Friday, December 18, 2009

Thanks Charlie Brown

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Tonight was the Relief Society Board party and The Stealing Game reared its ugly head again. Michael came with the crazy dancing Christmas tree hat and we brought one as a gift as well.

(I should mention something about these obnoxious hats. Sierra loved the dancing elf hat that Krista brought to the party last night. She said she picked it up at Walgreens so we stopped by our local store this afternoon. She was disappointed to hear they didn't have any left because she really wanted to buy one for herself, a friend with a near-Christmas birthday, and for her dad. I called several Walgreens in the area and although most were sold out, we did find two that had four of the dancing tree hats between them so we bought them all. I think we've lost our minds. Also, I think I should probably speak for myself . . .)

I didn't end up with what I wanted tonight (I gave Patti The Stink Eye but she STILL took the gorgeous apron Karen made!) but was, with a little tag team action, able to score Michael the Big City Slider Station. It was fun stealing it from Ben but even more fun rewrapping it in the raggedy wrapping paper left from the party and ding dong ditching it at his front door;). I wish we played this game WAY more often.

Something Patti had us do at the start of the party was to think about what our favorite Christmas movie is so we could share with each other and talk about them. I had to think pretty hard. I mean I always have to watch "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" because OBVIOUSLY but it doesn't quite get to the true meaning of Christmas if you know what I mean. I remember Karen said "Polar Express" and Lynn said "Elf". Tabitha likes all the claymation shows and Becca likes a Kelsey Grammar musical version of "A Christmas Carol" and I think Patti said she likes them all. John mentioned "Christmas Vacation" and Bishop talked about "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Mr. Krueger's Christmas". Michael likes "A Christmas Story". I can't remember Ben's favorite because all I remember was his retelling of "Citizen Kane". Hmm. But what's my favorite. I was last and it occurred to me that it was "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

I love that show. It reminds me of my childhood (because I am OLD) and it's reminiscent of a much simpler time. Also, if you know me you know I have a hard time with all the commercial hoopla of the holiday season and it gets me down. In this story you have Snoopy attempting to win a light display contest ("Win Money Money Money!") and Sally telling her brother, "All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share." I'm right there with Charlie Brown when he yells, "Isn't There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas Is All About?"

Linus brings the focus back where it should be by answering Charlie Brown's questions. "Lights, please." Under the spotlight Linus quotes the second chapter of Luke, versus 8-14:

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Just like Charlie Brown, I need to find a way to push past the commercialism of the season and not let it get to me. I need to remember that we've got Charlie Brown Christmas trees all around us who need our love to make them whole. I need to remember Jesus. Thanks Charlie Brown.
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