It's quite a tradition that at Christmas Time movies promoting the season of caring and sharing are released. Over the years there have been some fabulous films that have a kind of moral message for us all to try to think of others and be kind to those worse off than ourselves. Here we take a look at our top five Christmas movies that promote the message of the season.
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life is a classic Christmas feel good film that was released back in 1946 but that is still placed in the christmas TV films schedule year on year due to its popularity. Starring James Stuart it's the story of a man, George Bailey, who through no fault of his own inadvertantly causes the collapse of his family business by misplacing some money and decides that his family would be better off without him, so contemplates suicide.
George is visited by an angel named Clarence, played by Henry Travers who persuades George that there is an alternative way and tells George that he can earn his angel wings if George helps him. He shows George what life would have been like in the town if he had never been born and the scenario is terrible to see with his family suffering terribly.
George decides to go back and face the music, while the towns folk rally round to help and the missing money situation is sorted. It's a Wonderful Life, available to buy on DVD, certainly has the spirit of Christmas in it with snowy scenes plus a final scene that causes even the hardest of hearts to soften, while Clarence of course earns his angel's wings!
Coming further up to date, Scrooged is a modern day interpretation of the Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. We all know the story of Scrooge who never celebrated Christmas and was visited by three spirits in order to persuade him to mend his ways before it is too late. Scrooged follows the same path but with the main character Frank Cross, played by Bill Murray, featured as a TV station boss who is mean with his staff.
Frank suffered in his childhood and never learned the true meaning of Christmas but as in the Dickens book he is visited by three spirits who make Frank realise that he must change. He must give generously at Christmas time and be aware of the lives and problems of his staff. Tiny Tim is replaced by Cross's PA's poorly child, while Scrooges nephew is replaced by Cross's brother.
Scrooged is funny, witty and cleverly adapted to modern day life. Released in 1988 this is another movie that truly promotes the Christmas message to viewers, while Scrooged is also available to buy on DVD.
White Christmas was first released in 1954, while it is still a firm family favourite when it comes to watching films at Christmas time. The title song White Christmas has been a world best seller for decades and still sells thousands of copies every year due to its message and sentimentality.
White Christmas (available to buy on dvd) stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye who as a pair of ex soldiers follow a girl singing duo, played by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, to a lodge in Vermont only to discover that it is run by their former army Colonel who has fallen on hard times. The lodge needs help in order to bring customers in therefore the foursome decide to put on a surprise show and invite all their old demobbed army mates along making it a huge success.
The Christmas message of hope and caring is ever present in this fabulous movie, while the music and dancing is second to none too. White Christmas is for us one of the best Christmas films ever!
Miracle on 34th Street 1994
We seem to be finding the best Christmas movies that promote the true meaning of Christmas were made decades ago, while the original Miracle on 34th Street made in 1947 is no exception. This fabulous film was remade in 1994 and it is this version that we are talking about today.
The 1994 story proves to viewers that if you believe in something strongly enough your dreams can come true! The story sticks to the 1947 original written by George Seaton and tells the story of a six year old girl played by Mara Wilson who does not believe in Santa but when she meets a department store Santa, Kris Kringle, played by Richard Attenborough, her mindset begins to change.
Miracle on 34th Street (available to buy on dvd) is a heart warming innocent tale that reminds us that children are some of the most important people when it comes to Christmas time. The movie boasts a great supporting cast including Elizabeth Perkins who plays the girls mother.
Jingle All The Way
Jingle All The Way sends out a firm message to parents who think that the only thing children want at Christmas is the best toy above all else when in this story all the little boy wants is love and attention from his father. Many of us are so busy that we do not realise our children need time from us not the replacement of toys and presents to compensate.
Jingle All the Way (available to buy on dvd) and released in 1996 stars Arnold Schwarzenneger as a father who embarks on an epic task in order to secure the latest Christmas action toy for his child. Dad does indeed secure the action toy and gives it to his son who makes dad see that all he really wanted was time with his father who is his real action hero.
The boy played admirably by Jake Lloyd gives away the toy as he feels now his dad knows that all he wants is to spend more time with him, that is the best gift of all.