I love Christmas.
The Hallmark channel has been airing tons of Christmas flicks and while they are utterly predictable and wildly unbelievable in the falling in love department, they are quite heartwarming nonetheless. Last night my mom and I watched a movie from 2005, The Christmas Blessing. I figured since Neil Patrick Harris was starring in it that it would be a lighthearted movie with some humorous one-liners. Boy, was I wrong.
I knew going into it that he was playing a doctor who loses a patient on the operating table and subsequently questions his path, so he returns home to work with his father as a mechanic. I figured it would lead to him repairing a strained relationship with his father, falling in love with a pretty girl, and then saving someone's life and realizing he should be a doctor again. While some of those things occurred, it turned out to be a really somber movie and one that resulted with my eyes leaking like a faucet. Not exactly the way I was hoping to spend my eve before Christmas Eve, but hey, it was still a pretty good movie.
If I had known it was the second movie in a trilogy based on a series of books which is based off of the song "The Christmas Shoes," I most certainly would not have picked it as the movie to watch last night because crying wasn't exactly on my list of things to do. Even though the story behind the song is nice, it's one I try to avoid during the holidays since my emotions tend to run a little high during this time as I remember the family members who are no longer here. Same goes for sad Christmas movies. I did get a fairly good cry out of it, which I'm sure I needed, but I was thankful that the tears of reacting to sadness became tears of laughter when my mom and I turned it around for ourselves (because who wears lipgloss mere hours after surgery???). Anyway, I awoke with a twinge of a headache today, but on the plus side, my eyes weren't nearly as puffy as I anticipated them to be today. For that, I am grateful.
Now that Christmas eve is here, I'm looking forward to spending time with family, indulging in dinner and dessert, and waiting anxiously for Santa to bring me presents! I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Be safe!