I know it’s only May and the sun is just starting to warm the days. But I am really excited about a new movie that’s coming soon. No not this Spring or even Summer, but coming in the Fall. Yes I said the Fall, November to be exact! I am excited because it’s a film from Sony Pictures Animation and Affirm Films and the movie tell the story of the first Christmas. A well done, animated movie, that is fun, funny, full of adventure and there are no elves. It’s the real story behind the meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus. I believe this is a movie that is going to be a wonderful theatrical experience for the whole family.
The official synopsis from The Star web site describes the story as follows.
” 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 has 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 accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.”
I love that this is a Christmas movie that will open in November, because families can see the movie and then spend the Christmas season unpacking the messaging in the movie around the dinner table, during bedtime conversations, at church and spontaneous moments during the Christmas season. The Star represents a gift for humanity in the promise of the Savior Jesus. After seeing the film I would encourage families to come up with a few ways in which they can be a gift at school, work, family members or to complete strangers in their communities.
Here are some suggestions for families:
1- The 12 days of Giving; Establish 12 days of giving as a family and come up with different ways as a family you can be a gift and a blessing to someone in your community.
2- Make The Star cookies as a family and share them with a neighbor, a retirement center, a homeless shelter as an unexpected gift.
3- As a family, create some memories by making Star ornaments or a star tree topper for the family tree (see the video example below).
4- Continue to talk and discuss the story of Christmas as a family thru out the Christmas season and unpack ideas on how each person can be an example of a gift to their community.
Check out the video below of an interview with the Executive Producer of The Star, Devon Franklin. Devon talks about the movie and why he decided The Star was an important story to share with the world this coming Christmas season.
The Star opens in theaters this coming November. Mark your calendars and make plans as family to see the film to start the celebration of the Christmas Season.
See you at the movies!
Check out this “How To” Video idea for a family Activity;