Next week ABC screens a local special, That Christmas, a collection of funny and powerful stories about “a Christmas like no other”, told by the people who lived through them.
Some of the storytellers are familiar faces, some are new.
• A first date on Christmas Day turns serious when a child goes missing.
• Richard Glover’s dog examines the evidence behind the Great Christmas Ham Incident.
• Benjamin and Michelle Law share their culture clash of giving and receiving Christmas gifts within their Chinese Australian family.
• As a Jewish child in Scotland, Dr. Norman Swan kept a secret.
• Indigenous artist, Blak Douglas, tells the story of never really understanding Australian Christmas until a chance encounter with a White Kangaroo.
• Best-selling author Di Morrissey toasts a Christmas in South America that she and her children will never forget.
• Pearl was a 7-year-old when cyclone Tracy came to Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974.
• Aminata was a newly arrived refugee when she was welcomed into a family of former refugees to share their Jewish / Christian / Australian Christmas
• Nicole Lee and her children remember their first Christmas of freedom.
• Paul Van Reyk tells the story of his Sri Lankan family as he bakes his beloved grandmother’s Christmas cake.
• The Royal Melbourne Hospital Scrub choir re-write and perform a Christmas classic.
Production credits: Producers: Tracey Spring, Amber Ma, Deborah Boerne, Kim Akhurst, Noel Debien, Mark Webb; Researchers: Wendy Boynton, Michele Esteves; Editors: Danielle Akayan, Philippa Byers, Shahane Bekarian; Executive Producer: Jessica Douglas-Henry.
8:30pm Tuesday December 8 on ABC.