE.
I MEAN FOR EVERYTHING.

I WANNA SAY I WAS
HALF EXPECTING HER

TO COME HOME FROM SCHOOL
IN TEARS

BLAMING ME FOR RUINING HER LIFE,
WHICH WOULD'VE BEEN TRUE.

YOU'RE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF.

I MEAN, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE,
YOU'RE A TERRIFIC MOM.

OH, THANK YOU.
I MEAN IT.

I JUST DON'T REMEMBER
PARENTING BEING THIS TOUGH

FOR MY MOM AND DAD.
OH, AMEN, SISTER.

[ LAUGHS ] SARAH.
[ BELL DINGS ]

OH, DUTY CALLS.
RIGHT, THE INFAMOUS BELL.

ANYWAY, THANKS SO MUCH.

NO, DON'T MEN--
UH, DOESN'T -- NO.

HEY, DAN --
"DANNY ON THE SPOT," RIGHT?

WHAT'S THAT?

THAT WAS YOUR NICKNAME
IN HIGH SCHOOL, WASN'T IT?

BECAUSE YOU WOULD ALWAYS
RAISE YOUR HAND FIRST,

AND YOU ALWAYS KNEW
THE RIGHT ANSWER.

[ CHUCKLES ] UM...

I HAVEN'T BEEN CALLED THAT
IN OVER 15 YEARS.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
THAT FROG WE DISSECTED?

YOU DID ALL THE WORK
'CAUSE IT MADE ME QUEASY.

AND YOU KNEW THAT.

YOU DID IT, AND I STILL GOT
AN "A," THANKS TO YOU.

YEAH.

THAT'S ME,
DANNY ON THE SPOT.

THAT'S RIGHT. WELL, THANKS.
[ LAUGHS ]

NO PROBLEM.
HUH.

SHE REMEMBERED.

[ SIGHS ] YEAH, SHE REMEMBERED.
[ BELLS JINGLE ]

SEE YOU, EMILY.

[ "ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH"
INSTRUMENTAL PLAYING ]

Kristin: EMILY?

EM, YOU FORGOT YOUR BACK--

KRISTIN PARSON?

YOU'RE EMILY'S MOM, RIGHT?

I'M THOMAS.
I RECOGNIZED HER BACKPACK.

OH. YEAH, SHE WAS SO EXCITED
TO GET INTO CLASS

THAT SHE LITERALLY JUST
LEFT IT SITTING OUTSIDE.

WELL, WHY WOULDN'T
SHE BE EXCITED?

I HEAR THIS YEAR'S
SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT

IS GOING TO BE ONE
OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER.

OH,
THAT'S WHAT I HEAR, TOO.

YOU MUST BE VERY PROUD.

WE JUST MIGHT HAVE A STAR
IN THE MAKING HERE

AT SILVER FALLS ELEMENTARY.

THAT IS VERY KIND OF YOU
TO SAY.

I'M JUST SO HAPPY SHE HAS
A SPOT IN THE SHOW.

LISTEN, THOMAS, COULD YOU
TELL ME THE BEST WAY

TO GET THE BACKPACK
BACK TO EMILY?

ANNIE IN ATTENDANCE WILL MAKE
SURE TO GET IT BACK SAFELY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OH, UM,
IF YOU DON'T MIND...

I FOUND THIS OUT
IN THE PLAY YARD,

AND I WAS GOING TO TURN IT IN
TO ANNIE AS WELL.

I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE
EMILY'S.

HAVE I RETURNED IT
TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNER?

YOU HAVE.

UM...YEAH, THIS MEANS
A LOT TO HER.

SO...THANK YOU.

WELL, YOU BETTER TELL ANNIE
TO PUT A RUSH ON IT.

THANK YOU.

[ INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS ]

Choir:
♪ ...WHEREVER YOU ARE ♪

♪ GOOD TIDINGS FOR CHRISTMAS ♪

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?

THIS IS YOUR SURPRISE.

LISTEN, I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN
HAVING A HARD TIME,

MISSING YOUR FRIENDS
FROM L.A.

AND, YOU KNOW,
MR. COLLIER TOLD ME THAT

YOU'RE ALSO HAVING
A HARD TIME

PICKING A SONG FOR
THE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR.

JUST WANT IT TO BE PERFECT.

I KNOW. THAT'S WHY I THOUGHT
THAT MAYBE WE WOULD COME GET

A CHRISTMAS TREE, AND IT'LL
PUT YOU INTO THE SPIRIT.

I GET TO PICK OUT
THE TREE?

YEAH, ANY ONE YOU WANT.

GREAT. I WANT A BIG ONE --
SO BIG WE HAVE TO GET

ON A LADDER TO PUT
THE STAR ON.

[ LAUGHS ] OKAY.

WE'RE STARTING
A NEW TRADITION

WHERE WE NEED A TREE
AS TALL AS SANTA?

A TREE AS TALL AS SANTA.

ALL RIGHT.
[ Whispers ] YES!

OH. THIS ONE'S TOO SKINNY.

YEAH.

MAYBE THIS ONE.

WELL, THIS ONE
COULD BE PERFECT.

OH, YOU KNOW WHAT?
I THINK THAT ONE'S PERFECT.

MR. COLLIER?

[ CHUCKLES ] HEY.

HEY, EMILY.

LOOKS LIKE WE HAD THE SAME
AFTER SCHOOL PLAN, HUH?

DID YOU PICK THE TREE?

WOW. I GOTTA TELL YOU,

THAT IS A NICE TREE.
IT'S A SCOTCH PINE.

YOU KNOW WHAT'S PRETTY COOL
ABOUT A SCOTCH PINE?

WHAT?

IT'S NATIVE
TO THE STATE OF OHIO.

THIS IS
YOUR FIRST OHIO TREE

FOR YOUR VERY FIRST
OHIO CHRISTMAS.

SEEMS FITTING, RIGHT?
THEN THIS IS THE ONE I WANT.

[ LAUGHS ] PERFECT.

OKAY, WELL, I DON'T KNOW HOW
WE'RE GONNA ACTUALLY

GET THIS TREE INTO THE HOUSE.

COME ON, LOOK, I'LL JUST
LOAD IT UP IN MY TRUCK.

I'LL TAKE IT OVER.

OH, NO. NO, NO,
I COULDN'T LET YOU DO THAT.

YOU'VE BEEN -- YOU'VE BEEN
WAY TOO KIND ALREADY.

WELL, TO BE HONEST, I REALLY
WASN'T GONNA DO IT FOR FREE.

I MEAN, I WAS HOPING FOR
A SMALL DELIVERY FEE.

SAY, OH, I DON'T KNOW.

MAYBE EMILY CAN LOOK
AROUND THE LOT

AND TRY TO FIND ME
A PERFECT TREE,

JUST LIKE THE ONE
YOU PICKED OUT?

WHAT DO YOU SAY, EMILY?
CAN YOU DO THAT FOR ME?

HUH? [ CHUCKLES ]
THANK YOU.

YOU STILL ARE JUST

THE GOOD OLD GUY YOU WERE
IN HIGH SCHOOL, HUH?

I GUESS OLD HABITS DIE HARD.

IS THAT THE ONE?
YEP.

ALL RIGHT.
OH, I LOVE IT.

STICK IT UP HERE.
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL,

ALL RIGHT.
ALL RIGHT, YOU READY?

Kristin: LITTLE BIT TO --
TO MY LEFT. TO YOUR RIGHT.

Danny: TO MY RIGHT?
YEAH. JUST A LITTLE BIT.

A LITTLE BIT MORE.
A LITTLE BIT MORE.

OKAY, THAT -- THAT'S GOOD.
HOW'S THAT? IS THAT GOOD?

YEAH, NO,
THAT'S REALLY GOOD.

I THINK THAT'S PERFECT.
LET'S SEE.

RIGHT?

YEAH, THAT LOOKS
PRETTY GOOD, ACTUALLY.

YEAH.

- WHOA!
- OH!

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

- OH, NO.
- OH, THAT WAS CLOSE, HUH?

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

I GOT IT, I GOT IT.

-OH, HEY.
- MOM, THESE ARE JUST THE LIGHTS.

WHERE ARE THE ORNAMENTS?

OH. YEAH, YOU FOUND
THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, HUH?

OH, YOU KNOW WHAT?

I THINK MAYBE I PACKED
THE ORNAMENTS SEPARATELY.

