Five Christmas Movies to Watch
Dr. James Emery White Dr. James Emery White's weblog
- 2016 Dec 08
This particular blog will be short and sweet.
So while Elf is great… as are Miracle on 34th Street, Frosty the Snowman, and my personal favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard,
... there’s no Jesus anywhere in them.
Well, the word “Jesus” comes up a lot in Die Hard, just not in the way I need my grandchildren to hear.
So here are five great movies to watch that, if you are not already aware of, will mean this blog has served its purpose:
It’s A Wonderful Life
This movie really does capture the Christian Christmas spirit and includes many spiritual and biblical references.
A Christmas Carol
And specifically the one starring George C. Scott. I feel this version is best because it is authentic to the Dickens original, which is deeply Christian.
Jesus of Nazareth
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli and released in 1977, this film has a wonderful and biblical representation of the Christmas story. While you can see this in the first 30-40 minutes of it, I recommend watching till the end.
This film is what started the Waltons series, which I didn’t particularly follow, but the tele-movie was classic and very deep in its Christian background story.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Surprisingly, this is the most blatantly Christian Christmas special ever.
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