The advent of Christmas brings with it the cherished reruns of those classic Christmas movies. Somehow over the years, these classics have found a way into our hearts and speak to that childhood wonder in all of us - the sense of pure joy as we crept downstairs to see what Santa had brought us. They speak to us in ways not often found in our day to day lives. In today's chaotic world, family is often forgotten and long held traditional values are replaced with a new and more efficient way of doing things.
It's interesting to note that many of today's cherished Christmas classics started out as box office failures. It's A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street didn't become hits until repeated airings on television decades later.
In an article written by Bill Brioux for StarWeek,Brioux asks the question as to why these Christmas classics are so meaningful today. What is it that draws us to the screen every Christmas when the classics are aired? Brioux concludes that the movies are good stories (based on literary works) and are based on great actors who, at the time, were at the top of their games." Most importantly, the movies take us back to a time when childhood was magical and family and tradition held high value in society.
What makes them more real is our ability to identify with the journey of the hero. In every movie, the hero faces incredible challenges and is able to bring himself out of a very dark place. Hope and faith are key themes, and in most cases the hero is able to pull himself out of a bad situation with the help of some sort of spiritual guide.
As the world enters 2009, let's not lose faith in our ability to shine in life. We can each make a difference, and without the ability to dream life is reduced to mere survival and ritual. The greater the pace and rate of technological advances in the world, the greater the need to go back to a time where life was much simpler and full of energy, wonder and hope.
May 2009 be your year to dream and rediscover the lost sense of childhood within you. Thanks to all my readers for their input in 2008!