HOW ABOUT AFTER DINNER,
I'LL HELP YOU LOOK, OKAY?

DOES THAT SOUND GOOD?
[ PATS HANDS ]

CAN MR. COLLIER STAY?
YEAH.

UH...ARE YOU SURE?
I MEAN, I DON'T WANNA IMPOSE.

NO, I MEAN, WE'RE --
WE'RE STILL UNPACKING,

SO WE'RE GONNA BE EATING
ON PAPER PLATES

AND PLASTIC UTENSILS, BUT NO,
YOU'RE WELCOME TO STAY.

GREAT, SOUNDS LIKE A, UH,
CHRISTMAS PICNIC, RIGHT? I'M IN.

LET'S GO.

Woman:
♪ THE HOLLY AND THE IVY ♪

I GOTTA TELL YA,
THAT WAS INCREDIBLE.

YOU KNOW, I DIDN'T KNOW
YOU WERE SUCH A GREAT COOK.

OH, THANKS.
[ LAUGHS ]

MM, IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE'S
NOT A BIG FAN OF MY LASAGNA.

OH, COME ON,
EMILY IS JUST EXCITED.

SHE'S LOOKING FOR
SOME DECORATIONS

TO PUT UP ON
THE CHRISTMAS TREE, THAT'S ALL.

YOU'RE STARTING TO KNOW
MY DAUGHTER REALLY WELL.

WELL, YOU KNOW,
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE,

IT LOOKS LIKE
SHE'S SETTLING IN NICELY.

YOU THINK SO?
MM-HMM. ABSOLUTELY.

I'M JUST SO WORRIED THAT

SHE'S PUTTING ON
A HAPPY FACE FOR ME.



CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION?

YEAH.

WHATEVER HAPPENED
TO EMILY'S DAD?

UH, HE -- HE PASSED AWAY
WHEN SHE WAS 2 YEARS OLD.

I'M SORRY, I SHOULDN'T EVEN --
I MEAN, I WAS JUST...

NO, NO, IT'S OKAY.
IT'S -- IT'S --

HONESTLY, IT'S PART OF
THE REASON THAT I MOVED BACK.

I JUST -- I JUST FEEL LIKE
SHE SHOULD HAVE FAMILY,

MORE FAMILY THAN JUST ME.

YOU KNOW, BUT I FEEL LIKE
HER HEAD

AND HER HEART
ARE STILL BACK IN L.A.

I WAS LOOKING
IN HER JOURNAL AND...

[ SIGHS ] SHE'S BEEN
WRITING IN HER JOURNAL

ABOUT HOW MUCH SHE MISSES
HER FRIENDS.

WELL, IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE.

I MEAN, COME ON, KRISTIN,
IT'D BE TOTALLY ABNORMAL

IF SHE DIDN'T MISS HER FRIENDS
AND HER LIFE BACK HOME, RIGHT?

YEAH,
BUT THAT'S THE THING.

I'M TRYING SO HARD
TO MAKE THIS HOME.

AND SHE'LL GET HERE.
TRUST ME, SHE WILL.

YOU JUST GOTTA BE
MORE PATIENT.

OKAY, WE GOTTA TALK
FOR A SECOND.

YOU TOLD ME THAT
SHE LIKES TO WRITE POETRY.

BUT YOU NEVER MENTIONED
SHE WAS THIS TALENTED.

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
I MEAN, THIS IS --

I MEAN, THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE.
THEY'RE REALLY GOOD.

I KNOW. I THINK SHE'S GIFTED.
I REALLY DO, AND...

I MEAN,
HER FAVORITE SUBJECTS ARE --

- THANK YOU.
- ALRIGHT. YOU'RE WELCOME --

HER FAVORITE SUBJECTS ARE --

ARE MUSIC AND WRITING.

I HAVE AN IDEA.

WOULD EMILY BE INTERESTED
IN, UH, COMBINING THE TWO?

DO YOU MEAN LIKE
WRITING A SONG?

YEAH.
[ PAGES RUSTLE ]

- BUT THAT'S VERY SWEET...
- WHAT?

AND I THINK SHE'S...

[ CHUCKLES ] REALLY BRIGHT,
BUT COME ON, SHE'S 9 YEARS OLD.

NO, LOOK, I WILL COME,
OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE MUSIC.

ALL SHE'S GOTTA DO IS
COME UP WITH LYRICS.

ARE YOU SURE YOU KNOW
WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO?

'CAUSE MY DAUGHTER IS, UM,
SHE'S A BIT OF A PERFECTIONIST.

SO... [ LAUGHS ] I DON'T KNOW
IF YOU'RE PREPARED FOR THIS.

WELL, THAT BEING SAID,
I GUESS I'LL FIND OUT.

NO, I'M EXCITED. I THINK
WE HAVE SOMETHING HERE.



THAT'S...
[ SIPS ] AHH.

WELL, CHEERS.
CHEERS.

[ CLINK ]

Alan Ett:
♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY ♪

Sarah: ♪ OH, WHAT FUN
IT IS TO RIDE ♪

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE
OPEN SLEIGH, HEY ♪

SO EMILY HAD A LITTLE SPRING
TO HER STEP TODAY, HUH?

[ CHUCKLES ]

SHE WAS ALL SCRIBBLING SOMETHING
ON HER SECRET NOTEBOOK.

SHE DIDN'T EVEN
LOOK UP AT ME.

OH, SHE IS SO EXCITED.

'CAUSE DANNY'S LETTING HER
WRITE HER OWN LYRICS

TO THE SONG SHE'S GONNA PERFORM
AT THE SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT.

THAT'S FANTASTIC.

I KNOW. HE'S REALLY JUST
SO WONDERFUL TO EMILY.

YEAH, HUH. TO EMILY.

WHAT -- NO, REALLY.
I MEAN, HE'S -- HE'S...

HELPED TURN
HER WHOLE ATTITUDE AROUND.

OH, REALLY?

YEAH.

THAT'S NOT THE ONLY THING
THAT'S BEEN TURNED AROUND.

WHAT?

I'M JUST SAYIN'.



[ INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS ]

MOM, LOOK AT US.

WE LOOK LIKE A BUNCH OF
CHRISTMAS PIÑATAS.

NO, SWEETIE,
IT'S NOT THAT BAD.

IT JUST -- IT JUST NEEDS
A LITTLE BIT OF TAILORING.

I MEASURED TWICE AND CUT ONCE.
MAYBE SHE'LL GROW INTO IT.

IN TWO WEEKS?

I DON'T KNOW
WHAT WE WERE THINKING.

I MEAN, TEAM A.A.H.
HAS BECOME TEAM UGH.

THERE'S NO USE IN
COMPLAINING ABOUT IT.

YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO
START OVER.

[ Lowered voice ]
I MEAN, I COULD HELP,

BUT I DON'T THINK MELISSA
WOULD EVEN ALLOW THAT.

MRS. ATKINSON?
IS THERE A PROBLEM?

NO PROBLEM,
PRINCIPAL WEBBER.

JUST, UM,
A LITTLE SETBACK,

BUT WE'VE GOT IT
UNDER CONTROL.

I'M SURE YOU REMEMBER,
MRS. ATKINSON,

THAT THE MONEY WE MAKE
FROM THE TICKETS AND DONATIONS

FOR THIS SHOW HELP FUND
THE SCHOOL'S MUSIC PROGRAM

FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR.

I KNOW.

WE NEED SOMETHING FUN
WITH SOME PIZZAZZ.

GOTCHA.

SO YOU WANT THESE COSTUMES TO BE
A LITTLE BIT MORE BEDAZZLING?

THERE ISN'T ENOUGH BEDAZZLE
IN THE STATE OF OHIO

TO SAVE THESE OUTFITS.

WHY NOT LET MY MOM
TAKE OVER THE COSTUMES?

I MEAN,
SHE IS A FASHION DESIGNER.

[ LAUGHS ] NO.

MS. PARSON?
DO YOU THINK YOU'D BE WILLING

TO HELP US OUT OF THIS MESS?

- SHE CERTAINLY COULDN'T DO ANY WORSE.
- I SECOND THE MOTION.

HOLD ON. [ Singsongy ]
THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRACY.

I'M IN CHARGE, REMEMBER?

I THINK WE SHOULD AT LEAST
ASK MRS. PARSON

IF SHE'D BE INTERESTED
IN VOLUNTEERING.

