The Holidays are upon us and it’s time to celebrate The Nativity Story with all our family and friends. Many decorate their homes or businesses with The Holly and the Ivy and visit The Shop Around the Corner looking for presents in homage to The Gift of the Magi.
It’s a Wonderful Life this time of year. People travel to enjoy Christmas in Connecticut, Texas, California, Washington, and even Yes, Virginia.
There is a Santa Claus on every corner, it seems. Folks sing A Christmas Carol and sit next to The Bishop’s Wife at The Christmas Pageant. People love A Christmas Story and anticipate Christmas Eve like they expect a Miracle.
On 34th Street of our town, there is a Holiday Inn Express that looks like Jack Frost decorated it himsElf. There is so much canned snow in the windows it’s sure to offer a White Christmas to all its guests.
I know a man who is such a big fan of Christmas; he changed his name to Fred Claus. He would give you a Penny Serenade about Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and then jump up on a table and Prancer the night away. He is such a Die Hard Christmas enthusiast that for Four Christmases in a row, he has taken the Polar Express to the North Pole just so that he could say that his wife Susan Slept Here.
Through all our merriment let’s not forget our friends and neighbors who’ll be Home Alone this year. While we enjoy the company of The Man Who Came to Dinner, we cannot forget those who seem to have Gremlins in their lives—those who feel Scrooged by the holidays. Though We’re No Angels, we should remember that there are others who wish they were Trading Places with us. Let’s offer them our open hearts and homes and not be The Grinch who Stole Christmas.
As we enjoy our Christmas Vacation, let’s retell the true meaning of the day, as Linus Van Pelt did in Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Spend time with those important to you. Tell them how much you care. Remember your childhood excitement—how While You Were Sleeping you received a visit from a special guest.
Yes, Santa Claus is Coming to Town once again. The spirit is there if you’ll only give it a place to live and grow.
This year I’ll be Home for Christmas, and I hope you will, too—wherever home may be. I wish you the Lord’s best blessings of the season.
I’ll Be Seeing You,
Above, there are at least 40 Christmas movie titles. How many can you find?
That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading!