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If you’ve read Frank McCourt’s bestselling memoirs Angela’s Ashes (1996) and ‘Tis (1999), you’ll want to see Angela’s Christmas on Netflix. It’s a short but heartwarming animated film based on a story by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish-American author.

Set in 1914 Limerick, Angela’s Christmas is the tale of a well-meaning little girl who gets an extraordinary idea during a trip to church with her family on Christmas Eve. She is determined to keep everyone, including the baby Jesus, safe, warm, and loved at Christmas.

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The thirty-minute film packs some star power. Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga (Loving, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) provided the voice of Angela’s mother.

Frank McCourt passed away in 2009 but his widow, Ellen McCourt, was one of the executive producers of the film. She said that Frank had very much wanted to see his story adapted for the screen. Ellen’s efforts paid off. Angela’s Christmas should be a welcome addition to your family’s holiday movie viewing list.