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New Year Promise 1967
Clokey Productions, Lutheran Church in America

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New Year Promise


Comments by: Rating: 10 out of 10 stars Posted: January 10, 2009

A New Beginning!

New Year Promise

Davey and Goliath helped Mr. Opp at the church before the ringing of the New Years Evening Church bell. Davey and Goliath shovel snow from the sidewalk of the church and see the Pastor of the church. He asks Davey if he has made his New Year’s resolution. Davey tells the Pastor that he hasn’t but he will be thinking about what he can change in the New Year.

As Davey and Goliath speak with Mr. Opp, Mr. Opp tells Davey that since he helped him with shoveling snow, he will allow Davey to ring the church bell at midnight to ring in the New Year. Davey is so excited that he asks Mr. Opp if he can ring the bell now for practice. Mr. Opp tells Davey that if they ring the bells now, it might confuse everyone in the neighborhood. Davey gets an idea. Davey climbs up to the church bell and places his snow cap over the weight in the church bell to muffle the sound of the bell. Mr. Opp allows Davey to practice ringing the bell. As Davey rings the bell, Sally comes to see Davey and Goliath so that they can go snow sledding. Mr. Opp asks Davey and Sally if they have made their New Year’s resolution, but Sally doesn’t know what a New Year’s resolution is exactly. Davey explains to Sally that a resolution means that you will not do something bad anymore and you will do good in the New Year. Mr. Opps tells Davey and Goliath that a New Year’s resolution should be a promise to do something good in the New Year.

Davey tells Mr. Opp goodbye and promises to come back at midnight to ring the church bell to ring in the New Year. Davey and Sally get a chance to go sledding on the ice, but the ice hasn’t hardened in some areas. After an afternoon of fun, Davey, Sally and Goliath go home because it is getting colder.

As Davey, Sally and Goliath get home; Mom and Dad are going to see the Reeds. Mom asked Davey and Sally if they can get their own dinner and that they will be home before midnight. Sally tells Mom that Davey gets to ring the church bell at midnight. Mom tells Davey and Sally that they will meet them at the church this evening. Once Mom and Dad have left, Davey, Sally and Goliath begin to play with some of their Christmas toys. Davey, for some reason, has been yelling at Sally and Goliath all day. Davey yelled at Sally when she was getting too close to the edge of the pond where the water hadn’t hardened. Davey also yelled at Goliath when he was trying to get closer to Sally when they were sledding. Sally asked Davey why he yells so much and Davey tells Sally that he has to protect her and Goliath when they do “stupid” things. Goliath also decides to make a resolution to stop stealing bones from the other dogs in the neighborhood. After playing with their toys, Sally tells Davey that she will make their supper. Davey and Goliath are in Davey’s room talking when Davey decides to make his resolution to stop yelling at Sally in the New Year. Davey tells Goliath that he will have a hard time with his resolution if he doesn’t stop talking to Sally all together. Goliath agrees with Davey and Davey decides that he will no longer talk to Sally.

Sally calls Davey to supper, but Davey doesn’t answer her. Davey eats his supper of hotdogs and Sally starts asking questions. Davey just nods at her. Sally is beginning to become upset. After supper, Davey and Golaith talk to each other. Goliath tells Davey that he is doing a great job of not yelling at Sally by not talking to her. Davey and Goliath thought that they were making the right decision by not talking to Sally, but they neglected to tell Sally what they were doing, so Sally thought that Davey didn’t love her anymore.

Sally is so upset that she decides to runaway with Belinda her doll and lets a note on the Christmas tree. Goliath gets thirsty, so he goes to the kitchen to get some water. As Goliath goes back to his pal’s bedroom, he sees the note on the Christmas tree and brings it to Davey. Davey doesn’t even look at the note and decides to make the note into a paper airplane.


Mom calls home to let Davey know that they are on their way home. Davey tells his mother that everything is fine and that he is waiting for his parents to return home so that he can go to the church to ring the bell for the New Year’s celebration. Davey calls for Sally but she doesn’t answer. Davey looks at the note that he made into a paper airplane and realizes that Sally has run away. Mom and told Davey that if he or Sally needed anything, to give her a phone call at the Reed’s home. Davey thought about what Mom said, but he decides that he had to go out to find his little sister Sally by himself. Davey and Goliath start tracking Sally’s footsteps. As Davey and Goliath walk pass the church, they notice that Sally’s footsteps take them to the pond where they were in the afternoon.

Sally thought about all the things that her and Davey would do together and she tells Belinda her doll that maybe they will find the house that she saw with Davey in the afternoon. Sally is cold and scared but she looks up at the moon. Davey is also cold and scared and he too looks up at the moon. Davey begins to pray to God for His help to find his sister Sally. Davey looks at the moon and thinks that his little sister is probably seeing the same moon that he is looking at. As Davey and Goliath trace Sally’s footprints, Goliath sees Belinda, Sally’s doll. Sally lost Belinda when she fell down the hill.

Davey and Goliath continue to look for Sally when Davey finds Sally’s red wool scarf. As Davey moves closer to Sally, he sees that Sally is near a snowdrift which is about to bury Sally in the snow. Davey has to yell at Sally not to move. When Sally hears Davey’s voice she tries to come back to him and the snow falls on her. Davey and Goliath run to Sally and pull her out of the snow.

Mom calls hone again to let Davey and Sally know that they are coming home to pick them up but there is no answer. Mom and Dad begin to get worried so they go directly to the church. Davey and Sally aren’t at the church and Mom calls home again. As Mom and Dad begin to wonder where their children are, Davey, Sally and Goliath come into the church. Mr. Opp tells Davey that they will have to hurry because it is almost midnight. Davey decides that his New Years resolution is to keep his promise to be nicer to Sally. Davey tells Sally that they will ring the church bell together. At midnight, Davey and Sally pull the rope to ring the church bell. Have you made your resolution to do good and not bad?
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