Every year, in late November, I have an important tradition: I watch “The Sound of Music”. It was the first movie I saw in a theatre and I went with my grandmother. Her birthday was November 28th. For some reason, this movie often played on television around that time, and it became a family tradition to watch it. Once I bought my own video, then DVD, I was able to watch when I chose to. So I carried on the tradition.
It’s a sappy old-fashioned feel-good kind of movie (though it is based on a true story and a real people https://mashable.com/2016/02/21/true-story-sound-of-music/#BjHHcbr8lgqz and I love the songs so I love to sing along. It’s one of my favourite things.
What are yours?
I have been suffering with a bad chest cold – actually I’m at the tail end of it – and I was laid low for five straight days. I watched a lot of the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, but I broke up the monotony with DVDs of other beloved shows.
I rediscovered another favourite: Joan of Arcadia. It air in 2003-2005 and was a family drama. Mom, Dad, three kids. Joan, the middle child and only girl, talked to God. Or rather, He/She talked to her. God would appear as a human – a janitor in school, a little girl in the park, a cute teen boy on the bus – and ask Joan to do something. It never made sense to her, it was hard, sometimes painful, sometimes funny, but always with some good result – not the least of which was to make Joan a better person. Read here for some good insights into the show: https://www.vulture.com/2015/10/joan-of-arcadia-tv-still-needs-it.html
On Day 1 of my cold, I had some energy so I cooked 2 pots of soup: a bone broth and a chunky vegetable. I would mix them, add beans or lentils and some bread or rice cakes. Tasty and nourishing. Homemade soup – another one of my favourite things.
November is almost over and Christmas is on its way. I love Christmas! The music, food, family get togethers, relaxing with friends on cold snowy days. So this weekend, I will gear up and get to it. After all, I have a home to clean, decorations to put up, gifts to buy. Lots to do to prepare for one of the best holidays and occasions of the year.
Most important of all, I will find a few quiet moments every day to celebrate what Christmas really means. What it’s all about. Or Who. Jesus. Emmanuel. God with us. Saviour. Redeemer. Lord of all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC2vHke_dvo