Despite heavy competition from some strong new releases, The Nativity still grossed more than $5.5 million this weekend. That sets a record for movies that premiered at the Vatican. (Actually, The Nativity is the first and only movie ever to premier at the Vatican, but it's still an impressive feat.)
So, first of all, I'm curious to hear from those who have seen it: what did you think? Please let us know in the comments below.
Also, whether you've seen it yet or not, we'd like to announce a unique opportunity for readers of this website. To promote the film, the people behind The Nativity are giving away several prizes to readers of New Advent. The grand prize is a $250.00 gift card for travel on American Airlines. And five runners-up will receive a prize pack containing a wooden Cross necklace, an Advent calendar and the soundtrack from the film.
To enter the contest, simply send an email to NewAdventContests@gmail.com and with your name, address, phone number and email address. You may enter once daily, and entries will be accepted through December 31, 2006.
After that date, all entries will be pooled together and winners will be drawn at random. Be sure to check your email, because the winners will have seven calendar days to reply via email -- and if they don't reply in that time, the prize will have to be forfeited to another winner.
(There are only two catches here: the contest is limited to U.S. and Canadian residents, and you must be 18 years or older to enter.)
So start sending in those entries now. And have fun!