November is over. And with it, NaNoWriMo.
This NaNo, I added 15,150 words to LASER.
That is the smallest amount I’ve ever written during NaNo.
But this year, it seems a lot of us took away something better than a 50k novel. We have learned that there is little point in writing 50k in one month that we have to edit every word of. While it is fun to write so much so quickly, it is also very stressful sometimes. We chose to not stress out, to take our time enjoying the writing process (whatever that means for each of us).
And for that, we are all winners.
Now. If I may back away from such cheesiness…
TRIM UP THE TREE WITH CHRISTMAS STUFF, LIKE BINGLEBALLS AND WHOFLOO-FLUFF!
I better not be the only one who recognizes those lyrics…
I love Christmas. Not just the holiday itself, but the whole season. I love music and movies and the absolute, inexplicable happiness each Christmas brings (I think that’s called Christmas spirit). I love baking cookies and decorating the tree and doing Christmas-y things with my family. I love giving gifts (and getting them, too). The entire Christmas season is just all around fun.
It’s like a giant festival, all ultimately celebrating the birth of Christ.
Of course, not all of it directly celebrates Jesus’s birth.
Which brings me to a somewhat controversial topic.
I mentioned above that I love Christmas movies. Let’s face it, not many Christmas movies touch on what Christmas is really about. And the ones that do… they aren’t always all that good.
Three of my favorite Christmas movies:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Christmas With the Kranks
The Grinch… I have loved this story since I was really little. And while it doesn’t specifically say what Christmas is about, it does say: “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”
Garfield Christmas (I’m not sure what the real title of that is). It’s a 20-ish minute special about the lasagna-loving, orange cat spending Christmas with his owner’s family. As far as true meaning of Christmas goes, this one is absolutely awful. But you know what? I know what Christmas is really about, so I’m not watching this for a message. I am watching this purely for the humor. Some of the humor is kind of stupid, but for the most part, this is absolutely hilarious (and quotable!).
Christmas with the Kranks. This is the only “grown-up” Christmas movie I like. And honestly, it’s not even really that inappropriate for children (they probably won’t watch it, though) (There’s a scene at a tanning salon and then like one instance of swearing. Other than that, it’s pretty clean.). It’s based on a book by John Grisham and it’s about a couple whose only child won’t be home for Christmas for the first time ever. So they plan to “skip” Christmas and go on a cruise instead. They don’t hang up decorations, buy a tree, aren’t having a party– they basically upset the whole neighborhood with this. This movie is also hilarious. As far as “true meaning of Christmas”, it isn’t touched on. No one was really having a “what’s Christmas about?” crisis, so… I’m not sure the movie actually needs it. The main character’s arc might have been better with it, but since no one else in the movie really cared about that either, it would be kind of odd for that one character.
Anyway. That’s somewhat my take on those Christmas movies. And honestly, here’s my take on Christmas movies in general (and it’s the same as my take on books, oddly enough):
If it’s Christian, great. But I want a good story, too. If it’s a good story, but not Christian, that’s okay, too. God gave us these things to enjoy. As long as they aren’t Satanic, we are allowed to like and dislike according to our own views and personalities.
So, yes, maybe we are too consumed with commercialism and Santa in our Christmas shows and movies. But do you realize just how hard and really impossible it is to talk about Jesus (our Savior) in a children’s show when there are sentient animals (and animals don’t have souls)? (Honestly, though, Blue’s Clues pulled it off several years ago– they still weren’t very specific, though.)
And this post turned out much different from what I planned… I have to go do Christmas cleaning (cleaning the kitchen so we can bake cookies this Friday). Maybe I’ll “review” more Christmas movies later this month because that was honestly fun.
So, how was NaNoWriMo for you guys? And are you looking forward to Christmas? Do you have any favorite Christmas movies? Anything else to add to this post?