One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is to watch “A Christmas Carol.” But we don’t just watch any version of it.
Every single year we watch “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.” It’s my favorite. We sing the songs together. We laugh at the same stuff year after year. And it really isn’t that bad a rendition of Dickens’ classic novel.
The theme of Magoo’s Christmas is summed up in a song. It is the one about “figgy pudding” if you remember it. But the chorus has all the animated characters singing in jubilation — “May your Christmas be more glorious than grand!” And perhaps that is the essence of how we miss Christmas and the Christmas spirit. “I hope you have a big Christmas,” we declare. What do we mean by that? Probably that we get a lot more stuff and food than we really need. But what’s a “glorious” Christmas? Isn’t it one that is filled with the awe of the One who came to save us? Isn’t it the spirit of giving that touches the ones too often left out? Isn’t it the kindness and peace that is simply not expressed at other times? (more…)