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Elfin magic

It’s that special time of year again.  The ghouls of October have gone back into hiding or just returned to their government jobs.  The temperature is dropping as snow and ice magically appear before we can get our snow tires installed again.

The Americans are chasing turkeys with hatchets and Black Friday seems to loom for days.  Funny how an event that shouldn’t last more than 12 hours at most now involves weeks of “Sneak Peeks,” “Pre-Black Friday,” and “Better than Black Friday” sales even in Canada.

And as a continuous stream of scandals ensures that Hollywood actors, producers and directors are no longer employable and our favourite shows are no longer watch-able without extensive viewer guilt, we’re supposed to prepare for a holly, jolly holiday season.
Yes, there is a definite pallor over the world.  And thus far, the media has not been helping.

Remember when watching television was an escape from the real world?  When the news involved one hour after dinner to discuss countries you couldn’t find on a map or politicians you forgot you elected?

Now, the news is everywhere 24/7.  Some of it is fake – except for that which isn’t.  Politicians are making us fear for our very existence – whether our downfall is due to political stupidity or Mother Earth turning on us, herself.

Meanwhile, people we used to revere are being outed as morally reprehensible, criminal, or at the very least really, really … human.

The world is in a sad place.  More than ever, we need joy.  We need hope.  We need forgiveness.

Is it any wonder that the networks are starting the holiday movie season earlier than ever?  And I’m already pulling out the Christmas decorations when it’s not even December.

Of course, according to Charlie Brown’s own Lucy Van Pelt, they have a hidden agenda. “We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know.”  And she might be right.

Yet I can’t help but think that a visit from Santa’s elves could give us the shot of holiday spirit we need.  As Kris Kringle explained during his Miracle on 34th Street, “Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind and that's what's been changing.”

So how about we try to put aside our serial cynic and open our hearts to a little elfin magic for the next few weeks?

Tim Allen likes Bernard and Curtis, the original and sequels.  Rudolph has a soft spot for his dentist, Herbie. And the Prep & Landing TV specials have made Wayne and Lanny famous in their own right.

Just grab your favourite elf and make things great again.  Will Farrell’s Buddy has even offered a few suggestions: “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie-dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.”

So?  How ‘bout it?