• Thomas Bonifield

Three Weeks to "Miracle on Christmas"

The faith-based feature film focuses on the reason for the season.

Brett Varvel (center) during filming of "Miracle on Christmas." Image: Horse is Ready Productions.

Not much longer now! Miracle on Christmas will hit store shelves and on-demand platforms November 3rd. Written and directed by yours truly, this Yuletide tale of love, forgiveness and redemption is our inaugural picture.


Starring Christian actors Erin Bethea (Fireproof) and Jason Burkey (I Can Only Imagine), it aims to break the mold of the boy-meets-girl, cliché Christmas movie of recent years. Bethea plays Mary Boyce, a woman struggling with loss, hidden fears and wavering in her faith as she prepares to host the annual Christmas get-together for her extended family. But an unexpected visitor, played by Brett Varvel, helps to refocus her and everyone else on the hope that comes through Christ alone and transcends even the most trying circumstances.


The movie certainly endeavors to be entertaining and festive as well, so there are laughs, Christmas carols, ornaments and snow, but it really strives to make viewers reflect on God's steadfast love and faithfulness even in times of trouble. That is something particularly relevant in the context of today's America, what with coronavirus, racial strife and political violence all roiling the nation. Christian actor Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck), who previewed the movie, speaks eloquently to that point.

"Right now, at this moment in history, what we need is a reminder that God is on our side. This film gives us that hope and joy and reminds us that in the middle of the hardest times, He sees our struggles."

And in keeping with the hope-inspiring reason behind the season - the birth of the Savior - we think Miracle on Christmas will also touch viewers on an emotional level, which is something Christian actress, and Unplanned star, Robia Scott felt when she screened the movie.

"It is faith-centered, family-friendly, uplifting and - above all - thoroughly enjoyable."

We are not so naive as to think the movie will be for everyone, and some big Hollywood players who previewed Miracle on Christmas basically told us it was "too Christian for Christmas," before passing on the film for their channels and platforms. While we wear that opinion as a badge of honor, we remain convinced that the film delivers the requisite level of common human virtue, like love of family, fidelity, kindness, et cetera - not to mention entertainment value - to broaden the audience beyond just the community of Believers.


We won't have to wait much longer to find out if we're right since the release date is only three weeks away. The DVD is already available for pre-order and you can find it at Amazon, Walmart and Target. And to keep up to date with all things related to Miracle on Christmas, visit the movie's website via this link.



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