This is the last time we'll be together in this space before Christmas. I thought it would be fitting to examine some of the thoughts and feelings associated with the season.
This is the time of year that can make us smile, even laugh out loud. It can also make us cry and look at the world in a different light. Here are some famous quotes from the silver screen that, I think, do a marvelous job of capturing the flavor of the season we are celebrating:
º "Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind." -- Kris Kringle (portrayed by Edmund Gwenn), from "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947).
The Christmas spirit is truly an intangible. It is something you can feel gently pounding in your chest, or knotted up in the pit of your stomach. It doesn't sit on a shelf, nor can it be found in a magazine.
º "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup." -- Buddy the Elf (portrayed by Will Ferrell), from "Elf" (2003).
Anyone who has young children or grandchildren can certainly vouch for this.
º "Remember, George ... no man is a failure who has friends." – Clarence the Angel (Henry Travers), from "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946).
There is nothing more treasured at this time of year than close friends and family. If you are feeling down because you might not have a million bucks in the bank or are not driving the latest sports car or your favorite college football team (that may reside in Columbus, Ohio) did not make the playoffs just look around. You likely have more to be thankful for than you realize.
º "It's Christmas Eve. It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be." -- Frank Cross (portrayed by Bill Murray), from "Scrooged" (1988).
Personally, Christmas Eve has always been incredibly special in our family. Christmas Day can become rather hectic, but the evening before always provides a special time to appreciate the time of year and those around us.
º "Rats. Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there weren't a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?" -- Charlie Brown, from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965).
Let's be honest. We all have a friend or acquaintance who we all know is either saying or thinking this. Maybe we should all do something about it.
º"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see." -- The Conductor (Tom Hanks), from "The Polar Express" (2004).
And that, my friends, is what makes this time of the year special. Very, very special.