The holiday season is always busy. There’s shopping and cooking, cleaning and baking, cards to write and make and decorating and visiting with friends and family.
It is also the time when new movies are released.
Disney movies. Family movies. Epic adventures to take you away. Although this wasn’t some either my husband or I did when we were growing up, we decided that around the second week of December we would treat our family to one of these movies and take a break from the holidays.
Okay, it is partly because I’m a huge Disney fan so this was a reward for me as well, but mostly it was escape pure and simple. Now that our children are older, we were a bit confused as to how this would play out. We weathered the teenage years, when they didn’t really want much to do with their parents. Alas adulthood has wrought changes and so has the entrance of boyfriends (my son will go because we’re paying and there’s usually lunch involved—he’s his father’s son).
This weekend found our kiddies still in bed and we decided to escape. Like the tradition it’s become, we saw a Disney movie (I’ll be honest, if I don’t see an animated more a year, I start twitching and thinking bad thoughts). Apparently I’m not alone as at the matinee of Frozen there were only adults in the audiences. True to the Disney brand it delivered a sense that all was right in the world. But… But there was an unexpected twist in the Disney tradition that must be what is creating the buzz.
Smiling, we went to lunch and scarfed down our food as we decided to make it a double feature. This time we went to see The Hobbit. This movie had lots of kiddies. In fact somehow when we weren’t looking a troop of them filed in an sat down right in front of us. Given that they were small, the seat aligned on steps and that the movie was very long, their frequent potty trips were not nearly the distraction that it would have been in an older theatre. And, bonus, they even cleaned up after themselves.
We didn’t leave this theatre smiling because of where the story ended. Instead, if I could have harnessed Smaug I would have sicced him on the directors and producers. Still, it was a nice break and next year we’ll do it again, if only to see the Hobbit trilogy end.