I'm going to admit to something. You'll probably think I'm nuts. Sometimes (okay, most of the time) I imagine what it would be like to be IN the Christmas movie. I think I'd like to live in the big old house in It's A Wonderful Life...the one where the newel post topper keeps coming off. I believe I'd like to be a citizen of Bedford Falls and be friends with George and Mary. I want to visit the inn and celebrate a White Christmas. I want to be in Vermont when they open the barn doors and it snowing. I want to visit with Santa on 34th Street. I want to be friends with Cary Grant aka "Dudley" in The Bishop's Wife. Wouldn't it be neat if we could transport ourselves into a Currier and Ives print or a Christmas Norman Rockwell? Come on! Who wouldn't love to be all snug inside the cottage in a Thomas Kinkade painting, with the snow quietly falling down outside?
No, I'm not really psychotic. I know that the scenes in the movies are straight out of Hollywood. The characters aren't real. They are paid to act that way. I know. I know. I know. BUT, why do you think that certain Christmas movies or prints are forever in people's hearts? I'll tell you why. Because of how the movies or pictures make people FEEL. Family ties, blessings, friendships, memories being made, heartwarming traditions, solid values, character, and warmth. The things in life that really matter. The things that the majority of people forget for most of the year....then Christmas rolls around and people remember again. The majority of people are kinder at Christmas. Their spirit is different. It's just nice.
So, tomorrow I'm having a movie marathon with my family. We'll we watching the movies that I fell in love with years ago, while we drink our hot chocolate and eat popcorn. Making new memories and cherishing the old. Hey.....I wonder what the weather is like in Vermont for tomorrow?