Monday, December 24, 2012

Do you want a Charlie Brown Christmas?

Back in 2007, the Apprentice and I took the quiz "What movie is your Christmas most like?" and we both got "A Charlie Brown Christmas." "Each year, you really get into the spirit of Christmas.  Which is much more important to you than nifty presents."

This year I tried it again and for some reason it came out as "Home Alone."  "At Christmas, you usually feel like you're going it alone.  But you always have a crazy adventure!"  I prefer the definition of "Your Christmas is Most Like The Muppet Christmas Carol": "You tend to reflect on Christmas past, present, and future...And you also do a little singing."

I'm not sure if those quizzes reflect your idea of an ideal Christmas season, or your reality. I guess it depends on how honest you are, whether you get a nightmare-before-Christmas answer, or something better.

And there's the point, right? Is there a "best" answer? Is a "Muppet Christmas Carol" kind of holiday better than a "Charlie Brown" one?  And does Jim Henson or Charles Schultz or Rankin-Bass have to be the limit of our ability to express what Christmas is, or could be?

Maybe we need a new quiz for Christians. Are you having a Martin Luther kind of Christmas, or I don't know, a Chestertonian one or a C.S. Lewis one? What Mitford character's Christmas is most like yours--Esther trying to stretch her cake budget, Father Tim painting sheep, or the old lady crumbling crackers into milk on Christmas Eve? What's your favourite give-a-goat type gift from the catalogues? (Mine would be books for a school library, but I also like soccer balls.) What is your favourite Christmas or Advent hymn that is never going to make it into a Top 40 radio countdown?

I'm sure you could think of more and better questions. I could too, but it's Christmas Eve Day, and there's laundry to clear up, a pie to make...and reflecting to do.

No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails