Friday, December 23, 2011

Not a Scrooge or a Grinch but a Charlie Brown!

"Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you're the Charlie Brown-est!" -Violet(?)

I've been meaning to write this post for weeks. Now I'm finally in the mood and mindset to write it. First off, let me give you a couple of definitions before I get into my chaotic thoughts.

A "Scrooge" is a miserly grouch who hates people and loves money.

 A "Grinch" is someone (or something) who hates Christmas and wants to make everyone as miserable as he or she is.

A "Charlie Brown" is someone who doesn't like the commercialism of Christmas and can't seem to catch the "Magic of Christmas".

 I fall in the the third category. I openly call myself a "Charlie Brown". I like Christmas. I do. I'm not out to get people and I'm not out to drive the Spirit of Christmas from their lives. I just hate the commercialism that comes with the Holiday Season. I hate the stores that start selling Christmas themed candy and items the day after (sometimes before) Halloween. I hate the radio stations that play mediocre Christmas music for three months (*cough* you know who you are FM 100 *cough*). I hate that Santa Clause is the symbol of the season. Santa Clause is a LIE!

*Deep Breath* Sorry. I didn't mean to go all crazy psycho on you. I have a lot of pent up emotions that I'm laying out on paper on screen.

I guess I wish that I had a Linus in my life. You know, like Charlie Brown does. I need someone who can bring back the "Magic of Christmas" by reminding the world what Christmas is all about. Perhaps the problem is that everyone has a different meaning of Christmas. And the "world" has a version of Christmas that is full of consumerism and commercialism.

Sometimes we have to be our own Linus'... For me Christmas should revolve around the birth (and life) of Jesus Christ. He is the reason for this season, as cliche as the may sound. The celebration of His birth is what brings us together as friends and family to share gifts and time with each other. However, the true meaning of Christmas has become lost behind the glitz and glamor of the evil jolly old man in a red suit, Santa Clause himself.

As I reflect on what I have written thus far I am struck with my judgmental attitude . Here I am spouting off my own beliefs as if everyone should feel the same I do. But everyone feels and believes different things.

Basically, I just wanted to admit right here that I am a "Charlie Brown" and I can't seem to find the "Magic of Christmas" anymore.

But I do want to wish a Merry Christmas to you just the same.

I hope that you find joy and love in this holiday season, however you choose to celebrate it.

Merry Christmas Until Next Time,

The Hopeless Romantic

Monday, December 5, 2011

Once Upon a Time...

I think I love fairy tales. More accurately, I like these refurbished retold refreshed ...I like how the fairy tales are told in ABC's Once Upon a Time. It think it's fresh and interesting and creative. I mean, to put all our classic (or maybe classic DISNEY) fairy tales into one land where they're all connected in some way... that's pretty dang cool. I just had a thought that Shrek did that... but I don't really think much about Shrek because... well I just don't.

Anyway, I'm really impressed by this show. I have enjoyed it immensely. That could just be the hopeless girl inside of me but I like how the stories are interwoven between the past/fairy tale land and the modern day in Storybrook.

So those of you who aren't familiar with Once Upon a Time, let me give you a brief recap. So we start with Emma Stone who is found by the 10 year old son, Henry, that she gave up for adoption. She has to take him home to Storybrook, Maine and that's where she learns that he has a book that tells the stories of all the people who live in Storybrook. Their real stories. The ones they were living before the evil queen, Henry's adoptive mom, cast a spell to get rid of all the happy endings. (This makes me think of Susan Sarandon in Enchanted.)

Of course, Emma is concerned for the mental stability of Henry but I think she starts to sort of believe him... or at least she humors him. Anyway, she ends up staying in Storybrook for Henry. She doesn't care for his adoptive mom, the mayor of the town, and a major manipulator.

We learn about the characters of our favorite fairy tales. The main emphasis is upon Snow White and her Prince Charming. The show tends to revolve around them whilst giving the back story of other characters like Cinderella and Jiminy Cricket...

The only way that the spell can be broken and the people of Storybrook to remember their "real" lives is for Emma to conquer the evil queen/mayor. Did I mention that Emma the outsider is all part of this... she's the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. 

I personally, love this show. I think it's entertaining and every episode leaves me wanting more. Not to mention the attractive men that grace the screen. Prince Charming and the sheriff of Storybrook...
Need proof... I'll happily provide it. :)

Believe me, this picture doesn't do him justice...

You forget the beard when he speaks... Irish accent. *drool*

Okay... so I've written my post. I just had to share the my love for this show with you. Sometimes, I'll admit, I wish it was a movie so we could have the ending already but I like the series. I'm excited to see what else they can do to make the world of our beloved fairy tales new and interesting.

Thanks for listening to me babble. Have a blessed day. (What movie is that from?)

Until Next Time,

The Hopeless Romantic

P.S. I just remembered! It's from Valentines Day. Jamie Foxx says it to Jessica Biel. I'm good! :)