Firstly, let's get the confusion out of the way – I saw this movie on Netflix, via my Roku box and it was entitled A CHRISTMAS PUPPY. It's another one of those titles that can be off putting to those not into cutesy doggy movies. There is a dog, who is an a few scenes, and in the over all story is quite important, but I would not call this a dog movie, per se, not at all. The actual name of this movie is CHRISTMAS SPIRIT (according to IMBD.com, which is a reliable source, and there is no alternative title listed.)
Riley is a teenager who is cynical and has lost his Christmas spirit. He's used to spending it alone due to his overworked mom never being home.
But Hope, a Christmas Spirit, literally, sets him a task to find his own Christmas spirit whist helping a family of complete strangers in desperate need of some festive mojo! The previously well-to-do family are being foreclosed on, the company the dad works for is being shut down, and their daughter feels utterly invisible to both of them due to their preoccupation with their problems. Holiday cheer is pretty short in their household this year.
Aaron Jaeger is superb as Riley, and Alexandra Paul is wonderful as the children's author with semi-permanent writer's block, one of the family Riley is sent to help.
A charming movie that warms the cockles of your heart! Great for all the family to watch this Christmas holidays.