A Date with my Dad

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Miracle on 34th Street.  That’s my favorite Christmas movie.

Why?

It could be any one of these reasons:

  • Natalie Wood is as cute as a button
  • The person who played Kris Kringle is a perfect Santa look-alike
  • The courtroom scene is quite clever to prove that there really IS a Santa Claus

Yes, it could be any one of those reasons, along with a dozen more.  But the real reason is because it was my Dad’s favorite.  Every year we would sit down in front of the TV, just the two of us, and watch it.  And if you think about it, that wasn’t so easy to plan.  This was before the days of DVDs, Netflix and On Demand.  So we actually had to scour the TV Guide, find the time the movie was playing and make a date of it.

Every single year my Dad would laugh out loud at the part where Santa bopped the psychiatrist on the head with his cane.  That was his favorite part.  I can still hear his laughter as though he was sitting right next to me.

So, I guess you could say that my favorite movie has nothing to do with the story at all.  It’s my favorite because of all the memories it brings back to me.  It makes me feel warm and snuggly and reminds me of a love that I am so lucky to have known.  A love of a father for his daughter.  Every year I try to capture that feeling.  I make a “date” with my Dad to watch the movie together.  And every year I swear I can hear him laughing out loud and feel his love surround me.

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May You Always Find Reasons to Believe

At seven years old, I sat on Santa Claus’ lap and I believed in him and all he stood for.  So many years later, I still believe.

I believe we can…

Wonder at everyday life

Delight in our own uniqueness

Stop and listen to the music in our heart

Celebrate our strengths

Be kind to ourselves

Find time for joy

As I write this list, I can’t help but think of the movie The Polar Express and the theme of believing.  As Santa Claus takes the bell and hands it to the little boy, he says: “This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas – as am I.  Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.”

It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate, or what faith you practice, the power of believing keeps us all strong and hopeful and alive.  During this holiday season, I raise a toast to you and all that you can accomplish if you choose to believe.

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