Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Can't help dwelling on mine.. It was that bad..
Don't worry.. plenty of time to talk later about a weak economy, a horrible President in the last year of ruining the nation and of course a horrible, cretinous woman running for the Presidency who feels more entitled to it than a silver-spoon child to inheritance..
It's not that the film was great in itself or even good..
I just love the premise.
Affleck plays a guy who growing up has had one shitty Christmas after another so ultimately he decides to try to create some kind of happiness and joy for the days leading up to and including the holiday by hiring a family and pretending to be a part of it.
Dare to admit it publicly, but secretly you know its a great concept.
It could be anything really..
Well, you just 'hire' people to play characters with the traits and qualities you would like to be around for the holidays,
Now of course reality always gets in the way of such delightful fantasies..
Then the reality that no one is perpetually happy and sprite to matter how much you're paying them to smile, laugh and express light-hearted glee in your presence..
So maybe that's why such a wonderful concept is best suited for a movie or fiction short story
This Christmas I had periods where both I was around family and had isolated time alone.. both had its happy moments
Yet it took a lot of work to feel decent inside..
Wonder if the capitalist economies of the Western world could survive?
Imagine a society where people celebrated the birth of Christ not with objects or decorative trees but with offering apologies to those each other's done wrong..
Then you in turn offering 'sorry' in kind, and everyone able to move ahead with a fresh slate..
Wouldn't that be a lovelier gift to receive than a sandwich maker?
Instead I was forced to see the same rotten rot bastard neighbors completely self-involved in their own family units and couldn't be bothered to even inquire how others were going to celebrate the season much less inquire how Christmas went..
It is like when 99.9% of people ask each other 'How are you'? and deep down they're thinking.. 'Uh-oh.. I overextended.. Please God, just have him/her say their "good"'..
I am positive you know people like this..
I know for a fact many people out there have felt similar at one Christmas time or another so can identify with what I'm talking about..
We all fantasize at one time or another about the holidays and 'family' but no one wants the arguments, the tensions or worse the feeling that you are doing all the work being perky while everyone else just sits around, sleeps late, ignores the decorations & contributes minimally to the joy
Few to none dare to envision being by themselves and what possibilities that can bring to a person with creativity and imagination.
So in a few days comes New Years' Eve, an event that lasts 60 seconds and celebrates the unknown with the eternal naive optimism of a child (or an adult [or underage teen] totally blotto drunk)
When it comes to things going on in the economy or the news, I personally do not hold out some magic hope that things will radically improve..
Maybe if Vice President Biden could actually become President by some magical circumstance (an Oreo impeachment, resignation, serious health-issue, etc..) over the next 12 months.. Would love to see what he could do as leader..
But when it comes to holidays, this year I will jump on the bandwagon of whistles, balloons, dropped balls and champagne and hope 2016 is much, much better for myself and for anyone out there reading who did not have the happy-lovely Christmas time they deserved.
Posted by Susquehanna at Tuesday, December 29, 2015