It seems that there is much discussion about the Hallmark channel Christmas movies. There are lists of the “best” and the “worst”, though honestly, I can’t really tell the difference.
With hundreds of channels and streaming services, there are more shows available than ever before. I think it is wonderful that technology gives us the ability to watch shows whenever we want, but it’s kind of sad that we miss the anticipation of waiting for a show, or an event.
2020 has had its challenges but Christmas is my favourite time of year and when I hear “Lights please” it can only mean one thing.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
When I was a child, in the days before any type of recorded TV shows, I waited in anticipation for the night it would be shown. I never missed watching it, and I could recite Linus’s speech, word for word.
I loved watching that show again when my own children were young and seeing it through their eyes. We could record it, and watch it over and over again, and we did! I think I watched it more than the kids did, and every time Linus said “lights, please”, I would repeat his speech along with him.
Now through the magic of Youtube, I can watch it whenever I want. After all the times that I have watched that show, and focused on that scene, the person who uploaded the clip brought my attention to something that I missed.
Did you see it? When Linus says, “fear not” he drops his blanket! That security blanket that he carries everywhere. The one that Sally tried to get him to give up earlier in the show. He came up with all kinds of reasons that he could hang on to it.
How many times have we seen something, but not really seen it? For years I had been looking at that scene with the eyes of a child. I missed the most important part of it. We look at people and see what we want to see, and miss the signs that they are showing us.
A wise friend of mine, Sharon Joseph, reminds us that there is only love or fear, and if we are living in one, we cannot be in the other. So many choices are made from fear of failure, fear of success, or fear of not being enough. If we live in love for ourselves, then we take care of ourselves. We set healthy boundaries and know that “failure” is just a lesson that we need to learn.
My wish for you this Christmas is that you give yourself the greatest gift of all, the gift of love. Then you can share it with the people in your life.