My 5 Favorite Family Friendly Movies that Reflect the Spirit of Christmas!

    There are a lot of great Christmas movies out there. “Elf,” “Christmas with the Kranks,” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” are just a few of the secular movies that are fun to watch.

    I’ve noticed, however, that there are not many Christmas movies that reflect the true meaning of Christmas. They do exist, but they’re few and far between.

    The following are five of my favorite inspirational Christmas movies. Enjoy!

    Christmas Angel (2009)

    This is a great faith-strengthening movie that reflects how adversity can be used in a positive way. The main character is bitter about the Christmas season because of past adversity, but her new boss, who also has experienced hardships, shows her how to be a positive influence. I don’t want to give too much away, but this is a feel-good movie that focuses on helping the less fortunate without expecting anything in return.

    The Christmas Choir (2008)

    “The Christmas Choir” is an inspiring movie that’s based on a true story. The main character begins volunteering at a homeless shelter, and after realizing that many of the homeless men can sing, he puts together a choir. The great part of this story is seeing how these men soon build confidence in themselves. Not only does the main character find something to believe in again, but also the homeless men go on to become successful and financially independent.

    The Polar Express (2004)

    Based on the book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, this movie tells the story of a young boy who struggles with his belief in Santa Claus. I believe that the story has a deeper Christian meaning, though. I see Santa, the conductor, and the hobo ghost as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I see the struggle to “believe in Santa” as a struggle of faith in God. I feel that there are many allegorical aspects in this movie that reflect Christianity. I don’t expect younger viewers to see this, but even they will enjoy this movie. What do you think?

    The Christmas Card (2006)

    What a great Christmas movie this is! It tells the story of a woman who sends Christmas cards to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and one man who receives the card. He keeps the card close to him, and while on leave, he decides to find the woman who sent it. This is a wonderful Christmas movie for the whole family to enjoy.

    Christmas Child (2008)

    This is a lovely Christmas movie that tells the story of a man disconnected from everything, including his marriage. An old photograph leads him to a small town where he is immersed in the mystery of the missing baby Jesus in a life-sized town nativity scene. During his stay he meets a very family-oriented community, learns about his own past, and rediscovers his family.

    What do you think of my list? Do you have a favorite Christmas movie that you feel reflects the true spirit of Christmas?

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      • Those three movies are very good. My older sister and I have not seen the original 34th Street until recently, but we’ve both seen It’s a Wonderful Life, and she loves White Christmas (it’s kind of funny, but also kind of dumb when people try to make the title seem racist. The white refers to SNOW, not people. They need to lighten up a little). Anyway, those are great movies.

    1. Although its a tiny bit dirty in some ways (it has things like mild swearing), I am a big fan of the Home Alone series! (Movies 1-3.) I like it’s humor and its messages it give to its viewer.

      I love POLAR EXPRESS!! favorite memory was last year when I was watching it with a guy friend of my’n I know from my grandma’s church. I loved talking about certain sceens and imagining what it would be like to go through the roller coaster chute thingy the elves go through. 😀

      • I really like Home Alone 1 and 2, they have the same actors in them and they’re from the same director (back when Chris Columbus did good movies), but the rest after that aren’t really good to me, they’re just not as clever and memorable.

    2. I love “The Heart of Christmas” its a true story about a little boy named Dax who has leukemia and its about trusting God in the most difficult of times and when the Doctor’s tell the parents he probably won’t make it through the year, the community comes together to make sure Dax gets one lat Christmas. Here’s the link to watch the trailer:

    3. Love Christmas Card, Polar Express is a classic, and I love the old classics like Roudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Frosty the Snowmen. Elf is a given, Ive seen that movie hundreds of times probably.

      • So many funny scenes in Elf. Love it when he enters “The North Pole” in the department store and argues with the manager about it being the North Pole and then about singing in the North Pole. My son thinks it’s hilarious when he yells out “Santa” and gets all excited when the manager announces that Santa is coming. Love it!

    4. I love the Polar Express! Never seen the rest of them, though. A movie I think also expresses the true meaning of Christmas is The Grinch, I mean the original animation by Dr. Seuss.
      I noticed the same thing about the Polar Express, the only trouble I have with that analogy is: God is real, Santa isn’t. But I suppose if you can ignore that, everything lines up all right.

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