JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY, written and directed by David E. Talbert, choreographed by Ashley Wallen, with Madalen Mills, Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Keegan Michael Key, Justin Cornwell, Ricky Martin, Hugh Bonneville, and so many other diverse and talented cast members, is still number one on my list. Streamed on Netflix, this land of invention and innovation uplifts the magic of what the generosity of Christmas is all about.
In Psychology Today, Dr. Pamela Rutledge says holiday movies are an important antidote to COVID stress and Zoom fatigue. They create a profound sense of hope, social connection, love, and purpose. When we “suspend disbelief and revel in the simplicity” of predicting the outcome, being inspired by the values, and feeling reassured “that the world will be put right, especially now when everything feels so upended,” we are blessed by the magic of creativity, and we can enjoy the same experiences over and over again because storytelling is good for the soul.
Below is an updated list of 33 more of my favorite movies.
2 – Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Christmas, starring Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Sheperd, and the amazing Ms. Regina Belle, brought me to tears more than once and definitely nourished my soul. This story of a young assistant pastor, who gets assigned to be a lead pastor at a new church a month before Christmas, is a powerful story of redemption and transformation. (Amazon/Lifetime)
33 – THIS IS A CLASSIC, A POWERFUL WAY TO TELL OUR STORY OF FAMILY, WARMTH & HEALING
34 – This is a powerful, must-see holiday movie: the lesson of light and truth is always miraculous.