Meet Elmer (Mickey Rooney), an old man with precious little to show for his long life. All he’s got are a few meager possessions and a handful of homeless acquaintances. Elmer is a cheerful petty thief, getting by on a smile and an ingenuity that is beginning to fail with his advancing age. While breaking into a car, Elmer is caught by the owner — a stiff-lipped man named Reg, who has no patience for a common criminal…and who is not one bit sentimental about it being the holiday season. In exchange for his freedom, Elmer does odd jobs to compensate Reg for the damages. Amanda, Reg’s adorable 6 year-old, takes an immediate liking to Elmer. The little girl is convinced that Santa has brought her a grandfather for Christmas. Good performances and a touch of the supernatural help this sentimental journey to its satisfying conclusion.