On the 2nd Day of Christmas

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On the 2nd Day of Christmas
Directed by James Frawley
Produced by John Ryan
Written by Brian Hohlfeld
Starring Mary Stuart Masterson
Mark Ruffalo
Lauren Pratt
David Hewlett
James Purcell
Music by David Bergeaud
Cinematography William Wages
Edited by Chip Masamitsu
Distributed by Lifetime Television
Release date
  • December 8, 1997 (1997-12-08) (U.S.)
Running time
96 min.
Country United States
Language English

On the 2nd Day of Christmas is a Lifetime television movie starring Mary Stuart Masterson and Mark Ruffalo, directed by James Frawley.


Small-time thieves 29-year old Trish (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her 6-year old niece Patsy (Lauren Suzanne Pratt) are at a diner, planning their next heist. Patsy tells her Aunt Trish that it's wrong that they are pick-pocketing people, but Trish believes it's okay in some way, and tells her that they only steal from 'those who can afford it'.

Trish's former beau Mel (David Hewlett) comes to the diner to talk to Trish, being chased by two guys to whom he owes money. Trish and Patsy leave to go to Limbers department store. Patsy puts on a blond wig and begins to pick-pocket Mr. Limber (Lawrence Dane), the owner of the store. They are caught by security guard Bert (Mark Ruffalo).

Trish and Patsy are brought to the office of Limber and threatened with arrest. But since it is almost Christmas, it's late Friday, and Social Services is already closed, Bert is to keep a watch over them at his place, though he protests doing so. After Christmas, on December 26, he is to return them back to the office, when Patsy is to be given to a foster-family who can better look out for her interests and Trish is to face charges.

As the hours go by, Trish and Bert begin to develop an attraction for each other. As Christmas is 'ruined' for Trish and Patsy, Bert takes them to Maplewood for his family's holiday dinner, and then to 'Santa's Castle' where Patsy confesses her bad deeds to Santa's head elf (Howard Hesseman) and writes Santa a note, asking him to deliver her bicycle to Bert's apartment, where they've been staying.

Very early in the morning on December 26, Bert rushes to Limbers to buy the bicycle, and Patsy is elated to find it delivered later that morn. But then Patsy is kidnapped by Mel, who wants to use her to pick-pocket at Limbers during the after-Christmas crowd's rush to return gifts. He is caught by Bert and everyone ends up back in the office where Social Services officials await them. But with Patsy's wish coming true, they get a second chance. Mel is hauled off to jail. Bert quits his job and proposes to Trish.


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