the 12 cheesy films of christmas: christmas with a capital c

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The residents of Trapper Falls, Alaska, try to mount their annual Christmas celebration despite the interference of a Scrooge-like lawyer. –Netflix description

“Hot shot” lawyer Mitch Bright, played by one of the lesser-known Baldwin brothers, moves back to his small home town and files a complaint against the city putting a nativity display paid for with government money on government property, because doing so violates an establishment clause and is unconstitutional.

OH NO HE DIDN’T.

Full disclosure: I’m an atheist, so that will color my opinion of this movie. However: I understand that Christmas is a religious holiday. I get it. So if a non-religious holiday movie has a character start singing O Holy Night, fine. Or, if a movie that is overtly religious uses God as a means to convey some moral lesson like kindness or friendship, no biggie.

But as far as I could tell, the biggest “moral lesson” of Christmas With a Capital C was that Christians being asked to include other religions in their government’s public celebration (or to even acknowledge that other religions might celebrate their own holidays in December, or that non-religious people might not celebrate their holiday at all), or being asked to keep their religious symbols out of the government tramples on their rights!

How dare we be more inclusive by saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas??

I know, #NotAllChristians are like the conservative ones in this movie. And I personally don’t care if people want to express their religiousness this time of year, because, again, Christmas is a religious holiday. (The movie uses the stereotype of the lonely, miserable atheist, and seems to think we’re all bent on ruining Christmas for everyone.) But that doesn’t mean we should forget there are other religions (or people with no religion) who have their own holidays, or that mixing religion and government is okay.

All right, there may have been some nuggets in there about charity as well, but I feel like that message took a back burner to the message that this time of year is for Christians only and everyone else can just deal with it.

Previous cheesy film reviews:

12 Dates of Christmas

A Holiday Engagement

Christmas Crush

A Country Christmas

Christmas Cupid

Holidaze

Christmas Angel

The 12 Dogs of Christmas

Christmas Town

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