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Favorite Christmas Movies

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I rewatched this film for the first time this year in a quite a while and it  is so clearly the best Christmas movie of all time. A movie that reminds us all of the preciousness of every life and the impact we all have on those around us for good or ill. Still moving and just as relevant as ever!

 

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Every year the Gospel is preached through this special and I love it. The reminder that Christmas has nothing to do with the commercialistic extravaganza it’s been turned into is eternally evergreen as the little tree Charlie Brown picks. In fact, that’s the beautiful metaphor Shultz was going for.

 

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My family has been watching this movie since it came out in theaters. When it became available on home release it became the movie we put the Christmas tree up to. It’s funny, has the best family scenes that I can quote completely and it’s just not Christmas till I watch this.

 

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This is not a movie for everyone but I do love it. It’s a beautiful movie about all the types of love that bring us together in the Christmas season, not just romance. There are some fantastic lines in this film and the soundtrack is great, as is the cast!

 

 

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Yes, this is the Chris Columbus movie I have on the list. It’s become a classic in the few years it’s been out for me. It’s heart-warming to watch as a family learns to come back together after a devastating loss. Plus, Kurt Russell is the Santa that finally makes the song “Santa Baby” make sense. 

 

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I still skip the “Choreography” musical number most of the time but this movie is just kinda perfect. The music, the cast and the setting just cannot be beat. It does a great job of reminding us that success is best when you have someone to share it with, either a friend or a partner. 

 

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The cast is phenomenal. This might be my favorite Jack Black performance, but it is actually Kate Winslet’s relationship with Eli Wallach’s character that will steal your heart. And if that is not enough, the girls that play Jude Law’s daughters are adorable and will make you wish your own children had British accents.

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Everyone should have known with this movie that Jon Favreau would be perfect for the Star Wars universe. Here he is able to tap into everything people loved about Christmas movies and replicate it without it feeling like a rip-off. A must watch every Christmas season since its release. 

 

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The message of this movie captures the heart of the season perfectly. I’m still touched by it every time I watch. I love being reminded about the importance of belief, but more importantly that seeing is not always believing. Reminds me of John 20:29 “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'”

iu-9The message is classic but still important. Another reminder of the need to look past the commercialization to the reason for the season. This season is meant to bring us together, think of others and not ourselves. Riches mean nothing if there is no one to share them with and giving is better than receiving. Does it all sound cliché? Maybe, but sometimes it’s important to dust off the clichés and remember why they became them in the first place. 

PS. Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

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