On part 2 of our Christmas special, we review our favorite retelling of the story of Christ’s birth, The Nativity Story. We enjoy the way this movie captures you in the story and gives a more realistic idea of what it was really like in Biblical times.

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One of the yearly traditions in our house is to watch The Nativity Story. Every Christmas we watch a lot of Christmas specials, but many of them don’t center around or even mention the birth of Christ. While these movies are still fun and enjoyable, it’s always a good idea to bring it back to the birth of Jesus and remember what we’re celebrating in the first place.

The Nativity Story is always that film for me, as it reminds me of all the incredible trials that Mary had to face before and after giving birth. In real life, this was not the picture perfect story we often read about and in fact there were a lot of complications and emotions that we don’t often think about.

This film gives a darker and grittier, although at the same time more realistic, version of the story of Christ’s birth, and it’s very well acted and produced. The production quality is very high and the story is told succinctly and linearly. While there are a few historical inaccuracies, for the most part this film is accurate and nothing seems conspicuously anachronistic.

If you’re looking for a film to put you in the true Christmas spirit and to help capture the essence of what Christmas is all about, we recommend that you look into The Nativity Story.

As far as family friendliness, this film is mostly fine to show to your children. The only things to mention are that there is some indicated pain when both Mary and Elizabeth give birth, and there are a few intense violent scenes involving the Romans. We like to follow the Dove Foundation which approves this movie for ages 12 and up.

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