Real life is not a Hallmark movie. Here’s a question. Why not? Why is it not okay to see the sappy, love-struck people playing out the same romantic theme with just basically different titles? Here’s a thought. It’s perfectly fine.
Now I understand that life is not always like that, and that for many this is a difficult time of year. I don’t think that anyone would go to a war-torn part of the world or to a homeless encampment or to any poverty-stricken area and think, “Let’s just show a rom-com.” But maybe just for a moment that’s what people need – a break from all the negativity. After all, isn’t that what movies are for? Isn’t that why a lot of people go to the movies – to momentarily escape from reality?
Think about the holiday classics like It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street or Love Actually. What about the more comedy ones like Elf or Christmas Vacation or The Santa Clause?
You have to be a real sourpuss for any of those not to put a smile on your face or bring a tear to your eye. Of course, they’re not real life. That’s why they’re called movies. They are made up. They’re not supposed to be documentaries.
So, allow yourself some mindless, schmalzy time to just sit back and enjoy the holiday season with those you care about. Pour yourself some eggnog, sit back and relax a bit. The stress will always be there. It just depends on what you want your focus to be.
Okay, Scrooge, get yourself into the holiday spirit!
Tikkun Olam- heal the world. Leave it a better place when you leave.