“Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love.”
AND WE’RE BACK from a wonderful Christmas trip to Memphis, where I obviously could not blog, because it was so cold in my house. Many books were given, received, started, perused; and many DVDs were given, received, and watched. (Many baked goods, meats, and cheeses were also consumed, but that’s for Anna Kate’s blog.) Ghosts of Christmases past made appearances to bring Izzy and Courtney up to date on the time that Will was packing heat to deliver Meals, the years when elfin Ben gave us all lumps of coal or a melted penny, and of course last year’s “Christmas Miracle” when Dad messed up the time for Meals on Wheels. Indeed, we heard lots of stories, including pathetic tales of Will’s teenage and college-age isolation, loneliness, and yes, torture at family gatherings as the oldest child by four or five years. John and Ben discussed open-mouth kissing, with interjections from Mom, who has “forgotten more than you’ll ever know” about making out.
Disturbing family details aside, Christmas is awesome.
Christmas in Connecticut– A favorite of Kelly Johnson’s family. I loved it; Izzy was a little more bored/amused at what those silly people from the 1940s used to say, as in: “Say, what’s the big idea?” I think I was more into it because I’ve been getting into cooking and housewifing lately.
Christmas Vacation– Favorite moment in this viewing: “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”
Start the Revolution Without Me– Basically, it was a sheer delight to watch my dad watch this movie. This is a comedy classic for our family, starring Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland, set in France, 1789. Just hearing the music makes me laugh.
Slumdog Millionaire— Our only trip to the theatre yielded mixed emotions for me. I must’ve seen an ad touting the movie’s critical acclaim, including something along the lines of “the most uplifting film of the year” which I’d say is pretty misleading. A Mumbai street urchin ends up one question away from winning the Indian “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?” and we see his life retraced, explaining how he could possibly know the answers on the show, and what brought him to that point. Of course, an orphan’s life of poverty, child exploitation, corruption, crime, and just general pain is tough to watch. Does the redemption at the end make it worthwhile? I guess this is life’s question. I did enjoy the style– colorful and visually stimulating (but not so fun as Bride and Prejudice— now there’s one I can wholeheartedly recommend!). It is a good movie, but I had misplaced expectations.
Also, I started reading The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts by Louis de Bernieres (gift from John), and will review when finished. So far it’s better and funnier than One Hundred Years of Solitude which is also set in a fictional Latin American country with tons of characters (Thanks to Ansley for killing our book club with that one!).
I hope you and your families had a wonderful, colorful, redemptive, hilarious, warm and joyful Christmas. We’re only on day five of Christmas, by the way.