Christmas movies are kind of a big deal for my family. Nearly every night, we can be found in our living room with the fire blazing, cozied up with coffee and blankets, watching a festive holiday flick. Naturally we have our standard classics that we return to year after year, but this year we (or maybe just me) have taken a particular interest in Hallmark Christmas movies. There is nothing like a sweet little story with a happy ending to lighten your spirits at the end of a long (or short) December day.
I have compiled a list of our top movies and the lessons I think we can take from each of them:
“The Year Without a Santa Claus” Do not become stressed by the things you must accomplish this season. Take time to enjoy it and try to help others who are feeling a bit overwhelmed.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Christmas cannot be bought in a box or eaten off a plate. It is all about the feeling in your heart and the people around you.
“Elf” The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
“A Christmas Story” No matter how dysfunctional your family is, they are still yours. Also, Red Rider BB Guns are never a good idea. You’ll shoot yer eye out.
“The Santa Clause” Spend more time being Santa to others than wondering who will be giving things to you. Giving beats receiving every time.
“The Nativity Story” The beauty of Jesus’ birth is in the fact that He was born so humbly, in a filthy stable of all places. Yet, God used Him to save the entire world. Oh, how He loves us!
“White Christmas” Love is all that matters at Christmas. Also, there really should be more Bing Crosby’s and Danny Kaye’s in the world!
“It’s a Wonderful Life” If you want to feel rich, look at all the gifts you have that money can’t buy.
“Charlie Brown Christmas” And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not – for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men. And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.-Linus
Wishing everyone a very blessed Christmas from our home to yours! – Kate