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Day 3 – Home For The Holidays

Every year around this time of the year we watch “Home For The Holidays” – directed by Jodi Foster, starring Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. and Anne Bancroft.

It is hilarious – but not a movie that I suggest for everybody – as there is controversial subject matter throughout the film.  And if you are highly sensitive to language and other sensitive topics such as sexuality and homosexuality – this may not be the  film for you.  However, for some families – these topics are a part of their lives and they have to deal with them.  Jodi Foster does a great job at bringing out the humor in sensitive situations.

Greg and I love it because it has what we like to call ‘characters’.  Every family has them – the people who are ‘larger than life – and twice as natural’ – who bring hilarity and drama to family holiday gatherings.

Every time I watch it I am struck by the different personalities of this family unit – the person who is rigid and unforgiving and judgmental the one who is over indulgent – the one that is senile – the black sheep – the enabler and so on.  Your dysfunctional family unit has nothing on these guys!

But they also love each other – and that is the common theme throughout.  Even when they don’t understand each other – there is still love.  No matter how painful the “get-togethers” are – they keep doing it year after year.

The Nat King Cole song at the end, “The Very Thought Of You” is especially touching while pictures of everyone’s past life is showed in the background.  It gets me every time – the simple beauty of family and love.

Below enjoy the trailer of this great movie.

Enjoy and God Bless!

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When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
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Smile and maybe tomorrow
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Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
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Is Santa A Woman? Makes Sense To Me!

A&P, COFFEE, SANTA CLAUS

Image by George Eastman House via Flickr

I found this cute article and had to share it with you!

 

I THINK SANTA CLAUS IS A WOMAN

I hate to be the one to defy sacred myth, but I believe he’s a she. Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!
For starters, the vast majority of men don’t even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. It’s as if they are all frozen in some kind of Ebenezerian Time Warp until 3 p.m. on Dec. 24th, when they — with amazing calm — call other errant men and plan for a last-minute shopping spree.
Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products, socket wrench sets, and mood rings left on the shelves. (You might think this would send them into a fit of panic and guilt, but my husband tells me it’s an enormous relief because it lessens the 11th hour decision-making burden.) On this count alone, I’m convinced Santa is a woman. Surely, if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.
Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted and strapped on to the rear bumper of the sleigh amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen’s rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.
Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he’d still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions. Add to this the fact that there would be unavoidable delays in the chimney, where the Bob Vila-like Santa would stop to inspect and repoint bricks in the flue. He would also need to check for carbon monoxide fumes in every gas fireplace, and get under every Christmas tree that is crooked to straighten it to a perfectly upright 90-degree angle.

Other reasons why Santa can’t possibly be a man:

  • Men can’t pack a bag.

  • Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.

  • Men would feel their masculinity is threatened…having to be seen with all those elves.

  • Men don’t answer their mail.

  • Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in jest as anything remotely resembling a “bowlful of jelly.”

  • Men aren’t interested in stockings unless somebody’s wearing them.

  • Having to do the Ho Ho Ho thing would seriously inhibit their ability to pick up women.

  • Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.

I can buy the fact that other mythical holiday characters are men…

  • Father Time shows up once a year unshaven and looking ominous. Definite guy.

  • Cupid flies around carrying weapons.

  • Uncle Sam is a politician who likes to point fingers.

Any one of these individuals could pass the testosterone screening test.  But not St. Nick. Not a chance.  As long as we have each other, good will, peace on earth, faith and Nat King Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song,” it probably makes little difference what gender Santa is.

I just wish she’d quit dressing like a guy!!!

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Have an awesome day!

 

God Bless

 

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