Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for me to sit down with the kids and watch a bunch of Christmas favorites. The trouble is we started a bit early this year, and already watched them all. Now we have to crawl through netflix and the like searching for Christmas-themed entertainment. Needless to say, we have watched some real stinkers.
Often, the plot revolves around a curmudgeon who has “lost the Christmas Spirit.” Occasionally, spirits and angels get involved. Rarely does any character ever state exactly what the Christmas spirit is.
If you ask me, I say the Christmas spirit is love. Love for family, love for friends, love for neighbors, love for everybody. Why love? Well, Christmas is the time of year we remember Christ’s birth, and thus we remember His life. And his life was all about love. He served the downtrodden and forgave the worst of sinners. He taught that we are all neighbors, and we should love our neighbors as ourself.
And you know what? That’s a great message, even if you’re not Christian. Even if you don’t believe that Jesus really walked the earth, or that He was truly the Son of God. Even if He’s just a story in the Bible. There is still power and learning in a positive story, and what could be better than messages of love and forgiveness as taught by the life and parables of Christ.
So, dear movie and tv writers everywhere: don’t be afraid to mention the story of Christ, even if your work is mostly about Santa Claus. Isn’t more love really what we need most in the world?