The Man Who Saved Christmas is a film based on the true story about the efforts of toymaker Alfred Carlton Gilbert of the A. C. Gilbert Company to continue making toys during World War I.
The film revolves around A.C. Gilbert, his family, and toy factory. It is set during the First World War. Gilbert, a successful toymaker, is requested by the government to re-tool his factory to help produce goods for the war effort. He initially agrees to this, but comes to regret his decision. The film also deals with his relationship with his father and his son.
Things get the better of Gilbert as he learns that his brother has been declared missing in action in the war. This and other factors cause him to confront the government over plans to encourage people not to celebrate Christmas in order to save resources for the war effort. He successfully lobbies the government to allow him (and other toy manufacturers) to resume the production of toys for Christmas. Thus earning him the name "The Man Who Saved Christmas.
In the final scene, Gilbert's brother returns from the war in time to celebrate Christmas.
The film contains numerous errors and omissions: AC Junior is portrayed as an only child yet, in real life, he had two older sisters, Charlotte and Lucretia. Moreover, he wasn't even born when this film was set.
The erector sets used in the film were the later, smaller versions not made until 1924 and not the original, larger pieces made from 1913 - 1923.