Some of us have postponed or reduced the size of our social gatherings because of the pandemic. Although the pandemic has an impact on the holiday season, we may take advantage of the extra time at home and slower pace to reflect on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place, even though it has been a difficult year for all of us.
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Christmas movie marathons are common in many families. Christmas elves, Santa, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and feel-good Hallmark holiday romances are all possibilities. This year, why not add some movies to your list that focus on the narrative of Jesus’ birth and the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place?
The following 10 Christian Christmas movies are excellent choices for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a terrific way to get people talking about what this time of year means and why we celebrate it. To help us remember what Christmas is all about, we should watch religious Christian movies.
We are celebrating because God sent Jesus, “The Word made flesh,” to Earth to save us from the wrath of the devil. Emmannuel, the name given to Jesus, meaning “God with us.” Keeping this in mind, we hope you and your loved ones will appreciate these Christian Christmas movies that tell the narrative of Jesus’ miraculous birth and what that means for everyone.
1. The Nativity Story (2006)
Foretelling of Jesus’ birth is dramatized in this film. Herod, the Wise Men, the Shepherds, Elizabeth, Joseph, and Mary all feature prominently in this film.
The Nativity Story aims to show what life was like in Israel at the time of Jesus’ birth, rather than romanticizing it. This film can help us understand that the birth of Jesus was a true event that took place in the context of history and included real people.
2. The Star (2017)
The narrative of Jesus’ birth is told from the point of view of the animals in this animated short, which stars Zachary Levi as a brave donkey named Bo.
Several adventures allow Bo to witness the birth of the Christ-child, which he believes to be a divine miracle. Despite its lightheartedness, this is a touching film. Children will enjoy the humorous antics of the film’s animal cast.
3. The Ultimate Gift (2007)
The Ultimate Gift isn’t a Christmas movie, but it does feature a Christmas scene, and the movie’s message of what’s truly important in life is a perfect fit for the holiday season. This film depicts the narrative of Jason, a young man who has grown accustomed to a life of luxury and comfort, but whose life takes an unexpected turn when his grandfather gives him a present in his will.
Jason must complete a number of tasks in order to receive the present, which is more than just money. In the course of his journey, he discovers what actually matters in life.
4. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
Though Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and Frosty the Snowman have become household names, this Rankin/Bass classic claymation film is still worth a viewing. But even though it’s aimed at youngsters, it doesn’t hold back when it comes to discussing the worst aspects of life.
With only three animals for company and his drum, Aaron, the Little Drummer Boy, finds fresh hope when he sees the infant Jesus at his birth and vows to detest all people for what they’ve done to him. Even the most hardened heart may be softened by Jesus, as depicted in this moving and heartfelt short film.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
Despite the fact that this film stray from the traditional Christmas narrative, it does take place in a perpetually snowy landscape. “Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!” How horrible!”
C.S. Lewis wrote the most popular novel in the Chronicles of Narnia series, and this film is based on that one. Adventure, allegory, and theological undertones abound in this epic tale. He’s not the only one making an appearance.
All of the streaming services mentioned above can be used to watch this film.
Relient K’s song “always winter” is based on the “always winter” sentence, so you may want to listen to it as a bonus.
6. VeggieTales The Best Christmas Gift (2019)
The beloved cast of vegetables, including Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and the rest, return in this Christmas special.
Vegetables are in the middle of organizing a Christmas show, but things aren’t going as planned and emotions are running high. But when they travel back in time to the first Christmas, they can remember the genuine joy of Christmas in the present: that God is among us.
7. Chasing the Star (2017)
As with The Nativity Account, this film attempts to bring the biblical story of the Magi or Wise Men to life by depicting their trip to adore the Christ-child after the prophecies of the Star.
We learn a little bit about the Magi and watch as their trip to find the baby Jesus takes a turn for the worst. To understand the biblical tale of the Star’s significance, you must watch this dramatization of this time period in history and the Bible’s record. This film is not appropriate for youngsters under the age of 12.
8. The Heart of Christmas (2011)
Candace Cameron Bure plays Megan, a young woman who is forced to reassess her values after meeting a family whose kid is battling cancer.
As a result, the family has decided to celebrate Christmas early in October so that their son can fully experience the holiday. Although the movie is heartbreaking, it also raises issues about what is actually essential in life, such as faith, family, and making people happy.
9. The Christmas Candle (2013)
Max Lucado, a Christian novelist, wrote the novel on which this film is based. If you’re a fan of period dramas set in England, this is a must-see. It’s a story about a new preacher in an old town from the 1800s who is trying to make his mark.
Rather than exercising his will on the community, the minister discovers that the town and its people have a way of influencing him, even with their centuries-old belief in the Christmas Candle’s capacity to heal the sick. The miracle of Christmas is the central theme of this film, which encourages viewers to embrace the wonder of the season.
10. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
For a short film based on comic book characters, this iconic Peanuts Christmas movie offers a surprising amount of depth.
During the Christmas season, Charlie Brown is unable to find a sense of purpose, and the typical festivities do not suffice. Isn’t anyone else aware of what Christmas is all about? That’s when Linus Van Pelt, who is holding a blanket, comes up and cites the Christmas Story in Luke 2.
He touches on the true meaning of Christmas in an easy-to-understand approach.
There are a number of fascinating things to observe about Linus’ behavior when he arrives to the part of the Christmas Story where he reads, “Fear not: for there are good tidings of great joy that shall be for all people.” The Crosswalk.com article “Just Drop the Blanket: The Moment You Never Noticed in A Charlie Brown Christmas” has further information on this moving scene.