As the holidays approach, we all honor our special traditions. One of mine is to watch the holiday movie The Christmas Shoes. Curled up next to my husband with a box of tissues, and my daughter nearby, we all settle down. This movie goes straight to my heart every time. I think we all have movies that touch us for one reason or another. This is mine.
The first time I saw this movie I was unprepared for how it would move me. A couple of months earlier I had lost my grandmother. If you’ve read my blog, you know that I grew up living next door to her and she was a huge part of my life. My grandmother was a cherished friend and confidant. She held my secrets, counseled me in the way only a grandmother could, and made everything better with homemade chocolate chip cookies. She was the one that gave me a love of literature and taught me the joy of losing oneself in a book. When my life was in turmoil, she was my refuge with her kindness and understanding. My grandmother always knew what I needed most–sometimes sage advice, and at other times just a moment of silence wrapped in her arms.
As I sat down to watch the Christmas Shoes it was without knowing the premise of the movie and I was caught off-guard. It wasn’t long before the tears started flowing, and my husband and daughter rushed to comfort me. The message of the movie held such beauty and was the perfect love story as a little boy searched for the final Christmas gift for his mother…
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my mama, please
It’s Christmas eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful, if mama meets Jesus tonight.
– The Christmas Shoes, NewSong
Now, the Christmas Shoes has become a holiday tradition. I still watch it with a box of Kleenex and with my husband nearby. I appreciate the beauty of the moment and the message of love it inspires. We are never truly far away from those we have loved and lost, they remain in our hearts and souls. Everyday is an opportunity to remember them, but the holidays bring about their own kind of magic as we look back on days gone by and the memories that remain to comfort us.
Like many movies, this one is based on a book. The Christmas Shoes by Donna Vanliere can be found here. Do you have a special holiday book or movie that creates a bit of magic for you? A smile. A moment? Share it with us!
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas filled with love & family,
[Video Credit: NewSongVevo on Youtube.com]