Monday, November 28, 2005

Men's Health Agrees: Tell Jimmy Stewart to Take a Hike

From their holiday survival article:
9. Never watch It's a Wonderful Life again

Sure, it's tradition . . . but you want it to stop. Don't just groan and say it's stupid. That will only upset whoever loves the tradition, probably The Mom. Propose a new one--a Scrabble tournament, a snowball fight, anything with a little more interaction and a little less suicide. Or you could just talk. If there's not much of a precedent for that, start with topics that can involve everyone. What was your first boss like? What was the first thing you wanted to be when you were a kid? What is your earliest memory? What was life like for the family back in the Old Country? How did Uncle Zach meet the Ziegfeld girl he married? You'll learn something about the older relatives' lives, and they'll fill in the gaps in yours, Dr. Manevitz says. A few planning rules: Keep it light and fun. No directives. No orders. No chores. And don't supervise the proceedings or have preconceptions of what's supposed to happen. If the goal is to talk and everyone's talking, mazel tov.

Now, let me tell you...I hate It's a Wonderful Life. Hate it. I used to get the flu every year around the holidays, and nothing says vomit like Jimmy Stewart assuring his daughter that yes, a ringing bell does mean an angel just got its wings. Good lord, gag me with a spoon.

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