You’re going to get blitzed by posts, and I want to apologize for that. A stomach flu ravaged our household and we’re slowly but surely getting back together. Being sick is never convenient, but I think it’s most inconvenient at the holidays.
I’m glad that I didn’t limit myself to just Christmas movies for this list. I think Christmas is a great time to reflect on happiness and warmed hearts. Sometimes Christmas itself causes the heart ache. So it’s nice to look outside the tinseled norm to find happy moments.
5) When Horton shares his cookies with Kangaroo in Horton Hears a Who!
After she has tried to destroy his character, destroy his precious flower, and kill him; Horton forgives Kangaroo. He not only forgives her, but shares cookies with her! Ok, cookies aren’t that big of a deal. Fine. Horton lets her protect his friends with her umbrella. He allows her to become part of the solution instead of rejecting her or condemning her to isolation. Inviting her into his life is touching and a teachable moment for us all.
4) When Buddy sees Jovie light up the Christmas tree in Elf.
How adorable is Will Ferrell in Elf? It almost makes you forget all the horrifically terrible movies he has made over the years. Almost. God forbid my father should ever meet Will Ferrell. He is going to ask Will for his money back for several movies my mother dragged him to see. And knowing my father, he will get his money back. He’s very charming.
3) When Phil wakes up in the morning and sees that Rita is still there in Groundhog Day.
Something every writer should aspire to do in a story is show a character’s arc. For non-writers, that means seeing a character’s growth. They may become better, worse, or indifferent, but we have to see something change or what’s the point? Seeing Phil start the film as a self centered jerk, who everyone hates, become a caring individual that an entire town loves because of his actions during the course of a single day reminds me why I write in the first place. Imparting encouragement and hope to a person through something I’ve written is a lofty goal of mine. I hope to accomplish it one day.
2) When Nickie realizes Terry was the crippled lady who bought his painting in An Affair to Remember.
Seriously, if you can watch that scene and not cry, you are made of stone. Stone, I say! Nickie is extremely harsh to Terry because he believes that she stood him up and rejected his marriage proposal. What he doesn’t know is that she was on her way to meet him when she was struck by a car. It’s a gentle reminder that we don’t know everything that is going on in a person’s life. Even people who we know really well, we don’t know what’s going on in their minds, which is why we should be a little extra forgiving and understanding. As the French proverb says, “To know all is to forgive all.” (On a side note, I want almost every dress she wears in this movie! Stunning!)
1) When the kids trim Charlie Brown’s scraggly Christmas tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
“It just needs a little love.” Who doesn’t need just a little love. I think our world would be so much brighter if we gave each other a little love. Especially if we gave the “scraggly” people love. You know who I’m talking about. Your mean spirited neighbors. Your teacher who picks on you deliberately. The person who excludes you purposefully on facebook. They need love and kindness. Probably more than we can realize.