Top 10 Christmas Movies


Here are  my top 10 Christmas movies and what I get out of them:

Love Actually

Love Actually – We are created for relationship and some of us will slug through the insecurity that comes with love while others will settle for the temporary satisfaction that comes with lust. The sacrifices and pain that comes with loving imperfect people is worth the price.


Christmas Vacation – We can worry too much about how others might judge us. Our desire for approval can cause us to focus on what we think people want from us rather than focusing on our relationships with those people.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animated) – What we purchase to help us celebrate Christmas is not the celebration itself. Whatever our economic situation, whatever we buy or do not buy, we can “welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart and hand to hand.”


Die Hard – We will never be asked to face a situation so hard that we do not have the resources to face it. But sometimes we will have to be really creative with those resources. Ultimately the good guys win and the bad guys pay. Hey, it’s my list and Die Hard is set at Christmas.

home alone 2

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – Help comes from unexpected places and relationships can be formed between unlikely people. I love the relationship between Kevin and the Bird Lady which is why I like the sequel better than the first one.


It’s a Wonderful Life – We all matter. Even when we do not choose to live intentionally, God can use us for his own purposes. As we choose to act in harmony with his purposes, others experience his grace.

The Ref

The Ref – We are all fallen and in need of redemption. Our sins and predispositions will inevitably cause hurt to those closest to us. Often we need to be impacted by unexpected and significant change to jar us into that realization.


A Christmas Carol/Scrooged – We do not have to be bound by our sin or our baggage. Giving sin and baggage precedent in our lives spiral us into isolation. We can choose to be generous, kind, and connected to others. Haven’t seen the new one yet, but whether it’s the Muppets or the old black and white version, or Scrooged, it’s a great story.


The Polar Express – God wants us to come “as little children.” Christmas, more than any other time of the year, presents an opportunity to recapture childlike wonder. I especially like watching this one at the IMAX.


A Christmas Story – Amidst the expectations and dashed hopes, sometimes we really do get what we want and it’s everything we expected. There really is a Christmas gift just like that – Jesus.

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