Welcome Christmas! Great Christmas Movies to Watch

“Christmas Day is in our grasp; so long as we have hands to clasp…”

(From “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”)

 That wonderful line is from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” one of my favorite movies shown at this time of year.  I always thought it meant — “as long as we have each other” — but lately I think it means something even more wonderful.  As long as we have hands to clasp together in prayer,  Christ’s remarkable gift of Himself to us and to our world is always near, always within our reach.  That message gets lost so often in the morass of commercialism that it is nice to hear once again.  Christmas is not about “packages, boxes and bags”……but about the miracle of the Incarnate Christ making a gift of Himself  to our world — to a humanity that hungers for redemption and longs to be re-connected to the One who made us.

So movie #1 is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  http://www.amazon.com/Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Walter-Matthau/dp/B002JUFPUE/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1322984423&sr=1-1

Other great Christmas animations are: “Frosty the Snowman” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064349/

and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058536/

#2  “Amahl and the Night Visitors”   An exquisite opera performed at this time of year.  Bring tissues, as you cannot help but be touched by the story and overwhelmed by the beauty of the music.   See  http://www.amazon.com/Menotti-Amahl-Night-Visitors/dp/B000VZAV5I/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1322984563&sr=1-1 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhOkc-vc1Ac

#3 “The Fourth Wise Man” Also a beautiful story for this time of year. http://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Wise-Man-DVD/dp/B00005JRIM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322984861&sr=8-1 

#4 “It’s a Wonderful Life” A Christmas classic!  http://www.bing.com/movies/search/overview?q=It%27s+a+Wonderful+Life&id=e0d67a16-38ff-4185-bf69-ddae49f98323&qpvt=It%27s+a+wonderful+life&FORM=DTPSHA

#5 “Miracle on 34th Street”  This is a fun movie, perfect for this time of year. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039628/

#6 “Nutcracker Suite” Another Christmas classic!  http://www.examiner.com/parenting-advice-in-phoenix/nutcracker-suite-a-family-tradition-phoenix

#7 “The Polar Express”   Released in 2005, this lovely Christmas story is usually shown (often at IMAX) during the Christmas season.  http://www.bing.com/movies/search/showtimes?q=The+Polar+Express%3a+An+IMAX+Experience&id=e6e6d8f2-8bcd-40c4-b3bc-8f3445e43fc6&date=0&qpvt=polar+express&FORM=DTPSHA

And if you’re anywhere near Williams, Arizona, you can board a real Polar Express Train at the Grand Canyon Railway. See http://www.thetrain.com/polar-express-5679.html

#8 “A Charlie Brown Christmas”  If you’ve seen it, you know why this Christmas classic is on the list!  http://www.amazon.com/A-Charlie-Brown-Christmas/dp/B001K2JE9K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1322985329&sr=8-3

#9 “Home Alone”  A fun movie for this time of year. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785/

And last but certainly not least…..

#10 “A Christmas Carol”  Such a wonderful Christmas classic story that I thought I’d give you a few places where you can find it.

To Read Online:

http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/46

(Or click the link on the right :-)

To Buy:

 http://www.amazon.com/Disneys-Christmas-Carol-Jim-Carrey/dp/B003NFM3JK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1323135518&sr=8-4

To Instantly Watch on Netflix:

http://movies.netflix.com/WiSearch?oq=+a+christmas+carol&ac_posn=-1&ac_rec=false&ac_count=-1&ac_match=false&v1=+a+christmas+carol

To See in the Theaters:

http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/theater/achristmascarol

http://www.bing.com/events/search?q=a+christmas+carol&p1=[Events+source=%22vertical%22]&qpvt=a+christmas+carol&FORM=DTPEVA

 Happy Watching, and Merry Christmas!!!!

 

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