During the Christmas season, one of my favorite traditions is watching all the classic Christmas movies. Now that I’m married, I get to share this tradition with my wife, Carmen.
My favorites include “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Story,” “Home Alone” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Some of them we watch on DVD at our leisure, and the others we try to catch when they’re on TV.
This past Christmas was no exception.
We watched all of my favorites plus several others we were able to squeeze in during my Christmas vacation.
They were all very entertaining and most of them teach lessons about what the Christmas season is all about.
However, there were two Christmas specials we watched this year that really spoke to me personally. And these two movies might not be two you would think about.
Both of them were cartoon movies and spoofed the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
They were “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and “A Jetson Christmas Carol.”
“Mickey’s Christmas Carol” pretty much sticks to the original story. It just substitutes Disney characters for the original characters.
Mickey Mouse plays the role of Bob Cratchit and Uncle Scrooge McDuck plays the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Mickey gets overworked and underpaid by Uncle Scrooge, meaning Mickey won’t get to spend much time with his family on Christmas. Furthermore, since Mickey doesn’t have much money, he can’t afford to take care of his son, Tiny Tim, and his medical issues.
Uncle Scrooge gets visited by the three ghosts, The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Future.
The ghosts show Scrooge what his life was like in the past, how his current behavior is negatively affecting others around him, and what will happen to Tiny Tim and himself if he doesn’t change his ways.
In “A Jetson Christmas Carol,” George Jetson plays the role of Cratchit and his boss, Mr. Spacely, acts as a Scrooge.
Not a fan of any holiday, Mr. Spacely makes George Jetson work overtime meaning he doesn’t get to go home until very late Christmas Eve.
By this time, George’s dog, Astro, has already opened his robot cat present underneath the tree. Astro and the robot cat get into a squabble and Astro becomes deathly ill after swallowing a gear.
Since George got home so late, he isn’t able to take him to a veterinarian since they are already closed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Spacely gets visited by the three ghosts and realizes how consumed he is by his money and greed. Mr. Spacely gets a real shock when he learns that if he doesn’t make a change, Astro will die and The Jetsons will sue Mr. Spacely for all he’s worth.
This changes his attitude real quick so he hurries to the Jetson home with his own personal veterinarian. He takes care of Astro and also gives the family the presents they asked for at Christmas.
While these movies are mostly just cartoons for children, the way they look at the past, present and future was very interesting.
It reminded me that sometimes we should take a look at our own lives like that.
What are our pasts like?
Have we lived lives of sin, or have we spent our time helping others and being a light for the Lord.
What type of situation are we in presently?
Are there people in our lives who have needs and pains, and if so, are we doing all we can to help them?
And where is our own relationship with God right now? Could it be better?
And what might our futures hold if we don’t make a change?
As I’ve mentioned before, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Are there lost souls in our lives who need someone to share God’s Holy Word with them?
And how about our lives in particular? Do you know if something tragic happened you would spend eternity in Heaven?
The New Year is coming up and perhaps you have spent most of 2013 becoming an Uncle Srooge or a Mr. Spacely. I can’t think of a better way to start off 2014 than by either accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or rededicating your life to doing what God wants you to do.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com