SURE.
BUT, PRINCIPAL WEBBER,

THERE'S JUST NO WAY
ONE PERSON

CAN SOLVE THIS WHOLE PROBLEM IN
TIME FOR THE SCHOOL'S PAGEANT.

- GOOD POINT.
- I'D BE WILLING TO HELP OUT, KRISTIN,

IF YOU'D SHOW ME WHAT TO DO.
YEAH, ME, TOO.

I KNOW WE HAVE
A LIMITED SKILL SET.

THEN IT'S SETTLED.

SURE.
OF COURSE I'LL HELP.

[ CHILDREN CHEER ]

Men: ♪ BA-BA-DA-DUH,
BA-DA-BA-BA-DUH ♪

♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY ♪
♪ BA-DA-BA-BA-DUH ♪

- [ DOORBELL RINGS ]
- I'LL GET IT! I'LL GET IT! I'LL GET IT!

♪ ...IS TO RIDE
IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS ♪

HI, MR. COLLIER.
HEY, EMILY.

- [ WHIRRING ]
- YOU READY TO WORK ON YOUR SONG?

YEAH.
HUH?

MOM JUST ASKED THAT
WE STAY OUT OF HER HAIR.

REALLY?
I DIDN'T SAY THAT.

I'M JUST ON A MISSION,

AND I CAN'T AFFORD
ANY INTERRUPTIONS.

SHE'S A LITTLE CRANKY.

OOH, BETTER BE, UH,
QUIET, HUH?

I HEARD THAT, AND I AM NOT.

[ SIGHS ] SO?

OKAY,
HERE'S WHAT I GOT SO FAR.

ALL RIGHT.

SO I WROTE THIS LETTER
TO SANTA.

- OKAY.
- AND I MAILED IT AND EVERYTHING,

BUT NOW I THINK I MIGHT
WANT TO CHANGE MY WISH.

BUT YOU JUST TOLD ME YOU ALREADY
SENT IT OUT THERE, RIGHT?

YEAH, BUT I THOUGHT SANTA
WOULD TOTALLY HEAR IT

IF I SANG A SONG TO HIM,
RIGHT?

I MEAN, EVEN IF HE WASN'T,
LIKE, AT THE SCHOOL

BECAUSE THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE,

BUT, YOU KNOW,
HE HEARS EVERYTHING.

ABSOLUTELY.

CAN I SEE WHAT YOU WROTE?

IT'S JUST A COUPLE LINES.

IT'S NOT A GREAT POEM.

DOESN'T REALLY RHYME YET.
I HAVE TO REDO IT.

OKAY.
LET'S DECIDE TOGETHER.

"SANTA, IF YOU GET THIS LETTER,
WON'T YOU HELP ME OUT?

I KNOW YOU'RE KINDA BUSY
WITH YOUR ELVES RIGHT NOW."

I LOVE THIS.
THIS IS FANTASTIC.

- IT'S GREAT.
- BUT IT'S -- BUT IT'S NOT A SONG.

WHY NOT?
[ PLAYS CHORD ]

♪ SANTA ♪

♪ IF YOU GET THIS LETTER,
WON'T YOU HELP ME OUT? ♪

HOW'D YOU DO THAT?

CHRISTMAS MAGIC.



OKAY. ♪ SANTA ♪

♪ IF YOU GET THIS LETTER,
WON'T YOU HELP ME OUT? ♪

♪ I KNOW YOU'RE KINDA BUSY
WITH YOUR ELVES RIGHT NOW ♪

♪ AND I DON'T KNOW HOW
YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO ♪

♪ WHILE I SLEEP
ON CHRISTMAS EVE ♪

[ LAUGHS ] THAT'S PERFECT!
THAT'S PERFECT.

THAT'S THE THIRD --
OKAY, LET'S DO IT TOGETHER.

HOLD THAT. OH, ACTUALLY,
WE'LL JUST PUT THIS RIGHT HERE.

WE KNOW IT, RIGHT?
YEAH.

OKAY.

Both: ♪ SANTA ♪

♪ IF YOU GET THIS LETTER,
WON'T YOU HELP ME OUT? ♪

♪ I KNOW YOU'RE KINDA BUSY
WITH YOUR ELVES RIGHT NOW ♪

♪ AND I DON'T KNOW HOW
YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO ♪

- ♪ WHILE I SLEEP ON CHRISTMAS EVE ♪
- ♪ CHRISTMAS NIGHT -- ♪

EVE? IS IT EVE? OKAY,
LET'S DO IT ONE MORE TIME,

AND WE'LL TRY TO CATCH UP.

[ INSTRUMENTAL
"AWAY IN A MANGER" PLAYING ]

[ SWITCH CLICKS ]

[ EXHALES DEEPLY ]

SO HOW GOES THE PROGRESS?

I WAS ABOUT TO ASK YOU
THE SAME THING. [ SIPS ]

MY LITTLE SLEEPING ANGEL
DECIDED TO TAKE FIVE, HUH?

SHE WENT BACK AND FORTH
FROM, UH, WORKING ON HER SONG

TO TRYING TO GET ME TO HELP HER
DECORATE THE CHRISTMAS TREE.

BUT WE COULDN'T FIND
THE BOX OF ORNAMENTS, SO...

I KNOW I PACKED THEM.

SO THEY HAVE TO BE HERE
SOMEWHERE. I JUST...

I MEAN, UNLESS THEY WERE
LOST IN THE MOVE.

DID YOU UNPACK
ALL THE BOXES?

YEAH, EXCEPT FOR THOSE BOXES
OF BOOKS IN THE PANTRY.

MAYBE THEY'RE THERE.

[ DOOR KNOB CREAKS ]
LET'S SEE...

LIGHT.
[ SWITCH CLICKS ]

OH, YEAH, YEAH,
THEY'RE THERE.

- OKAY, LET ME GET THIS HERE.
- FINALLY.

[ EXHALES ]

THANKS. [ EXHALES ]

- YOU GOT IT?
- YEAH.

OH, SHE'S GONNA BE
SO EXCITED.

I'LL PUT THESE BACK.

AUNT SARAH GAVE THIS TO ME
THE YEAR THAT EMILY WAS BORN.

THEY'RE BROKEN.

[ TISSUE PAPER RUSTLING,
ORNAMENTS CLATTERING ]

THEY'RE NOT ALL BROKEN.

HEY, LOOK,
YOU CAN SALVAGE THIS ONE.

THERE'S A FEW HERE.

[ Voice breaking ] I'M SORRY.
IT'S SILLY. THEY'RE JUST --

THEY'RE JUST ORNAMENTS.
[ INHALES AND EXHALES SHARPLY ]

HEY.
I'M SORRY.

NO, LISTEN TO ME. HEY.

THERE'S NO NEED
TO BE SORRY.

THESE ARE PART
OF YOUR PAST, RIGHT?

YEAH.

YOU KNOW WHAT?
YOU CAN MAKE NEW MEMORIES.

YOU CAN CREATE
A NEW FUTURE.

THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE
MY FUTURE IS GOING.

I MEAN, I THOUGHT I DID.
BUT...

LOOK WHERE IT GOT ME.

IT GOT YOU BACK TO PEOPLE
THAT CARE ABOUT YOU.

KRISTIN, YOU GOTTA GIVE YOURSELF
A BREAK, ALL RIGHT?

YOU'RE DOING THE BEST
YOU CAN.

AND WHAT IF THAT'S NOT
GOOD ENOUGH?

THEN YOU WAIT PATIENTLY
FOR CIRCUMSTANCES TO CHANGE,

AND YOU STAY THE COURSE.

ALL RIGHT?

YOU'RE A GOOD GUY.

YOU'RE A GOOD GUY.
YOU KNOW THAT, DANNY?

MAYBE.

BUT YOU MAKE IT EASY.

UM, YEAH.

UH... [ SNIFFLES ]

IT'S GETTING LATE, RIGHT?
I MEAN, IT'S LIKE...

YEAH, I MEAN, I --
IT IS A SCHOOL NIGHT. SO...

YEAH, WE SHOULD PROBABLY
GET RESTED UP.

JUST, YOU KNOW,
IF WE DON'T,

THIS SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT'S
NOT GONNA HAVE A CHANCE.

YEAH. [ LAUGHS ] OF COURSE.
[ LAUGHS ]

SO, UH...YOU OKAY?

