A New Look at Holiday Movies

Certainly, this time of year isn’t complete without dragging out our favorite holiday movies. But just how open are we when we watch – do we have the ability to see or learn something new from them after having repeatedly viewed them for years?  Here’s some hopefully inspiring thoughts on some of the classic lines:

Home Alone – “Okay, this is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back?”  –  Kevin McCallister

Focusing on who’s around the tree and not what’s under it will help us keep things in perspective. And perhaps we can forgive those who banish us to the attic.

It’s A Wonderful Life – “Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”  — Clarence Oddbody (Angel)

               Be consciously aware of how you fit in your world – be blessed and be the blessing.

Trading Places – “We took a perfectly useless psychopath like Valentine, and turned him into a successful executive. And during the same time, we turned an honest hard-working man into a violently, deranged, would-be killer!” – Randolf Duke

Don’t let your circumstances dictate your character. And stay away from uppity girls named Penelope.

It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas – “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

Be sure to share your love and compassion with others – don’t wait for it to arrive at your doorstep or in your mailbox. 

Miracle on 34th Street – “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind … and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here; maybe I can do something about it.” – Kris Kringle

Maintain a joyful and caring spirit throughout the year – and let it be contagious to others.

National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationRusty Griswold: Dad, this tree won’t fit in our back yard.  Clark: It’s not going in the yard, Russ. It’s going in the living room.

Don’t settle for mediocrity – go big or go home (and be generous with pruning scizzors).

White Christmas – “My dear partner, when what’s left of you gets around to what’s left to be gotten, what’s left to be gotten won’t be worth getting, whatever it is you’ve got left.” – Phil Davis

               This isn’t a statement on settling for less, but rather to continue to grow and mature to be the best you can be and be prepared when the best opportunities arrive.

Elf  –  “Smiling is my favorite.”

               Holidays can be wrought with difficulties, beat them up with a positive attitude.

Lethal Weapon – “Riggs, if you think I’m gonna eat the world’s lousiest Christmas turkey by myself, you’re crazy.” – Detective Roger Murtaugh

It’s a lot easier to stomach problems in your life when you’ve got back up.

Die Hard – “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho, ho.” John McClain and Hans Gruber

Hans Gruber, a most elegant villain teaches us not to be ruled by greed or we may find ourselves plummeting from heights without a parachute.  John teaches us not to be caught off guard (or barefoot).

The Polar Express – “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” — The Conductor

Like compassion, love and forgiveness.

May you give and receive the very best things in life this holiday season!