Christmas Letters

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Dear Baby Jesus: Thank you for growing up, to give your life for my sins. There’s no way I can ever repay you, so thank you for giving your love unconditionally.

Dear Christmas Season: I love your lights, your peppermint-flavored hot chocolate, and your fudge. But why aren’t I’m more excited? Why doesn’t it feel like Christmas, even though it snowed last night?

Dear Santa: please send me Mr. Thornton, Sherlock, or the Doctor for Christmas. Thank you.

Dear Les Miserables: I’m SO disappointed in your needless, vulgar sexual content. I was looking forward to watching you this week with my friends, and now we’ve canceled our plans. Oh, well, we’ll watch The Hobbit together instead.

Dear Friends: I’m so grateful to have you in my life, delighting me, surprising me, making me laugh, and sharing the things I love most.

Dear British Telly: Why do you insist on getting me hooked on costume dramas no one else watches, or has ever even heard about, so that I must exist in a fandom of one?

Dear TARDIS Gingerbread House: So worthless, yet so utterly cute.

Dear Downton Abbey: Please make up your mind as to whether or not Dan Stevens is leaving the cast. This uncertainty is KILLING me.

Dear Masterpiece Theatre: Why don’t you have your 2013 schedule up? I need to know which foreign costume dramas are coming to the States and when, so I can plan accordingly!

Dear Pottermore: Why didn’t you have better stuff on the first chapters of the Prisoner of Azkaban? Don’t make this Slytherin girl give you a beat-down!

Merry Christmas!

52 Replies to “Christmas Letters”

  1. You are so right about Plugged In, Charity! I find that sometimes (emphasis on that) READING what is in a movie is worse than the “seeing” because, visually it’s not always as… detailed. But they do have an obligation to let their audience know what is wrong with a movie, morally. For that, I appreciate them and would be sad if I didn’t have their informative reviews any longer.

    A person shouldn’t see something if you think it’s going to clash with your sense of morality. Whether or not you see any film should be a “to each their own” scenario. I’ve been told many a time over the years (in my teenage years mainly) that I should see “this” or “see that” but that doesn’t mean it’s something *I* feel I should check into. It’s a fine line between following a trend because the world says we should and choosing something we feel comfortable with.

    1. If you’re aware of what happens, you’re making a conscious choice whether or not to see it, knowing what is bad about it. At least you’re never caught off guard! My decision to see this film now would be bowing to peer pressure, which for me would be a sin. I’ll feel much better about myself to wait for a rental, so I can skip anything I don’t want to see. God’s standards for each individual are different, and based on what they are comfortable with and/or that would lead them into sin. I wouldn’t feel comfortable sitting in an audience watching that, so I’m staying home. =)

  2. Sadly, neither one turned up — but I did watch the Christmas special, so I had a bit of the Doctor on Christmas! I won’t say much about it so as not to spoil you, but… it was lovely, really lovely. Mostly. 😉

  3. Am a little late but Happy Christmas Charity! I hope you had a lovely one and that either Mr. Thornton/the Doctor/Sherlock appeared under your tree this year 🙂 I received your Christmas card some time ago and I absolutely loved it ❤

    I still have not watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, not sure when I will get around to it (as it’s become a family thing to watch it together xP). Am also scared about the Downton Abbey Christmas special, been avoiding spoilers like the plague (still have to watch all of s3 anyways so…)

    Great letters! 😀

  4. the book is quite different. i like moray in the same way that i like thornton: better in the book than in the televised series. but, he is dishy and has dimples 🙂 dudley is a sweetheart. i was just captivated. it’s my candy. others have ‘downton abbey’ (which i loathe) and i sunk into ‘the paradise.’ everyone needs candy

    1. My impression of Moray is that he uses people — Catherine to bring people into the store, Denise for her ideas, Clara for temporary sexual comfort, and Mr. Jonas to do things for him. I have a hard time liking manipulators.

