Christmas Rituals #1

”A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community.”

Each and every year the daughters and I watch the same three Christmas themed movies. Even when separated by distance we text to alert each other that we are watching. We may not be together, though we are together in spirit.

Which three movies do we watch?

Firstly, the greatest Christmas movie ever made. Die Hard, of course. If you have never seen Bruce Willis playing New York policeman, John McClane, fighting terrorists in a city multi-storey mid Christmas drinks, I don’t know where you’ve been. Confession: I have gone barefoot after long distance travel and scrunched my toes on the floor.

 For the Bing Crosby fan in the family, White Christmas, which also stars Danny  Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. No further explanation required as it includes THAT song.

Lastly, Joyeux Noel, based on a Christmas truce on the front line in December 2014, when the Crown Prince of Germany sent the lead singer of the German Opera to sing to the troops.

The unofficial truce begins when the Scots begin to sing festive songs, accompanied by bagpipes. The German begins to sing Silent Night and he is accompanied by a piper in the Scottish army, leading to the Germans, French and Scottish officers meeting in No Mans Land and agreeing on a cease fire for the evening.   

Doesn’t matter how many times I view this movie the Scottish accents are always a problem. And yes, the cat getting punished for treason is unsettling. A wee weep at Christmas is not a bad thing…..


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