"Christmas Without Jesus the Savior Is Not Christmas"
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THE SANTA CLAUSES: CHAPTER 5 & 6 are very entertaining, with some funny, heartwarming moments. They have a strong moral worldview that celebrates giving, hope, family, doing the right thing, and helping people in need. The plot problem is solved when people remember the importance of family. However, the episodes are marred by a false statement that “Christmas is about togetherness and community, spreading hope and joy,” instead of Jesus Christ, our Savior. As a result, THE SANTA CLAUSES: CHAPTER 5 & 6 fall short.
THE SANTA CLAUSES: CHAPTER 5 & 6 are the big finale to the miniseries and involve Scott Calvin returning to the North Pole to stop his appointed successor from destroying the “magic of Christmas.” THE SANTA CLAUSES: CHAPTER 5 & 6 are very entertaining and contain some references to St. Nicholas and “The First Noel” Christmas carol, but it defines the meaning Christmas only in moral, pro-family ways related to giving instead of the spiritual truths about the birth of Jesus Christ, who’s the real reason for the season.
Chapter 5 opens with the return of Bernard, Scott Calvin aka Santa’s former Number One elf who disappeared. Bernard says he met a human woman and gave up his immortality to get married. He informs Scott, who decided to retire in Chapter Two and is now spending life on Earth with his wife and their two children. Bernard tells Scott that Simon, the man he appointed to replace him as Santa, is ruining the magic of Christmas. That’s not my problem, Scott replies, because he’s retired. However, Bernard tells Scott that elves are disappearing because of Simon’s bad decisions. “Why didn’t you lead with that,” Scott asks.
Scott agrees to return to the North Pole, but before he does, Bernard takes Scott to the realm where all the past Santa Clauses live. Scott calls it the Yule-Verse. In the Yule-Verse, Scott meets St. Nichols in the Yule-Verse, and Nicholas informs him that being Santa Cause is all about the giving. Scott also learns he was actually chosen to be the 18th Santa. The 17th Santa tells Scott that he specifically chose Scott, because, as a boy, Scott always put gifts for other people on his lists to Santa. Santa Number 17 also tells Scott that, when he decided to make Scott the next Santa, he felt that the North Poll needed a human being who could deal with the new technology that was fast becoming a powerful new kind of magic making people forget about the joys and magic of Christmas.
Santa returns to the North Pole without his wife and children, but they decide to follow him there anyway. The children, Cal and Sandra learn that, because they’ve were born at the North Pole, they have developed magical powers. Thus, Cal has become like a Santa-in-training with Santa powers like his father, and Sandra is now able to talks with animals, like Santa’s reindeer.
Using his company, Christmas Now, Simon has declared every day to be Christmas. He has also created an army of drones who fly to Earth from a portal linked to the North Pole, to deliver any gift anyone orders. However, if every day is like Christmas, then Christmas is no longer a special holiday. This has made the elves sad one by one, causing them to disappear. Scott’s daughter, Sandra, talks to a horse and convinces it to fly. Meanwhile, Calvin directs the horse to the portal so they can travel to the North Pole and help Scott.
Scott, however, has been captured by Simon’s drones, and Simon locks him and Gary the elf in jail. Can Scott escape Simon’s jail and stop Simon? Can Scott think of a way to help the people back on Earth to regain their Christmas spirit?
THE SANTA CLAUSES: CHAPTER 5 & 6 are very entertaining, with some funny, heartwarming moments. Tim Allen is funny as Scott Calvin and plays Santa Claus with a warm twinkle in his eye and voice. Chapter 5 and 6 have a strong moral worldview that celebrates giving, hope, family, doing the right thing, and helping people in need. The plot problem is solved when people remember the importance of family. There are also some light Christian references to the redemptive life of St. Nicholas and the tune to the Christmas carol, “The First Noel.” However, the episodes are marred by a false statement that “Christmas is about togetherness and community, spreading hope and joy” instead of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Also, a quick montage of three families with children contains a shot of a girl with what looks like two fathers. As a result, THE SANTA CLAUSES: CHAPTER 5 & 6 fall a bit short.
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