Are All Christmas Movies Really About Jesus? (The Cale Clarke Show)

There’s nothing better than watching your favorite Christmas movie as you cozy up by the fire and drink hot cocoa!

🤔 What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Do you see any hidden religious themes in it? 🌟🎬🎉

Cale Clarke, with insights from authors Peter Dray and Matt Lillicrap, suggests that these festive films are more than just seasonal entertainment. They embody deep religious and moral themes.

🌟 The Magical Element: Not Just for Fun! These films are not merely about holiday cheer or magic; they serve as vehicles for profound transformation. From the heartwarming change in Buddy the Elf in “Elf” to the touching story of Scrooge’s redemption in “A Christmas Carol”, each film encapsulates a journey of personal growth and enlightenment.

🎁 Voyage and Return & Rebirth Themes: Cale Clarke highlights two prevalent themes in Christmas movies: the ‘voyage and return’ and ‘rebirth’. The former, seen in movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, shows characters returning to their familiar world but with renewed perspectives. The latter, epitomized by Scrooge’s story, depicts profound personal transformation.

🌠 Every Story Points Towards Jesus: Cale suggests that every Christmas story, in some way, points towards Jesus Christ. The inherent meaning in these narratives reflects the truth that God has imbued creation with purpose and meaning.

🎬 Cale reveals that Christmas movies, whether intentionally or not, often mirror profound Christian themes. These films, from their magical elements to their transformative narratives, serve not just as entertainment but as reflections of deeper spiritual truths, ultimately pointing us back to the essence of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.

So whatever films you watch this Christmas season, don’t forget to look for God’s handprints in them! Listen to the whole hour here!

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.