"What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You're rich enough."
- A Christmas Carol
In my annual watch through of all of the Christmas movie classics, you know, the movies like Elf, Home Alone 1 and 2, Die Hard, It's A Wonderful Life, Christmas Vacation, and A Muppet Christmas Carol, I noticed something (and no, that list is in no particular order).
I noticed that it's easy to care about money as much as Scrooge does. That it doesn't take much to stop letting yourself be swept up in the magic of the holidays like pretty much all of the humans in Elf. That it's easy to be annoyed at the people you love the most like Home Alone and Christmas Vacation.
That I've seen all of these movies once a year for so many years and maybe I haven't learned everything they had to teach me.
Ebenezer Scrooge just wanted to make enough money to provide for a nice life for him and his fiancé. Clark Griswold just wanted to have a Merry Christmas with his family. Kevin McCallister just wanted to be left alone. George Bailey wanted to see the world.
It is all too easy to let our everyday desires get in the way of not just a lovely holiday, but a nice life. Scrooge didn't get what true richness was. Clark didn't know what made a family holiday special. Kevin didn't realize how lonely being alone would be. George couldn't possibly imagine what it would be like to see a world without him in it.
May we all remember what is really necessary for happiness, and as we learn this about ourselves, may we find ways to make the world a little better.