Every year at this time, I blog about my favorite Christmas show and a funny experience I had surrounding it. Last year, for some reason - maybe because I changed hosting sites - I didn't blog about it but this year, I am renewing the tradition. It is worth the repeat if for no other reason than it still brings a smile to my face.
One of the most highly rated shows to be prematurely cancelled because networks couldn't work outside a formula was My So-Called Life. It made Claire Danes and Jared Leto stars. There was a Christmas episode titled So-Called Angels that starred the singer Juliana Hatfield. The storyline concerned a main character who was tossed out of his home at Christmas time and the main character's quest to help him. Homelessness and runaways were a huge problem then - in fact the actor who was a regular had been homeless until he was cast on the show - and is even more so now.
It was Christmas time and I was sitting in a pizza joint that seated over 100+ people. A friend and I frequented the place and got a table even though every other table was taken. People were seated fairly close together and everyone was in a festive, mind your own business mood UNTIL ...
I started telling my friend about the So-Called Angels episode which had been repeated on television (this was before the Netflix era) the night before. Then the waitress (who we knew) stopped as she was passing by, and exclaimed, "Did you see that too? I wanted to cry!" And before I could really respond much, the table next to us went, "Are you talking about that 'My So-Called Life' show?" And then the table next to them went, "I saw that too! I just wanted to get up and help someone afterwards". And then a lady at another table started crying ... well, you get the picture.
In less than five minutes, there was 100+ strangers in the same room talking about the same television episode. The ones who had seen it were reliving the experience all over again and motivated to tell the ones who hadn't watched it, all about how it moved them. I sat there with my friend, looking around, and finally chuckled at the chain reaction that had occurred. Looking at him, I said, "See! It was a good show."
That experience has stuck in my memory ever since. And I watch that episode every Christmas. Sometimes I watch it twice. And yes, I've been known to cry before it was over. Juliana Hatfield wrote a special song, Make It Home, that became something of a fan favorite and I still play it every Christmas. In fact I put it on a CD one year that I made for employees at a church and they ended up loving it. But that is a side note. The Inner Voices harmonizing of Sleep In Heavenly Peace (Silent Night) is brief but a beautiful rendition.
That is my story. I wish you the best of holidays. If you are with friends and family then enjoy the time. If you aren't, peace be with you all the same. And as a gift I post the two songs I just mentioned. Happy Holidays!