Title: “One More Christmas”
Genre: Drama – Romance: Central Hero, Character Driven, Faith Based, Family Friendly, Love Story. Overcoming Obstacles, Rural Setting, Strong Male Lead, Teens, Wide Audience, Tragedy, War - Military.
Author: Steven B. Newman
Logline: A grizzly ole Vietnam Veteran with a soldier’s heart finds new purpose when his teenage great grandsons unexpectedly come into his life.
Synopsis: “One More Christmas” is a story about people coming to grips with the realities they face. Set with a back drop of “Bode’s Christmas Tree Farm,” the story begins as Sherry Harper struggles to overcome a life threatening illness so she returns to the only home she has ever known. You see, Sherry has Systemic Lupus, a very painful and debilitating disease that is incurable, but not necessarily terminal. All she wants is to make a better life for her sons. To Leo the youngest, she is like a saint. Unfortunately, the boys, Brian and Leo, are devastated with her sudden passing and they learn to grow up fast under the attentive care of their great grandfather, Vernon Bode.
Who is Vernon Bode? It is never mentioned but he is part American Indian who grew up during an era punctuated by the fusion of Native American culture and the Celtic identity. A Veteran of both the Korean and
Vietnam conflicts, he lives by the
traditions of his past and uses them as teaching tools after taking on the
responsibility of raising the two boys.
He shows them how to become men and how to treat people with respect and
dignity. He trains them how to work, how
to play, and more importantly, how to recognize true love and what it means to be a warrior.
By the midpoint, we realize the story is actually being told from the younger brother’s perspective. After he returns home from war, Leo must reconcile the reality of who he is now, with who he was. He must figure out how to balance his own expectations against the certainty of his new capabilities as a wounded warrior. Before finally realizing his new purpose in life, Leo finds peace through God and at home surrounded by family, immersed with love. As the audience, we learn how precious our lives truly are and just how fragile life is. By the end, we learn to be grateful for our families and friends as we come to identify with the moving reality of a soldier’s heart.
Bio: Written by Steven B. Newman, “One More Christmas” was inspired by the Charles Dickens short story, “What Christmas is as We Grow Older.” Hailing from
Norman, Oklahoma, Steve graduated with a BSBA from before retiring out of the United
States Army with twenty years of service as a member of the Green Berets. Today, Steve has returned to his home in Columbia College Oklahoma so he may
continue helping others, especially Veterans, achieve their creative dreams.