Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Classics

Luke 2 : Reading the birth story of the founder of Christianity is a hallmark of many Christians' Christmas celebrations. There's just something about hearing the words, "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed" that sends a shiver up and down my spine!

It's a Wonderful Life : Jimmy Stewart stars in this heartwarming classic about a man who discovers his own self-worth. An angel named Clarence is assigned to the case of George Bailey (Stewart). George is a good man who owns a loan company in the small town of Bedford Falls. Unfortunately, a disaster happens at work wherein he is implicated in the loss of $8,000. Realizing that his death could provide the money necessary to pay it off, he is pushed to the brink of suicide. Clarence the angel then shows him what would have happened to his town, friends, and family if he never been born. He is shocked to discover the enormous mark he has left on the people around him.

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The Santa Clause : Scott Calvin (played by none other than Tim Allen), is disconnected from his family—especially his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, Scott is forced to take on the role of Santa Claus. Sarcastic and unbelieving, Scott struggles to take on his new responsibilities. The situation is complicated further when Charlie's step-father and mother start believing that Scott is taking advantage of their son. Hilarious and witty, this story is surely a classic.

A Christmas Carol : Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable old man who is unwilling to share his riches with the poor, or even reward his faithful employee Bob Cratchit with a pay raise . . . until he is visited by four ghostly guests—Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future. They help him to see the lives and circumstances of the people surrounding him. They also show him what future lies in store for Scrooge if he continues on his present course. There are several versions of this story: the original book, a theatrical version, a Mickey Mouse version, a Muppets version, several live-action versions, and even a Broadway musical.

A Charlie Brown Christmas : Charlie Brown is nervous about Christmas. To help him get into the Christmas spirit, Lucy assigns him to be in charge of the upcoming Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown quickly becomes frustrated when his friends in the pageant show more interest in the commercial nature of Christmas instead of the nativity story that they are supposed to be portraying. Another classic for the ages, both the music and the Peanuts characters will make this one to watch each year.

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