An Angel for Christmas

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Bland Christmas story teaches the meaning of the holiday.
  • NR
  • 2003
  • 46 minutes

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Educational Value

Kids learn about Christmas traditions.

Positive Messages

Though people can be cruel about things they don't understand, it's important to show compassion. Giving is important, even when you have little to give.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are very simplistic -- largely either good or bad -- but bad characters see the errors of their ways and apologize.

Violence & Scariness

Very minor peril, but no injuries in scenes where a pack of wolves growls aggressively and where a boy is stuck hanging from a rock over a dangerous waterfall.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that An Angel for Christmas is a rather bland tale about helping a village deprived of Christmas to find the holiday spirit. It has very brief, very mild peril and briefly visits the traditional Christian story of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem.

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What's the story?

A miserly factory owner who controls a small village has outlawed Christmas for 25 years to keep profits up, and he intends to keep it that way. But when a young girl begins spreading a little Christmas cheer, she meets both resistance and curiosity among the villagers. Will she help the townspeople find the Christmas spirit, or will they cancel Christmas yet again?

Is it any good?

With its plots recycled from more popular Christmas tales about misers who hate joy and cheer, AN ANGEL FOR CHRISTMAS doesn't offer much dazzle. 

But kids who are in the Christmas mood may enjoy this tale of do-gooders in the name of the holiday spirit. It's unlikely parents will move this film to the top of the Christmas flicks list, but it still imparts some decent lessons about compassion and the true meaning of the holiday.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about holiday traditions. Which holiday traditions do you participate in? What is your favorite thing about the holidays?

  • What does it mean to you to be in the Christmas spirit?

  • The miser in the film wants to prevent Christmas because he never got to experience it. Have you ever disliked something before you got a chance to try it? Did you try it anyway? What happened?

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