This article is about the 2007 film. For other uses of This Christmas, see the disambig page.

This Christmas is a 2007 comedy-drama film written & directed by Preston A. Whitmore II. It stars Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown, Columbus Short, Regina King, Sharon Leal, Lauren London, Jessica Stroup and Keith Robinson.


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This is the story of a solidly middle-class African-American family that reunites for Christmas for the first time in several years. Ma'dere is the Matriarch who's Los Angeles home is where the vast majority of the story takes place. As with any family gathering there are topics that are best not discussed. When they are discussed here they end up in fights -verbal or physical (an excellent sister-on sister catfight stands out here). One sister is encouraging the siblings to sell the family dry cleaning business and split the profits. One brother is running from loan sharks. One brother is AWOL from the Marine Corps and one sister has brought along the man she's dating at a historically black college. Despite what the trailers and TV commercials may lead you to think this is not a warm syrupy comedy. There are dramatic moments, violence and course language. It is however very much a slice-of-life that not enough Hollywood features present. This family, warts and all, is definitely not a Hollywood feel-good film with blackfaces. It is authentic in it's portrayal of themes facing African-Americans in particular, but Americans in general.



Song titlePerformed by
"O' Tannenbaum"The Unified Jazz Ensemble
"Santa Baby"Lina
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"Dion
"Deck the Halls"
("Smart Like You" version)
"Joy to the World"
  • "Kitchen Degree" version
  • "Kool Aid" version
"O' Tannenbaum"
("Got a Name Holmes" version)
  • "Opening"
  • "Welcome Chris/Rubik's Cube-Apartment"
    (from The Pursuit of Happyness (2006))
Andrea Guerra (composer)
Oscar Peterson
"Get Down on It"Kool & The Gang
"Merry Christmas Baby"Charles Brown
"The Christmas Song"
"Go Getta"Jeezy feat. R. Kelly
Blue Magic (Sample of "Born on Halloween")
"I Proceed"Ciara
"Try a Little Tenderness"Chris Brown
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
  • O. Peterson
  • The Ramsey Lewis Trio
"Sleigh Ride"
  • The Ronettes
  • TLC
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"O. Peterson
"Please Come Home for Christmas"Aaron Neville
"White Christmas"
"Jingle Bells" ('Girlfight' Version)
"Jolly Holly (Deck the Halls)"Mike Strickland
"Never Loved a Man (The Way That I Love You)"Aretha Franklin
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Me"Stevie Wonder
"Powell's Return" (from K-PAX (2001))Edward Shearmur
"Silent Night"Aaron Neville
"Moody's Mood for Love"Quincy Jones
feat. Brian McKnight, Rachelle Ferrell,
Take 6 and James Moody
"O Holy Night"Denetria Champ
"This Christmas"Chris Brown
Donald Barrett (Drums)
"Got to Give It Up"Marvin Gaye
"Jingle Bells" (uncredited)
"O Christmas Tree"


Delroy LindoJoseph Black
Idris ElbaQuentin Whitfield
Loretta DevineMa'Dere Whitfield
Chris BrownMichael 'Baby' Whitfield
Keith RobinsonDevean Brooks
Laz AlonsoMalcolm Moore
Columbus ShortClaude Whitfield
Sharon LealKelli Whitfield
Lauren LondonMelanie 'Mel' Whitfield
Lupe OntiverosRosie
Jessica StroupSandi
Mekhi PhiferGerald
Regina KingLisa Moore
David BannerMo
Ricky HarrisCousin Fred
Ronnie WarnerDude
Haskell Anderson IIIReverend Caldwell
Ambrosia KelleyTori
Javion FrancisKeshon
Amy HunterKaren
Stacy Meadows JrTroy
Brandon FobbsRaynard
Mark CraigOfficer #1
Aviva JuneTree Lot Attendant
Nicholas HarvellClerk
Brandon JacksonEl Rey MC
Shelina WadeJazz Songstress
Denetria ChampGospel Singer
Garry GuerrierM.P.
Mirtha MichelleBartender
Don AbernathyChurchgoer
Imia EdwardsClub Girl
Pegah SahebiClubgoer
Tatiana VarriaSinger

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