This one is a bit late but we are still in the Christmas season so I think it’s still appropriate. 😊
Each year, my family and I watch a variety of Christmas movies. Included in the list are ‘Elf’, ‘Christmas Vacation’, ‘The Bishop’s Wife’, and ‘Scrooge’ (the Albert Finney version). Oh, and we also watch a bunch of Hallmark Christmas movies as well.
Another movie we watch (and the subject of today’s post) is called ‘The Christmas Box.’ It’s the story of an elderly woman who is in need of a family to take care of her needs such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. The movie stars Richard Thomas and Maureen O’Hara.
Thomas’s character is part owner of a successful ski shop and is trying to open a second shop. He spends most of his time at the shop, neglecting his family in the process.
During the move-in, he and his wife find a Christmas box in the attic of the owner’s house. Within a few days, Thomas’ character begins having a recurring dream of an angel saying his name. As the movie progresses, the dreams get lengthier and more vivid. He ends up opening the Christmas box and finds a number of letters addressed to a girl named Andrea.
The dream finally brings him to a cemetery that the owner (Mrs. Parkin) visited every day. He finds a gravestone with an angel on it that matches the one from his dreams. The name engraved on that stone was Andrea Parkin. She passed when she was 5 years old.
Towards the end of the movie, it’s revealed that Mrs. Parkin has heart failure and the medication isn’t working. In the hospital, she asks Thomas’ character if he had an answer to her question about the first Christmas gift (she initially asked him earlier in the movie). He said it was a child.
Okay, that was probably a huge long-winded way of saying that, during this season, remember that the first gift was the gift of a child given to us by God. That child would grow to become our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Keep this in mind as your exchanging gifts this year.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and God Bless!