In the days before the big New Year’s Eve celebration, Hope Valley sees some unpredictable resolutions. Abigail sets out to catch whoever’s been stealing from her kitchen: and finds herself in charge of two orphans in the process. Elizabeth resolves to take charge of Jack’s dog, Rip, in an attempt to remedy Rip’s apparent jealousy of their relationship. Rosemary is determined to win a San Francisco Herald essay contest about a "real frontier family",… and has to pose as Lee’s wife when a reporter from the paper shows up.
After the loss of the family farm, the Thompsons head west for a fresh start. John’s struggle to provide for his family is bolstered by the childlike faith of his young son who, despite his new environment, inspires everyone he meets to consider the true meaning of Christmas. After a mysterious stagecoach rider visits in the dark hours of Christmas Eve, even John must believe that his troubles are temporary, and miracles do happen on Christmas.
A little shepherd boy dies on his eighth birthday and is whisked to Heaven, where he has a hard time accepting he's really dead and he just wishes to return home. His assigned guardian angel tries his best to help the shepherd boy adjust to his new home, even allowing him to return to Earth to retrieve his special treasure box and to see his parents again. When the shepherd boy witnesses the birth of Jesus, he comes to realize what truly is important in the world.