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Friday, December 25, 2020

Thank you, Kirk Cameron


My mother took me to see a national company version of the musical Mame when I was a teen. Celeste Holm played the title character. The song I remember was "We Need a Little Christmas," which instantly became a favorite of mine.

My favorite stanza is:
For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
Candles in the window, carols at the spinet
Yes, we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
It hasn't snowed a single flurry but Santa, dear, we're in a hurry
Mame needed a little Christmas because the stock market had collapsed. It was 1929.

We have needed a little Christmas since June. It is 2020, the Hold My Beer year.

And Kirk Cameron, the rebel with a cause, delivered a little Christmas this week.

USA Today reported, "Kirk Cameron protests stay-at-home order with caroling event during California COVID surge."

The story began, "About 100 people organized by former child star Kirk Cameron, many of them without masks or practicing social distancing, gathered in Southern California Tuesday night to sing Christmas carols.

"Cameron, 50, a devout Christian, promoted the event, which took place in a mall parking lot in Thousand Oaks, Calif., in advance on social media, just as he did with a previous one on Dec. 13 touted as a 'Christmas caroling peaceful protest.'

"Cameron, who famously starred in the Growing Pains TV sitcom, organized the event apparently to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest stay-at-home order."

Sandwiched between the headline and story were a carousel of videos, beginning with a clip of a celebrity-led protest against the Second Amendment in DC in August.

Providence at play?

Cameron said in a video before the caroling event, "Have you ever sung Christmas carols by candlelight at a time where your state governor has prohibited you from doing that in America?

"If you love God, if you love Christmas and you love liberty, you're not gonna want to miss this."

100 people showed up. The police and the mall let them sing. I don't know what tunes they sang, but I hope this was one of them.
So, climb down the chimney
Put up the brightest string of lights I've ever seen
Slice up the fruitcake
It's time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough
For I've grown a little leaner, grown a little colder
Grown a little sadder, grown a little older
And I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder
I need a little Christmas now
Christmas finally arrived today. It is a chance for every adult to turn the clock back to when they were 10 because, as the film A Christmas Story showed us, your best Christmas is when you are 10.

Mine came a month after Kennedy's assassination.

We welcome Christmas anyway. It is a salve. It is a hope for a better tomorrow. And experience tells me that, yes, tomorrow is better.

18 comments:

  1. And can we please note that the COVID-death numbers continue to rise...Because ALL disease death numbers rise over time. Over time! Cumulative. Take pneumonia and start 10 years ago. Keep adding, over the years, the deaths to the deaths. Oh my, isn't that a large number. Take heart attacks, start 10 years ago. Keep adding the years of deaths. Oh my. Kinda big number. That's the way it works.

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    1. Good. I hope they pass those conceited scumbags at Verizon soon.... 𝐞𝐟𝐚𝐫𝐦𝟑.𝐜𝐨𝐦

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  2. Really nice Christmas Day post! Thanks Mr Surber.

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  3. He may be on to something.

    Even today in Estonia, people are happy to tell you that the way that they got rid of communism was to revive an old Finno-Ugric methodology - and sing the soviets right out of the country.

    https://singingrevolution.com

    Yeah, I know - by 1990 the USSR had lost its old stalinist mojo (and I don't even want to think about how "father joe" would have reacted to a challenge like that)... but still...

    FWIW, in pre-Christian Finno-Ugric mythology, singing is more than just music; it is the "delivery vehicle" that a shaman uses to unleash his most powerful magic.

    The most famous scene in the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, occurs when the old shaman Väinämöinen is traveling along a road, and finds his way blocked by the young, obnoxious punk Joukahainen. Joukahainen is just being a jerk and won't step aside to allow Väinämöinen to pass - basically asking, "Whatcha got, old man?" So Väinämöinen begins to sing... and soon, to Joukahainen's horror, inanimate objects around him begin to move to-and-fro. Then, as Väinämöinen continues to sing, Joukahainen is lifted up into the air, floats off to the side of the road, and is dropped feet-first into the swamp (!) beside the road - up to his neck. He then realizes his mistake, and begs Väinämöinen to stop singing and pull him free - but Väinämöinen just keeps singing and Joukahainen keeps sinking into the swamp (!).

    (Joukahainen eventually is able to cut a deal with Väinämöinen in order to be freed from the swamp (!) - you can go read the story if you're further interested.)

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  4. During my youth, one of my family's favorite TV programs was "Sing Along With Mitch." Mitch Miller led an orchestra, choruses and occasional soloists in familiar pop standards, sometimes staging production numbers, while lyrics flashed upon the screen for us to sing along. It was karaoke years before there was karaoke. The Christmas program of December 21, 1961 is now on YouTube, all 48 minutes of carols and holiday favorites. What struck me the most was Mitch putting "White Christmas" in its historical context. He dressed his men's chorus as GIs camped in the North African desert on Christmas, 1942, the year Irving Berlin wrote the song. Thousands of military men were deployed in the two theaters, often in inhospitable environments, including sailors patrolling the two oceans, all dreaming of home even as they fought their way to ultimate victory. This production number can be found at the 20:40 minute of the video. Nine years later, I was serving in Vietnam, and you can bet that I was counting the days until homecoming, even as I faithfully carried out my duties.

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    1. More than 2. Imagine being stuck in Iran. Or the Aleutians.

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    2. During World War II, my father was a SeaBee stationed on Kodiak.

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    3. Christmas 1967 on the Rivera, South Vietnam was more than a little strange with the CIA Skymaster broadcasting that and other Christmas songs.

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  5. Cameron was upstaged the last season by a kind named deCaprio and apparently got the deeper message.

    Good to see he walks the walk.

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    1. I saw the same thing when deCaprio entered the scene that last season.

      Cameron had already chosen his path.

      Politics aside, deCaprio has that rare star quality

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  6. 10 years old i got the best stuff i ever got for Christmas. Including a
    slot car track. which my Pop and i spent racing each other for hours and hours.. Merry Christmas indeed.

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    1. Me and my brothers got one of those one Christmas. Good times indeed.

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  7. Nice article Don. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  8. Nice that he did that, double nice that he thumbed his nose at the authorities while doing it and triple nice that the police and the mall them do it.

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  9. Thank you for all you do, Don. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones

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