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A well-meaning eight-year-old girl sends anonymous Christmas cards to the folks in her grandmother’s neighborhood, creating chaos between friends and families.
When a children’s Christmas play, performed in the neighborhood church, indirectly causes neighbors and families to fall out, eight-year-old Becky believes she can help everyone make amends by sending them anonymous Christmas cards signed, “Your little angel.”
She mails her first card to the new, young choir teacher, Miss Casey to cheer her up. During the play, prankster Owen had secretly taped a “Singing is for the birds” sign to Miss Casey’s back. The congregation found it hilarious. Miss Casey not so much. Becky decides to give Miss Casey a hint who is sending the card by adding a chocolate covered cherry inside since Miss Casey always tells her she is such a sweet girl.
Later, when Becky sees her Granny’s friend, Gerald sadly posting a ‘missing bird’ sign up at the post office, she decides he could use some cheering up as well. He’s still upset with his longtime friend, Merlowe for accidentally leaving the door open to his parrot’s cage, causing it to fly away. Gerald knew Merlowe never liked his parrot, and suspected Merlowe released it on purpose. When Merlowe chuckled at the sign on Miss Casey’s back during the play, Gerald became even more offended and left in a huff.
After mailing his card, Becky learns that her best friend, Rachel is also upset. Rachel’s very emotional, pregnant mother, Jolie, is mad at her father, Paul, for getting the dates mixed up, then running late, and missing the play altogether. Becky feels bad for Paul and decides to put a card in the mail to him, hoping it will cheer him up and make Rachel’s Christmas better.
However, Becky’s well-meaning attempts at spreading a bit of Christmas cheer backfire.
When Miss Casey opens the card, the smashed chocolate covered cherry falls onto her new, specially designed dress that she had planned to wear when she sings her solo on Christmas Eve. She thinks it is another one of Owen’s pranks since he played the angel in the play.
Later, as Gerald opens his card, while sitting on his porch, Merlowe backs out of his driveway next door. Merlowe slows down, then waves and grins. Gerald assumes he sent the card in an effort to be funny by implying the card is from his parrot, whose name was Angel.
While Paul takes the kids Christmas shopping, his card is intercepted by Jolie. She had just found an angel ornament in his shirt pocket while doing laundry. The ornament was labeled: Made by A. Trent. Jolie suspects the card is from a girlfriend named Angel, and she’s the reason Paul missed the Christmas play.
Soon Becky discovers that her good intentions are getting a bit bungled.
Miss Casey confronts Owen’s dad, Steve, a single parent, at his house with the card in her hand. Steve claims to know nothing about it and doesn’t believe his son would do that.
While checking her grandmother’s mailbox, Becky watches as Miss Casey stomps away from Owen’s house furiously. Becky worries it has to do with the angel card.
In the meantime, Gerald plays his own prank on Merlowe and secretly paints over selective letters on Merlowe’s prized Christmas decorations. Becky witnesses his vandalism while carrying out the trash, but at his finger shushing request of silence, she keeps his secret.
That night, while Becky and Granny sit on the porch drinking hot cocoa, they see Merlowe driving up to his house. A few minutes later, after he goes inside, his light decorations blink on. What originally read: Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings, now reads: Mer is a ass.
When Merlowe sees Gerald in his front yard buckling over in laughter, Merlowe steps outside and discovers Gerald’s prank. Merlowe storms toward Gerald, and they bounce around with balled fists as if they are going to box. Granny accidentally gets slugged trying to stop them.
Later that night, Jolie accuses Paul of being with another woman on the night of the Christmas play. He explains that he helped an elderly woman named Alma, when she had car trouble. Jolie doesn’t believe him and gives him the cold shoulder.
After Becky learns from Rachel that her mom and dad aren’t speaking, she realizes it’s up to her to fix all the problems that her angel cards have caused.
With a little pleading, some clever thinking, and a bit of detective work, Becky not only clears up the misunderstandings, but reunites old friends by persuading Merlowe into buying a parrot for Gerald, plays matchmaker to new friends by convincing Steve to replace Miss Casey’s concert dress, and strengthens family bonds by locating Alma and asking her to tell Jolie that she gave Paul a handmade decoration as a gift for helping her the night her car broke down.