There are so many things working against us during the holidays. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and the list of gifts we need to buy can seem endless. Santa’s impossible standard of delivering gifts to every person on the planet in one night is a perfection prescription for inadequacy.
From as early as I can remember, I turned to movies to help me find meaning in all the chaos of this time of year. I’ve always had the nagging feeling that I was supposed to have a deeper understanding of Christmas ever since Linus took the stage to recite Luke 2:8-14 at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas. I was no longer supposed to be afraid as angels now proclaimed peace and goodwill toward men, yet I rarely experienced any real peace amid the hectic pace of the holiday season.