Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Movies & Memories

I love Christmas. When I was a kid, I'll admit a big part of my love for Christmas came from the whole gift getting thing. But I've grown up. Yes, I still love getting gifts. But I also love giving gifts. I love spending time with people. And I love reflecting on what Christmas means, really means.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is our family traditions. And one of my favorite family traditions is watching Christmas movies together. Laughing at all the same parts and later quoting lines from the movies as similar things take place in our celebrations. My favorite Christmas movies are (in no particular order):

-A Muppet Family Christmas
-Ernest Saves Christmas
-To Grandmother's House We Go
-Griswold Christmas Vacation

Now I don't love these movies because of their artist flare or their snappy humor (because to be honest, some of them are kind of cheesy). I love them because they mean something to me. When I watch To Grandmother's House We Go it brings me back to when I was very young and we would watch this movie with my grandmother because she thought the Olsen kids were so cute. And then after the movie was done everyone would talk about how much I used to look like them when I was around 4 years of age (yes, times have changed!). When I watch the Griswold Christmas Vacation I'm taken back to Christmas' past when our family was lovingly referred to as the Griswold's because we always seemed to have one disaster after another, but in the middle of it a lot of holiday cheer.

Yes the movies are funny- I'll always laugh when the squirrel jumps out of the Griswold's tree or when the Muppets all experience the same icy patch, but even more important than that- these movies have a lot of meaning and memories surrounding them. And those are very valuable things to have!

So Merry Christmas. I pray that you all have a wonderful holiday, remembering the real reason for the season and enjoying memory making time with family and friends! I'll leave you with a few of my favorite movie quotes:

Ernest Saves Christmas:
Santa Claus, aka 'Seth Applegate': This is Ernest. I'm Santa Claus.
[odd silence]
Ernest P. Worell: Surprised?
Harmony Star: Uh, no. No, not - not really

Harmony Star: There's no such thing! Think about it: a guy who flies around the whole world in one night. It just doesn't quite correspond to the laws of time and travel.
Ernest P. Worell: Now, now, now, now, now, it's possible. You take the International Date Line, multiply it by the Time Zones, divided by the accelerated rotation of the earth... uh, carry the 1, and, uh, allowing for the Vernal Equinox on the Tropic of Cancer, he might just pull it off!

Ernest P. Worell: Ahh, smell those Christmas trees. You can keep your 'Channel' Number 5, just give me a whiff of the old lonesome pine. That symbol of brotherly love, that centerpiece that all mankind gathers around to share the cranberry sauce shaped like a can.

Buddy: We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

Buddy: What about santa's cookies? I suppose parents eat those too?

Griswold Christmas Vacation:
Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for ya? Get ya something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere..leave you for dead?
Cousin Eddie: Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.

Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?
Clark: Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.

Muppets Family Christmas:
Turkey: Where's my room?
Gonzo: If you're not careful, it'll be in the oven. See you at dinner.

Fozzie Bear: Are you ready to listen to me?
Kermit: I'm all ears.
Fozzie Bear: What does he mean he's all ears? Frogs don't even have ears!

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