What a phenomenon the Christmas film has develop into.
Between the Hallmark networks and Lifetime, some 70 new Yuletide flicks will hit the small display screen this yr. And you already know the drill: vivid lighting, daring colours, snow, Christmas music, cookie-baking, tons and many ornaments and the compulsory boy-meets-girl storyline.
Not that we’re denigrating them, thoughts you: it’s a massively profitable method value tens of millions and tens of millions in promoting income.
Christmas, nevertheless, is the vacation that celebrates the delivery of Christ, and one factor you received’t discover in these films is “the explanation for the season,” to borrow a phrase from church parlance.
So the place are the Christian Christmas films?
Can’t faith-based filmmakers mix the perfect parts of the Hallmark/Lifetime method with significant storytelling that factors to the hope that got here into the world on that first Christmas in Bethlehem all these years in the past?
That’s precisely what we purpose to do with “Miracle on Christmas,” which releases nationwide in early November.
The film, which stars Erin Bethea (“Fireproof”) and Jason Burkey (“October Baby”), is uplifting and hope-inspiring and options lots of the hallmarks (sorry, couldn’t resist that one) of these different Christmas films. But it additionally tells a critical story — loosely primarily based on the private expertise of yours really — and stays firmly rooted within the precise Christmas story.
The film focuses on a feminine protagonist (Bethea) wavering in her religion due to private loss and emotional trials, pointing to an age-old dilemma for Christians: does bother deliver us nearer to God or push us away?
Brett Varvel in Miracle on Christmas
An surprising customer, performed by Brett Varvel, refocuses her consideration, and that of her prolonged household, on the hope that comes by Christ alone and which stays rock-solid irrespective of the challenges we face.
In mild of the difficulties our nation has endured this yr — coronavirus, racial strife, political violence — the movie’s launch couldn’t be extra well timed.
We additionally in-built loads of humor to carry the temper of the image, which encompasses a rollicking get-together of kith and kin that will remind you of some highs and lows of a Christmas Past or two of your personal.
And by emphasizing common virtues like love and constancy in marriage, the help of household, forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption, we really feel certain “Miracle on Christmas” has a lot to supply each faith-based film followers and people who often take a cross on such fare.
You can pre-order the movie on DVD now at Amazon, Walmart and Target and will probably be accessible on-demand and for buy within the digital format when it releases Nov. 3, which additionally occurs to be election day.
So whether or not your candidate wins or loses, spend the night having fun with some inspirational Yuletide household leisure that can remind you that our final hope is discovered not in politicians, however in Jesus Christ, whose delivery is the true “Miracle on Christmas.”
Thomas Bonifield is a Christian screenwriter/director and former journalist who labored for ABC News, Fox News Channel and NBC News, the place he was Moscow Bureau Chief and Deputy Foreign Editor. “Miracle on Christmas” is his debut characteristic movie.
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