Monthly Archives: December 2014
The festivities of Christmas brings out the best spirit in everyone. Especially on Christmas Eve, people seem to be on their best behaviour. After all, this is the time of year when you go to the special Church service in the evening and see just how many “official” members of your congregation there are. Entertainingly, this number usually rises ten-fold from the rest of the year…
While everybody was sleeping, Santa stopped by in his sleigh,
right in time for Christmas, on this very special day!
I thought it’d be nice to write a little Christmas rhyme,
it just seemed like the perfect time!
Fittingly, Christmas morning is vastly different than Christmas Eve. Today is defined by the chaos of greeting family members, wrangling the screaming little ones and witnessing wrapping paper fly in every direction. Nonetheless, it’s a wonderful celebration. And no better movie scene describes our own movie-calibre scene than the video featured below:
P.S. Thanks to Santa for “The Jelly of the Month Club” membership!
For close to 20 years, my family’s tradition was to travel somewhere new and exciting/exotic for Christmas. For me, this traveling began with a hop over to Australia with a spectacular stop in Hawaii when I was just five years old (crikey!). Despite the fact this specific trip was taken during the waning weeks of summer, this type of traveling was the template for all future Christmas adventures. Spinning a globe and stopping it with a finger to reveal our next destination was not that far off for my parents. While the planning was a tad bit more formal than that, the spirit wasn’t. The mantra in my household regarding traveling was, “why not!?” As in, “why not take a trip around the world in a couple weeks?”
In total, I’ve been very blessed to have traveled to 39 countries, all 7 continents and at least 30 states. And one of the best memories from these trips was the freedom to act however I wanted. By this I mean to let loose and not worry about what anyone else thought. I could reinvent myself in a sublime setting with fun people and experiences all around me. When was I going to see these people again? Literally, never. From the hotel staffs to our fellow guests, they all felt and acted the same way.
It was a beautiful thing.
Speaking of getting into the spirit of the holidays, the following video clip from Adam Sandler’s movie, Blended so wonderfully portrays that amazing dynamic of traveling to far off places: happily dancing without a care in the world.
Whether it was attending an awe-inspiring church service in a European capital or relaxing on a beach in Bali, Christmas Eve has always been a time for reflection and celebration. Even though these family trips have halted (marriages and little children), the memories will endure forever. It’s really special to recall all these family trips this time of year as one collective memory reel.
In other words, one blended reminiscence of the magic of family vacations at Christmas.
This past weekend, I watched, The Skeleton Twins. The movie was original, entertaining, emotionally raw, fun, serious and, above all, a reminder of the importance and complexities of family. And the cast (Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell) was fantastic. This collection of actors, all with a comedic background, was ideal for this serious drama with spontaneous (and vital) comedic interruptions. It’s not a lighthearted film, yet it’s a good one for the heart to see.
One of the best scenes is in the video clip below. A brother sees his sister (who he’s trying to reconcile with) is need of a pick-me-up. Milo’s prescription for Maggie was perfect.
Starship brings out the magic in everyone.
Have an Awesome Week…Only 3 Days Until Christmas!