Good afternoon/evening my friends!
So, just as promised, here I am blogging twice in one week! aghast! But I was really motivated this time to talk about something I noticed was a constant theme this year during the Christmas season. Not only was it a theme to be reminded of during the hardships of the month of December worldwide but also I went to TWO separate Christmas eve services where this topic was referenced in the sermon… and, well, there’s a christmas carol “O Come, O Come…”….
Once again, blog delayed. In order to proper blog– must keep up to the daily thing.
So, I figured since the Christian’s year starts just before christmas… what better time to restart the blogging! And as I write this, I am watching the ever christmas favorite “Muppet Christmas Carol.” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Muppet_Christmas_Carol ) And the reason I prefer this version of the time-honored Dickens’ story is 1) The Music, 2) the Muppets and 3) the Message. Here are the reasons why….
The music for MCC is unique. For once a Christmas movie doesn’t take the traditional songs and bash them or take the department store songs and play them over and over. The songs I believe are written for the movie, involve both the storyline and the characters (which is part of the reason I watch this version.) It reminds me of Jim Henson’s funeral…the Muppets (including Big Bird and Elmo) were part of the service. Here’s a link http://youtu.be/KSE1Mtnnm4Y
2) The Muppets
Unlike most muppets movies, this is one that uses the muppet characters as characters in the Dickens’ story. In fact, Gonzo is Dickens with commentary from Rizzo the Rat. Kermit is Bob Cratchet, Fozzy as one of Scrooge’s employers. Working with the humans (which, btw Michael Caine makes the best Scrooge, especially after you think of him as Batman’s butler and so forth…) I think as a kid using the muppets made something familiar understandable and enjoyable. Something we probably need to remember as a life lesson somewhere down the line.
and the most important….
3) The Message
Now–the Christmas Carol message of giving and selflessness is standard. You expect the ghosts, you expect the change of Scrooge. It’s part of the tale. HOWEVER… most christmas carol stories are afraid to play this out. Afraid to even describe it. But with MCC, Dickens (aka the Great Gonzo) is narrating the story… so there is no adjustment from the book (minus creative interpretation.) MCC also incorporates the traditional muppets message of peace and giving. Hence the ending song “the Love we Found…” It points to the importance of what Christmas leads to: the gift that came, the selflessness act of God coming as a child in Jesus. Something unique to christmas stories. Yay for Muppet Christmas Carol…
Yay for Jesus!
So remember the true meaning of Christmas…. and enjoy your christmas traditions that bring you there…
Again I apologize for the far and few posts… Seminary has become a lot more busy this quarter since I have a total of 4 papers, 1 presentation and 3 full books to read within 10 weeks. I didn’t sign up for this because it was easy though… it just takes a lot of time to get through all these things
So this quarter at Fuller I’m taking another Systematic Theology class. Except this time of tryingto understand the many facets of God & the Trinity & what it means to be human, we’ve moved onto Christology (study of Christ, who He is & What He has done) and Sotierology (the study of salvation.) Say that 3 times fast.
As I write this, I am hearing the buzzing of bugs & the chirp of crickets. yes folks, I’m in the South. South Carolina to be exact. Even though I am currently attending Fuller Seminary, the Lutheran candidacy requirements 1 year residence at a lutheran seminary so I am visiting Lutheran Southern Seminary in Columbia. This is a complete change from what I am used to. Even for what used to exist in Evansville. I feel completely out of my element & confused beyond belief. Yet… someone confused me for another student about 1/2 hour ago… as I was coming back into the apartment they are letting me use for the weekend. I’m really excited about this– I think it will all unfold as planned tomorrow when the event actually starts. And luckily there is a Lutheran church in walking distance that doesn’t have service until 11am! Wow… I can sleep in!