5. The Christmas Chronicles is a Movie Theater Movie You Don’t Have To Go To A Movie Theater To See
Yes, there are times during a holiday break when everyone comes down with a squirrely case of cabin fever and you want to get out of the house. But there are other times when you absolutely don’t want to go anywhere. You want to hunker down and stay put. Or, because of the winter wonderland piling up outside, you can’t leave. It’s at those times when you just want to snuggle up with hot cocoa and cookies…and watch something.
With The Christmas Chronicles, you get the best of both worlds: the kind of movie that you’d normally drop a small loan to take the entire family to but without having to spend an extra dime. Plus, you avoid a dashing through the snow to the theater and back (a round trip that would likely include some sort of additional – and pricey – holiday pit stop) and the unpredictable masses that go with it. Surviving it all without too much of a dent in your debit card usually requires a Christmas miracle all its own.
Yes, as an adult, you’re not the target audience for The Christmas Chronicles. Unlike St. Nick, that jolly ole elf, you won’t find that you’re laughing in spite of yourself.
In addition, there’s no faith angle. As close as it gets is a brief moment when the brother and sister lament the fact that they haven’t been inside a church since their father passed away.
But that’s okay. In an ever-increasing glut of holiday viewing options, The Christmas Chronicles is as kid-safe as they come. It’s also new, which may give it an edge for families that find themselves fighting over which holiday classic to watch yet again, or have finally grown tired of the same old rotation altogether.
Or perhaps the greatest gift of all is that it’s an easy two hours to fit into your school break schedule, and at your convenience, letting the children click on the Chronicles while you sneak off to settle your brain for a long winter’s nap.
Jeffrey Huston is a contributing film critic and writer for Crosswalk.com. He also serves as a film & video writer, director, and editor for Steelehouse Productions in Tulsa, OK, and is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle.
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