While we didn’t put up our Christmas tree this year, Trenton and I still have quite a feeling of Christmas in our hearts. It’s not even about the good large Christmas tree, as is pointed out in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Charlie Brown’s own tree is a good example of how one from a humble background, or something that doesn’t seem worth it to modern folks, can have a lot of value. This repeats itself in many a movie and TV show. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch, as everybody knows, tries to steal Christmas from Whoville, and gets a real big surprise. Mr. Grinch learns quickly that Christmas doesn’t come with trees, lights, packages, bows, bags, and store bought items. I was personally falling full victim to this whole thing, especially if my git cards don’t arrive on time. Ah, the wonder of postal lateness. My family still owes me a Christmas card, and I didn’t even get it today. I don’t think my rebate thing will come in time for any sort of going out and enjoying the atmosphere at the mall. Yes, there’s even a mall Santa, which I used to enjoy a lot. However, things took a downward turn in the financial department, and that’s where I stand.
As a person who is dating someone of color, I realize Christmas may have been different for Trenton than me. Trenton’s Christmases might not have been the same because he grew up living smart, as it is called when finances are totally messed up and the child support checks don’t come. Even a low wage job doesn’t get you a nicer place. Today, low wages are the rage in some markets, even outsourcing jobs overseas is the norm. However, I’m kind of happy to say that we both don’t care about the gifts under the tree. While the Grinch learns a very important lesson on the value of Christmas and togetherness, let’s turn to someone who may well be familiar to 90s kids everywhere.
While I do feel kind of sorry for the pizza man, Home Alone is the funniest and arguably one of the best Christmas films out there. It’s funny as hell, and so funny in fact that I can just about quote the entire thing. Home Alone 1 is arguably the best in the series, Macaulay Culkin being the best and probably the cutest little example of what I’m about to discuss. The misadventures of Kevin McCallister, while funny and heartwarming, can teach all of us a bit of good about family. While I do believe my family did things wrong, they didn’t just leave me all alone at home on vacation to France–they actually went to Italy instead–they did do some pretty stupid things that led me to being disadvantaged among people themselves. Many families of disabled people do this, not because they understand the consequences either. It’s usually because they think protection is good at any price. Please listen to the series on YouTube called the Price of Protection, and you’ll see what I mean.
At the beginning of the film, you see Kevin saying things like, “I don’t want any family. FAmilies suck.” Well, in a way he’s kind of right. Families do and don’t suck. By film’s end, Kevin realizes that Christmas is about family, not anything else. Even more so, Kate realizes she misses her son, and would go the distance just to make sure he’s okay. Kate said, at one point, that she’d sell her soul to the devil just to get home to her eight-year-old son. Wow, that’s a bit of mom power there. Home Alone and the Grinch both teach us that in spite of it all, the holidays are all about being with those you love and care about, family, etc. I saw this just in with my choir family in Soar. One of the boys must’ve turned eighteen, or something, and got kicked out of the house for the holidays. I saw an outpouring of support from some choir members, people sent recipes to calm and comfort the boy, and he also needs clothes and other things. The amazing way a family supports their own is something I’ll always cherish. This is a good real life example of Christmas in action.
Thank you all for reading this blog, and I hope to have the new year’s blog up soon. Thanks to Britney (Life in the Key of Britney), or being so nice and reading this stuff. Even if it’s only her reading this blog, I’ll be writing this probably til Kingdom come. Anyway, please check out Life in the Key of Britney if you get a chance and have a happy holiday season.