  5. I was planning to see Les Miserables, later this week, but the mixed messages about the content are making me leery of seeing it with my family before I preview it on DVD. My parents think it’s funny… they used to tell me to leave the room when they suspected inappropriate material and now I’m the one who mutes and skips things for them. On more than one occasion they’ve been surprised to learn a movie was R-rated, because I have brought an edited copy.

    What fabulous costume dramas are on British Telly that are making you a “fandom of one?” Do share.

    PBS has been driving me crazy, too. The last time they changed their website the schedule (or lack there of) has been useless. At the very least, they could give a list of programs with “dates to be announced.” I have come across a few announcements for 2013… The Paradise, Mr Selfridge, new Foyle’s War, and a new version of The Lady Vanishes.

    1. I know what you mean. Some people say it’s worse than others! Where parents are concerned — I’m the same way. I used to be the one getting protected, now I’m doing the protecting!

      Last week, I saw “The Making of a Lady,” which apparently five other people in the universe have seen. I liked it, I want to discuss its nuances, but I have no one to do that with. Such is the state of my life. But ah well, the parents are watching “The Paradise” with me, so at least I have someone to discuss that with! =)

        1. I don’t like the male lead at all — he’s handsome, but he is a complete and total jackass. I prefer Dudley to Moray, but my favorite character is probably Miss Audrey. I really like her.

          Is the book like it? I wondered!

      1. If someone managed to make a decent adaptation out of “Making of a Lady,” color me impressed. I thought the book was terrible. (And I usually like Burnett!)

  6. Just back from “Les Mis,” and adored it! Truthfully, you can barely see a lot of the things mentioned — they go by really fast, or they’re in the background, or in the dark, or both. The “Plugged In” people must bring a giant magnifying glass to their screenings. 🙂

    1. I’m so with you on this one and I feel badly if people are missing it after I read that rather over-zealous Plugged In article. I was wondering if they saw the same film. For me, those aspects were blurred by the greater, sweeping story and themes of Christ’s love and grace in the carnage of a wrecked world. My minister father ( who is VERY conservative; far more than a liberal such as I ) read the Plugged In article after seeing the film (after I pointed it to him) and said “well, those people are barmy.” 😉

      1. Plugged In has a responsibility — to tell its audience what is in a movie, content-wise, because it is a family-oriented website. They do it well, because most of the time they aren’t distracted by the “art” so much that they neglect to comment on the content. I don’t always agree with them but I do appreciate their summaries of content, which helps me choose whether or not to support something. So please, don’t trash Focus on the Family — they’re just doing their job.

        1. oh! they’re focus on the family. yah. we won’t see eye to eye, ever! but i am glad to come across them because as a christian i like to know what’s out there….. i read their take on ‘anna karenina’

    2. Agreed. They are just really covering their bases so you know what you are getting yourself into. Although I still didn’t like the content, I felt it wasn’t as bad as “Plugged In” protrayed.

  7. That’s disappointing about Les Miserables!! I really wanted to see that. 😦

    Ooh, I don’t want the Doctor, but I do want the Tardis! Or at least to be a Companion. And since I have a family, maybe we can run off to adventures and he can deposit me right where he took me when we’re done. 🙂

    I love you, too.

  8. Nooooo . . . please tell me it’s not true about “Les Mis!” Where did you find out about the objectional content, I’m having a hard time finding out online since it hasn’t been seen by the masses yet?

    P.S. Merry Christmas! 🙂

      1. I honestly don’t think ( as someone who has been addicted to the novel for years and read and studied it extensively) that there is nothing on screen that Hugo doesn’t inter into his story. Certainly nothing worse than the stage production. If you are familiar with the stage production and the gestures of the Lovely Ladies as well as the lyrics and double-entendre of Master of the House then the movie will be nothing different for you. I heartily recommend everyone go. This isn’t an HBO drama….it’s nowhere NEAR explicit as it could be and the good far outweighs the bad and the testament to the incredible filmmaking is how true it is to the Hugo novel.

