Friday, November 16, 2007

If the link doesn’t work, this is what it says: Cancel the kitchen scraps for leapers and orphans…No more merciful beheadings…And call off Christmas! (Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robinhood Prince of Thieves)

I’m one of those die-hard Alan Rickman fans. I’ve been in love with him since Robinhood Prince of Thieves came out oh so many years ago. I think he would make a great Scrooge in the Christmas Carol.

Speaking of scrooge, my husband is one of the biggest…in addressing this, I’ll use my answer to a question yesterday. I was asked why I felt I needed to be Christmasy. I respect that person’s point of view and I’m not about to shove my way of life on them. This is where I’m coming from:

I like the feeling I get when the spirit does catch. It’s a feeling I’d like to have year round... It’s warmth, home and well-being. A sense that all is right with the world and a strong sense of tradition. Sadly, I don’t have that all year, but I know that if I can avoid holiday stress, I can retrieve that feeling for yet another year...and I can share it with my kids.

I want them to grow up with the same sense of peace over the holidays that I always had growing up—unlike my husband who had a horrible childhood and resents most of Christmas. Yet he likes the Christmas things I do to make his season brighter now. He’s like a kid who’s relearning the wonder of the holiday. For the last fifteen years, I’ve given him tradition and memories he’s never had. He never had a Christmas tree, he never carved a pumpkin, he never coloured eggs until he joined my family. When I’m a scrooge, I do a disservice to him. I do a disservice to my kids who deserve to have the warm memories that have sustained me through lots of crap.

We do gifts, but overall, I don't buy into the commercialism of Christmas. I don't spend November and December on the hunt for the perfect gifts. But I do a lot of special things to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Children: The kids brought home their 5th fundraiser of the school year and that’s not counting the Boy Scout popcorn drive! Homework avoidance 2 on the standard 1-10 scale of homework perfection.
Loads of laundry: 0
Words Written: 1000


Kelly Kirch said...

Good point. I think I'm too sarcastic to be that cheerful all year long. And I'm a fan of Rickman too. Nice choice.

PS. I tried to link to you from my blog only to discover I hadn't created a link!!! ARGH. Going now to fix that.

Amarinda Jones said...

I loved Alan Rickman in that movie. He is the perfect anti-hero.

I don't do xmas. I respect that others find meaning in it. I do not respect the ridiculous grab for gifts. Give because you want to, not because advertising tells you you should...end of sermon

Brynn Paulin said...

Oh, I agree which is why most of out focus isn't on gifts. There's so much more to focus on than that. Gifts aren't the whole point of Christmas anyway.

sterlingwriter said...

Best line evah.

Bronwyn's Blog said...

I heart me some Alan Rickman. I too, am a die hard fan - snort! He's my favorite bad guy.

Anny Cook said...

Hmmm. I liked him in Die Hard and that other British Christmas move about all the different couples. Can't remember what it was.

Smut Girl said...

oh. thank god. i thought it was just me. i am ready to tear out my hair! i think we have had (between elementary school, middle school, boy scouts, and girl scouts) 8 fund raisers. since september! that is when i pick and choose. grandparents/aunts/uncles/neighbors only have so much money. and the price of everything is going up. and i can't keep track. whew. glad am not alone. would you like to buy some cookies? Om.............. ;)