As followers of Christ, it’s important that we teach our children the true meaning of Christmas – that it’s a season where we reflect on the birth of our King. It’s so easy in the busyness and excitement of the season for kids to lose sight of this, so how do we make sure they are thankful? Kids love Christmas movies, and we all tend to spend some time together watching them this time of year. Here’s an article with three movies and ways to show your kids the true meaning of Christmas. So pop some popcorn, make some hot cocoa, snuggle on the couch and celebrate!
1. The Star
There are so many movies to entertain children, but little teach them about the gift of eternal lifein the birth Christ. This year, The Star, changed that. And I want to hug someone for it. When some genius merges all the things I love — a message with eternal significance in a humorous story filled with animation and joy, I want to hug them for creatively caring about the hearts and minds of children. It’s my favorite time of the year for the magic and for the gift of Christ. The Staris a gift of both. They must love kids because I found on their resource page so many ways your child can engage in the story – family discussion guides, devotions, books and coloring pages.
2. Merry Christmas Charlie Brown
The entire story is about Charlie Brown looking for the deeper meaning of Christmas. We can all get too focused on the presents, festivities, and decorations, especially kids. This is a fun and charming classic that seamlessly tells the story of Christ’s birth through Linus reciting Scripture. It is a great opportunity to ask kids what they think Linus is saying and what Charlie Brown learned.
3. The Little Drummer Boy
We all know Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, but the same people made this claymation special. A little boy is filled with anger and hatred, but when his lamb is injured and close to death, his only hope is to go to a king for help. The king he encounters points him to the newborn King of Kings. When the little boy encounters the baby Christ, his lamb is made new and his hatred and anger are wiped away. Not only does The Little Drummer Boy share the story of Jesus’ birth, there is a lot of symbolism to teach your kids as to why His birth is so significant.
What is your favorite Christmas movie to watch with your family?
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