Monday, November 17, 2008

A christmas story for the grownups.

I know it seems a bit early for a Christmas story but Noelle isn't just about Christmas. A priest is sent to a struggling parish with the intention that he is supposed to shut it down which seeing as their current priest is an struggling alcoholic, there are less than a dozen members at the first service he attends and the town seems pretty unconcerned it looks as if that's going to be the way it turns out.

This priest is not all he appears to be, struggling with his own guilt he learns through the planning of a Christmas party that everyone has their flaws and demons. Though it really appears to be a Christmas story a good majority of the movie involves resolves around pro life issues in the Catholic church, the struggles of an unwed mother, and pretty adult matters for a G rated movie. Though there is really nothing bad in the movie the theme is pretty heavy for the younger kids.

I really have to be honest with you though I actually really loved the beginning of the movie I was really expecting an uplifting happy Christmas film and about halfway through the movie I stopped watching it mostly because when it comes to holiday films I really do expect them to be light hearted and happy. Its a great story but its much more of a drama than a holiday flick and its actually a great safe way to introduce real life issues to older kids without having to be to explicit about sex.

Noelle is currently available for purchase and you can pick up a copy on Amazon!

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  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Noelle and tell me what do you think is an important Christmas message!
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    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Dec 30th at midnight!

135 Comments:

Jesica said...

The thing we try to impress most upon our children is that Christmas is NOT about the gifts we get, but the Gift we've already been given.

We limit gifts, and talk about Jesus, and try to bring the focus to Who is most important.

Jesica said...

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dbadour said...

I think the greatest Christmas message is love and understanding.

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RebekahC said...

I think the greatest Christmas message, is that God gave his Son for us to be saved. That's the best gift of all!

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I'm a subscriber.
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pintolinda said...

I am a subscriber
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pintolinda said...

I think the story of love and hope prevails at Christmas.
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wigget said...

it's all about giving

kygirl said...

I think that kindness and frogiving and joy are the main things. Jesus is the reason for the season.

Tes283 said...

Peace on earth and good-will towards men.

Stephanie said...

Giving is better than receiving.
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Anonymous said...

The greatest Christmas message is the God loves us, and to love others.

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~Mel

Brenda S. said...

I think the greatest Christmas message, is that God gave his Son for us to be saved. Thank you!!

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mverno said...

peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind

agordon10 said...

Peace on Earth

ewalsh said...

To me the most important Christmas is redemption and the rebirth of the soul.

Now if I can make it through the season with that as more than an afterthought is the question.

Sandy said...

celebration of the birth of Jesus mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

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susan1215 said...

It's better to give than receive

Julie D said...

Enjoy the every day moments.

Julie D said...

I have your button on my blog.

shiloh said...

Christmas is about the promise and hope we have in Christ.

photomama said...

I think others is what makes christmas special.

Theresa N. said...

Wonderful prize this movie is on my must see list. Christmas is about the gift of Jesus. Thanks:)

pink182 said...

To celebrate Jesus' birth and be together

VickeC said...

The birth of Christ,is the most important message,we bake a birthday cake for baby Jesus every year,its a tradition,thanks

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VickeC said...

I am a subscriber,thanks


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redfuzzycow said...

an important christmas message is that it's better to give than to receive! sometimes kids are so focused on what they're going to get for christmas, they forget how much more fulfilling it is to give a gift to someone else

littlelatina said...

enter me thanks

LIDARKSIDE said...

We should practice the Christian aspect of the holiday starting with the first day of advent to the last day of the 12 days of Christmas and keep the commercialization out of it--presents aren't what's important.

Jenna said...

The important message at Christmas time is the God gave us his son Jesus out of love. We must love others and be reminded of this at Christmas time. Thanks for the giveaway!

bohemiangypsy said...

I think that the most important message about Christmas is that of the Lord's love and grace for all mankind. Christmas is about love, hope, peace, and remembering the birth of our Savior~ the Lord gave us the best Christmas present ever. Thank you so much.

Jenna said...

