I would like to take the Christ out of Christmas. I mean how many of you actually thought about Jesus being born? None of you. Why?
Because it didn't happen.
So lets get over this Christ business, and just accept the fact that we all like to get each other presents because of the good things we do for each other throughout the year.
We like to decorate our houses and make them pretty because winter is a dark, cold season. Burning fires in a fireplace, and putting up pretty lights only makes sense.
We like to sing songs of winter. Songs that we only sing at winter. Not songs of Christ. But winter.
We like to remind ourselves that spring will come again, and there will be vegetation yet again - so we chop down a tree and stick it in our house to remind us about the green in the future.
Am I right? Do I at least have a point?
I am going to stop feeling guilty about not thinking about Jesus on Christmas. In fact when I have a family, I am going to try to emphasize celebrating winter as a season all its own.
Maybe for every gift we give someone, we have to give a gift to the earth. Or for every tree we cut down, we have to plant another.
Same goes for Santa.
Yo matt from Newport News! Virginia linked up this great Steve Martin Christmas list for his readers. Steve Martin is one of my favorites. Right now I am reading his book The Pleasure of My Company. Highly entertaining. I like laughing. And I like Steve Martin, and I really do honestly like a little Christmas. So listen to this if you like those 3 things together. Thanks.
Last winter I set out to conquer American cinema. I did a fine job of doing so. This winter I have set out to conquer French cinema. I thought I would start easy, with a little Truffaut. I am halfway through his collection of work. My fave so far is Jules et Jim. The pic on the right is my fave scene. But who knows at this point - I feel like Stolen Kisses might take up number one seat - but I am not finished with the movie yet.
For the most part I have been in the mood to watch movies with sub-titles. I have to say that after 7 movies in French, I am starting to understand some words, and dream in French. So I decided I might as well get some kind of French CDs to listen to on my way to and fro.
So anyway - First Truffaut, then Godard, then Renoir. Maybe that will get me through the winter.