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One of my favorite things about the holidays is the movies that are broadcast on television. Yes, many of the movies have the same plots, similar characters, same ending. To me though they each hold something extra than the last movie did not have. Not that you asked, but I wanted to share with you a list of my favorite holiday movies for the family.
I may frequent the Hallmark Channel a bit too much during the months of October through January, but you have to agree…they have great holiday movies. It may also be a bit disturbing to say that I have had a quite a number of epiphanies while watching one of their feature films.
Instead of listing all the classic Christmas movies such as Charlie Brown’s Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I’m going to pick my favorites that have been featured on Hallmark or ABC at one point or another over the years that have either made me want to give to others in need, got teary-eyed over family situations, or wanted to spread kindness to everyone I met.
My family has enjoyed watching all of these movies together, but I would like to note that each family needs to decide for themselves, whether these movies would be appropriate for their family and whether you desire your children to view them.
My favorite holiday movies:
A Dog Named Christmas
When a challenged young man, Todd McCray, hears that a local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for its dogs during Christmas. Being an animal-lover, Todd wants a dog for Christmas, but his dad doesn’t. Todd continues to ask and finally wins, as the family brings home a dog, which the young man names Christmas.
The Christmas Shoes
A young boy’s mother is diagnosed with a fatal heart ailment, and to make her last memories happy ones, he does what he can to buy his mother a beautiful pair of shoes…dancing shoes, since that is what she loved to do. Another family is falling apart, due to the fact that the father works endless hours and misses his daughter’s recital. When these two families lives become intertwined, you will be reaching for your tissue box.
Christmas in Canaan
In the days of segregation between black people and white people, two young boys, with different color skin, come together when they find a young puppy. The boys become the best of friends and soon learn that people don’t always think the way they do. When outbursts of hatred arise, nothing good will come out of it…or will it?
This movie will have you and your kids in stitches! A human baby, who happened to be raised as an elf, comes to NYC to find his human father, who finds his son to be…ridiculous. Buddy, the elf, doesn’t give up on his father’s lack of Christmas spirit, but instead keeps on creating Christmas spirit by cutting up bunches of snowflakes, sings a lot of Christmas songs, and tries to build everyone’s Christmas joy!
What can one card do? To Captain Cody Cullen, it gives him the strength to survive the war in Afghanistan. He never lets the card leave his side and soon sets out after in search for the author of the card, a lady named Faith Spelman.
A young German mother and her son leave their home to head to a remote cabin…that is smack in the middle of the American base and German base, during the war in 1944. On Christmas Eve a group of American soldiers bombard their way into the cabin, soon followed by a group of German soldiers. The woman risks her life, as well as her son’s, in order to find peace, amid the war. The soldiers put away their differences for one night to find what they have in common. Based on true events.
This one is a tear-jerker. When a young girl becomes very, very sick and her parents fear the worse, they begin to speed up the holidays, so their daughter can enjoy them one last time. When the father goes to a local farmer, in August, to ask for some pumpkins and a couple of weeks later asks to tag a Christmas tree, the farmer catches on to what the father is doing and plays along. Soon, the whole town plays along…
The Christmas Choir
A workaholic man, Peter Andrews, is to caught up in his work to notice Christmas, his friends, and even his fiancé. As a result, his life begins to fall apart, until he meets Bob…a homeless man. Bob inspires Peter to start a choir that eventually gets “famous”. Peter learns that Christmas is not just a season, but a state of mind. Based on a true story.
All of these movies had so much good in them. I either laughed my head off, smiled through scenes, or fought back tears. My hope is that by watching some or all of these movies this holiday season you will be able to be filled with the goodness of love that God has given us through His son Jesus.
What are some of your family’s favorite holiday movies?