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Pastor Blog - Norwood UMC

What does Christmas mean to you?

What can we learn from Christmas movies?

December 11, 2014

What does Christmas mean to YOU?


What is your favorite Christmas movie?  

  • A Christmas Story
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • National Lampoons
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Home Alone
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Polar Express
  • White Christmas
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
  • Elf
  • Rudolph
  • Frosty the Snowman

Maybe your favorite is not on this list; so please share what your favorite is and why.  I was recently reminded of one of my very favorite Christmas movie - Home Alone. Go ahead and groan and roll your eyes, I will wait.  

My 6 & 8 year old niece and nephew had NEVER seen Home Alone before, so over course they needed to see it.  They laid on the floor laughing and rolling around because of how silly and funny it is.  I laughed right along with them, these many years later, because hey, it is a funny movie.  

It also has A LOT of very important points that maybe we might miss during our laughter.  The first, is that no matter what happens, do not let any person or thing ruin Christmas and the joy that it brings to you.  Fight for it.  Fight not for the best presents or the best dish at Christmas dinner.. instead fight for the joy of lighting up the Christmas tree, or the smell of a live tree or wreath.. fight for the happiness in the little things.. fight for the memories of Christmas past.  

Another point Home Alone makes is to not judge people by how they look or what other people say.  Remember the 'scary' neighbor?  He saved Kevin's life. He really was not scary, just sad.  What a wonderful scene at the end when his family surprises him on Christmas Day! We all suffer loneliness at times in our lives; holidays make that loneliness even more defeating.  Remember to extend a hand to those that may not have family, or family close, or have gone through a loss this year.  

One of the most poignant points Home Alone makes is that sometimes getting exactly what you wished for, is exactly what you did not need.  Kevin wished his family gone.  He realized by the end of the movie that maybe, just maybe, his family was not that bad.  Actually having a family, even if you have a bully for a big brother, is just what we all need. So cling close to your family; whether by blood, marriage, or choice, cling to them and share the joy of Christmas and EVERYDAY with those you love and that love you.  

Christmas comes but once a year, hold tight to your family all year!  

So what is your favorite Christmas movie and why?


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