        1. I almost left the stage production during the intermission, because I was so disgusted with it. I will see this eventually — but I’ll probably wait for the DVD so I can skip Lovely Ladies / Master of the House.

          1. i find that the good HEARTILY outweighs the bad in this case; but i can see how it would be a rental for some people. In the case of Fantine, I found it necessary to imply exactly how far her life has fallen and how desperate she is to save her daughter: something that Hugo would have approved of. But, as I said, as a long time fan of the stage production and the novel I HEARTILY believe they didn’t do anything more in the film than they did on stage. So what you saw on stage (with, again, the exception of taking out some of Grantaire’s more lusty movements) is what you get in this respect in the musical.

          2. I love the story of Les Mis. It’s one of my favorite tales of redemption and grace vs. legalism. But I do think they could have made this film more appropriate for all audiences, by not having any sexual movements involved. I miss the good old days of movies, when you could infer a lot without being explicit. I’ll wait for the rental.

          3. oooo! have you read it ? which translation? i’ve seen every film adaptation ( that i know of/ have been able to get my hands on ) and this , I think, is the closest because it touches on things that the musical just couldn’t : like Marius’ grandfather, Pere Fauchelevent and the Convent, Valjean’s work on the ships, etc., even Fantine selling her teeth (but she sells her two back ones) I loooove this story 😀 😀 😀 it’s my favourite book besides The Blue Castle 😀

          4. Yes, I read it — in English, since it’s the only language I speak. I’m not sure which book it was. I’ve seen most of the adaptations as well, including the “impossible-to-find” Malcovich/Depardu miniseries — my favorite is the Neeson/Rush one even though it leaves a great deal out. I am glad to hear the musical has been rounded out to include more of the original story, although I must confess, I don’t like Victor Hugo’s ending. It’s too sad!

          5. I HATED the Depardieu because of the relationship between Cosette and Valjean acting more as two sides of a love triangle. I must say I was grossly disappointed with the Neeson version. And the “classics” are just atrocious. Before the film, the closest adaptation, in my mind, was the musical; because it included so many of the characters and captured the essence of the tale. Gina (our friend and fellow Femnista writer) wrote a really good review of it on her lj :http://litlover12.livejournal.com/170996.html

          6. I thought the Depardieu version was terrible because Malcovich can’t act his way out of a paper bag. =P

            But… yeah, love the Neeson version. Love, Love, LOVE.

          7. I almost giggled when the woman muttered “Just the back ones.” Because OF COURSE we can’t have Fantine singing her big number with a big gap in the front of her mouth. 😀

      2. So I went and watched it with my family . . . but I certainly appreciated the head’s up on the content.

        It was one of those movies I would have LOVED and would have been perfect at home on the couch with a remote to skip over a small few, but highly inappropriate, parts. The “Master of the House” was put in I’m sure for comic relief in a story with so much darkness, but if I ever watch it at home again I’m going to just forgo it ALL. So unnecessary.

        As for the scene with Fantine, it was horribly, terribly, powerful, and it left me trying to stifle sobs from the rest of the audience. But, viewing it as a Christian, it was wrong. They literally could have cut 15 seconds (from that particular scene) and it would have been just as powerful. In the Bible we are told that sin occurred (he went in unto her), but never given a visual on it. They should have shown Fantine leading the man to the door, and then returned to her after the event occurred.

        That being said, the film was AMAZING. Aside from the gut-renching story, the cast was fantastic. Russell Crowe has a fantastic voice and belted out some solos I did not think him capable of (from the previews). It made me a fan of Marius’ character – I’ve always found him either too whiny or “fluffy” love-struck puppy doggish for my taste. Eddie’s protrayal changed that. Anne Hathaway should get an Academy award for her “I Dreamed a Dream” rendition alone. Hugh Ja . . . okay, okay, I’ll stop rambling and gushing now.

        As always, appreciate knowing WHAT I’m getting into before I get into it. Thanks for the link to “plugged in,” I’d forgotten them as a resource.

