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December 25, 2006, Herald Journal

Check out ‘The Nativity Story’

By KRISTEN MILLER

Recently, my mother and I went to “The Nativity Story;” the actual movie on the immaculate conception and birth of baby Jesus.

I was pleasantly surprised by the realism and thought put into this film. It makes the story of Christmas that much more real to me.

The movie was actually filmed in Italy around the setting of the film “The Passion,” and did a great job of portraying what the land was like during that time.

Reading the Bible can be complicated and intimidating at any age, even the Christmas story. But this movie portrayed the characters and story in a way that it was understandable to an audience of any age.

Granted, I’m going to have to see it again because I was chewing popcorn and didn’t catch every single word, plus accents tend to throw me off a bit. But, this is a movie I would want to watch every Christmas.

There even happened to be a bit of humor in the movie, which was quite unexpected being a story as serious as the Bible and all.

What I most enjoyed about the movie was that it put an end to the mystery or misconceptions that I have had about the holy birth.

For example, baby Jesus being born in a stable in Bethlehem. He wasn’t born in a wooden stable. They didn’t have stables, they had caves in rocks along the mountainside.

Also, who are the kings and why did they travel so far for a baby that hadn’t been born yet? The movie made it clear.

Also, what’s with the shepherds? What was their role in it all? Well, you’ll just have to see the movie to find out.

This was a great movie to inspire people to remember the true meaning of Christmas, the sacrifice Mary made by saying “yes,” and the everlasting outcome of her decision.

I recommend this movie to anyone who celebrates Christmas. It puts the hustle and bustle aside to remember the real reason why we celebrate.

The only thing I was hoping the movie would have more of was Christmas music.