I subscribe!

Kimberly L said...

I think the greatest Christmas message is it is better to give than receive.

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risanjax said...

It looks like a movie to teach the true family religious message of Christmas.

- Marybeth I. said...

To me it is giving back and spending time with family

drming said...

Peace on Earth goodwill to men

Erica C. said...

this is great!

Smooshy said...

I think the greatest Christmas message is that it's much better to give than to receive.

Alexia said...

I think the most important Christmas message is the message of Jesus' birth - what He came to do and why we celebrate his birth.

always_317537 said...

To remember the the true meaning of christmas.

vmkids said...

That the Christmas feeling is something that we should have everyday!We could chose to be kind and thoguhtful all year long.

stampedwithgrace said...

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stampedwithgrace said...

without Jesus we would not have CHRISTmas!!

TRACI said...

I would like to win also !

Dave said...

Everyone tends to forget the reason for the season - that God gave man his only son. Thank you for the great give-away.

poodlemom said...

Baby Jesus.

- Marybeth I. said...

For us it is all about family - the message being that Family is important and appreciating one another is key. It seems that through the year it is easy to take for granted the things that are really important

Kari said...

peace during the holidays. In the home and in our hearts.

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!

Danielle said...

Its better to give than to receive is the one I most want to instill in my kids!
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Danielle said...

Also a subscriber!
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janetfaye said...

Sharing and kindness are an important christmas message.

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janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

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Anonymous said...

I think the most important message is to remember the real meaning of Christmas - the birth of the babe in the manger.

Carrie
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cathyhall said...

My message I believe in is about giving back or to those less fortunate. Everyone is having tough times, we don't need to be told that but helping someone through it (emotionally, not just financially) is the way I am. We can all stop and moan (I'm the worst) but there is always someone worse off, who needs us more than we can imagine.

cathyhall said...

I am an RSS subscriber, loving your giveaways.

bison61 said...

I think the greatest Christmas message is the birth of Jesus

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stupendousdan said...

message is the importance of giving

tsslug said...

Birth of Jesus is the way to celebrate Xmas
Also God bless our troops

*Marie* said...

1- Christmas is more about CHRIST that about giving. I think it gets lost in all the shopping and going.

2- I blogged this contest.
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Becky said...

I think love and forgiveness are the most important message not only for Christmas but for everyday. We need to remember to love and forgive ourselves as well.

Thanks.

Becky said...

I am a subscriber.

chromiumman said...

peace on earth

Anonymous said...

To me the greatest thing about Christmas is that Christ emptied himself of his rightful Godly position and became a humble child. Then as a man he went on to make the ultimate sacrifice for our sins that only God can make. marilynwins@wildblue.net

Melissa said...

The most important message of Christmas is that Jesus, the holy Son of God, came to earth to save sinful man.

Erica said...

The birth of Christ and what he means to us all is the best Christmas message.

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paula h said...

Sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of yourself.

twbellamy said...

Love others to the fulest. YOu never know if you'll ever see them again.

abcdbanda said...

the message of christmas is to love one another as God loves each of us...thanks!
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Tammy said...

The best message of Christmas, is that God came down in human form in the way of a baby, to live among us, yet save us through his blood shed on the cross! How Amazing! How Fantastic! What love!

Tammy said...

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Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

We try to make our children aware that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ and not about the gifts we receive.

Andreah @ Life's A Hoot said...

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Linda said...

The christmas message...jesus

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joy said...

I love all things Christmas, but my family remembers the true meaning by reading the bible story on christmas mornings

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Joy

Carolsue said...

That it is better to give than to receive, but gifts are not the real meaning of Christmas. Too many people forget that.
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collyn23 said...

to love and give to all

yadgirl said...

Life, love, forgiveness, faith.

Liz said...

We talk about Jesus' birth, and try to not emphasize the materialistic side of Christmas. Also how much we love each other and all of our family that come together during this time.

Liz said...

I subscribe.

Ken said...

Peace on Earth, Good will toward Men. That pretty well sums it up. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Karen said...

