It was late November, 1988. The Mister and I had moved to a foreign land called New Jersey just a few weeks before so that he could work at an art foundry. My teaching license hadn’t yet been transferred from California. I was lonely and terribly homesick. I played Far From The Home I Love on the record player over and over again while The Mister was at work. My glimmer of hope was that I would be going back to California in mid-December to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding and would be able to have an early Christmas with my family.
As I made my dress for Lisa’s wedding, I watched the PBS station out of Philadelphia, WHYY-TV12. They were in the middle of a pledge drive and happened to show a 1950 movie sponsored by Bell Telephone starring the Mabel Beaton Marionettes. The Spirit of Christmas was such a hit for them that, at one point, they played it over and over again as the pledges came pouring in.
And as I sat there sewing, bawling my eyes out, and watching this quirky movie, The Spirit of Christmas began to grow on me. I was delighted to stumble across it the other day on YouTube so that I can share it with you because it has such symbolic meaning for me:
Comfort for even the deepest depths of heartaches can show up in very unexpected ways.
The Spirit of Christmas is quirky* and definitely a product of the time from when it was made. But it is a timeless story that I hope you will enjoy, too.
*There are versions of this video on YouTube that edited out the opening Bell Telephone sequence. I’m sharing the full version since I think the opening sequence adds to its charm.