Once Upon a Time…

What is it about Christmas movies? Why are we drawn to them? Even as adults we love the Santa ones, reindeer, sleighs and all. We believe the love stories magically forming under perfect falling snow. We wait in anticipation for the miraculous that only seems to happen in perfect snow globe scenes. Christmas movies give us hope, joy and meet our need for miracles and make belief. They make us feel good.


How many of these Christmas classic movies have you seen?


  1. Elf
  2. A Christmas Story
  3. It’s A Wonderful Life
  4. Home Alone
  5. Home Alone 2
  6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  8. Miracle of 34th Street
  9. The Polar Express
  10. The Grinch
  11. Jingle All The Way
  12. Rudolph
  13. Santa Clause
  14. A Christmas Carol
  15. Christmas with the Kranks
  16. Frozen
  17. White Christmas
  18. The Year Without Santa Claus
  19. A Christmas Carol
  20. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


Does the real Christmas story give you the same feelings? Is feeling good meaningful or necessary? I will be the first to admit I like how these stories put a smile on my face, I watch the Hallmark movies and believe in the spirit of the season. I decorate every room, I bake and I play Christmas music before December. There is nothing wrong with any of that, as long as I don’t crowd out the true Christmas Spirit.


How can I encourage and foster that Spirit? We don’t need to make it so hard. In the midst of our joy take time to recognize who is at the core of our joy. The gift of our precious Jesus surpasses any gift we could give or receive. He taught us that gifts are free, not earned, but must be accepted. Jesus wants us to be filled with joy and peace so that we can shine brightly to all those we meet.


Take great care to wrap up the present of Jesus in beautiful paper, add some ribbon and embellishments and a giant tag to addressed to the world. Awaken in others a desire for the most amazing gift ever given to man. That’s a wrap!


Sherrie Smitley | Follower of Jesus. Wife. Mom. Friend.