Sunday whilst down with flu blues, I became a Hallmark Christmas movie slug. Both Hallmark channels have been playing non-stop Christmas movies since, geez, end of October? Seems like a long time, since I normally record several series on Hallmark Mysteries (the Postables, a total fav, Garage Sale Mysteries, Aurora Teagarden etc.)
No mysteries. Nada! Just sorta sappy romantic Christmas movies in places like Reindeer Lodge (VT), or Alaska (near Santa’s North Pole station), or a variety of big cities swathed in massive Christmas decorations, or small towns (Colorado, North Carolina, the Midwest) – these characters get around.
Everybody needs a little love. Basic story line of all of them (so far as I can tell.)
Not just love, but ROMANCE (very chaste romance, at that.)
Not to bah humbug Hallmark’s protracted intricate romances, but one of my favorite Christmas romances condenses a quirky courtship into a few minutes of 1980s grooves generated by The Waitresses in their song “Christmas Wrapping.”
Here’s a YouTube video (with the words) to have a listen & read-a-long…
All kinds of things can bring folks together, but how fun: CRANBERRY SAUCE!!
So Virginia, how does all this romance relate to Advent?
Most of these movies involve some sort of transformation. At least one character (usually both) have to open up their hearts to the idea of love, romance, and (eventually) life-long commitment.
Guess what? That’s what faith is all about: a lifelong commitment to God. Opening our hearts wider and wider to God’s grace. Joy. Peace. Mercy. Wisdom. Love.
God’s transformative Love that softens our hearts with verve and nerve to be and do — whatever & however we’re led to groove in this dance of life.
“Romance is that sense of adventure and daring and surrender that comes in to our lives when we have a vision worth living and dying for.” Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
Virginia : )
p.s. Ut oh, maybe Virginia should lose the cranberry sauce, to go on Christmas Day for more? What think ye of that strategy? 🙂