I am soooo ready for Christmas. The world has been a bit crazy lately, so as the song goes, "we need a little Christmas, now!" This independent movie, "WInter Thaw" is free to all, and is a great way to get started.
Have you heard the Christmas story about a man who was told that the Christ Child was coming to visit him? He made food, cleaned his house and made many other preparations to receive Him and then waited. As Christmas Day went by, three different people came to his door and asked for help. Not being a man of great means, he ended up giving all of the food and everything he had prepared for his visitor to these unfortunates. As the day closed, the man was disappointed that the Christ Child never came. Or did He?
It's a familiar tale, originally written by the incomparable Leo Tolstoy. This great movie is a variation of the story and features the fabulous John Rhys-Davies (Gimli from Lord of the Rings). At just under an hour, it's not too long and not too short. And though it is definitely a Christ-themed movie, it is also non-denominational, so it's a great resource to share with friends who may attend different churches. It made us examine our own hearts and it was the perfect thing to watch on a cold and windy Sunday night. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did!
You can find it here. And remember-- it's free!
Merry Christmas, all.
Family Discussion Guide
-What do you think prices should be based on? Supply and demand, cost of materials and labor, ect? Do you think the butcher was right to raise his prices?
-Why was Martin so prickly?
-What caused Martin to have a change of heart?
-How did Martin alienate his son? Why is it so easy to do this?
-Why did Martin choose to give to others?
-What was the hardest gift for him to give (and the most meaningful)?
-What did Martin mean by the carving he left?
-How can we look at our own hearts and see what needs to be changed?
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