A few days ago, I began thinking about the Christmas holiday season and trying to figure out what all my husband and I could do together to make this holiday more of our own. Obviously, some traditions, we will carry over from things that we've done individually and in meshing those together combined with new activities we will hopefully begin building our own Christmas traditions.
This last year we set up the holiday visitation schedule...my extended family will be visited for Thanksgiving and we'll spend the days preceding Christmas and Christmas day celebrating with my husband's family. But the smaller things, the little ones that make Christmas special in it's own unique way are the ones that have truly been on my mind lately.
Things such as building an Advent Wreath together and singing "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" definitely made the list of things that I suspect we'll do together while preparing for this season of Christ's birth.
But another idea that crossed my mind was of all the fantabulous (yes, I know this isn't a word) Christmas cartoons that air this time of year and among those cartoons my favorite being, "The Grinch who Stole Christmas"!
I could hardly contain my excitement last night when I realized that it was the evening that the Grinch would be on. Of course, my techno-savy husband insisted on tivo-ing the Grinch so I'm certain we can watch it any time we please....but the fact that the TV stations were airing last night was thrilling.
So after a nice evening of Bible study...and a Eucharistic service at our church, we hurried home to finish cooking supper (more like warming it up since I'd started much earlier in the evening) and sit down to our family meal.
After supper my wonderful husband even helped me clean the kitchen!!!! WOW! I'm not sure who had more fun watching it last night....the hubby or me...but regardless I do believe we both have that classic just about memorized. Nothing beats wholesome cartoons such as that one with such a wonderful message that Christmas is NOT about commercialism, etc....
I thought as I watched it, I wonder if people today would create a cartoon about something like this for the general public and decided it probably wouldn't happen, but was thankful that 40+ years ago someone did, because I know that so many people were enjoying last night just as I was....after all...who can help but singing when that bass voice begins, "You're a mean one...Mr. Grinch..."