Friday, December 18, 2015

Merry (Stupid) Christmas

If you read the newspaper Rachel made, you'd know from her interview with Miriam that we have an advent calendar filled with candy and scriptures (printed off from this website). We're not very good at opening it every night because so sometimes we end up open two or three...or six or night and then nothing for a few days. Now that school's out I'm sure we'll be more attentive to details like advent calendars, but the past three weeks we've been busy focusing on other things (like making dinner and getting to bed on time).

Tonight was a five-scripture night, which meant we each got to read one. Miriam read hers first and then Benjamin asked me to help him with his.

"And the angel said unto them," I whispered.

"And the angel said unto them," Benjamin repeated.

"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy," I said.

"Sear not: sor, behold, I bing you good tidings of gate zyoy," came the echo.

"Which shall be to all people," I said.

"Wish shaw be to aw peepuh," Benjamin said.

"For unto you is born this day..." I said.

Then, much to our astonishment, instead of repeating what I'd said, Benjamin went on to finish the scripture, boldly proclaiming, "In the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord!"

Andrew and I stared at each other, dumbfounded. I mean, we read the scriptures regularly with our children, but how often do we read the Christmas story, really? That's pretty much reserved for Christmastime so he hasn't heard it that many times since last year. It's not like we avoid reading it at other times—and we'll read through it if and when it comes up—but we don't seek it out, either. It hasn't been a scripture we've worked on memorizing recently.

And then we realized that Benjamin has been watching A Charlie Brown Christmas a whole lot lately and was simply channeling his inner-Linus. It's his new favourite movie. He requests it at least once a day or more; he doesn't get to watch it every time he requests it but he has seen it several times (enough times that he's managed to memorize that line, evidently).

Really, who can complain about that? Luke 2 is a wonderful thing for a three-year-old to go around quoting. Now, the line I caught Benjamin muttering on repeat as he walked around the house earlier today—"Boy, are you stupid Charlie Brown!"—was a little less cute. Thanks, Mr. Schultz.

I might have grounds to complain about that, but it's Christmas and stupid is one of our Christmas words. It shows up in A Charlie Brown Christmas four separate times, so it's a super Christmassy movie, clearly, since It's a Wonderful Life, our benchmark for Christmas words, also uses stupid four times. 

1 comment:

  1. Zach really enjoyed that movie last year! He liked when Charlie Brown's tree fell over, and CB groans, "I killed it!" (something like that...I've not seen the show in awhile.)