Christmas Movies and the Religious Dimensions of Story Structure -- Sightings (Russell Johnson)
You can't have Christmas without Christmas movies, whether religious or not. My family puts a priority on watching various versions of The Christmas Carol. You may have your favorites as well. Russell Johnson suggests that even if not always intended Christmas movies tend to have story structure that is informed by basic Christian idioms (mainly Protestant). One element in these stories is the centrality of work and perhaps being workaholics -- representing perhaps insights from Max Weber's connection of Protestantism and Capitalism (though Walter Rauschenbusch would want to challenge that linkage). So what do you think of the whole Christmas movie industry, do you see the religious dimensions he mentions, even in Die Hard?