        1. I struggled inwardly with seeing this film a lot yesterday — ultimately, I had to decide to stay home, even though it means I’ll be months behind all my friends (and for me, a very competitive person, that’s a harsh blow to my pride) and have to wait for the rental, so I can fast-forward and/or skip “Lovely Ladies” and “Master of the House,” both of which I’ve always found inappropriate. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I think it’s the right one for me.

          Thanks for your thoughts! I appreciate them and I do look forward to eventually seeing this film, minus a few things. I think it’s a real shame that we live in an era of such blatant sin that nothing can be innocent anymore. You don’t need to get graphic to let your audience understand what has happened. Yet, it seems as if more and more, less is left to the imagination. We’re in a world where no PG-rated romantic comedies are made anymore, where every PG13 movie has to have at least one f-word (if not three), and nothing is underplayed. And it’s enormously sad, because had “Les Miserables” been more tasteful, it would have sold 8 more tickets — for me, my family, and my friends.

  9. LOVE (love) your letters, girl.

    – Existing in fandom’s of one… hm… I can deal with that. Now I really want to know what’s coming in 2013!

    – Sorry about Les Mis. That’s always disappointing.

    Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours, Charity. I hope you have a wonderful season of joy. 🙂

    1. It’s really not fun being in a fandom by yourself, since you have no one to discuss elements of whatever you’re into with! Ah well, I’ll rope Carissa into watching this particular costume drama with me, and then I’ll have someone to talk to. 😉

      I KNOW. Darn it anyway, I was looking forward to a musical on the big screen!

      Merry Christmas to you (and yours) as well! =)

  10. Dear Christmas Season, this year I have almost totally ignored you. With no television or radio I have not been told umpteen times that I MUST be hyperactively merry, without further stipulation as to why. I’ve actually been able to think about Jesus and not you. Honestly, I haven’t missed you that much. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas Season, I still enjoy you, but you do take up so much of my time, money and energy, so I hope you don’t mind that I’m spending this year without you. I’ll just watch the morning church service, have a nice lunch with my family and a few friends, hang out and watch some good telly. Maybe see you next year. x

    1. You know, that may be why I’m not into Christmas either this year… no telly! I got rid of my cable six months ago and have only watched one or two shows on the network websites, so I haven’t had Christmas shoved down my throat. Plus, I’ve been working — and staying busy means not all that much time to think about things!

      Either way, I hope your Christmas is merry! =)

  11. I had to put Les Mis on hold as well…..not the movie for mixed company. So it is Lincoln instead…

    So Dan Stevens might not be leaving…..I hope not

    1. Lincoln may burn your ears, but at least you won’t have to watch prostitutes plying their trade on a 60 foot screen. Ugh… I’m really upset about this, but I’m not at all surprised. The musical on stage is vulgar, why wouldn’t the movie be? Yet, I had hopes it would be classier than the stage production. Guess I’ll stay home and watch Phantom of the Opera instead.

      I hope not too! I can’t imagine the series without Matthew!

      1. I saw Les Miserables yesterday and found the way they did it VERY tasteful. You don’t see a lot at all. The movie is far more true to the novel than the stage musical because they were able to add things: plots, characters and Hugo-inspired landscapes that the novel specifically describes but that the stage musical was unable to capture. You don’t SEE anything at all. Besides, I think what they did was convince us exactly how potent Fantine’s sacrifice was. It takes up two seconds of the screen (the point I believe you are referring to ) and if you skip just for that you are going to miss out on a grace-filled experience. I’ve seen it 8 or 9 times on stage and found this to be far less bawdy because at least Grantaire wasn’t gesturing all over the place with his beer bottle as he does on stage. I also LOVED Lincoln! great movie 🙂 saw it twice!

        1. I don’t know what to think, because I’m getting conflicting information — Kids in Mind says there’s one sex scene; Plugged In says there’s two, plus some other sexual stuff going on in the background during “Lovely Ladies.” So which is it — one sex scene, or two?

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