Happy holidays to all! Gosh, this year just went by like a speeding bullet. We’re almost halfway through December and I still can’t believe that the Christmas season is here! Our Christmas decors at home have been up since November 1st but I honestly can’t fully feel the Christmas spirit yet, probably because I’ve been so busy that I have no time to just pause and actually savor it. To help me (and of course, whoever is reading this) get into the holiday vibe, I’m launching this mini-series on my blog called Christmas Joys in which I’ll be featuring random things I love about the Yuletide season!
The first of my 5-part series is all about my favorite Christmas movie. I won’t reveal plot details (because I highly recommend that you watch it!) but I’ll be sharing what I picked up from it. I love this movie so much that I chose it as a topic for my term paper back in my senior year in high school.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994). Starring Lord Richard Attenborough, Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, and Dylan McDermott. Set in the romantic and breathtaking New York City during Christmastime, this movie is all about Santa Claus.
Please don’t start accusing me of believing in “pagan ways”. I know perfectly well that Jesus, and not Santa Claus, is the reason for the season, don’t worry. But you see, there’s a reason why Santa is a key Christmas figure, and this I learned from when I first watched this movie a decade or so ago. This quote from the film will show you Santa’s role during this joyous season:
Without giving too much details, a large part of the movie was about Susan (Mara Wilson) trying to prove Santa’s “realness” to her doubting mother. I stopped asking gifts from Santa when I was 10, but have I ever believed that he’s real? Yes, I have, and I still do (or at least the little child in me still does). I believe that Santa Claus exists, up to this very day. He exists in people who live out what he symbolizes — jolliness and cheer, generosity and selflessness.
May we all be Santa Clauses to those who need us the most during the holidays and beyond!
Hope you find time to watch Miracle on 34th Street during the holidays! The 1994 version is a remake of the original 1934 film starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood.
Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? What is it? Feel free to share in the comment section below!
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