Before you get upset with me for mentioning Christmas before we’ve reached Halloween, let me explain. I learned of a film with a holiday theme and I was asked for my honest review. I happen to LOVE the holidays. Like really love. But I’ve struggled in recent years because I see and hear about a good deal of stress the season thrusts upon families. I’ve not fully escaped such stress myself.
The Heart of Christmas is a film based upon the true story of the Locke family. When I read the description of the movie, I felt drawn to watch it and share with my readers. Why?
Because my work for more than a decade with a children’s hospital has afforded me the honor of sharing many a holiday season with families who, honestly, would rather be anywhere else than a children’s hospital. Often, in the midst of true sadness and fear, wonderful joy can occur. I’ve shared that and it is something to behold.
Visit the website The Heart of Christmas to learn more about the inspiring story encouraging the message “cherish every moment” and “live today.” The film tells the story of a family faced with losing their child and their quest to give him one last Christmas celebration. Rather than explain more, I think the movie trailer does it best:
Regardless of your religious leanings, this is a wonderful movie with a lesson that spans more than the winter holidays. Rated PG, it opens December 4th. I’ll watch it again, with other people in the room next time. Not going to lie, have tissues handy. Don’t let the fact that you will likely cry detour you from watching because the joy and inspiration you’ll experience is more than worth a few sniffles. I did sob in places because it threw me back to a time when I shared very intimate moments with some of the best families I will ever meet. For me those tears were welcomed. I have such fond memories of that time.
Featured in the movie is this beautiful and inspiring song which spreads a message needing to be shared. A sample lyric, “The ones that you love, make sure they know it.” I’d like to dedicate it to my family and friends.
Enter to win!
I’m happy to offer my readers the chance to win the DVD so you can share this experience with those who mean something to you. Simply leave me a comment about a holiday memory. I’ll choose a winner using random.org on the evening of Nov. 1st. Must be a US Resident, age 18 or older to enter. Winner will be notified via e-mail and have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.