Wednesday, December 23, 2009

All Aboard

It’s a cold December night, late according to my standards, and I’m compelled to write something. The problem is, I have no idea what to write about. So I asked Husby, what should I write about tonight? He suggested I write about The Polar Express, a movie we just finished watching. And why not? Husby usually has good ideas if only I ask the right questions.

So, if you haven’t seen The Polar Express you’re missing out on a real treat. The animation is wonderful and the story is even better. Of course you can never go wrong with Tom Hanks, who is the voice of the conductor on The Polar Express.

These days Husby and I have been weighed down by the declining health of his parents. During trying times I like to turn to the screen for distracting, or better yet uplifting movies. The Polar Express was just the thing both of us needed. It’s about friendship, taking exciting chances, and believing. In a nutshell, it’s all about the magic of Christmas. And the elves are totally believable.

What is it about Christmastime that makes people just a little bit nicer? Is it because we expect presents? Or could it be we find satisfaction in giving? Santa inspires us to think of those we’d like to acknowledge at Christmas, whether it be with a card, a gift, or a batch of homemade cookies. We think a little more about the people in our lives and how we can express our gratitude for their presence in our lives. Santa could very well be a viable higher power, enlightening us to give of ourselves. He brings out the best in us. Who wouldn’t want to believe in something like that?

This season, believe. Hear the jingle bell from Santa’s sleigh. If you have no idea what I’m talking about pop up some corn and watch The Polar Express. Enchanting, no matter how many times you see it.

1 comment:

MaryAnn said...

Thanks for the inspiration. Tom and I watched this on New Year's Eve. It made us "believe" all over again!

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