Christmas is about love, not toys, or the commercial things !!

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Anonymous said...

I think it is most important to remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

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Anonymous said...

Christmas is about religion and love - not gifts

yellowlabs said...

The most important thing to remember is Jesus is the reason for the season!

sito50 said...

For me, it's peace on earth, good will to every living thing. It's a message we should carry all year through and celebrate every day.

sito50 said...

I am a subscriber.

bison61 said...

I think the most important message of Christmas is the love God has for us

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purplepassion126 said...

An important Christmas message is that it is better to give than to receive and this is something that should last year--not just during the Christmas season.

janetfaye said...

Forgiveness.

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I am subscribed.

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shelley said...

jesus is the reason we celabrate christmas and thanking him for the things we do have thanks.

Web said...

That family is important

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Annie said...

I think an important Christmas message is that being together with those we love is the best part.

Cindy said...

WE don't focus on gifts at all. In fact, hubby and I don't exchange gifts at Christmas. Instead we focus on spending time with friends and family.

Cindy said...

Button on my blog, left sidebar...

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AmandaSue said...

A good christmas message is to remember the true meaning of christmas, its about the lord, jesus and family! And being grateful for the life we are able to lead.

jsc123 said...

I think that the most important message at Christmas should be the birth of Jesus.
And the sacrifices that God made in order to give us eternal salvation.
Also to leave each day as it is a gift from God.
Thank you so much for offering this wonderful giveaway.
Happy Holidays !

kohndr said...

As the old saying goes: Jesus is the reason for the season

Anonymous said...

I'd like to watch this DVD. The most important message is that Jesus is the reason for the season.
-Terra
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heaventrees said...

Simply, to take extra time and effort to be kind to someone else, to give something to make the world better, now more than ever.

Betty C said...

Forgiveness, helping others, remember that Christmas is not for what we get but what we give.

Anonymous said...

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ms-texas said...

I have two - it's better to give than to receive- and Jesus is the reason for the Season!

grillandchiller@gmail.com said...

love all and help all

girlof80s said...

An important Christmas message is that the holiday is about giving not receiving and spending time with family and friends. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win as I would love to see Noelle. Thanks.
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mich0825 said...

That it's about Jesus' birth and how God loved us so much that he gave us an escape route to heaven when Jesus took our sins on himself.

traymona said...

Christmas reinforces what I practice year round-kindness is it's own reward.
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Buki Family said...

There are so many messages that come with Christmas and the biggest one that sticks out to me is hope and life. Works out well that it comes right before new years where we look forward to a whole new year of possibilities!

purango said...

Christ is the reason for the season. garrettsambo@aol.com

artmarcia said...

I think the most important Christmas message comes from A Christmas Carol--that we need to use our time, talent and resources to help other people. Dickens was surely inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

This movie--Noelle--looks intersting. I would like to see it.

Steph said...

I think love and forgiveness are important Christmas messages.

Misty said...

an important christmas message is that it's better to give than to receive.
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Misty said...

got your button.
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Misty said...

blogged it here:
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klp1965 said...

generosity is the biggest such as helping others that dont have as much

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Ana said...

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kidness and helpfulness

Heather said...

I like the message of forgiveness and family togetherness.

jennifer57 said...

that it's much better to give than to receive.

Heather said...

Looks like an interesting movie. Had lots of good reviews.
I think the message most important at Christmas is to appreciate those around you instead of appreciating only what you have.

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Peggy said...

Durning this time of year I think we all reflect on our lives. Family becomes important even though it should be all year.
Love yourself and love your family,be loving, kind and caring all year. We all need to be thankful for what we have not what we want.

Anonymous said...

It is better to give than to receive.


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masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the message of forgiveness and family togetherness.

donna444444 said...

God's gift to us-Jesus.
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Kathy said...

I think that the most important Christmas message is that there should be peace on Earth. Thanks for the contest.

lilyk said...

I think an important Christmas message is that it's better to give than to receive.

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your mailing list.

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