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12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS

"Celebrating Faith, Family, Love, Prayer, and Jesus"

What You Need To Know:

12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS on the Great American Family network is about six friends at a Christmas get-together. After dinner, they start a board game and are transported magically into the Christmas town of Yuletide. After meeting the mayor, they agree to play a game that involves performing tasks having to do with Christmas spirit. The object of the game is to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Each player has a unique lesson to learn. Also, each task reveals something true about the meaning of Christmas.

12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS showcases some stunning Christmas sets and tells an enjoyable, funny story about people re-discovering the joys of traditional Christmas activities, like building

gingerbread houses and singing a Christmas carol. The movie could use stronger jeopardy and some better dialogue. However, the characters learn important lessons about faith, family and love. 12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS also overtly extols prayer and church. Finally, the movie includes positive references to Jesus and the Gospel, which are nicely presented in a scene where the cast joyously sings the first verse of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

Content:

(CCC, BBB)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, moral worldview with a wonderful representation of the true meaning and joys of Christmas, including the main characters joyously sing the first verse to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and praying is extolled throughout, the lead female character visits a church with a large lit cross on the door and a beautiful stained glass Cross inside, behind the altar (she starts a prayer inside the church, asking for a sign from God, and it’s quickly answered), and the movie extols the value of faith, family, love, and community, plus a line in the movie about a mysterious game says, “Your faith in Christmas will guide you to your true prize”

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
No violence

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing really objectionable.

More Detail:

12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS on the Great American Family network takes viewers on an adventure when six friends at a Christmas party are transported into a game of the same title, where they travel through the town of Yuletide and can only return home when they learn the lesson of Christmas that they need the most. GAC really “decked the halls” with exquisitely designed Christmas sets, and also by exemplifying the true meaning of Christmas. This sweet and peaceful movie is a win for the whole family.

Kelsey plans a Christmas get-together for her friends. Expecting her first guest at the door, she instead finds a board game, 12 Games of Christmas, on her doorstep. Soon her sister, Nora, arrives. Nora informs Kelsey she’s invited a special guest. The guest is Ethan, Kelsey’s high school boyfriend. Kelsey is less than enthusiastic to host this friend from her past, however, because they parted ways when they went to different colleges.

A few more friends arrive. They share their Christmas memories over dinner. The sisters agree that their best memories were with Aunt Amelia, who knew how to do Christmas just right.

The group decides to play the 12 Games of Christmas board game. Suddenly, however, they’re transported into the quaint and lovely Christmas town of Yuletide. The Mayor greets them and invites them to play the game in his town. Once each player wins, he or she can return home.

They enthusiastically join the game of Christmas spirit. The players learn lessons in every task before them as they complete festive activities, such as building gingerbread houses, making hot chocolate, singing a Christmas carol, and other arts and crafts projects. The messages received

echo the importance of faith, family, love, and community. They also speak against the evils of perfectionism, “busy”ness, guarded hearts, and wrong priorities.

Not everything goes well, however, for Kelsey and Ethan. Can a prayer and a visit from beloved Aunt Amelia help them find what they’re missing?

12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS showcases some stunning Christmas sets and tells an enjoyable story about people re-discovering the joys of many traditional Christmas activities, like building gingerbread houses, making hot chocolate and singing a Christmas carol. However, the movie could use stronger jeopardy to make the story more exciting. For example, the strongest jeopardy only occurs toward the end. Also, the dialogue and chemistry between the two romantic leads could have been stronger.

That said, 12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS promotes positive lessons about faith, family, love, and community. The movie also extols prayer. In fact, an answered prayer helps Kelsey discover the love in celebrating Christmas that she’s been missing. 12 GAMES OF CHRISTMAS also includes positive, overt references to Jesus, church and the Gospel, which is overtly presented in a scene where the cast joyously sings the first verse to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.