And what does that mean? Why, it's almost Christmas!! That's right, grumpy, Christmas is just a few short months away and I GUARANTEE you it will get here before you know it. Oh stop your complaining and your whining. You love Christmas and you know it (or at least I hope you do). Pretty soon- oh I'd say right around Halloween - the commercialization and materialization of my favorite time of year will begin at an all consuming pace, and there is little we can do to stop it (my other favorite time of year is Easter).
Having said that, not everything that is pertinent to Christmas and commercially driven is necessarily evil or superficial. Take, for example, my all time favorite Christmas movie: Scrooge, starring Albert Finney as Charles Dicken's penny-pinching misanthrope. I simply LOVE this film, which also happens to be a musical adaptation. I watch it year round, and the ending fills me with the Christmas spirit even on a Fourth of July!
Here are two excerpts from the film:
In this video, Ebenezer is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past and is taken back in time to a period when he worked for Mr Fezziwig. The song is called "December the 25th!" (I wish that everyday could be December the 25!) and it's fabulous! All of us want a Mr.Fezziwig for a boss (Cathy, I hope you find a job with a Mr.Fezziwig).
This second clip comes towards the end of the film when Ebenezer experiences a conversion of a sort, and leaves his loathsome ways behind. He forgives all of his debtors and they in turn sing with him "Thank You Very Much." Earlier in the film (not shown here), when Ebenezer is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Future, he is taken to a crowd that gathered outside his residence. The crowd begins to sing this same song, and poor old Ebenezer thinks it's to show their appreciation for some wonderful humanitarian act on his part. Little did he know their jubilation and cheerful singing comes from the fact that he is dead.
Okay, that's enough of Christmas in the middle of the year (I think Elton John has a song with that title). I hope these videos have put you if not in the Christmas spirit, then at the very least in a good mood.
BTW, I listen to Christmas carols year-round as well. The more traditional the song the better.