At this time of year, many people have their favorite Christmas movies they like to revisit.
Perhaps yours is “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Or maybe it’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?” A favorite of mine has always been “A Christmas Story.”
But these days, I find myself returning to more serious fare. It’s a movie that reminds me of the sacrifices — the unwilling sacrifices — that have to be made in order for us to have the Christmas many believe we are entitled to have. Many of us don’t consider the troubling moral consequences of our annual Christmas tree roundup. This movie does that, and I feel like a better person for having tangled with this issue year after year, mano y mano.
Warning, this short film — “Treevenge” — would be rated “R” if it had a rating.
This is a bigger problem than you might think. Observe.
And while we’re on the subject of “Doctor Who,” I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that “The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe” will be airing on BBC America at 8 p.m. Christmas Day. There is even a “Doctor Who” marathon all day leading up to the new Christmas special. My Christmas will not be complete until I watch the new Who with my loved ones, because I’m a geek like that.