The Miracles of ‘A Christmas Snow’ Can Be Yours (Movie Review)

Billie Jo YoumansBy Billie Jo Youmans7 Minutes

Just the Facts

A Christmas Snow is a heartwarming 2010 movie starring Catherine Mary Stewart as Kathleen, Cameron Ten Napel as Lucy, and Muse Watson as Sam. Using common life messes as the backdrop for miracles, this movie sows the seeds of hope everyone needs.

With some help from made-for-movie circumstances, the stage is set for miraculous redemptive events. An encounter with a mysterious stranger, an aborted mugging, a blizzard, unexpected house guests, and a power outage join forces to create a magical Christmas season.

Kathleen, a workaholic woman, and Lucy, a grieving ten-year-old are both captive to the pain of loss. Kathleen, who was abandoned by her dad when she was ten, has been driven by bitterness for decades. Young Lucy has spent two years in therapy and knows the right answers but not how to go forward. Stuck in a snowstorm with each other and a wise old man who has been set free from guilt and shame by the Light of the World, they all experience the wonder of Christmas unfolds in a unique way.

A Little Entertainment

A Christmas Snow may be just the ticket to renew your hope in miracles this Christmas season. The movie does a great job revealing how hidden hurts destroy our holidays—and our lives. And it does it with sweetness and humor, making the message easy to swallow. You won’t be sorry you spent a couple hours with this crew.

Kathleen, a successful restaurant owner, hides in her work to create a wall around her heart. When her dad abandoned her on Christmas Eve, Kathleen’s world shattered. Unable to understand how her dad could leave, she blamed her mom—and decades later finds herself still stuck in broken bitterness.

A charming new beau, Andrew (played by Anthony Tyler Quinn) offers a glimmer of hope for future happiness. But his ten-year-old daughter, Lucy has no desire for another woman in their lives. Still grieving over the loss of her mom, Lucy does all she can to make time together unpleasant. She’s precocious at best—but practically speaking, she’s just plain rude.

When circumstances throw these two fractured hearts together for an extended period of time, their hurts come to a head. The only way forward is facing the issues. Can the courage and faith of a child prepare the way for Christmas miracles?

While there’s some cliché scenes and the usual smarmy romance, A Christmas Snow offers some surprising depth and unanticipated twists. It’s definitely noteworthy that the movie shares the story of Christ’s birth straight from the Bible., and then masterfully connects the story of Christ’s birth to the redemptive power of forgiveness and hope for the future.

A Little Deeper Digging

When You “Can’t” Forgive

It’s possible the movie will stir up feelings you need to confront, and the miracles of the movie can be yours, too! Love really did come that first Christmas—and He’s never left!

Did you know unforgiveness is at the root of many serious illnesses? It escalates your adrenalin which raises your heart rate and blood pressure as well as damaging your immune system. Other studies have shown a link to cancer.  So, if A Christmas Snow inspires you to face those hurts, here’s some hope you can take hold of:

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13 NIV).

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14-15).

Forgiveness is a gift to yourself. If someone has hurt you or hurt someone you love, take it to Jesus and ask Him to do what is best. Then, trust Him to answer your prayer. He will. He is a just God. Forgiving someone isn’t “letting them off the hook”—it doesn’t mean they didn’t do wrong. Forgiveness takes the weight off you because you put them on God’s hook—and you leave justice in His hands.

Hope in Grief

Like young Lucy, many face the Giant of Grief during the holidays. Immanuel, God with us, brings hopes to those hurting hearts as well. Scripture also helps us understand the power of the hope of heaven—and the deceptive dangers of sorcery.

It is important to remember that loved ones who knew Jesus are alive with Him in heaven. They have moved from this earthly life to a heavenly life (Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8).

One day we will see our loved ones again (1 Thessalonians 4:14-16), but now our task is to live out the love we shared with them – and let them live out the new plans God has for them. The Bible warns us against trying to contact the dead (Leviticus 19:26-31; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Galatians 5:20).

The God of call comfort promises to heal our hearts and strengthen us to go on (2 Corinthians 1:3; Isaiah 41:10; John 16:33).

We’re praying for you to encounter the miracle you need this season, and we would love to hear your miracle stories. You can share them at My Story.