Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Don't Miss this Christmas Classic- A Movie Review

We watched It's a Wonderful Life last night as part of our Christmas traditions. Every time I watch it I pick up something new. I love the idea in that movie that every person has a unique contribution to make; if he or she doesn't live then there is a hole in the universe. You've all heard of that movie, plus A Christmas Carol and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. How many of you have heard of The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey?

This is a picture book that has been made into a movie. I've been reading the picture book to my kids almost every year for years. I was delighted to find out this year that it has been made into a movie. I give it five stars! This is one case where the movie is better than the book. The film's writer did a great job of fleshing out the story to make it into movie-length without compromising consistency. It seems like most Christmas stories are about having a change of heart to become more Christlike, and this one is no exception. Jonathan Toomey is a lonely, bitter man, but by the end of the movie he has been transformed, because of the Christmas spirit of a little boy and the boy's mother.

I love how the story is so simple. The boy and the mother want a nativity set to replace one that they lost so they ask Mr. Toomey, a woodcarver, to carve a new set. As Mr. Toomey carves each figure the boy lets him know how special and expressive each figure should look because they were there when Christ was born. I also liked the theme presented that Mary and Jesus shared a special love for each other. It's that love that reaches into the bitter Mr. Toomey's heart and changes it. At Christmas time, we celebrate the love that God has for all of us, as evidenced by the birth and life of His son, as it says in John 3:16. At the end of the movie, the widow McDowell says, "Christmas is very special." It's not special because of the material goods we get, it's special because we know we have a Savior, Jesuc Christ, to rescue us from pain and death. Not just at the end of our life, but every day. This movie is so lovely. Be sure to watch it this holiday season.

The theme ties into Tree of Life Mothering, the title of my book which will be out soon, but I will have tow write about that another time.

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