I'M FINE.
ALL RIGHT.

SORRY. NO, I'M FINE.
NO, DON'T BE SORRY.

UM...ALL RIGHT, WELL,
I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW, OKAY?

OKAY.
ALL RIGHT.

GOOD NIGHT.
GOOD NIGHT.

[ INSTRUMENTAL "THE TWELVE DAYS
OF CHRISTMAS" PLAYING ]

[ INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS ]

YOUR MOM IS SO COOL.
REALLY?

UH-HUH. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE
WHAT SHE MAKES FOR ME.

[ Under breath ]
YOU AND ME BOTH.

YEAH?

I'M DOING A MAGIC ACT.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN MIND
FOR MY COSTUME?

WELL, WE COULD GO WITH
TRADITIONAL COAT AND TAILS.

OR...WHAT WOULD YOU THINK
OF PERFORMING YOUR ACT

AS A MAGICAL ELF?

MRS. PARSON,
I LIKE THE WAY YOU THINK.

[ LAUGHS ] OKAY, THANKS.

ALL RIGHT, NOW, LADIES,

SINCE YOU GUYS ARE PERFORMING
AS A GROUP,

I WAS THINKING THAT YOU SHOULD
PROBABLY HAVE MATCHING OUTFITS,

RIGHT?
YES.

NO.
WHAT? I --

REALLY?
I THOUGHT WE ALREADY DECIDED.

MY MOM DECIDED TO BUY ME
A STORE-BOUGHT COSTUME.

SHE WANTS ME IN SOMETHING
SIMPLE, BUT TASTEFUL,

THAT WILL REALLY
MAKE ME POP.

OH. OKAY. I'M SURE SHE DOES.
UM, WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT?

THAT'S WHY I'M WORKING
EXTRA HARD TO MAKE SURE

THAT EVERYONE'S OUTFIT POPS.

SO I HAD A REALLY CUTE IDEA
FOR YOU.

SO IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND,
YOU LET ME KNOW, OKAY?

OKAY, THANKS.

ALL RIGHT.
HEY, EMILY. WHERE'S DANNY?

I THOUGHT YOU WERE SUPPOSED
TO BE REHEARSING YOUR SONG.

OH, HE HAD A LIGHTING CHECK
IN THE AUDITORIUM.

HE ASKED ME TO HEAD OVER
AFTER THE COSTUME FITTING.

OH, OKAY, WELL, THEN,
YOU CAN GO.

EVEN THOUGH I WAS REALLY HOPING

THAT I WOULD GET TO
HEAR THE SONG.

MOM! NOT UNTIL THE NIGHT
OF PRODUCTION.

IT'S A SURPRISE.

OH, WELL, IF IT'S A SURPRISE,
THEN, OKAY.

BYE.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S LOOK
AT THIS PRINCESS.

DO YOU LIKE IT?
I LOVE IT.

OKAY, WE JUST NEED TO
TAKE IT IN

A LITTLE TINY BIT
AT THE WAIST.

A LITTLE BIT HIGHER.

OH, THAT'S PERFECT.



EMILY. HAVE YOU DECIDED
WHAT SONG YOU'RE GONNA SING

AT THE SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT
YET?

YES, AS A MATTER OF FACT.

WELL, DON'T TELL ME.
LET ME GUESS.

UM, "WINTER WONDERLAND."

"FROSTY THE SNOWMAN"?
"SILENT NIGHT"?

[ GIGGLES ] YOU'LL NEVER
GUESS IT IN A MILLION YEARS

BECAUSE I WROTE IT MYSELF.

WELL, ME AND MR. COLLIER.

AN ORIGINAL SONG.
VERY IMPRESSIVE.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

IT'S KIND OF
A LETTER TO SANTA.

IT'S MY CHRISTMAS WISH.

I SEE.
SOUNDS PRETTY SPECIAL.

YEAH, BUT I CHANGED IT.

IT'S NOT JUST FOR ME ANYMORE.
IT'S FOR MY MOM.

WELL,
THAT'S CERTAINLY SELFLESS.

AND IF ANYONE CAN HELP YOU,
IT'S SANTA.

THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT.

SO ARE YOU GOING TO BE THERE
AT THE SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT?

TO HEAR MY SONG?

WELL, I DO HAVE SOMEPLACE
TO BE AFTER THE SHOW.

YOU KNOW,
BIG CHRISTMAS EVE PLANS.

BUT, TRUST ME, I WOULDN'T
MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.

GREAT.

SO I'LL SEE YOU...

THOMAS?



Man: ♪ OH, JINGLE BELLS,
JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY ♪
♪ ALL THE WAY ♪

♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE ♪

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

♪ JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY ♪

OH! SORRY! [ LAUGHS ]
I'M SO SORRY.

[ LAUGHS ]
I'M SORRY.

HEY.
HEY.

ARE YOU OKAY?
YEAH, HI.

DID I GET YOU
IN THE FACE RIGHT NOW?

NO?
NO, IT'S OKAY. I'M FINE.

SO WERE YOU DOING SOME
LAST MINUTE, UH...

OH, SHOPPING.

YEAH, MY AUNT SARAH WAS
NICE ENOUGH TO, UH,

WATCH EMILY
FOR A LITTLE BIT.

WELL,
THAT WAS NICE OF HER.

SO HOW'S IT GOING WITH
ALL THE OUTFITS AND EVERYTHING?

UH, THEY ARE GOOD.

I MEAN, I-I HAVE MOTHERS
WHO ARE CUTTING PATTERNS.

SO I-I KINDA FEEL LIKE
WE'RE OKAY.

[ CHUCKLES ] GOOD.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

OH, UH, WELL, ACTUALLY,

EMILY HAS MADE ME TAKE
A VOW OF SILENCE.

UM... [ CLEARS THROAT ]
AND I CAN'T MENTION TO ANYBODY

ANYTHING ABOUT HER PERFORMANCE,
SO IT'S BEEN FANTASTIC.

YEAH, BUT ARE YOU...
[ SIGHS ]

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE WAY
EVERYTHING'S TURNING OUT OR...

OH, LET ME SEE. UM...

HMM...HMM...MM...MM...

OH, SO YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE
HELPFUL AT ALL?

CAN'T TELL YOU ANYTHING,
I TOLD YOU.

[ LAUGHS ]
GREAT.

YOU KNOW, I WANTED TO ASK YOU
HOW YOU GOT INTO TEACHING.

'CAUSE YOU'RE JUST SO GOOD
WITH THE KIDS.

IT'S REALLY INSPIRING.
OH, THANK YOU. THAT'S TOO KIND.

I MEAN, MY CAREER TOOK
A ZIGZAG,

AND THAT'S REALLY HOW
I GOT INTO TEACHING. SO...

OH, SO YOU WEREN'T TEACHING
RIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE?

NO! NO, NO, NO.
NO, NOT AT ALL.

WHAT?
ACTUALLY, UM, ONCE UPON A TIME,

THIS DANNY COLLIER HAD A DREAM
TO BECOME AN AMERICAN ROCK STAR.

WAIT, WHAT?

WHAT? YOU'RE LOOKING AT ME
LIKE YOU'RE SURPRISED.

DON'T BE SUR--
NO, I --

HEY, I WAS IN A LEGIT BAND HERE,
AND WE WERE PRETTY GOOD.

- [ LAUGHS ]
- YEAH, WE WERE. WE, UH,

WE ACTUALLY OPENED UP

FOR A FEW BANDS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY,

WE DID THE CLUB CIRCUIT,
COLLEGES, THE WHOLE THING.

WOW, I'M... [ LAUGHS ]
I'M IMPRESSED.

I MEAN, THIS IS
A WHOLE NOTHER SIDE OF YOU

I JUST DIDN'T KNOW EXISTED.

SO WHAT HAPPENED?

UH, YOU KNOW,
THE GRUELING HOURS,

ROAD TRIPS, JUST, YOU KNOW,
TOOK A TOLL ON ME,

AND I JUST DIDN'T WANNA
DO IT ANYMORE. SO...

YEAH,
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE DREAM?

THE DREAM,
I DISCOVERED ONE EVENING,

WHEN I REALIZED I GOT
A BIGGER THRILL

OUT OF TEACHING MUSIC
THAN I EVER DID PERFORMING.

IT'S THE TRUTH.
THAT BECAME THE DREAM.

