One of the things my family tends to get on Christmas is a bundle of films for everyone to enjoy. Movie night is something the boys look forward to having and I love knowing that for several weeks after Christmas we have a supply of movies to watch. Family friendly films truly make for great stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts whether for your own family or to bless another. And, this past year saw several BIG screen films made by Christians for a wide audience which are now available on DVD to enjoy at home.
God’s Not Dead was well received by many Christians as a wonderful example of how insidious atheism is at the college level and that you should be true to your faith. Our church youth group had a group see it in the theater this spring and then they just watched it over 2 regular meetings. I’ve seen it as well and thought they did a great job portraying aspects of what a college student might face as well as some of the rebuttals for arguments you might encounter when challenged on your Christian faith. While younger kids probably won’t be interested, my 5 year old decided to join his older brothers when they saw the last 30 minutes of the film at youth group last week.
Mom’s Night Out is a fun movie for any woman to watch and there’s even some zaniness in it that the guys could enjoy. I really wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this film at first, but ended up loving it so much that I have it on my wish list. I’ve always liked Patricia Heaton who is such a hoot in her role and Sean Astin will be familiar to fans of The Lord of the Rings. By the time I was done watching, I was ready for a mom’s night out, too!
Heaven is for Real is such a touching film based on the true life novel of the same name. I think many of us can relate to the father who believes in God, but struggles to believe that his son could have visited heaven seeing Jesus and family members long deceased. I still get goosebumps thinking about the scene with his mom when he talks about meeting his sister who would have been older than him, something his parents had never told him about.
When it comes to finding some great films that the whole family can enjoy, Family Christian is a go to spot for me. Right now, they have almost 50 selection available at great prices in their Family Values video category. While some stores have only older films for bargain pricing, you can find several newer options listed. I haven’t seen all of these, but had to picture the ones that we’ve watched and enjoyed in our home. (You can find reviews of almost all of them here on the blog!)
Does your family typically receive or give movies as gifts at Christmas time?
Which of these family friendly movies have you enjoyed?