It’s uncanny when a new holiday movie comes out and resembles your personal life.
I came clean to my husband on that drive to the Harkins in Sedona confessing that the movie got bad ratings. It isn’t the type of movie that he would choose to see in the first place. Rotten Tomatoes gave it one star. My prince charming replied: “Let’s see what we think of it and rate it ourselves.” Yes! High five to his palm!
It started out as a fun afternoon date. It would have been perfect if the lady directly in front of me didn’t have on super-strength perfume. Smells can be troublesome when you’re prone to headaches. I stuck my head in a big bucket of buttered popcorn; you know-- to alleviate her fragrance, because popcorn smell is less offensive. What else is a girl like me to do?
We named the genre “drama with comedy.” Cast of characters acted like the typical family scene at Christmas time. On the drive to the show, we joked about what a Christmas movie contains. This one delivered.
*A dog or pet would somehow mess with the food. Check.
*Family members would irritate each other with dysfunctional habits. Check.
*The no-no tense topics of religion and politics would be discussed at the dinner table. Check.
Then it happened. I saw myself on the screen when the aging mom clanked her water glass with her fork and proposed this question: “Let’s go around the table now and discuss what dreams you are hoping come true for you in the New Year.”
It’s embarrassing, but it defines me. And just like at my house, her family makes disgusted faces, rolls their eyes and exclaims: “Oh, no, do we have to play this stupid game?”
After the movie, my date chose a lovely restaurant for dinner with southwestern cuisine and decor. We enjoyed our meal in a cozy private booth with a crackling fire burning in the fireplace across the room. Oddly, we both liked the movie! We laughed about seeing ourselves in it.
That being said, do you want to play? OK, then!
This question is taken from a favorite Christmas read, The Christmas Conversation Piece, (Creative Questions to Illuminate the Holidays.)
“If you could hire a skywriter to write a special Christmas message in the sky over your city or town, what would it be?”
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