The scene opens with three old gents looking for a farm that lays East of town. With a little help from a star they get their bearings. Doc Miller has sent them out with groceries for the family in need. The family have come on hard times after a fire, and are forced to spend the wintery night in a barn.
The humble scene is described as Lum, Abner, and grandpap draw close to the barn. The details of the hardship of the family is described, and a charitable spirit is present as the gents all talk about extending their homes to the weary travellers.
At the barn, Doc Miller sheds some light as to how to help the carpenter out, and provide for the family with the baby being born tonight. The sentimental scene wraps up with a carol that goes hand in hand with the events of the night.
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.
Jot ‘Em Down Journal. December 1984. The Strange Prophecy of Lum and Abner (Radio Guide Mar 28 1936).
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PS: This is a short episode, but one with a touching message. It’s no accident that it is full of parallel symbolisms to the Christmas story. Three men bringing gifts, a baby, son of a carpenter, born in a lowly place, following a star, a spirit of peace and goodwill, and more. It is said that Tuffy Goff and Chet Lauck wrote it in one setting just before it was due to be aired. No doubt they were familiar enough with the Christmas story to write a parallel story. The bonus track from the Jot ‘Em Down Journal shares an extra eerie tie in to a modern Christmas story that they didn’t even know about until later. The article also contains a little biographical information on how Tuffy and Chet got their start. Enjoy.