When I was hunting for something to chop up for you, I realized I hadn’t really, truly included a depressing Christmas Special for you yet, so here it is. Every year that "Lassie" was on, there was a depressing Christmas special episode. Some more depressing than others. I assure you, however, that Lassie’s getting injured is not part of this particular episode. This one involved rather the true spirit of Christmas, which I liked. I could have done without the spiritual message, but what do you expect from a 1960 episode? Anyway, it included some good, old-fashioned mixing with the classes—among the children, the way Christmas season was intended. The adults only mixed in charitable and employee/employer, ruler/rulee ways, which is also to be expected. Now that I think of it, in oldy tymes, children were not seen as the higher classes, and really not seen as children at all, but they were lumped in with the servant class (Am I getting to be quite the commie, though?) So this is definitely a good, old-fashioned Christmas story that’s as depressing and as relieving of middle-class guilt as any Christmas story there was, hein?
Well folks, this is the home stretch. Christmas is headed towards that glorious week before New Year’s, where everyone except shoppers who wish to bring their children with them to vex me and give me a headache are relaxing, eating turkey sandwiches, and watching sports. May you all enjoy something good next week; maybe some depressing foreign films? Or you could be like Francois and I, and make it a Christmas tradition to watch The Room. Something decidedly not Christmassy. I guess I’m one of those people who spends so much of her brain on Christmas for the second six months of the year that, by the time it gets here I am ready for daffodils and tulips. No more snow, please. Had enough. What I am really ready for is some rest. I’m working on a helluvah chest cold and I fear that once I rest and relax on Christmas day, after everything is over, it’s going to rip into me—even though I have to work at 3 am on the 26th. Isn’t that just peachy?
The Christmas Stocking podcast features interesting Christmas info, music, and more. (http://christmasstocking.wordpress.com/)
A daily, short Christmas oriented podcast. (http://advent.lifespringonline.com/)