Phoebe: It’s Christmas!
Phoebe: It’s snowing! That means it is Christmas.
Someone has seen the movie White Christmas too often. And since my girls would like to watch it again tonight – I guess that someone is me. Because I knew instantly what Phoebe was referencing, and I understood how she could believe that snow was a precursor for Christmas (even though she was born in GA). It all begins with Bing Crosby and “Snow…snow… snow…”
Unfortunately I can keep singing… but I have no intention of washing my hair in snow. (Can you imagine what a frost bitten shower that would be?)
Some of you have no idea what I am talking about and would be startled if I broke out singing “Sisters”. Others of you will not understand how my sister believes Die Hard should always kick-off the Christmas holidays. But most of us have been touched by movies during the Christmas season. It may be different films – maybe Christmas Story or Elf or Miracle on 34th St or Its a Wonderful Life – but the holiday is not complete without them.
We know this season is building to Christ. At the same time it is filled with lights and trees and eggnog and shopping. And sometime during this holiday you will sit down to watch a movie you can quote. A movie that is more than a film, because it is tradition. It is Linus saying, “Lights please.” And these scenes, moments, have impacted our lives.
For this reason my sermon series for Advent – a word that means arrival – is “Coming Attractions”. Each week I will show a clip from a different holiday classic. But I thought I would begin by asking you about holiday movies: What are your favorite Christmas movies? Why do you love the movie? You can leave a comment on the blog or send me an email message.