I got a huge smile on my face as I glanced through the television listings for this week.
I had forgotten it was time for holiday television specials, and I felt like a little kid inside at the prospect of watching the beloved classics with my children. I couldn’t wait to watch Rudolph fly triumphantly through the sky to save Christmas, root for Charlie Brown to find the perfect tree and sing the Frosty the Snowman song loudly and off-key. And maybe this is the year I will finally introduce my children to the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Even though the animation and special effects of most of these movies lag behind today’s standards, there is something comforting about watching the same show that I watched snuggled under a blanket with my parents when I was a child.
Interestingly enough, my kids seem just as enthralled as I always was. They almost seem to enjoy the simplicity even more than the flashy animatronics of new releases. I find it very refreshing to be reminded that the spirit and message of the holidays has stayed the same even though the world has changed so much.
So this year, my goal is to watch as many Christmas shows as possible. While I say that I am watching the programs for my kids, honestly I think I enjoy them as much, if not more. And I hope that one day, I will be lucky enough to share these wonderful Christmas shows with my grandchildren.