“What shall we hang, the holly or each other”…words from THE LION IN WINTER, the most important piece of work in my career….now considered one of the classics ….! The movie is one of the finest Christmas films ever, with wonderful dialogue from James Goldman, excellent performances from the entire cast and …first film for Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton! What a great experience….the story of a dysfunctional family – the Plantagenets in this case – coming together for Christmas, with all the grievances, hurt feelings, slights and pain being aired liberally.
Watching Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn, tearing themselves apart at what is supposed to be a joyful celebration, is a sight to behold. I had a pretty good part too!
We make such an effort to celebrate one of the most important Christian holidays in the calendar, with the presents, the food, the expressions of good-will and often it all turns to disappointment.
Maybe we put too much pressure on ourselves and loved ones, that everything needs to be perfect. It doesn’t …we are simply celebrating a special Occasion…the birth of the most loving Man ever born and rightly so.
However many of the excesses arrived with Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. He is attributed with:
Bringing Christmas Trees indoors
Decorating Christmas Trees. …
Turkey or Festive Bird for Dinner. …
Giving Gifts. …
A Pudding with a Twist. …
Gifts of Gratitude.
Then the commercial world caught on and the market economics really took off, with the pressure to outdo ourselves with the presents, the show and the food. Some of the light displays are ridiculous….I have see one house this year with enough lights to illuminate an entire town.
I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old Scrooge, but I think we could tone it down a bit, just keep it simple and demonstrate the important meaning with shows of love, kindness and generosity of the human spirit….surely those are the true gifts of Christmas.
Love, peace and good wishes to you all.