One of my favourite (possibly even my very favourite-est) Christmas shows EVER: Christmas Shoes!
Two separate stories mesh - in the first, a young music teacher, Maggie Andrews, begins dying of a heart condition and her son Nathan tries to get a pair of Christmas shoes for her before she dies. In the second, lawyer Robert Layton and his wife Kate are slowly drifting apart and the matter comes to a head during Christmas when Kate takes over for Maggie for the school choir and declines a job in Robert's firm. When Robert's mother passes away, he begins to reconsider things and his and Nathan's paths cross on Christmas Eve as Nathan tries to raise the money for the shoes and Robert tries to get a present for his daughter.
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I haven't seen this movie in a few years, but the memory of it has stuck with me. And the one thing I remember so clearly about this is how hard I was crying when we got near the end. I was just crying SO hard, it was sooo sad and beautiful and - SAD.
The actors are all amazing and fit their roles really well. My favourite character was probably Maggie Andrews (Kimberly Williams), with Nathan Andrews (Max Morrow) as a close second. Maggie was so sweet and quiet and gentle and ahh...she's amazing. And Nathan - the scene where he buys the shoes - he is so good! I'm always awed at young children actors, I mean, how do they do it so well? (this coming from the girl who can't act to save her life ;))
The struggle Robert Layton (Rob Lowe) has with his selfishness is real and easy to relate to. But the Christmas story is portrayed so wonderfully here. Christ coming down from Heaven to earth for our sake; pure selflessness. And that's what the Andrews gradually show Robert as they get to know each other better.
And Nathan's work just to get shoes for his mother - he's such a sweet boy!
Really, if you haven't seen this movie before, you really, really should! For the most part, it's pretty family friendly. One warning though, there is a very little bit of mild swearing, other than that, everything else is really good! :)
And to end this post, here's the song Christmas Shoes. Gives me the shivers every time I listen to it; it's so beautiful! :)
Have you seen this movie before?