Yes, I realize that Halloween is still over two weeks away so I shouldn’t be talking about Christmas movies yet, but I can’t help myself because they’ve finally made my Christmas movie. It’s a comedy starring Mathew Broderick and Danny DeVito called Deck the Halls which is all about one of my favorite parts of the holiday: Decorating your home for Christmas.
As a kid not only did I spend hours staring at the toy section of the annual Sears Christmas Wish Book catalog*, but I devoted an equal amount of time to the Christmas decoration section dreaming about how I planned to deck my future home out with the most awesome Christmas display ever seen before. I was going to take it beyond just buying a bunch of decorations to coming up with my own rigs to do things like run a wire around the house from various trees in the yard from which I’d suspend a (full size) sleigh and reindeer that would be motorized so they’d fly in a continuous circle until midnight on Christmas Eve when a switch would divert them to a different track that would enable them to land on the rooftop!
As you can see, I focused on the important aspects of the Christmas holiday.
So it probably goes without saying that a movie about two guys competing to have the most decked out Christmas display immediately has its hooks into me because I can so relate to that sort of ambition. They are my people and this is my movie. For all I know it’ll probably suck, but I found myself giggling at the trailer in part because what I saw looked funny and in part because it gave me all sorts of new ideas for the day that I eventually manage to own a home of my own.
* This link goes to a Flick’r gallery where someone took the time to scan an entire Sears Christmas Wish Book circa 1979. I was 12 years old that year and, man, does looking at that catalog bring back the memories!