Today is two weeks until Christmas. The pressure is building and the shops are bananas. Nonetheless, I am enjoying wandering the streets of Dublin. There is a different feeling in the air this time of year… if you aren’t swamped with the stress and anxiety.
To get in touch with that feeling, Christmas movies are a good start. I find the right one can leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy. I believe that’s due to the subject matter.
A Christmas Carol – A man who valued money and possessions sees the error of his ways. He realises that at the end of his days it is more important to be kind and revered than wealthy.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – He hated Christmas, he hated the Who’s who celebrated Christmas. He tried to stop Christmas by removing the gifts and decorations. But he learned that it didn’t stop Christmas at all. “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
It’s A Wonderful Life – A man on the verge of suicide gets a retrospective on the life he has led. Although his life had been full of struggles, he impacted many and changed lives. The result is him wanting to keep living and appreciates the life he has.
Odd, I don’t hear any plots about buying the newest products and how that makes you a better person. These movies don’t push the material side of Christmas at all, in fact they push the opposite.
I recommend in the next couple days you sit down and watch one of the above movies. Feel all warm and fuzzy and remember the meaning of this season.
“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” – Charles Dickens