People who know me well know that I love the Muppets. People who know me very well know that my favorite Muppet is Gonzo. People who know me really, really well know that I kind of want to grow up to be a Muppet-even though I know that this is completely impossible. And people who know me extremely well know that I kind of aspire to be Gonzo.
Given the fact that I love the Muppets and I love classic literature, it might not surprise you to learn that my favorite Muppet movie and my favorite Christmas movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol. I grew up on that movie. My family owned several different film adaptations of The Christmas Carol. We had The American Christmas Carol and the George C. Scott version and we might have had another one too. We generally watched at least one Christmas Carol film adaptation per Christmas season throughout my childhood. But The Muppet Christmas Carol was always my favorite. There are so many reasons to love the movie. (BuzzFeed even has a post all about 25 of those reasons!) Different people love the movie for different reasons. And I want to briefly ramble about why I love this movie.
For me, it’s the perfect blend of literature, music, and humor. The message of the movie is positive. It shows the importance of family, of friendship, and of love. Despite having a cast of singing animals and vegetables, the movie conveys the original story nicely. I personally love Gonzo’s portrayal of Charles Dickens. A blue furry Charles Dickens is just what I need to get myself in the Christmas spirit. (Remember, he’s my favorite and my almost-hero.)
I also love Kermit and Miss Piggy as the Crachits. They are so believable and adorable. I’m not saying that human actors can’t accurately portray this family, but there is something enchanting about these two as Bob and Emily. Their home is just so homey and real. I kind of want to go live there…as long as they can keep rats off the goose while it’s cooking.
I love so many things about the movie. I love Sam the Eagle as a (mildly confused) British teacher. I love Fozzie as Fezziwig. I love the penguins. I love this guy. (I don’t usually like rabbits, but I want Bean Bunny to be my new best friend and my new pet.)
He and I would have SUCH good times together. We could sing obnoxiously together. But back to things I love about the movie…
I love the Ghost of Christmas Present. And I think above all it’s his song “It Feels Like Christmas” that explains why I love this movie. This movie understands what Christmas is about. It’s about love. It’s about kindness and sharing and caring and love. And as the song so beautifully says, “the message if you hear it is make it last year.” So, I’m going to leave you with my favorite song from my favorite Christmas movie.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie? What are your Christmas traditions? Have a blessed Advent and a merry Christmas!