Believing is Seeing- 5 Holiday Movies That Inspire

Snow-flocked trees at Logan Pass, Glacier NP.

As many do at this time of year, with short winter days and long cold nights, my family and I watch a lot of inspirational movies. These days we pull up a chair in front of the computer to watch our favorites on Youtube, Hulu, or Google Video. What’s great is that they are commercial free, with the exception of Hulu which has an occasional 30-second interruption.

The Classics

Many of these movies are from the 1940’s, with stars like Jimmy Stewart in “It’s A Wonderful Life”, Cary Grant in “The Bishop’s Wife”, and a very young Natalie Wood in “Miracle on 34th Street”. Don’t let these black and white classics slip by you. Introduce them to your kids, as they are timeless masterpieces to be shared with each generation.


A Christmas Story, from 1983, is a little gem not to be missed. Ralphie wants a Red Ryder B-B gun for Christmas, but it appears his wish will be thwarted as everyone from his mom to Santa Claus tells him that he’ll shoot his eye out.

Another holiday treat is the 2004 film, The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks. A skeptical boy boards a magical train and takes an extraordinary adventure to the North Pole. He discovers that if one continues to believe, the wonder of life never fades.

Remember to Dream

What these movies have in common is that they remind us to dream. I’ve heard it said that to be a dreamer is fruitless. But to dream is to have hope. To have hope is to have faith. Faith is the belief in things not seen. Believing is seeing and not the other way around. “I’ll believe it when I see it”, is close minded and stifling.


To see the magic all around, look with the eyes of a child. And lest we forget to look with wonder, one of these movies will help us.


Quoting Victor Hugo – “There is nothing like a dream to create the future”.



Movies mentioned in this article:

It’s a Wonderful Life

The Bishop’s Wife

Miracle on 34th Street

A Christmas Story

The Polar Express

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