YEAH. I GET THAT.

YOU DO?

YEAH, I DO UNDERSTAND,
BECAUSE FOR THE LONGEST TIME,

ALL I EVER REALLY HOPED FOR
WAS BEING A FASHION DESIGNER.

YOU KNOW, AND HAVING MY OWN
LINE, MY OWN STORE.

SO WHAT'S IT BEEN LIKE
MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME, THOUGH?

OH, THIS IS...

THIS HAS BEEN BETTER
THAN I'VE --

THAN I COULD'VE HOPED FOR,
HONESTLY.

GOOD.
I MEAN, I'M NOT GONNA LIE.

THERE ARE MOMENTS WHERE I DO
WISH THAT MAYBE I STILL

HAVE A CHANCE TO DESIGN...
THE NEXT BEST THING. WOW.

I GUESS, LIFE IS ALL
ABOUT BALANCE, RIGHT?

IT'S SNOWING.

YEAH.

HAS IT BEEN THAT LONG
YOU FORGOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE?

[ CHUCKLES ]

I JUST FORGOT
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.

YOU KNOW WHAT? NOW EMILY --

EMILY GETS TO EXPERIENCE
THIS THRILL FOR HERSELF.

OH. [ GASPS ]

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE --
THEY'RE SICK OF THIS SNOW.

NOT ME.

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU.

I LOVE YOU, SILVER FALLS!

[ LAUGHING ]

WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

I LOVE YOU, SILVER FALLS!
OKAY, OKAY.

- [ LAUGHS ] I...
- IT'S OKAY!

SHE'S JUST REALLY
HAPPY TO BE HOME.

- OH! I LOVE IT.
- OKAY, LET'S GET YOU OUT OF HERE...

BEFORE YOU SLIP AND DIE.
ALL RIGHT.

[ THE JACKSON 5's
"UP ON THE HOUSETOP" PLAYING ]

♪ HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS,
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS ♪

♪ HERE HE COMES,
HERE HE COMES ♪

♪ HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS,
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS ♪

♪ HERE HE COMES, HERE HE COMES ♪

♪ UP ON THE HOUSETOP,
REINDEER PAUSE ♪

♪ OUT JUMPS
GOOD OLD SANTA CLAUS ♪

♪ DOWN THROUGH THE CHIMNEY
WITH LOTS OF TOYS ♪

♪ ALL FOR EVERYONE'S
CHRISTMAS JOYS ♪

♪ TITO HAD JUST ONE DESIRE ♪

♪ THAT HE GETS A NEW GUITAR ♪

♪ BUT HE WANTS A GUARANTEE ♪

♪ THAT IT WON'T PLAY
OUT OF KEY ♪

♪ HO, HO, HO!
WHO WOULDN'T GO? ♪

♪ HO, HO, HO!
WHO WOULDN'T GO? ♪

♪ UP ON THE HOUSETOP,
CLICK, CLICK, CLICK ♪

♪ DOWN THROUGH THE CHIMNEY
WITH OLD ST. NICK ♪

♪ I SAID, HO, HO, HO! ♪
♪ WHO WOULDN'T GO? ♪

♪ HO, HO, HO! ♪
♪ WHO WOULDN'T GO? ♪

♪ UP ON THE HOUSETOP,
CLICK, CLICK, CLICK ♪

♪ DOWN THROUGH THE CHIMNEY
WITH OLD ST. NICK ♪

♪ HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS,
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS ♪

♪ HERE HE COMES, HERE HE COMES ♪
[ CHEERING ]

♪ HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS,
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS ♪

♪ HERE HE COMES, HERE HE COMES ♪

THERE YOU GO. HIGH FIVE.
YOU DESERVE IT.

OKAY, LISTEN, I HAVE TO
TALK TO YOU ABOUT SOMETHING.

I, UH, PROMISED YOU THAT
I WOULD TAKE A VOW OF SILENCE.

AND I'VE KEPT MY END
OF THE BARGAIN.

BUT YOU HAVEN'T KEPT
YOUR END OF THE BARGAIN.

YOU HAVEN'T SHARED WITH ME
YOUR WHOLE SONG.

SOME OF THE VERSES
ARE A WORK IN PROGRESS.

OH. OKAY.

SO I GUESS I'LL TAKE
YOUR WORD FOR IT.

BUT YOU KNOW, EMILY,

I'M CONFIDENT
WHEN YOU'RE CONFIDENT.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?
[ SIGHS ] YOU'RE RIGHT.

I CAN'T KEEP CHANGING
THE LYRICS.

WHAT IF I CHOKE?

YOU'RE NOT GONNA CHOKE.
I PROMISE.

YOU DON'T KNOW THAT.
I'M JUST A LITTLE KID.

IT'S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE.
[ LAUGHS ]

OH, YOU'RE ADORABLE.
OKAY, I HAVE AN IDEA.

WHAT IF WE TAUGHT ALL THE REST
OF THE KIDS THE CHORUS?

JUST THE CHORUS,
NOT YOUR SONG.

I MEAN, YOUR SONG IS YOURS.
OKAY?

IT'S YOUR MOMENT.
IT'S YOUR WISH.

JUST THE CHORUS.

THAT WAY, THEY WILL BECOME
YOUR BACKUP SINGERS.

SO WHEN YOU GET UP ON STAGE,

THEY WILL BE
YOUR BACKUP SINGERS,

AND YOU WILL FEEL MORE CONFIDENT
BEING OUT THERE BY YOURSELF.

OKAY, LET'S TRY. YOU AND I.

RIGHT THERE. OKAY.

ALL RIGHT, YOU'LL, UH,
I WANT YOU TO START, OKAY?

AND THEN I'M GONNA COME IN
AS THE CHORUS, OKAY?

LET'S SEE HOW IT GOES.
ONE, TWO, THREE.

[ INSTRUMENTAL "DECK THE HALLS"
PLAYING ]

[ Singsongy ]
HEY, MOMMY, HELLO?

HEY!
HEY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BRINGING HER HOME.

COME ON.
YOU KNOW IT'S NO PROBLEM.

MOM, ARE THOSE...

UH, NO, THESE ARE ACTUAL
ORNAMENTS I HAD

WHEN I WAS GROWING UP.

AUNT SARAH SAVED THEM FOR US
UP IN THE ATTIC.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?
WHAT HAPPENED TO OURS?

UH...

WELL, A LOT OF THEM
WERE BROKEN DURING THE MOVE.

BUT I MANAGED TO SAVE
A TON OF 'EM.

AND THEN
I BOUGHT ALL THESE EXTRAS

- SO THAT WE COULD FILL OUT THE TREE.
- NICE, RIGHT, EMILY?

MR. COLLIER, WILL YOU STAY
AND HELP US HANG THEM? PLEASE?

OOH. [ SIGHS ] THAT'S A LOT
TO ASK FOR RIGHT NOW, EMILY.

I MEAN,
I GOTTA BE HONEST WITH YOU.

I MEAN, LOOK AT THIS BEAST
IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.

IT'LL TAKE ME DAYS
TO GET THIS JOB DONE.

[ CHUCKLES ]
I DON'T KNOW.

BUT IF YOU DON'T STAY,
NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP US

PUT THE STAR ON THE TOP.

OH, OKAY. YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M GONNA STAY,
BUT UNDER ONE CONDITION.

YOU GOTTA STOP WITH
THE PUPPY DOG EYES.

DON'T GIVE ME THAT. STOP.

AY. NO, NO, DON'T DO THAT.
DON'T -- YOU'RE HURT -- SEE?

- [ GIGGLES ]
- AY. [ SIGHS ]

OH, NOW YOU'RE DOING IT?

- OH, THAT'S GREAT. OH, YEAH.
- [ LAUGHS ]

- [ LAUGHS ]
- LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER.

- THAT'S GREAT. OKAY. ALL RIGHT.
- ALL RIGHT, LET'S GET STARTED.

I'M IN. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME
TO DO FIRST?

[ JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL
"O TANNENBAUM" PLAYING ]

I THINK LINT MAKES EVERYTHING
LOOK BETTER.

TINSEL?

OR IS THIS LINT? TINSEL.
LINT'S ON MY JACKET.

TINSEL'S ON THE TREE.
[ LAUGHS ]

SORRY, THAT'S TERRIBLE.
OH, A LITTLE.

