Looking for a good movie to kick off the Christmas season with your family? Focus on the Family has several suggestions.
Bob Waliszewski of PluggedIn came up with several holiday Films that can help you communicate values and truths to your kids.
Here’s what they came up with:
The Nativity Story. It highlights Mary and Joseph as they make their laborious way from Nazareth to Bethlehem in obedience to a governmental edict and to fulfill the ancient prophecy of a Messiah to be born in the City of David. The film revels in the idea that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
Miracle on 34th Street, the 1947 version. An old, white-bearded man who identifies himself as Kris Kringle steps in at the last minute to play Santa Claus in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. He’s then hired to be the in-store Santa where he begins telling shoppers which stores have the lowest price on any particular toy.
It’s a Wonderful Life, An angel named Clarence helps a compassionate but deeply frustrated and suicidal George Bailey by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe. Four children enter the snow-covered land of Narnia through a huge wardrobe where they must battle an evil queen and break an ancient curse with the direction of the lion, Aslan.
And A Charlie Brown Christmas. Not happy with the materialism he sees all around him during the Christmas season, Charlie Brown takes Lucy’s suggestion of directing the school Christmas pageant. But even that isn’t helpful…until Linus explains the real meaning of Christmas by quoting passages from the Bible.