November & December are my favorite months of the year! It’s two months filled with family, fun, food, gratitude and, of course, gift giving. I love to give gifts and see someone light up as the excitement of that perfect gift overwhelms them… especially the little ones! But I feel each year, especially as we take a look at everything going on around our country, that the true meaning of Christmas… the story of Christmas… gets buried by the hustle and bustle of the season.
This year my family has decided to embrace everything meaningful about Christmas and will be celebrating with our Family Activity Advent, where each day our entire family will participate in an activity. The activities are a surprise for my family, so I’m not going to give too much info here (you can follow along soon by reading our DIY Family Activity Advent tutorial, but I will give you a sneak peek into one of the activities I’m surprising them with.
I was recently asked to watch the movie trailer and a behind-the-scenes trailer for the movie The Star, which comes out in theaters November 17th, and let me tell you that this was one of the first activities I decided on for my family! I already knew that I wanted to incorporate the story of Christmas into one of our activities and this is going to be a fun way to do just that.
About the Movie
In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.
I was hooked from the moment I heard about this movie and especially after watching the trailer. It looks like a funny movie appealing to all ages. The only thing that concerned me after watching the original trailer above was that even though the entire moved is based on the story of Christmas, there didn’t seem to be much focus on the nativity. The trailer definitely depicted a fun, family Christian movie, but I was worried that it wouldn’t share the actual nativity scenes or story. However, after watching THIS TRAILER and hearing Executive Director DeVon Franklin say that they wanted to make sure that this movie was told according to scripture.. that definitely put my mind to ease.
Check out The Star movie website where you can grab your tickets ahead of time and find lots of extra’s! I particularly loved the Interactive Animated Coloring Book, Children’s Activities, such as Mazes, Connect the Dots & Printable Holiday Cards… and Resources, such as Church Flyers & Family Prayer Cards. I’m going to be printing out some of these to go in our Advent box for the kids.
Will you be taking your family to see The Star?
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