I love Christmas. In fact, I am pretty obsessed with it. When December comes along, I enjoy watching a large number of Christmassy films and even reading Christmassy books when I can. Though, for some people, it’s viewed as a celebration of greed, I like to look at it as a celebration of love and generosity – and I love stories which celebrate these virtues! So here’s quick look at some of the characters who I feel are the best Christmas Icons.
Full disclosure: I am not religious at all and I don’t even know if he existed in reality, but I have to tell you, I love Jesus and Christmas is his birthday. He even gets to have his name in the day, kind of. Now, I don’t agree with everything he said, but I don’t think anybody better embodies the ideals of love and generosity than Jesus himself.
You’re most probably thinking to yourself ‘Why has the Walton maniac added John-Boy to a Christmas list when he has nothing to do with Christmas? Is this another stupid joke? Why doesn’t he realise that nobody’s laughing?’ and to that I say – John-Boy made his debut in The Homecoming which was a direct-to-television Christmas movie. His passion for life, creativity and his open-minded approach to helping others means that he most perfectly embodies the ideals we should all strive for at this time of year.
I love me a good redemption story – you’ve got classics like Jean Valjean and Koro-sensei, but Ebenezer Scrooge is the best one with a Christmas angle to him. Deep in my heart, I like to imagine that a lot of the world’s nasty and greedy people would transform if they underwent the Scrooge treatment. ‘Scrooge’ is so often used as an insult for people who hate Christmas, but I think that it’s actually a compliment, because Scrooge is a man who realised his worldview was wrong and then dedicated his life to helping others.
You know, I was going to do four of these, but then I found that I was really torn between who the fourth slot should go to and the first three all felt like absolute shoe-ins. I decided that that’s a good indication that I should just stick to the three. Do you like these three characters? And who do you think are the three biggest icons of Christmas?