Michael McLean’s The Forgotten Carols has delighted believers and Christmas-lovers for decades. This collection of original, Christ-centered holiday music filled my home growing up, and the stage production has delighted hundreds of thousands of people.

This new filmed version of the musical captures all of the poignancy and power of the music, combined with truly impressive stage design that alternately brings modern times and ancient Jerusalem to life. The story that ties it all together, of McLean’s wandering musician (who is more than he seems) restoring the faith of a head nurse, is heartwarming and movingly-acted. The songs are prone to cause tears and goosebumps. By the end I felt uplifted, hopeful, and more committed to Christ.

For theaters where it’s playing, or to request it near you, visit https://forgottencarols.com/

Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist, actor, author, and film critic. He is known for starring in The KJZZ Movie Show and the Utah action-comedy CTU: Provo, performing with BYU’s Divine Comedy, and as the author of 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families.