Christmas movies

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From Media Musings and Everyday Spirituality:

Honestly, I really enjoy watching Christmas flicks. They seem to be some of the most morally clean films out there as a whole. But taking a step back from the simple enjoyment of it all, you realize that what’s been done to the celebration of Christ’s birth is a tragedy.
“The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why.” – G.K. Chesterton
What’s your reaction to some of the most recent Christmas films?
  • Scrooged (1988)
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Santa Clause (1994)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  • Elf (2003)
  • Christmas With the Kranks (2004)
  • The Polar Express (2004)
  • The Santa Clause 2 (2006)
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
  • Four Christmases (2008)
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Steve Valentine (2009).

One of my many complaints about the Harry Potter series is that Christmas is treated as a winter holiday, utterly divorced from any spiritual meaning. She makes no effort to explain how her characters understand the person and work of Jesus.

Older movies

  • Miracle on 34th Street.
  • It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
  • White Christmas.
  • A Christmas Story.