by: Rich Vaughan
I don’t mind admitting that I like to watch Christmas Hallmark movies with Debbie. I like happy endings and things working out (by the way, I have never trusted Disney movies since they killed off “Old Yeller”). One of my favorite actresses in the Hallmark movies (and I have several) is Lacey Chabert. She just starred in Hallmark’s “Christmas Waltz” this year. In November’s Guidepost she has an article where she talks about, among other things, her family’s Christmas traditions. I think there is sometimes a tendency for us to think of movie/TV personalities as people living a surreal life and not having any of the experiences we have. In fact, I imagine that we consider many of those whose profession is acting as people with no faith and/or only caught up in power, wealth, and prestige. While I am sure that is true for many in that profession, it is not true for all. If you read Lacey Chabert’s article in guidepost you will find a young woman who grew up in a traditional family doing all the traditional things. You will find someone who loved (and misses) her grandparents and loves (and worries) about her parents. You will find someone who has wonderful childhood memories and Christmas memories. She shares them in this article but the one that struck me the most was the memory, and the continuing story, of her Dad always reading the Christmas story from Luke on Christmas Eve out loud to her and her siblings; and even now to her, her husband, daughter, and the rest of the family as they gather for Christmas.
I also loved the point she made in the article that Christmas is timeless. She shares that during the pandemic, her daughter, missing her friends and a normal life, asked Lacey during a July day, “can we make it Christmas now?” Lacey, as a mother and child of God, remembered that because of her father’s job (working offshore for an oil company), they sometimes had to shift around their Holiday dates, so she said, “yes”. They put up a small tree in her daughter’s room, decorated it with her daughter’s favorite toys and experienced Christmas in July. I love that! Because the Christmas message is timeless and one we should remember all year long, not just in December.
Lacey Chabert finished her article by saying that, “During quarantine, I did a lot of decluttering, looking though old boxes, and emptying a storage unit. In the bottom of one box I discovered a little pink Bible, my first one. I thumbed though it for the Nativity story, hearing it in my head the way Dad read it. There it was, the words I was looking for, the message, what the angel said to the shepherds and to Mary: ‘Fear not, I bring you good news of great joy.’ The peace, joy, and hope that accompanied the birth of Jesus, not only then but now and always.”
Lacey Chabert understands the wonder and heart of Christmas as well as any theologian I have ever read or known and her words ring true for you and I today as we prepare for Advent/Christmas 2020. No wonder she is one of my favorite actresses! She gets Christmas and God’s message. Do we? I sure hope so! Amen & Amen.