Make the Yuletide Gay centres on the story of Olaf ‘Gunn’ Gunnunderson (Keith Jordan), an openly gay college student, who when returning home for the holidays with his family, returns to the closet as his family believes him to be straight. He has to change his mannerisms and style of dress in order to keep up this façade.
Olaf copes well with his family trying to set him up romantically with Abby (Hallee Hirsh), who was his former high school sweetheart. Although Nathan’s mother Anya (Kelly Keaton) and Abby’s mother Heather (Alison Arngrim) pretend to be friends, they secretly loathe one another.
Things become more difficult, however, when Olaf’s boyfriend and college roommate Nathan (Adamo Ruggiero) turns up unannounced. Nathan is openly gay including with his parents, who have gone off on a cruise leaving Nathan to spend Christmas alone. Although Nathan finds it difficult to believe that Olaf has not come out to his parents, he and Olaf must now do all they can to hide the nature of their relationship, with increasing difficulty. Olaf must decide whether to come clean to his parents before his secret is out.
“Make The Yuletide Gay might not be White Christmas or It’s A Wonderful Life, but it’s worthy holiday fare.”
—Michael D. Klemm, Queercinema.com
Did You Know?
When Heather Mancuso (Alison Arngrim) comes to wish the Gunnundersons a ‘Merry Christmas’, Anya Gunnunderson says to Heather “Oh, don’t be such a Nellie!” Arngrim played the part of Nellie Oleson on the 1974 television series Little House on the Prairie.
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