Must Watch Christmas Movies Part 2
* Oklahoma Christian summer camp and retreat center, Shepherd’s Fold Ranch offers some great tips for movies to watch this Christmas.
This is part two. Check out the first Ten Christmas Movies You Have To Watch. There are some goodies in the first bunch. If you just want to read what we have below I will give you the basic framework for how each will go. I want to provide a main idea/value proposition for each film along with a fantastic quote from the movie itself. Each of these films are great sources of inspiration, enjoyment and instigators for the Christmas spirit. Remember, Jesus- his life- his hope and his call to us is the reason for the celebration– these films simply act as catalysts to help us encounter Him and love other people well.
- It’s A Wonderful Life: Everything in life costs something and money is not the most important. “Just a minute… just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You’re right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was… why, in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn’t that right, Uncle Billy? He didn’t save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what’s wrong with that? Why… here, you’re all businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers? You… you said… what’d you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they’re so old and broken down that they… Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about… they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!”
- White Christmas: This is one of the “feel good” movies that shows the value and enjoyment of good friendship. “Bob Wallace: Hey, Davis! How you feelin’?Phil Davis: Oh, pretty good, Captain.Bob Wallace: I just dropped by to thank you for saving my life.Phil Davis: Well, it was a life worth saving, sir.”
- Arthur Christmas: A true underdog story that shows everyone is valuable. “Arthur: [the next scene where Arthur is rowing Grandsanta & Bryony across the Atlantic Ocean, 3000 miles to Trelew, England] Jingle Bells! This Boat Smells! Three Thousand miles to go!”
- Rise of the Guardians: A FUN movie that captures the joy of being a child and the destiny that God designed each of us for. “Jack Frost: You’re all hard work and deadlines, and I’m all snowballs and fun times”
- A Christmas Story: Tells a story everyone can relate to as a child and shows the value of creativity, imagination and fun. “Ralphie as Adult: [narrating about diving with his brother into the gifts under the Christmas tree] We plunged into the cornucopia quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice.”
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey): A wonderfully fun story of conversion about a mean, hard, lonely man. Triumphs family, giving, forgiveness and love. “The Grinch: MAX. HELP ME… I’m FEELING.”
- Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer (claymation): Underdog acceptance: self discovery and unique desing. “Santa Claus: From what I see now, that will cut through the murkiest storm they can dish up. What I’m trying to say is, Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?Rudolph: It would be an honor, sir.”
- Santa Claus is coming to Town (claymation): This movie personifies Santa as a selfless, fun loving, giving man who was persistent with bringing joy and standing for what is right. The redemption of the warlock and the marriage scene at the end are bighlights. “Kris Kringle: Look, uh, before you do me in, would you tell your tree friends to let me loose for a second? You see, I have something for you.Winter: What is this? A trick?Kris Kringle: Oh, no sir, Mr. Warlock. Or, may I call you Winter?
Winter: Mr. Warlock if you please!
Kris Kringle: Oh. Well, I managed to save one little toy and I’d like you to have it.
Winter: You wish to give me… a present? A… a toy?
Kris Kringle: Yes, sir.
Winter: But, no one ever gives mean old Warlock a toy.”
- Christmas Vacation: If you have never seen this, I would recommend it for children and adults 13+. There is some foul language, crudeness and other themes not appropriate for children. It is a fun highly quoted film that portrays a look into a dysfunctional family at Christmas time and ends in good cheer.