REALLY? OH, YOU KNOW WHAT?
YOU LOOK BETTER WITH IT, TOO.

[ LAUGHS ] WHAT?

NOW YOU'RE LIKE
AN '80s ROCK STAR. COME ON.

YOU GUYS, COME ON. WE STILL
HAVE TO PUT THE STAR ON TOP.

YOU KNOW WHAT?
I HAVE A GREAT IDEA.

I THINK YOU SHOULD DO
THE HONORS.

BUT I'M TOO LITTLE.
REALLY? I HAVE A SOLUTION.

OHH!

WHOA, CAREFUL.
OKAY, CAREFUL.

[ CHUCKLES ] CAN YOU REACH?

THATTA GIRL.

ALL RIGHT. OH!

LOOKS AMAZING, HUH?

QUICK, TURN ON THE LIGHTS!
TURN ON THE LIGHTS!

OH, RIGHT, RIGHT.
OKAY. I GOT IT, I GOT IT.

- WHOA!
- [ SWITCH CLICKS ]

- YAY!
- WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, HUH?

OH, IT'S SO PRETTY,
ISN'T IT?

OH, I THINK IT'S AMAZING.

ME, TOO.

Man: ♪ SILENT NIGHT ♪

WE DID A GOOD JOB, YEAH.
YOU KNOW WHAT?

IT IS GETTING LATE, THOUGH,
AND YOU SHOULD PROBABLY, UH,

START GETTING READY
FOR BED?

NOT REALLY.

OKAY, WELL, THAT WASN'T
REALLY A QUESTION, BUT...

[ CHUCKLES ]
FINE, 10 MORE MINUTES.

I'M TIRED.
SHOULD I GO TO BED?

- [ DOORBELL RINGS ]
- OH.

WHO'S THAT?

- DOORBELL.
- OH, YOU KNOW WHAT?

AUNT SARAH SAID...

- THAT SHE WAS MAKING CHRISTMAS COOKIES.
- OKAY, YOU CAN PUT...

- TWO OR THREE MORE THINGS ON.
- THAT'S PROBABLY HER.

WELL, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

HALEY!

HALEY!
HI!

OH, MY GOODNESS!
WHAT A SURPRISE! HI!

WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
[ LAUGHS ]

COME IN. COME IN.

...THAN THAT?
IT'S SMALL.

LOOK WHO'S --
HALEY!

HEY, PEANUT!
OH, I MISSED YOU. MWAH!

OH, I'M SORRY.
HI.

I'M INTERRUPTING.
HI. NO, NO, NO, NO.

HI. I'M HALEY TILLMAN.
HI. HOW YOU DOING?

I WORKED WITH KRISTIN
BACK IN L.A.

- I'M DANNY COLLIER. NICE TO MEET YOU.
- SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

I MEAN, IT'S NOT LIKE YOU WERE
JUST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

NO, I DECIDED THAT
I HAD TO COME DOWN HERE

BECAUSE I HAVE
SOME GREAT NEWS --

SO GREAT THAT I BIT THE BULLET
AND BOUGHT A PLANE TICKET

AND CAME DOWN HERE TO TELL YOU
BOTH IN PERSON.

SO WHEN THE BOUTIQUE CLOSED,

I MIGHT HAVE TAKEN
A COUPLE LOOKBOOKS,

AND LAST WEEK,
I SHOWED THEM,

PLUS EVERY PIECE OF
THE KRISTIN PARSON COLLECTION

THAT I OWN TO THE BOSSES
AT THE DEPARTMENT STORES.

BUT -- BUT -- BUT WHY?

BECAUSE YOU ARE A DESIGNER,
AND YOU NEED A PLACE TO DESIGN.

AND, KRISTIN?
THEY'RE GONNA GIVE YOU ONE.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

BUTLER WANTS TO BRING
YOUR LINE TO THEIR STORES.

THEY'RE OFFERING YOU
YOUR OWN COLLECTION.

THAT'S... [ CHUCKLES ]
I MEAN, THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

YEAH, WELL, YOU BETTER
BELIEVE IT, BECAUSE IT'S TRUE.

IT'S WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS
WANTED, RIGHT?

THAT'S FANTASTIC.
CONGRATULATIONS.

AND THEY'RE GONNA PAY FOR

ALL OF YOUR MOVING COSTS
BACK TO L.A.

L.A.?

YEAH, YOU GUYS GET TO
MOVE BACK. ISN'T THAT GREAT?

UM...

YOU KNOW WHAT?
I ACTUALLY --

I TOTALLY FORGOT. I HAVE TO --
I HAVE TO GET HOME.

- UH, LADIES, I'M SORRY.
- NO, NO, NO, PLEASE STAY.

NO, NO, NO, YOU GUYS SPEND
SOME TIME TOGETHER.

- NO, PLEASE.
- NO, LISTEN,

CONGRATULATIONS, ALL RIGHT?

YOU SHOULD BE
VERY PROUD OF YOURSELF.

IT'S ALL ABOUT FINDING
THE RIGHT BALANCE, RIGHT?

IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU.

PLEASURE, ALL THE BEST.
YEAH. YOU, TOO.

I WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW,
ALL RIGHT? BRIGHT AND EARLY.

GOOD NIGHT, GUYS.

SO?
HOW EXCITED ARE YOU GUYS?

BUT WE LIVE HERE NOW.
RIGHT, MOM?

YEAH, HALEY,
THIS IS ACTUALLY, UM...

THIS IS JUST -- THIS IS
A LOT TO TAKE IN AT ONCE.

WELL, WHAT'S THERE
TO THINK ABOUT?

I MEAN, ALL YOU GUYS
HAVE TO SAY IS, "YES."

BUT WE -- WE JUST GOT
SETTLED, AND -- AND --

SO WHAT? YOU'LL JUST GET
SETTLED ALL OVER AGAIN.

I MEAN,
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

MAYBE SHE'S JUST
OVERWHELMED.

EM, WAIT!



WELL, IF IT ISN'T EMILY PARSON
FROM LOS ANGELES.

YEAH, EXACTLY,
THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

DID I MISS SOMETHING?

YOU SAID IT WAS OKAY
TO CHANGE MY CHRISTMAS WISH,

BUT...IT FEELS LIKE YOU'RE
GRANTING THE FIRST WISH --

THE ONE
I DON'T WANT ANYMORE.

I'M GRANTING YOUR WISH?

IT'S OKAY, THOMAS.

I THINK I FINALLY FIGURED OUT
WHO YOU REALLY ARE.

OH, HAVE YOU?

WELL,
YOU LOOK JUST LIKE HIM,

AND YOU WERE MY ONLY FRIEND
WHEN I WAS ALL ALONE.

OKAY, THEN. IF YOU REALLY
THINK I'M SAINT NICK,

WHY WOULD I BE WORKING
AS A CUSTODIAN?

HAVEN'T
FIGURED THAT OUT YET.

BUT...I'M MORE WORRIED ABOUT
THE CHRISTMAS WISH I MADE.

OH, HOW SO?

WHEN I MOVED HERE,
I WROTE A LETTER TO SANTA

ASKING HIM TO HELP ME
GO BACK TO L.A.

BUT THEN I STARTED WRITING
A NEW WISH.

WITH YOUR SONG?

IS...

IS THE PROBLEM THAT
I WASN'T TOTALLY HONEST?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

I SAID THAT I WANTED MOM
TO FALL IN LOVE WITH MR. COLLIER

BECAUSE SHE WOULD BE HAPPY,
AND I DO.

I MEAN IT. BUT ALSO,

I DON'T WANT TO
MOVE BACK TO L.A.

THE LONGER I'M HERE,
THE MORE I LIKE IT.

I HAVE A SOLO
IN THE SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT.

MR. COLLIER'S THE BEST
SINGING TEACHER I'VE EVER HAD,

AND MOM AND ME HAVE DINNER
TOGETHER EVERY NIGHT.

YOU KNOW WHAT? I THINK
I KNOW WHAT YOUR PROBLEM IS.

YOU MAILED THAT FIRST LETTER,
RIGHT?

YES.

BUT YOU HAVEN'T SUNG
YOUR SONG YET.

UNTIL YOU DO, YOU HAVEN'T
REALLY MADE YOUR NEW WISH.

SO YOU MEAN WHEN I DO...

WELL, I'M NOT MAKING
ANY PROMISES, EMILY.

