Handel’s Messiah and Elf

10 Dec

My Christmas entertainment has been all over the map in the last two days, and maybe that’s a good thing.

A week or so ago, Diane and I trolled the internet to find some Christmas music offerings that we could take the family to, and on Thursday night we went with friends to see a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Maranatha Bible Baptist college in Watertown. Wow. I thought it was terrific. We were in the front, and at the end, Diane and I decided to give them a standing ovation. We assumed we would lead the way, but we were…wrong. Awkward. Oh, well, we thought it was worth it. I always love to take in some form of a Christmas concert in December, and we have particularly delighted in traveling to Chi-town for Moody’s Candlelight Carols concert, though the price including transportation keeps us from making the trip every year.

Then last night we watched a movie that has become a Holiday tradition for us – Elf. I checked it out on Rotten Tomatoes and it got 84% approval rating. Such a figure makes me want to have a conversation with the 16% who didn’t like it. I love it because it’s got a lot of “moments” in it that tug my heart or make me laugh out loud, including the World’s greatest cup of coffee scene, the delight Buddy has in discovering another Elf, who in reality is just a very offended short person, and the “Baby it’s Cold outside” shower scene.

Anyway, these evenings are moving me, slowly but surely, into that Christmas spirit state of the heart. Tonight’s Children’s Christmas play at the church (5:30 p.m.) will hopefully do the same.


Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Handel’s Messiah and Elf

  1. Tammy Myers

    December 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Pastor Roger,

    I’ve been following your blog and added you to my blog roll. I would rather blog than watch the boob tube anyday!!

    Our local paper is running a feature called “The Characters of Christmas.” You’ll be glad to know that Elf is the character of the day today! I have to confess, I’ve never seen the movie. Guess I need to put that on my “watch list,” huh?

    Merry Christmas to you and the family!

    Tammy Myers


  2. rogerknowlton

    December 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Tammy, great to hear from you. Yep – you need to put it on your Christmas watch list for sure. Say hello to everyone in PA!



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