December 22nd, 2009


Writer's Block Asks...

Are there any classic holiday movies or TV shows that you look forward to watching year after year? What are your all-time favorites? Are there any you simply can't stand?

The only one I absolutely must see is How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I love it, the music, the message, the animation, Max the Dog.

What I can't stand are the growing number of Something-has-stopped-Santa-Christmas-will-have-to-be-canceled things that are popping up. My girls love Tigger and Pooh, but I'm not going to let them watch the Super Sleuths Christmas movie any more. Santa does a practice run and loses hi magic toy bag that has all the presents in it. Our heroes find it and embark on a journey to the North Pole to bring it back so that Santa can make his deliveries and Christmas can happen. If they don't make it Christmas won't come this year. They arrive just as the elves are pushing the sleigh back into the barn.

I never really thought about it before, but I'm really starting to dislike the whole Santa thing. Santa has become an anonymous, no-strings-attached font of goodies. When I was a kid the only things we got from Santa were our stockings. The held fruit, nuts, candy and a few trinkets. The presents under the tree were all from somebody. A real person who had to be thanked. And when we were old enough, we had to start picking out (or making) presents for them in return.

When I was little my mother pulled out the manger and a box of straw at the beginning of Advent. When we were good, did our chores, or did something thoughtful or hard without complaining we got to put a straw in the manger. When we were bad we had to take a piece out. The aim was to make a nice soft bed for Baby Jesus.
Next year I think the girls will be old enough to start the straw for the manger thing.

And now, Katie is awake and I must go do pick-up-and-put-away so Miss Yolanda can clean.

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