Yesterday morning I was thinking long and hard about what to write for this post. I thought of rewriting my article from last year “Twas The Night Before Christmas-Washington Style.” But I’m not a big fan of re gifting. Then I thought I’d just post a picture of a big Christmas Tree and wish everyone a Merry Christmas; nah too cheesy and very lazy. So there I sat in my backyard, with the sun FINALLY shining down on me, in a quandary trying to decide what to do. Then all of a sudden I remembered a Christmas movie I hadn’t seen in years. It’s actually one of my favorites, “The Bishops Wife” starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. It was released in 1947 by Samuel Goldwyn. As scenes from this movie began to replay in my mind I suddenly knew exactly what to do.
First a short synopsis to wet your whistle. This movie is the story of a Bishop, Henry(David Niven) who is trying to build a glorious cathedral as a tribute to God, to replace the run down church he currently is calling home. He is obsessed with this single chore and as a result loses his sense of what is really important…the love of his beautiful wife Julia(Loretta Young) and daughter, his duty to his parish and his duty to God. When the funding falls through and all his dreams seem to be splintering he asks God for guidance. Henry’s prayers are immediately answered with the appearance of an angel called Dudley(Cary Grant). The catch is Henry is the only one who knows Dudley is an angel. That is all you will get out of me about the movie. To those who have not seen it search your channel guides. It should be playing. It is worth the effort. An extremely well done remake, “The Preachers Wife”, starring Denzel Washington as Dudley, Whitney Houston as Julia and Courtney B. Vance as Henry was released in the mid 90’s with basically the same story line.
But I digress… it is the very end of the movie that I want to deal with here. Henry’s sudden realization that he has always had what he was searching for, he only needed a little help finding it again. This realization is all summed up in his sermon.
“Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.
Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child’s cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.
But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s his birthday we’re celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shinning gifts that make peace on earth.”
Sixty three years later the message still rings true. In this fast paced world of ours it is very easy to lose sight of those things that truly matter. Like Henry, we are so obsessed with the daily grind that the really important things, more times than not, slip by the wayside. Remember lost time with friends and family can NEVER be made up.
But no matter what your religion or belief you can’t deny the fact that there is something magical about this time of year. It’s not something you can see or really put your finger on. It’s a warmness that slowly spreads through your body like a hot drink on a cold night leaving you happy and content. So gather up your friends and family and stop to enjoy some Christmas lights, share some eggnog or just sing some Christmas Carols. But above all slow down and open yourself up to the love and warmth around you. That’s when the real Christmas Magic begins.
I want to take this time to wish my good friends and partners in crime here at “A Hollywood Republican”, Frank DeMartini, Craig Covello and John Hauser, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Health and Prosperous New Year. I also want to thank all of you, our readers, for putting up with our ranting over the last two years. And still you come back for more….Go figure. But seriously it is your participation that makes all the work we put into “A Hollywood Republican” worth it.
To all of you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. And remember, “Let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shinning gifts that make peace on earth.” Not a bad Christmas wish don’t you think?
God bless you Sparky….