WISHES ARE SPECIAL

AND HAVE TO BE
CAREFULLY CONSIDERED.

BUT DEEP DOWN, YOU HAVE A VERY
IMPORTANT DECISION TO MAKE.

WHAT IS IT YOU REALLY WANT?

I HAVE A FEELING THAT
ONCE YOU SING YOUR SONG,

EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK OUT
JUST THE WAY YOU WANT.

THANKS, THOM --

Andy Williams: ♪ IT'S THE MOST
WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ♪

♪ THERE'LL BE
MUCH MISTLETOE-ING ♪

♪ AND HEARTS WILL BE GLOWING
WHEN LOVED ONES ARE NEAR ♪

♪ IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME
OF THE YEAR ♪

KRISTIN, HI.

EVERYONE LOOKS SO GOOD.

YAY!

NOT EVERYONE.

HI, MELISSA.

HI, PRINCIPAL WEBBER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR THE WORK YOU'VE PUT IN

THESE PAST COUPLE WEEKS,
MRS. PARSON.

[ CLEARS THROAT LOUDLY ]

[ SIGHS ] YES. MRS. ATKINSON
IS CONCERNED THAT PERHAPS

THERE WAS AN OVERSIGHT WITH
HER DAUGHTER ABIGAIL'S COSTUME.

IT WASN'T AN OVERSIGHT.
SHE DIDN'T MAKE HER A COSTUME.

SHE'S RIGHT. I DIDN'T,
BECAUSE ABIGAIL INSISTED

SHE DIDN'T WANT ONE BECAUSE
HER MOTHER WAS GETTING HER

A STORE-BOUGHT COSTUME.

SHE'S A CHILD. YOU'RE THE ADULT.

AND NOW ALL THE OTHER GIRLS
ARE GONNA UPSTAGE MY DAUGHTER

BECAUSE OF THE COSTUMES
YOU MADE.

I WAS NEVER GONNA
LET THAT HAPPEN, MELISSA.

SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TO BE
COMPLETELY HEARTLESS

TO WANT TO OUTSHINE
A 9-YEAR-OLD...

WHICH IS WHY I MADE
AN EXTRA ONE...

JUST IN CASE ABIGAIL
HAD A CHANGE OF HEART.

WHAT?

YOU DID WHAT?

ISN'T IT NICE? THE CHRISTMAS
SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL

HERE IN SILVER FALLS.

LOOK, MOMMY, IT'S EVEN PRETTIER

THAN THE ONE THAT WE BOUGHT
FROM THE STORE.

OH, THANK YOU, SWEETHEART.

AND WHAT DO WE SAY
TO MRS. PARSON, SWEETIE,

FOR ALL HER HARD WORK?

THANK YOU, MRS. PARSON.
YOU'RE WELCOME, SWEETHEART.

KRISTIN, REALLY,
YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO.

Y-YOU DID A GREAT JOB.

THANK YOU, MELISSA.

I MEAN, CONSIDERING YOU ONLY
HAD RAYON TO WORK WITH.

[ CHUCKLES ]

[ Under breath ]
TAKE WHAT YOU CAN GET.

[ Normal voice ] PERHAPS
YOU CAN PERSUADE MRS. PARSON

TO BECOME A PERMANENT MEMBER
OF THE P.T.A. TEAM?

UH, YEAH. OF COURSE.
I MEAN, I'M SURE WE CAN

TALK ABOUT IT
AND COME UP WITH SOMETHING.

[ Under breath ]
YEAH, BABY STEPS.

HI, EMILY. BREAK A LEG.

HI, EMILY. GOOD LUCK.
THANKS.

HI, EMILY! BREAK A LEG.
THANKS.

HEY, EMILY.
HEY, ABIGAIL.

YOUR MOM --
SHE'S PRETTY AWESOME.

I KNOW,
BUT THANKS FOR SAYING IT.

HEY, YOU.
HI, MOM.

ABIGAIL,
WOULD YOU MIND IF I, UH,

- TALK TO EMILY ALONE FOR A SECOND?
- OH.

ARE YOU STILL MAD AT ME?

IS HALEY HERE?

YEAH, SHE'S COMING TO
WATCH YOU SING.

'CAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY THING
THAT MATTERS TONIGHT,

IS THIS SHOW
AND YOUR BIG SONG.

AND AFTER?

AND AFTER,
WE'RE GONNA SIT DOWN

AND WE'RE GONNA TALK
ABOUT EVERYTHING.

OKAY, BUT I PROMISE YOU,

I'M NOT MAKING ANY MORE
BIG DECISIONS WITHOUT YOU

EVER AGAIN.

PROMISE?

PROMISE.

WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER
NO MATTER WHAT.

DEAL?

AND I LOVE YOU.

I LOVE YOU MORE THAN
LIFE ITSELF.

YOU KNOW THAT, RIGHT?

YEAH?

GOOD.

'CAUSE IF NOT, I HAVE TO
TICKLE YOU, LIKE, A WHOLE LOT.

- SO MUCH.
- [ GIGGLES ] OKAY, OKAY, OKAY!

[ MICROPHONE FEEDBACK ]

UH, EVERYONE, WELCOME.

UM, YOU CAN ALL TAKE YOUR SEATS.

THE SHOW WILL BE STARTING
IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

YOU GO KNOCK 'EM DEAD,
OKAY?

OKAY.

[ INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS ]

- HEY.
- OH, HI. HEY THERE. OH!

- HI.
- WELL, YOU MUST BE THE NOTORIOUS HALEY

WHO'S HERE TO STEAL
MY NIECE AND MY GRANDNIECE.

UH, WELL, TECHNICALLY,
I'M JUST THE MESSENGER.

NO, SHE'S JUST KIDDING.
THIS IS MY AUNT SARAH.

HI.
OH, COME HERE.

OKAY.
AW.

SO, HALEY, WHAT DO YOU THINK
OF OUR VERY LITTLE TOWN?

OH, YOU KNOW, I LOVE IT.

IT'S EVERYTHING KRISTIN
SAID IT WAS, SO...

WELL...
I'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

I JUST -- I WANNA GO TALK
TO DANNY.

ALL RIGHT, BABY.

[ SPEAKS INAUDIBLY ]

IT'S THAT GUY
SHE HAD OVER LAST NIGHT.

LAST NIGHT?

MM-HMM.
NO.

DO TELL. YOU MUST DISH.

[ LAUGHS ] OKAY. I KNEW
I WAS GONNA LIKE YOU.

JOIN THE CROWD. [ LAUGHS ]
[ LAUGHS ]

KRISTIN, HEY, WHAT'S --
WHAT'S GOING ON?

I JUST WANTED TO
WISH YOU GOOD LUCK.

TELL YOU TO BREAK A LEG
OR, I DON'T KNOW,

- A COMBINATION OF THE TWO OF THEM.
- THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE --

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

I'LL BREAK 'EM BOTH FOR YOU.
WELL, THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.
I MEAN, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE

WITHOUT YOUR HELP.
I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT.

LISTEN, I KNOW WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN
A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT IT.

OH, OH, HOLD ON.
WE'RE GETTING STARTED HERE.

UM, I'M SORRY, KRISTIN.
I'M GONNA HAVE TO GO.

NO, OF COURSE.

YEAH, THE SHOW'S GONNA --
ENJOY THE SHOW.

THANKS.

YOU LOOK GREAT, BY THE WAY.

[ APPLAUSE ]

Principal Webber: HELLO,
SILVER FALLS ELEMENTARY.

WELCOME TO THE 25th ANNUAL

SILVER FALLS ELEMENTARY
SNOWFLAKE PAGEANT.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

LET'S ALL THANK
MELISSA ATKINSON,

THE HEAD OF OUR P.T.A.,
WHO ORGANIZED THE SHOW.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

[ MAN BOOING ]

AND A VERY SPECIAL THANKS
TO THE NEWEST MEMBER

OF OUR PARENT COMMUNITY,
KRISTIN PARSON,

WHO DESIGNED AND MADE THE BEST
COSTUMES YOU'VE EVER SEEN

IN A SILVER FALLS
ELEMENTARY PRODUCTION.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADO,

LET'S START THE SHOW
WITH A DANCE NUMBER

FROM CHLOE JAMES,
HANNAH FINLEY,

AND ABIGAIL ATKINSON.

