December 24th, 2011

xmas

Holiday Favorites

This morning I had the annual viewing of some of my Xmas favorites. It started with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" followed by "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" then "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and finishing with "The Year Without a Santa Claus." What I found amusing about watching these shows as an adult as opposed to when I was a child is that the message is just so trusting! I think that's what childhood should be about. But if you follow the advice of the media, every stranger is a pedophile who should be avoided and brought to the attention of the authorities. In "The Year Without a Santa Claus" Santa walks onto a playground and starts talking with all of the kids. Man! Can you imagine what would happen if he tried that today! Later he meets a boy in front of his house. The boy instantly tells him his name and soon his father is inviting the stranger into his house. Oh, for such simpler, innocent times.

While watching "Rudolf" I had a flashback to several years ago when I had just discovered furry. The whole concept of "we're all misfits" really hit home. I'm sure there's an LJ post back in '03 or '04 about it (too lazy to check archive). I think that it's a great lesson for kids that it's ok to be different and even "misfits" need love.