Blogmas: The Nativity Story

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Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s already the 7th of December? Where does the time go?? Busy shopping, baking and doing good charitable works? Frankly this week has been full of doctor visit after doctor visit and the rescheduling of doctor visits too. Boy will I know that I am well again when I don’t have to think about seeing the doctor for a whole year.

But on to good things… since this time of year it is so easy to miss the true meaning of Christmas and get bogged down with busyness and fun t.v. programmes, I wanted to share as part of blogmas my top 5 favorite reasons to watch The Nativity Story every Christmas season with y’all.

#1 – It is the Reason for the Season.

With so many cringe-worthy Lifetime and Hallmark style Christmas romances on Netflix these days (yes, I’m looking at you The Princess Switch) it is nice to be able to watch a movie that helps bring the focus back to the true Reason for the Season. And Director Catherine Hardwicke did such a good job bringing the Bible story to the big screen in her 2006 drama.

#2 – The Relationship between Mary and Joseph.

Typically Joseph is sidelined in both Christmas music (the exception usually is Joseph’s Lullaby) and the Christmas story as a 1 dimensional character but Hardwicke and the fabulous Oscar Isaac (Joseph) do a fabulous job of showing us why we should be cheering for Joseph from Day #1. An absolute favorite scene has to be when Joseph (SPOILER) buys back Mary’s Father’s donkey. Knowing that soon that donkey will be carrying Mary to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus, you just have to say awww. Or at least, I do every year. 🙂 My 2nd favorite scene of the couple occurs when Keisha Castle-Hughes (Mary) acknowledges her changed feelings of affection and respect for Joseph in a quiet moment that should you blink you might miss it.

#3. The Relationship between Mary and Elizabeth/Zachariah.

Perhaps the movie is at its best when demonstrating the relationships between the cast of characters. It is a human story filled with heart and hope and faith. Shohreh Aghdashloo as Elizabeth and Stanley Townsend as Zachariah have relatively small parts in the story but from the moment Zachariah hears the Angel of God in the temple to the moment when Mary is quietly watching the couple with their baby boy you know that not only are these actors special but the story they tell is too. And again cheers to Hardwicke for removing the expected pageantry from the story and focusing on the real pains and joys and fears people went through. Can you imagine how scary it was for Zachariah and Elizabeth and Mary? And yet the greatest joy of their lives was taking place. I confess I never thought much of Zachariah when reading the Biblical account (focused more on Mary and Joseph) but due to Townsend’s performance I now see him through a whole different lens.

The Nativity Story (2006). (C) New Line Cinema

#4. The Relationship between Mary and her parents.

Yep, it’s another relationship I’m applauding. Hiam Abbass as Mary’s mother (Anna) and Shaun Toub as Mary’s Father (Joachim) are brilliant in their realistic depictions of parents who love their daughter, are struggling to pay the taxes, and don’t know how to react to the news of Jesus’ conception. Again, Hardwicke fleshes out this man and woman from the Bible. You can relate to them. You can feel for them. You walk away feeling that you know them and better understand Mary for that.

The Nativity Story (2006). (c) New Line Cinema.

#5. The Humanity of the characters.

The names given to Mary’s parents hint at a Catholic origin to the movie as does the Vatican City premiere but I would contest that this is not a story of “Saints” but of sinners who’ve been redeemed by having their lives touched by Jesus. These are all human men and women who have faults, sins, fears, doubts, uncertainties, and sweat through the tough times. And that’s probably what makes the movie stand out so much. No one is put on a pedestal but rather they are given the opportunity to grow and learn and discover the gift of faith. And through these well fleshed out depictions of men and women we’ve read about countless times in the Bible, we can have a better understanding of the majesty of The Nativity Story and Reason for the Season.

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27 Comments

  1. Colleen

    November 19, 2019 at 11:39 am

    This sounds like a great movie for any believer. Many of the interactions you describe let me know that they really did a good job telling the story.

  2. Sunshine

    November 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    For some reason, this thing would air when the place is boring and I have no choice but to watch them whenever I am close to a tv.

  3. Nicole

    November 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t think I have ever seen this. I’ll give it a try!

  4. Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    November 20, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Aaahhh yeesssss! The season is here and for now, I love watching, listening or reading anything to do with the birth of Christ.

  5. Emily zielinski

    November 20, 2019 at 1:58 am

    sounds great especially for this time of year.

  6. Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen

    November 20, 2019 at 6:13 am

    A great film to watch with the family over the festive season.

  7. Matt Taylor

    November 20, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Always a great time of the year to watch movies about the Nativity! A great family feel good movie. And very uplifting.

  8. Melanie williams

    November 20, 2019 at 8:35 am

    This is one to watch for sure. We watch is every single time without fail, as a family xx

  9. Emman Damian

    November 20, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Wow! I love watching it every Christmas season! One of the best story ever.

  10. Desiree

    November 20, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I love your focus on relationships! That is exactly what this season is meant to remind us of!

  11. Lyanna Soria

    November 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I will definitely make time to watch some of those movies. It’s nearly Christmas season so you definitely have a reason to watch it.

  12. Brandy

    November 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I have thought about watching this, but I haven’t yet. I’ll have to try to watch it soon because you’ve convinced me that I should watch The Nativity Story.

  13. Kiwi

    November 21, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I have Seen a few versions of the nativity story. I wouldn’t mind seeing this one.

  14. Anna

    November 21, 2019 at 5:35 am

    I haven’t watched The Nativity Story for so long! Now it´s a great timing to watch again! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Sarah M

    November 21, 2019 at 5:42 am

    This is an informative film and seems perfect for the season.

  16. Myrah Duque

    November 21, 2019 at 6:21 am

    There are so many different versions of the nativity story. This one sounds like another one I would be interested in watching! Thanks.

  17. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    November 24, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    I am always moved by movies based out of the Bible. I like that this Nativity story was made in such a way that depicted the characters are real humans that lived in that time. I am definitely watching this.

  18. Mahmudul

    November 25, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Looks it is a great movie… Need to watch this. thanks for informing…

  19. Lashunta

    November 25, 2019 at 3:17 am

    This sounds like a good movie. I’ll see if I can make time to fit it in to watch. Thank you for sharing about it.

  20. Nigar RAHMAN

    November 25, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Good to see the pictures. It seemed to be a good watch-up!

  21. Melanie Frost

    November 25, 2019 at 10:14 am

    I’ve never seen this movie. But it sounds like it should be a must-see for believers.

  22. Dominique Brooks

    November 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I am not familiar with this particular version. It seems like it would be a good version to watch during the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

  23. autumn

    November 25, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Now is the time to believe in humanity more than ever before. Our world is definitely in a crisis with leaders more focused on themselves than the people they govern. I will watch this and encourage others to do so as well.

  24. Brianna S

    November 26, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    This is definitely on my list to watch before Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    December 25, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I wonder if I’ve seen this version before. I can’t remember as I’ve seen a few versions of this story before. 🙂

  26. Autumn

    December 26, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Tis the season for watching the birth of Christ. I have yet to see this version but it looks and sounds like it is a must-see.

  27. Surekha-dreamingloud

    December 28, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Wow, thanks for sharing this..! Been looking for a great Christmas movie to watch with my parents this Christmas eve.. 😊

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