Must Watch Christmas Movies for Winter Retreats
* Oklahoma Christian summer camp and retreat center, Shepherd’s Fold Ranch offers some great tips for movies to watch this Christmas
For any good Christmas season– Christmas movies are essential. Movies are the stories of the current generation and when a story can elicit an emotion or expose a truth from God it is worth it’s weight in gold. The celebration of Jesus and the Hope that he brings is the purpose for Christmas. Hardly any of these movies listed will be “Christian films” but will definitely be “Christian” in content and message. I hope you can find some enjoyment out of looking at my Must Watch Christmas Movie List 2013.
- The Santa Clause: “Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.”
- The Santa Clause 2: Love takes time, intentionality and work.”Scott Calvin/Santa Claus: Hey Cupid, why don’t you shoot me with one of your darts and then I’ll fall in love?
Cupid: First of all, they’re not darts, they’re arrows. Second of all, no can do.
Scott Calvin/Santa Claus: Why not?
Cupid: Because they have no effect on us. Believe me, if they did, I would’ve shot myself in the butt, met a nice girl, left business years ago.”
- Home Alone: The pursuit of a mother’s love! “I am trying to get home to my eight-year-old son. And now that I’m this close, you’re telling me it’s hopeless?”
- Home Alone 2: The power and risk of loving”Bird Lady: The man I loved fell out of love with me. That broke my heart. When the chance to be loved came along again, I ran away from it. I stopped trusting people.
Kevin McCallister: No offense, but that seems like sort of a dumb thing to do.
Bird Lady: I was afraid of getting my heart broken again. Sometimes you can trust a person, and then, when things are down, they forget about you.
Kevin McCallister: Maybe they’re just too busy. Maybe they don’t forget about you, but they forget to remember you. People don’t mean to forget. My grandfather says if my head wasn’t screwed on, I’d leave it on the school bus.
Bird Lady: I’m just afraid if I do trust someone, I’ll get my heart broken.
Kevin McCallister: I understand. I had a nice pair of rollerblades. I was afraid to wreck them, so I kept them in a box. Do you know what happened? I outgrew them. I never wore them outside. Only in my room a few times.
Bird Lady: A person’s heart and feelings are very different than skates.
Kevin McCallister: They’re kind of the same thing. If you won’t use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? If you just keep it to yourself, maybe it’ll be like my rollerblades. When you do decide to try it, it won’t be any good. You should take a chance. Got nothing to lose.
Bird Lady: Little truth in there somewhere.”
- Elf: Life is fun and we are made to choose joy! “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”
- Fred Claus: We get to see the selfless giving that is characterized by St. Nick. “There’s a poor orphan named Henry who lives down the road. I’m bringing all my gifts to him. He needs them more than I.”
- Jingle All The Way: The dangers of consumerism and the value of spending time with your family.
- A Christmas Carol (Disney): Charles Dickens’s story told so well. “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
- Miracle on 34th St.: Working out your faith! “Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial, it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.”
- The Polar Express: Belief!!!! “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
Continue to Part Two for the last 20 Top Christmas Movies
*All quotes were taken from IMDB.com. They are a fantastic site for movie reviews and information.