Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Grinch... and David Archuleta

I grew up in the olden days...
you know, way back before VCR's and VHS*.

I grew up in the day where each Christmas special
was shown on TV one evening a year... 

usually at 7:00 or 8:00 on a weeknight
in December, and if you missed it...

well, Christmas just wasn't the same.

I had my favorites:

       Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,

Frosty the snowman,
  and his cute friend Karen

The Little Drummer boy
who's name was Aaron...hmmm

 - Amazing how they got those figures to move like they did.
It was technology at it's finest.

And of course How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 
My love for movies with character development began early. 

Times changes though, which is a good thing.

VCR's and VHS came along allowing people to watch these treasures whenever they wanted.
Even if it wasn't Christmas time.

When Christian was 2, he and his friend Celeste loved to watch
the dog pulling the Grinch down the mountain
(just watch the first few minutes)
I always knew where they were at in the movie because
they would begin laughing hysterically.

Things continued to change as my kids grew.
Soon nobody was watching the Grinch, even at Christmas time.

When it was time to decorate the tree
I had to round up people to come and do it with me,
 schedule it way in advance... or just do it myself.

I discovered that it's not as fun to have a "decorator tree" as I thought it would be.
Over time getting ready for Christmas began to feel like a chore.
Like I was obligated to create something that no one really cared about.
I began to understand the the Grinch,
my heart felt a few sizes too small when it came to Christmas.

But what to do.

I was feeling guilty that I felt this way when a dear friend
posted this link on Facebook
(to say she is a HUGE David Archuleta fan would be gross understatement)

Twenty two seconds was all it took
My Grinchy heart began to grow again.

That was my answer.

Do the things that would help me
and those around me feel

All the rest doesn't really matter.
The tree, the presents, all the fluff.
Turns out the Whoos had it right!

so Wahoo doraa, Da hoo doraa Welcome Christmas come this way.
(are you singing it in your head?)

I'm not sure what Christmas will look like at my house this year
but I hope that I and those around me will feel more clearly
His Love
If so, then Christmas will be a huge success.

(excuse me while I go sing the rest of the song)
 (start it at 3:30 is you want to hear it)

*you can look it up on Wikipedia if you don't know what I'm talking about.


Celisa said...

Gotta love the Christmas classics. We are excited to spend Christmas with you guys!

mom said...

Oops! I can see I'm going to have to teach you how to spell "Archuleta!"

Expect more hits to your blog with this post. Fans will come out of the wood work.

Love you!

Karen said...

Thanks "mom" corrected!

janey said...

Hi Karen! We just posted this on Archuleta FanScene. Welcome to our little corner of the world <3

Check it out here:
Archuleta FanScene

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Urthman said...

Thanks Karen...what a great intro for the Christmas season. You said it very well.