Santa comes down the chimney, awakens the children and tells them stories.
Do you like archive footage of monkeys in a short Christmas film? If not, then it’s a definite shortcoming! The live action b&w film starts out with narration from, The Night before Christmas. So far, so good. Then we see a boy and girl all snug in their beds. A dog(terrier) is on hand as well. Santa comes down the chimney and greets Virginia and Jackie. Virginia asks for a story. Monkeys must have been big at the time, so Mr. Claus relates some interesting tales about monkeys getting dressed up, at a zoo, building a house, and decorating a Christmas tree. The 2nd story is what sets this brief movie apart. The Yes Virginia story has exploded in the media since 1970, but before that there wasn’t much more than readings, plus newspaper and pamphlet reprints. So here in a film, Santa gives a good, abbreviated reading of the Yes Virginia Christmas story. We see the children playing with their toys under the tree while Santa reads. And that’s about it. Christmas music is interspersed throughout. It’s a shame that Castle Films removed the credits.
IMDb Rating 4.0 22 votes