Last weekend, my niece, (the daughter of an SDA graduate!) was in a production of ELF Junior in Toms River, NJ. Abigail is a huge fan of ELF and so we were happy to see Ellie in the production- she did an outstanding job! Of course, after watching the musical, the movie was on a non-stop loop on the TV in my house and has been on frequently all season long. It makes me laugh, but as with most movies, after a while I tune it out.
And then, it struck me- some of the most important lessons of Christmas come from holiday classics that we are so used to seeing, we forget the important messages that they impart upon children for generations to come !
So indulge me if you will in some holiday cheer. At just one week before Christmas, let us review some of these classic Christmas messages to truly get into the spirit of the season!
From ELF– The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! & There’s room for everyone on the NICE list!
From Home Alone– This is Christmas, the season of perpetual hope!
From How The Grinch Stole Christmas– Maybe…Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas is a little bit more.
From The Polar Express– Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. & There’s no greater gift than friendship.
From Miracle on 34th Street– Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to!
From It’s a Wonderful Life– Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!
From A Christmas Carol– God bless us, everyone!
And with these words of wisdom in our hearts and minds, let us enter into those final days before Christmas, looking forward to celebrating with family and friends. Remember always, the true spirit of Christmas lies within your heart.