The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
This is the TV movie that started it all. This film, based on creator Earl Hamner's real-life family, aired in 1971.
It was such a huge success that a series was created. That series, The Waltons, was expected to be a flop but ran for nine years.
All of the child actors in this film took part in the series, but most of the adult roles were re-cast, except for Ellen Corby in the role of Grandma Walton. This became her most iconic role.
I loved The Waltons - it became a Thursday night tradition for me. I really love The Homecoming: A Christmas Story. I hope that you will, too.
This film is also available on DVD.
Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!