Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!

I know I get off topic here (the topic being namely, my daughter), but sometimes I like to share some other things with you on this blog. Today, for some reason I was thinking about an incredible documentary that Josh and I saw a couple of years ago about Father Mychal Judge, the priest who died on 9/11(he was made famous by the photograph of the firefighters who carried his body away from the crumbling towers in a chair). The documentary about his life is called "The Saint of 9/11." I know it is available through Netflix and I bet you could find it at your local library.

Rather than describe the film I've included the trailer here. It doesn't really do the film justice, but the only thing I'd like to add to the trailer is that it is an uplifting film. Very, very uplifting.

And on the topic of uplifting, here is yet another of my favorite documentaries. This one is about how a small town school found a way to understand the enormity of the Holocaust. Lest you think that I am tempting you to watch a depressing piece of cinema right before Christmas, I will tell you that this movie too is very, very uplifting.

And that folks, is why I share these films with you in the first place. For one, it feels like our precious little country is kinda in the gutter lately and we need to reinforce our generally good humanity. And secondly, the holidays are supposed to be happy and joyous. They hopefully remind us that we need to dig deeper to find new ways to love and understand each other and to embrace each other's differences. These films are pretty incredible at doing just that.

Or, you know, if you're a holiday-hater then these might at least be a welcome break from non-stop cable re-runs of "It's a Wonderful Life." Scrooge.