Monday, December 23, 2013

Shanky's Christmas Story

Christmas Eve, something about watching Rudolph and seeing the Island of Misfit Toys kinda hit home with me last night relating to us here on the blog. True Bears or Realists - Few in number, relegated to some far off island, outcast, persecuted, with no hope of success or even finding a loving home. Is there a Santa for us out there? Can we signal for Rudolph tonight to come rescue us from our purgatory? 

Can we be like Charlie Brown and take our tree and leave? I mean the Burgermeister Meisterburgers won't let us play with our toys anymore, and the Winter Warlock has all his powers back and has turned to the dark side again. We're as screwed as Frosty was when he went into the greenhouse. 

Will our hideous story have a fairy tale ending with the Grinch riding into town bringing us back all our presents? Will the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future pay a visit to 33 Liberty and get Scrooge to change his ways or is our path already set with no chance of altering the future? 

It sure would be nice for a bit of reality to set in in the new year. I think it is going to take the true meaning of Christmas, the reason for the season, to shine in all His glory before we can rid this Christmas Carol from the nightmare. Can we, the Bob Cratchit's, at least have a bone thrown in our direction? 

Sadly I'm afraid this nightmare has gone too far. We're far too ill. Tiny Tim will not be saved this time. Enjoy the season while we still can. Maybe out here on the Island of Misfit Toys separated from the new normal is the best place to be. Revel in the reason for the season. Enjoy family and friends and share some wonderful moments while we still can. 

You see we don't need their reality to enjoy Christmas. 

"“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,  stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” 

We'll never cry Boo Hoo, as long as we have hands to clasp and we have we. They can never take away the true meaning of Christmas. 

Linus Van Pelt: "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'"
[Linus picks up his blanket and walks back towards Charlie Brown]
Linus Van Pelt: That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays,

GL and GB!

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