The watching of Christmas movies continued this Sunday night with The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring the inimitable Michael Caine as Ebeneezer Scrooge. To be perfectly honest, besides the 1951 Alistair Sim version, this is probably my favourite take on Charles Dickens' classic tale. It is the Muppets at their best, combining silly humour and good music with moments of surprisingly effective sentiment. Word of advice; if you're going to watch it, try to dig up an old copy- mine's on VHS- because newer copies have one of the songs cut out. While this wasn't the best song in the film, it's removal was awkwardly done and ruins the scene it was in. Also, a reprise of the song is sung at the end of the movie which, since the song was cut, seems to come from nowhere. This reprise is also supposed to demonstrate the change in Scrooge's character, from 'the love is gone' to 'the love we've found' but, with the song gone, this is now an incomplete thought. Still and all, a good movie and fun Christmas film.
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I went to my sister's church Sunday morning to see the Christmas play which her Sunday School class was taking part in. My favourite moment: the 'shepherds on the hillside' scene. The children acting as shepherds sat around a fake fire, surrounded by stuffed sheep. While the narrators were reading the corresponding Bible verses, I glanced over at the shepherds to see that one of them had hooked a sheep on the end of his crook, and was matter-of-factly roasting it over the "fire". Silly, I know, but it made me laugh.
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We decorated the tree at the family homestead in the afternoon:
While we were busy with the tree, my parents' dog, Jack, seized the opportunity to sneak into the kitchen and eat up a dozen gingerbread cookies which had been in a bag on the counter. He got a head start on the Christmas binge eating. :)