[ APPLAUSE ]

[ "JINGLE BELLS" PLAYING ]

♪ DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW ♪

♪ IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

♪ O'ER THE HILLS WE GO ♪

♪ LAUGHING ALL THE WAY ♪

♪ BELLS ON BOBTAILS RING ♪

♪ MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT ♪

♪ WHAT FUN IT IS
TO RIDE AND SING ♪

♪ A SLEIGHING SONG TONIGHT ♪

♪ OH, JINGLE BELLS,
JINGLE BELLS ♪

♪ JINGLE ALL THE WAY ♪

♪ OH, WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE
IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH ♪

♪ DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW ♪

[ Lowered voice ] SO DANNY
WAS OVER AGAIN LAST NIGHT?

[ Lowered voice ] AGAIN?

SO THIS WASN'T THE FIRST DATE?

NOT THAT SHE'S WILLING
TO ADMIT.

[ Lowered voice ]
WILL YOU GUYS STOP?

THERE'S NOTHING TO TALK ABOUT.
WE'LL BE THE JUDGE OF THAT.

MM-HMM. THAT'S RIGHT.

Man: SHH!
♪ ...OPEN SLEIGH ♪

[ SONG ENDS,
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]



HE THINKS
I'M MOVING TO L.A.,

SO THERE'S NOTHING TO
TALK ABOUT.

OH, HE LIKES YOU.

MM-HMM. RIGHT?

- HE REALLY, REALLY LIKES HER.
- REALLY, REALLY...

STOP. STOP.

HE THINKS YOU'RE MOVING TO L.A.

SO HE'S DOING THAT
MEAN BOY THING.

[ GASPS ] SHE'S RIGHT.

WHERE HE PRETENDS LIKE
HE DOESN'T CARE

BECAUSE HE KNOWS
YOU'RE LEAVING.

MM. MM-HMM.

THERE'S NOT A MEAN BONE
IN HIS BODY.

OH, I SEE.

SHE LIKES HIM, TOO.

MM-HMM.
I CALLED IT DAY ONE.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

AND WITH THAT, WE WILL
TAKE A BRIEF INTERMISSION.

[ APPLAUSE CONTINUES ]

I JUST WISH I COULD
EXPLAIN EVERYTHING TO HIM.

WELL, GO NOW,
SINCE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE.

NOW?

MM-HMM.
NOW OR NEVER.



GO, GO, GO.
GO, GO, GO, GO, GO, GO.

HI.

HI, KRISTIN, HEY. UM,
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

- I WANTED TO EXPLAIN.
- NO, NO, DON'T EXPLAIN ANYTHING.

I GET IT.
I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE NOT

CUT OUT FOR SMALL-TOWN LIFE.
ALL RIGHT? IT'S FINE.

PLUS YOU'VE GOT THIS GREAT
OPPORTUNITY BACK HOME.

NO, YOU DON'T GET IT.

I DON'T?

THIS IS HOME.

I'M TURNING DOWN THE JOB.

REALLY?

YEAH, I...EMILY IS FINALLY
HAPPY HERE.

I CAN'T UPROOT HER AGAIN.

[ SIGHS ]

I CAN POSSIBLY START
MY OWN BUSINESS RIGHT HERE,

IN THE HOME
THAT I GREW UP IN.

I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD
FEEL THIS WAY AGAIN...

ABOUT SOMEONE...

UNTIL I MET...

MET YOU.
YOU.

[ LAUGHS ]
[ LAUGHS ] YEAH. YES, YOU.

OF COURSE.

I'M SORRY THAT I...I DIDN'T
KNOW YOU WHEN WE WERE KIDS.

BUT I SEE YOU NOW.

YOU KNOW...

I ALMOST THOUGHT I LOST YOU

BEFORE I GOT THE NERVE
TO EVEN ASK YOU OUT ON A DATE.

WELL, NOW'S YOUR CHANCE.
[ LAUGHS ]

REALLY?

YEAH.

[ Amplified voice ] AND NEXT UP,

- I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE P.T.A...
- FANTASTIC.

FOR THEIR VERY SUCCESSFUL
GLUTEN-FREE BAKE SALE.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT US.

NOW THE NEWEST MEMBER

OF OUR SILVER FALLS
ELEMENTARY STUDENT BODY

WILL BE SINGING A SONG --

AN ORIGINAL SONG, AT THAT --
EMILY PARSON.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

[ BELLS JINGLING ]

♪ OH, SANTA'S GONNA COME ♪

♪ AND MAKE IT RIGHT
THIS CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT ♪

- ♪ RIGHT ♪
- ♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT ♪

- ♪ RIGHT ♪
- ♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ IF YOU GET THIS LETTER,
WON'T YOU HELP ME OUT? ♪

♪ I KNOW YOU'RE KINDA BUSY
WITH YOUR ELVES RIGHT NOW ♪

♪ AND I DON'T KNOW HOW ♪

♪ YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO
WHILE I SLEEP ON CHRISTMAS EVE ♪

♪ BUT IT'S AMAZING ♪

♪ AND I BET THAT YOU CAN
HEAR THE WORDS I'M SAYING ♪

♪ BECAUSE EVERY TIME
I SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ♪

♪ I FEEL SO GOOD INSIDE,
AND I JUST CAN'T FAKE IT ♪

- ♪ OOH-WHEE-OOH-WHEE-OOH ♪
- ♪ THEY SAY IT'S UNREALISTIC ♪

♪ WELL, I BELIEVE IN YOU,
SAINT NICK ♪

♪ SO GRANT THIS WISH
FOR ME RIGHT ♪

♪ PLEASE, SANTA,
WON'T YOU COME ♪

♪ AND MAKE IT RIGHT
THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT? ♪

♪ HO, HO, HO ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT, OH, OH, OH ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT ♪

♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ MOMMY MET A BOY
WHO MAKES HER FEEL SO NICE ♪

♪ I SAW THEM LOOKING
AT EACH OTHER ONCE OR TWICE ♪

♪ WITH LOVE IN THEIR EYES,
SO YOU CAN SCOOP HIM UP ♪

♪ AND SWOOP HIM
RIGHT DOWN MY CHIMNEY ♪

♪ I'VE BEEN REALLY, REALLY
REALLY GOOD THIS YEAR ♪

♪ SO PUT ON THAT RED SUIT
AND MAKE HIM APPEAR ♪

♪ BECAUSE CHRISTMAS CHEER ♪

♪ JUST AIN'T THE SAME
FOR THIS LITTLE LADY ♪

♪ COME ON, OH,
KRIS KRINGLE, SAVE ME ♪

- ♪ THEY SAY IT'S UNREALISTIC ♪
- ♪ WHEE-OOH-WHEE-OH ♪

♪ BUT I BELIEVE IN YOU,
SAINT NICK ♪

♪ SO GRANT THIS WISH
FOR ME RIGHT ♪

♪ PLEASE, SANTA WON'T YOU COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT ♪

♪ THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT? ♪

♪ HO, HO, HO ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT, HO, HO, HO ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT ♪

♪ WHEE-OOH-WHEE-OOH ♪

♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ OOH, OOH, OOH ♪

♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ OH, SANTA ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT, RIGHT ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT, RIGHT ♪

♪ OH, SANTA CLAUS ♪

♪ IF YOU GET THIS LETTER,
PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME WAIT ♪

♪ 'CAUSE ALL THE SAME, WELL,
I'VE BEEN KINDA DOWN TODAY ♪

♪ SO HOP ON YOUR SLEIGH ♪

♪ I PROMISE THAT I WON'T FORGET
THE MILK AND COOKIES ♪

♪ THE TREE'S ALL SPARKLY
AND GLOWS ♪

♪ AND I KNOW
MOMMY NEEDS LOVE, OH ♪

♪ SO SOON AS YOU LEAVE
THE NORTH POLE ♪

♪ SANTA, WON'T YOU COME AND MAKE
IT RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS? ♪

♪ NOW ♪

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT ♪

♪ HO, HO, HO ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME AND MAKE IT
RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT ♪

♪ HO, HO, HO ♪

♪ SANTA'S GONNA COME
AND MAKE IT RIGHT, RIGHT ♪



[ Singsongy ]
HERE'S YOUR PRESENT! YAY!

[ LAUGHS ] ISN'T HE CUTE?
HE'S VERY EXCITED. AW.

[ LAUGHS ]



Santa:
HO-HO-HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS!