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Twee Bomen: A Tale of Two Trees - an Escapade of Frank and Hexe

A boy, dog and baby get into trouble on Christmas Eve

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A boy, dog and a baby get into mischief on Christmas Eve. The boy cuts down a tree and decorates it with his mother's knitting, then he steals and eats chocolate biscuits. Thinking the baby has eaten the biscuits, the mother feeds her baby castor oil and finally discovers the boy's tree in the nursery, covered in wool. 'Twee Bomen' is Dutch for 'Two Trees'. The children are probably the filmmaker's grandchildren.

Questions & Activities


  • Which tree do you think is the best? Why?
  • Why does the mother give the baby castor oil?
  • What things can you see in the film that tell you it was made in the past? (Early 1960s)
  • Why does the filmmaker show the nativity scene at the end of the film? What do you think he was trying to say?


Find out everything you can about Christmas trees. When did they first appear? Why do we decorate them?

Find out about the impact of Christmas trees on the environment. What are the problems? Are there any advantages?

Investigate traditional ways of decorating the tree across the world and in different periods. Create an artwork inspired by your discoveries.

Compare the sorts of decorations used in different religions. Can you find similarities?

Write a story or a script, written from the mother's perspective, about her day looking after the children and the dog.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-006-001-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 3819
Date 1961
Genre Amateur, Comedy
School Subject Expressive Arts, Religious and Moral Education, Social Studies, Technologies
Subject Matter Literacy, Christmas, Family, Children
Who Frank Marshall
Where Glasgow
Event Christmas
Attributes 16mm, Colour, Sound
Clip Length 9:55
Film Length 9:55
References National Library of Scotland.