We asked our staff to share their favorite Christmas movies and why they loved them. You might be surprised by the results!
Jacob: National Lampoons & Elf are my two favorites from modern selections. If I could have one story to explain the gospel, it would be A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott, of course). Dickens' A Christmas Carol comes to life in three acts as Scrooge's past, present, and (potential) future play out in front of him one Christmas Eve. Watching the moments he missed and the damage he has caused, Scrooge is "scared straight," but it's his wonderful rebirth on Christmas morning that shows the power of God's life-changing redemption. Hilarious, tension-filled, and insightful, A Christmas Carol brings the redemptive good news of Jesus in a nativity parable for the whole family.
Kristi: This is hard since I have several favorites, but I'll go with A Christmas Story and Home Alone. A Christmas Story reminds me of my childhood (yes, I'm older than dirt) and the excitement and anticipation of waiting for Christmas morning to see if you got that one special gift you were hoping for. As for Home Alone, I love Kevin's tenacity. Although he thinks he made his family disappear, after enjoying a day of "freedom," he soon realizes how much he misses them. He protects his home from burglars, which always makes me laugh. But, my favorite part of the story is how he befriends the scary man next door and encourages him to call and invite his estranged son and his family over on Christmas. The part when Kevin looks out the window and sees his neighbor greeting his son and family always tugs at my heart.
Erik: Elf! We started a tradition when we got married putting this on while we decorate. Now, it has to be on or it's not really Christmas.
Arree: It’s A Wonderful Life. I love this movie because we all are guilty of not realizing the impact (good, bad, indifferent) we have on one another. I have often wondered about the people I know, how their lives would differ if our roads had not crossed. How did they impact my life by the things they said or did, and vice versa? It’s A Wonderful Life provides some insight about how powerful relationships are and how much we truly need one another to grow, to love, to help, to complain, to stand up for the little man, but more importantly to live and live life to the fullest!
Annelie: I have three favorites, I think: Adventures in Odyssey: Electric Christmas, Secret Adventures - Christmas is a Time for Sharing, and McGee & Me - Twas the Fight Before Christmas . These are all REALLY powerful, although all three are for kids. (The last two are only on VHS.) Adventures in Odyssey: Electric Christmas is a real treat for the entire family, but especially the kids. A reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. There is one scene that brings me to tears every time I watch it.
For big kid films, I would say It's a Wonderful Life and for newer....I really liked Christmas on Salvation Street. This is a movie that causes you to remember that there is a world out there that needs Jesus. The attitude towards the gang members, and especially the leader of the gang brought back memories of The Cross and the Switchblade and reminds me that anything is possible with God and that God wants everyone to be saved. Oh, and Christmas Angel and Love's Christmas Journey (from the Love Comes Softly series). Okay, I think that's all for my faves...I know I have a lot!
Debbie: There are so many wonderful Christmas movies, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of my favorites. Why? Well, it's just FUNNY. Many of the lines are hilarious... My sister, Karen, can recite most of them. And Clark and Eddie – well, you gotta love them. I appreciate Clark's 'never give up', 'can do' attitude. It's apparent that he loves his family, even if they are different. This movie highlights one of Christmas' best features: family members, who many times have NOTHING in common and may not even like each other (but do love each other) gather together to celebrate. They try hard to focus on the greater good...Christmas, in their own way, and being together. I'm guessing Clark had no great desire to entertain Eddie, or Ellen's parents (his in-laws), or Aunt Bethany, but he sure did. And he retained his Christmas Cheer the whole time. This film brings our family together to watch it and is always a conversation starter, not that we need one. I hope you enjoy gathering together with your family and loved ones this Christmas season to celebrate and give thanks for the birth of our Savior, and to relive once again some of your family’s special traditions this Christmas season. In the words of Clark Griswold, "Tis the season to be merry." Merry Christmas everyone!
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