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December 21, 2012 9:45 AM   Subscribe

Help me identify a Christmas movie/tv special.

I think it was on PBS, or at least that feels right because that's what we mostly watched when I was really young. It would have to have been made pre-1989 (I think) and I only remember a couple of bits out of it.

1.) There is a Christmas pudding/cake and the narrator (a kid) says that the same uncle always find the coin baked into it. There may have been something about the kid really wanting it, I can't remember. The dinner has a large extended family at the table.

2.) The boy, maybe on a dare, maybe not, ends up singing carols in front of the spooky house that is inhabited by the town loaner who terrifies the kids. About ten seconds after they start singing a voice from inside the house joins in and the kids scatter.

It feels like the story should be set several decades back (at least) and be set in a small town, but from every plot summary I could find about A Christmas Story, it isn't that. (Yes, as far as I know, I have never seen A Christmas Story - unless I am describing it here.)

Checking Wikipedia and IMDB led me nowhere and my Google-fu is lacking here, probably because these are minor scenes and I cannot remember the overall plot.
posted by Hactar to Media & Arts (3 answers total)
"A Child's Christmas In Wales". Definitely. Most likely this adaptation, although there could be many others.

The text is here if you want to read it (it's worth it).
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:50 AM on December 21, 2012 [1 favorite]

That looks like it. The caroling bit from the story and the showing of this in 1987 would fit perfectly with my memories.

posted by Hactar at 10:32 AM on December 21, 2012

EC has it! There are a few variations, but I recall the one she links being shown on PBS in the late 80s too, and we loved it.
posted by Miko at 8:28 PM on December 21, 2012

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