My youngest daughter and her family are staying with us for the holidays. As she was unpacking their clothes and gear she presents to me a small container. "What's in here?" I ask. "Movies, Daddy. It's our tradition!"
So in the next four weeks we'll be watching...
"The Nativity Story," a telling of Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem.
"The Holiday" Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett trade homes for the holidays. The swap brings with it unexpected blessings.
"Home Alone" While his family is in Paris, a young boy more than survives while outfoxing a couple of bumbling thieves. Macaulay Culkin becomes a star!
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" I prefer the edited version of this film. Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) wants to have a good old family Christmas. The results are disastrous.
"Love Actually" This is Richard Curtis' best film. The message is simple - the meaning of Christmas is love.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" The word, "classic" is often overused. But not in this case. This is a classic, the best Christmas program you'll watch this season. The producers did not want Linus to speak, word for word, the Christmas story found in Luke, chapter two. Charles M. Schultz dug in his heals and insisted. I'm glad he did.
Tis the season to be super busy. I hope you'll find the time to sit down with your family and friends and enjoy your favorite Christmas films. Make sure there's plenty of popcorn!