His and Hers: Christmas artistry

His and Hers is a weekly discussion of a question or topic relating
to marriage. On Friday, my wife and I each write our thoughts on the week’s
topic. I invite others to do the same with their spouses as an exercise in
celebrating marriage.

What’s your favorite Christmas song, and what’s your
favorite Christmas movie?

Mrs. Happy’s response

Without a doubt, my favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. Every
year I like to hear it sung live by a talented singer—it’s too difficult for
a moderately
talented singer to do it justice. If I can’t hear it live, I do like Josh Groban’s
version from Josh
Groban In Concert

I’m not a big fan of Christmas movies, but since I have to pick one I’ll pick
Miracle on 34th Street

Curt’s Response

I love Silent Night, especially the paradox evident in the second verse:

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior is born
Christ, the Savior is born

I love the image of such an otherworldly celebration in the sky announcing
an event that occurs on earth every day—a birth—simultaneously comforting
and terrifying the shepherds on the night
arrives on

My favorite Christmas movie is sort of a source of contention between my wife
and me. I think A
Christmas Story
is one of the funniest, most touching and insightful
movies ever made. Mrs. Happy doesn’t like it at all. Usually, we either agree
on a movie’s value or at least understand each other’s opinions if they differ.
On this movie, there is no such understanding. I don’t know how anyone can
see A Christmas Story and not love it. She doesn’t understand any of its humor.
Maybe having a boyhood is essential to "getting" it.

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