I was telling a friend yesterday how my tinsel had been dragging a bit this holiday season. Much like her, I felt like I was showing up a little later to the holiday spirit than was my normal style. While growing up, it was a holiday tradition to bug the #@!% out of my parents on Thanksgiving night and drive them to madness until they retrieved all Christmas paraphernalia from the attic. This was a great game, but it seems that parenting karma has caught up with me via my own daughter who has also mastered the skill. The turkey isn’t even off my plate before she begins the campaign. Oh Christmas Past - you have a sly sense of humor. It’s kind of like how getting mail used to be so exciting, but now it’s just another thing to go through.
How Grinchy did that sound??? To be clear, I LOVE LOVE LOVE CHRISTMAS and the whole holiday season. It is my absolute favorite time of year. Perhaps I just felt off because of the 80 degree winter we have going on (welcome to Texas). Maybe it was the somewhat daunting mile high pile of boxes that looked like I was trying to maintain the stock price for Hobby Lobby. I don’t know, but I decided it was time to shake it off.
Soooo I popped in the best holiday movie of all time – “A Christmas Story”. Now I must say that I basically love every holiday movie ever made (with a few notable exceptions to remain unnamed) and force my family to watch them repeatedly throughout November and December. However nothing can compare to the level of awesome one-liners in “A Christmas Story.” To put it mildly, it’s freaking hysterical.
The holiday spirit can’t stay amiss for long when you watch this one. And after that, I decorated the tree with my daughter (the same tree that had been sitting with lights only in our living room for the past week). I then popped in “It’s A Wonderful Life” and the whole family made gingerbread houses and gingerbread Christmas trees. Perhaps it is a bit of a stretch to say they were gingerbread houses. They are more like gingerbread tenements. Am I the only person who feels like the pictures on those boxed sets are slightly (completely and totally) false advertising??? Or are we just Christmas craft losers?? Regardless we made a huge mess and it was quite fun. I am confident that the holiday spirit will live on via the white and green icing that now covers my table and kitchen.
So if you, too, have been feeling a little under-spirited this holiday season, give the movie a whirl. It’s not like you will shoot your eye out if you do!
“Some men are Baptists, others Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man.” – Ralphie in “A Christmas Story”