In the Emily of New Moon book trilogy, Lucy Maude Montgomery introduces the concept of “the flash”—a moment in time where the veil between heaven and earth flutters open and a glimpse of eternity is felt within one’s soul.

For me, Christmas often seems to capture a dim moment of this “flash,” as we focus on the glorious incarnation or in those quiet moments where we sit in stillness before God (Ps. 46:10).

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of the season or focus on the materialistic elements. But, these simple, spiritual moments are the one that have stood the test of time—hearing my Dad read Luke 2, singing carols, looking at that broken angel on top of the tree every year, or even watching Christmas movies with my family.

A movie might not seem very life changing at first, but movies have a way of taking a truth and making it come alive for the viewer. Often facts are only understood with the mind, but a story touches the heart.

Over the next few weeks, we’re taking a look at “Christmas Lessons” found in some of our favorite holiday movies.

How does a misfit like Rudolph relate to our spiritual lives? What does the Grinch teach us about the true meaning of Christmas? Or, what does Buddy the Elf show us about the best way to spread “good news”?

Stay tuned! We’ll be answering all these questions and more!

In the meantime, do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Tell us why you love it so much.