Something about this year has forced me to view favorite childhood Christmas specials through the spectrum of full adulthood. And it makes for an ugly, ugly rainbow.
What was once whimsical becomes fraught with social messages we may have blessedly missed the first time around. Nostalgia excuses us from critiquing the specials on a technical level, but the accumulation of hard-learned life lessons intrudes upon Who-ville and the North Pole: Why were the Peanuts characters so hideously unsupervised? Why can't Frosty the Snowman get over himself? Why are the elves in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" so in need of hypertension meds?
Saturday, December 22, 2007
How To Ruin a Christmas Special
MSNBC contributor Mary Beth Ellis ruins every Christmas special ever simply by screening them through far left values: