Sunday, December 20, 2020

Tip#1227: The Recipe For Resilience, Perseverance & Indestructible Optimism, Part 33 – Noel

This is Day 278 of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Toronto, Canada. 

Thanks to friends and family, I was encouraged to get a Christmas tree for my first time facing Christmas alone this year. And I got a live one instead of an artificial tree which was my first thought to get. I called it my Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree because it was so small and precious and I found it thanks to my sister and nephew at a church across The Carrot Common on the Danforth, Toronto. 

This little guy instigated so many smiles and compliments as we traveled home on the subway! And when I got home the tree immediately filled my home with a fresh pine scent that lifted my lonely heart. It gave new life to my home. It’s also my first live Christmas tree in over a decade so I enjoyed learning how to care and water this little guy. 

There were also Christmas movies I’ve been watching focused on people being alone during the holidays or not having anyone to spend it with:

• Home Alone (1990)
• Holiday Affair (1949) See tip#711
• While You Were Sleeping (1995) See tip#613
• Remember the Night (1940) See tip#1225

The latest I watched was a 2004 film that I first saw in 2009 (see tip#315) which was the year before my life and business crashed. It was emotional watching it again because so much had happened to me in the past 11 years. Thankfully it’s been a slow but promising recovery on many levels since. Ultimately this film gave me hope and comfort for my isolated Christmas arriving soon in a few days.

Noel (2004) 

The Christmas-themed drama film, Noel, is about five strangers linked together and who meet each other at separate times by a series of events on Christmas Eve in New York. This emotional and engaging movie has a strong ensemble cast that include Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin and an uncredited Robin Williams.
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It was wonderful to watch this hidden gem again. Each of the cast are amazing and the story takes you places you won’t expect. And I felt a little sad seeing Robin Williams and Paul Walker who both had passed away since I first saw this movie. But I was still uplifted by Sarandon’s character Rose and how she persevered with her difficult Christmas Eve with the help of many of the other characters. And Walker’s character Mike also goes through a profound experience and transformation that was inspiring to see again. 

Inspiration from specific holiday movies can go a long way to transforming one’s low mood. They can inspire one to be resilient when feeling isolated and alone. The characters can remind you to stay strong and hopeful that everything will be okay and that a light will always remain bright in your darkness. Find that special holiday film today to lift you up! Happy Holidays to you during this very unique 2020 season! 

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Related Tips:
Part 1 – COVID-19 – 6 Movie Tips
Part 2 – COVID-19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey

Part 3 – COVID-19 – The Biggest Little Farm

Part 4 – COVID-19 – This Is the End

Part 5 – COVID-19 – Runaway Bride

Part 6 – Splash

Part 7 – Julie & Julia

Part 8 – Paris Can Wait

Part 9 – The Client 

Part 10 – The Old Guard

Part 11 – The Farmer’s Daughter
Part 12 – Amélie

Part 13 – Hail the Conquering Hero – The Lady Eve

Part 14 – Back To School

Part 15 – Project Power – An American Pickle

Part 16 – The Secret: Dare to Dream 

Part 17 – Chadwick Boseman – 42 – Black Panther
Part 18 – Phenomenon
Part 19 – Mulan 2020
Part 20 – Waitress - Labor Day - Michael

Part 21 – Enola Holmes
Part 22 – Kiss the Ground
Part 23 – Top 5 Inspiring Thanksgiving Movie Scenes
Part 24 – Hubie Halloween

Part 25 – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 
Part 26 – The Queen’s Gambit   
Part 27 – Trading Places 
Part 28 – Greenland 
Part 29 – Logan’s Run 
Part 30 – Moonstruck 

Part 31 – Remember the Night 
Part 32 – Tenet

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