It's becoming that time of year again.
Having lost my Daddy on Christmas after a very short battle with aggressive cancer almost three years ago sure has made Christmas feel so different. To say it's a difficult time of year is like saying I only "like" chocolate.
Though getting in the holiday spirit has been a STRUGGLE, but one we "forced" for the sake of our children, I'm finding this year that I can NOT wait for Christmas to come. It's not because the pain is any less or the memories any dimmer....it's just....time. Time to embrace the now and create new memories. Part of it is because we know that this may be our last Christmas "here"...meaning we don't know where God will have us next year in the process of moving forward in our calling to serve in the foreign mission field. Part of it is just knowing that time is limited with our families and we need to EMBRACE the season.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to watch and review "Coming Home for Christmas" (Norman Rockwell Presents). So, I broke every old rule of no "Christmas" before Thanksgiving. Let's just say, I might NOW be guilty of having started listening to Christmas music and have already decided to start decorating early this year (except someone needs to tell me how to keep 5 kids 2 and under away from them....ha!!!).
Is there anything better about kicking off the season than enjoying a "feel good" Christmas movie!? "Coming Home For Christmas" was just what I needed to boost that spirit up a notch more! It's one of those "Hallmark Channel" type movies that so many of us women just LOVE! :) A perfect movie to snuggle up with some hot chocolate and popcorn! Hey---and if after watching it you find yourself pulling out the Christmas tunes and twinkle lights----don't worry----you aren't alone! :)
The narration at the end of the movie actually was quite powerful, even if the movie didn't seem so real to life possible (like many holiday movies!). "Family really should be friends. Friends really should be family. We all---each and every one---want a place to go home to!" and we should "grow and expand as a family to include and accept others". Whoa...powerful truth right there! Though family division and hard feelings aren't wrapped up in 90 minutes in real life, it is a reminder that there is hope and that others also have less than picture perfect relationships!
Ready for a movie night? Alone? With Family? With a friend? With a spouse? I have one copy of "Coming Home for Christmas" to give a way to one reader (US and Canada only). To enter, leave a comment with your favorite Christmas movie AND your email address so I can contact if you are selected. Winner will be chosen at random. Entries must be received before noon 11/28/2013 CST.
About COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven't been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home... the only problem is someone else lives there now.
The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!
Who is Norman Rockwell? Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s.
Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
Available at Walmart
Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon
You can order the DVD here: http://www.walmart.com/ip/25983152http://www.walmart.com/ip/25983152
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