That’s right, folks, it’s time once again for good ol’ Scrooge Picard to make his traditional holiday appearance. I’m actually putting him up a little earlier this year than I have in the past, y’all CF lifers may note. I admit to having done my share of obligatory complaining to friends and family about how the stores are jumping the gun on Christmas more and more each year, so much so that the season this year seemed to get cranking more or the less the day after Halloween.
But if I’m honest with myself, I’m really not all that bothered by it. I’ve always just loved the Christmas season: the festive lights and decorations; the houses decked out and twinkling; the small-town Main Streets all tinseled and garlanded; even the cheesy holiday displays in the stores—these things all combine to make the very air itself seem fresher and more cheery, and I find myself going well out of my way to pause and enjoy them.
I was just talking to a friend of mine, something of a Scrooge himself, who maintained that Christmas as we know it now was wholly invented by commercial interests looking only to make a buck. I said that may or may not be entirely true, but if so it amounted to not an “inventing” but a hijacking, and that Christmas was and would always be a lot bigger than that. I refuse to allow my own conception of Christmas to be bounded by such. I look at it in much the same way as I do the Confederate battle flag: these symbols belong to those who reverence them, if they’re bold enough to claim them. And I will no more let ill-intentioned or self-serving usurpers get away with misappropriating the one than I will the other.
So, y’know, here we all are. You’re likely to see an increase in posting frequency (if not quality) for a while, only because I enjoy this theme so much I’ll be making more time to hang around here just to look at it. I’d also bet there’s a handful of younger CF readers out there who don’t know who either Scrooge or Picard are, and find themselves baffled by this whole thing, and…well, I ain’t getting into all that. You guys will just have to look it up for yourselves. As for the rest of you: enjoy. I know I will.
Update! I will under NO circumstances be wishing anybody “happy holidays,” this or any other year. I’m sure you all knew that already, or at least suspected it. But still. Ahem.
Updated update! For those of you whose only experience of Stewart as Scrooge is the TV movie (and this website), here’s some info on the real deal. I was fortunate enough to see the final performance of its 1992 NYC run, and it was simply incredible. Apart from my firm preference for TNG over all other Treks, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Patrick Stewart just for this alone.