‘Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’
One of the things I love to do most at Christmas is watch Christmas films. Watching The Muppet Christmas Carol is a family tradition and I usually watch a few others across the festive period, trying to change them each year. Maybe you have particular films (Christmas or otherwise) that you always watch and you’ve never really thought about why, other than ‘I love it’ or ‘it makes me cry’ etc. As you watch that Christmas film you watch every year, take the time to think about why it is this film you watch rather than the millions of others and what that says about you: you may be surprised by the answers you find. Maybe the film is rooted in family memories: you remember watching the film with your family when you were a child and now you have introduced it to your family.
I find Christmas movies are easily passed down to a new generation. Just like Christmas itself, these movies can bring people together as you invest in the journeys of Ebenezer Scrooge, Kevin McCallister, George Bailey, John McClane or whoever else is the protagonist of your chosen film. This year, savour the time you spend watching the film: appreciate how it is made, why you love it so much and the experience of watching it with the ones you love. Rather than seeing things as a tradition, reflect on why they are a tradition and how you can make sure that this precious time with your family at Christmas isn’t spent just going through the motions because it is ‘that’ time of year.
Christmas is a chance to rest and meet with family we don’t always get the chance to see because we are so busy throughout the year: whether you are watching a film or just talking, cherish that time.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer, but say it slowly with a pause between each phrase.
Take time to watch one of your favourite Christmas films.