Love and Laughter
by Suzie Grant
“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby
Christmas is a big affair in my family. Walk into the front door of my mother’s house and you’re immediately assaulted — err welcomed by Christmas music and blinding — err brilliant lights. Pack in a dozen people into a moderate-sized dining room and you get total chaos. Our family is fairly heavy on Christmas tradition and you know I wouldn’t change a thing. Despite the disorder, extremely loud brother, — I mean family members — and the warring toddlers who’re battling it out to see who gets to sit in the rocking chair first. It all makes the holiday’s complete for me and even though I return home feeling like I’ve just been in a brawl with WWE’s Stone Cold Steve Austin, it’s completely worth it.
I happen to love the chaos actually. It’s crazy but it’s fun. Although I will say that I can’t handle more than a day or two before I’m ready to return to my mundane life back home. The greatest moment is that brief swatch of silence while we gather to hold hands and say a prayer before we eat and then the entire gathering swarm the table like a herd of starving elephants to a vat of peanuts. Christmas to me is about family and fun. If you can’t laugh and be silly during these times, then when will you?
Which is one of the reasons why our favorite Christmas movie is Home Alone and we never fail to watch it. Whether it’s a week before Christmas or the day of Christmas, I always end up piling onto the sofa to watch it with my kids. It’s become a Christmas tradition for us and one that I love. Laughter heals the soul in my humble opinion. No matter what you’re experiencing in life, laughter is the key to staying healthy. And nothing is as funny as Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern trying to outsmart an eight-year-old kid. It’s great and it makes me giggle every year. Best of all my kids love this movie and it makes for great snuggle time. What could be better than that?
So I’m leaving you with two clips of my most favorite scenes in the movie and hopefully, it’ll give you a good chuckle and bring back some good memories for you.
I wish I could write humor into some of my stories but I’ve always said I’m the guy at the back of the bar who’s sober and laughing at all the drunks. That’s me. So I’ll leave the entertainment to those who do it best. But I love to laugh and I hope it’s a trait I’ve past onto my children and I leave you with this little reminder: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Charlie Chaplin.
Always remember to take a minute to laugh. Have a wonderful Holiday Season, no matter how you celebrate it, and from my family to yours, Merry Christmas.
Home Alone Clip one: http://youtu.be/4DgbUBoxa48
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