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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Thoughts

Another Christmas come and gone.  Presents opened, colorful wrapping paper discarded.  I had a wonderful Christmas season with family visits, cold weather in Utah and warm weather in California. The Lovely Sharon and I had dinners with friends; we had Christmas Prime Rib at home and attended a lovely Christmas morning Mass. 

 Beginning around December 1st I started watching the Hallmark TV Channel round the clock Christmas movies.  I especially liked the Dog who Saved Christmas.  That Dog was a good actor and was so in tuned with the Christmas Spirit.  I cried when he high fived the 12 year old son of the family at the end of the movie. You just are amazed at how a dog can figure out the family problems, develop a sound and effective plan to solve those problems and get it all done by Christmas Eve.  That is truly a great dog.

 From watching all of these Christmas movies, I was surprised how many people (the “harassed family member") rent fake boyfriends, fake girlfriends and fake fiancée’s (the “fake beloved”) to bring back home to their small town family Christmas celebration, never thinking that the rental of a fake beloved might result in some zany problem and embarrassing disclosure to the unsuspecting family.  I saw three or four of these movies.  The plots are pretty much the same.  The harassed family member going back home for Christmas is tired of the harassment from the family for not having found someone who they would eventually marry.  The harassed family member hires someone to play their beloved for Christmas.  The fake beloved is given a crash background course about the family and the harassed family member. A phony history of the fake beloved and the harassed family member is created so the unsuspecting family can be told of how their wonderful romance developed.  The family really likes the fake beloved and the harassed family member actually falls in love with the fake beloved. in a two day period  The fake romance is found out and the fake beloved leaves and everyone is sad, angry and/or disappointed.  The family realizes the harassed family member has, over Christmas, fallen in love with the fake beloved and they all tell the harassed family member to go find the fake beloved and bring him/her back to the family.  The fake beloved is brought back, everyone is happy and no doubt a wedding will occur in the near future. 

Courting and marrying the Lovely Sharon was hard enough and our relationship was and is real.  If she would have been my fake girlfriend and then my fake fiancée, can you imagine how tough that would have been?  Come to think of it, when she took me back to Nebraska for the first time, she gave me a crash course about her family and she took me to visit the members of her extended family and she took me to visit the members of her ex-husband’s family.  We did not get married until a couple of years after that trip.  I wonder if for that trip and for the next two years if I was the fake beloved?


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