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Christmas Movies

PapaBear and I were recently trying to figure out good Christmas movies we could watch with the kiddos.

He found a list of “Holiday movies” and read them off... I had zero interest in any of them besides Elf. I have seen Elf once before, a couple of years ago with the kiddos, and it was fun. The rest of them? No, thank you.

It took me a while to realize why. My father died suddenly when I was 13 in the middle of December. Christmas stopped being fun for a long time after that. It was only when I had kiddos of my own that I started enjoying Christmas again. (This is not about Jesus - I have felt the same way when both Seriously Christian and Seriously Atheist. It’s about the Holidays and the Joy and the Hope and the Love, Blah blah Blah).

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So all of those Christmas movies about families coming together? NO, thank you. And most of the movies I had never heard of because of a combination of starting at age 13 we couldn’t afford movie theaters and I hated the “feel good” push of the Christmas movies.

And Love, Actually? I mean... I know that some people love it. That’s fine. We all have our pleasures in life... but... I have seen it once, and it’s anti-WomenAsPeople, anti-FatPeople, anti-TrueLove, pretty much anti-AllGoodThings. Blergh. Yuck. No, thank you.

So... this might be about Christmas movies, but I think it’s more about my internal feelings in Decemeber, and I really need to work harder at making December a Happy Time of Hope and Love and stuff.

Because even now, more than 25 years later, I’m still pissed that my dad is dead. 

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