Saturday, March 31, 2007

An Old Fashioned Saturday Morning Christmas With Tom & Jerry

I used to really like Saturday morning Cartoons. Among those cartoons was the staple Tom & Jerry. These two characters have been around for a long time now. Today's video is the 1941 Tom and Jerry Christmas Special of their rendition of Night Before Christmas. I love this episode because although short there is an abundance of life lessons in it and a rekindling of what used to be on Christmas morn.

I would encourage you to pull the kiddies around and see what Saturday morning television and Christmas features used to be about. Sure some still do have great lessons, but not to the extent of the old cartoons. Remember this was also network television. There are a couple of things I would recommend noticing, and then thinking about, talking about, and applying to each individual life.

One of the things is to notice how the plot of Tom and Jerry is essentially the same as all of the others, the two are after each other and trying to get at each other, in the same way that people are often behaving, especially if watching the news of the mad rush on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday when everyone is rushing to get the latest. This was seen no place more so than the rush to get the PS3 before Thanksgiving. People have the tendency to be greedy, and during this time of year, it is easy to get caught up on individual needs as opposed to the needs of others around you. In this cartoon you see that happening with Tom and Jerry, but, thankfully it does not end there.

As we see one of the characters lying on a pillow in front of the fire place, notice the hymn Silent Night that starts to play in the back ground, even building up as the cartoon moves on. It is as if Tom, the cat, has a change come over him, suddenly realizing what Christmas is all about. We then see effort on his part to save Jerry, and ultimately befriending him. He even makes amends for the wrongs he has done. In return we see Jerry displaying the same action. In essence we see love come about when love and forgiveness is shown. Those are not just lessons for children, but lessons for adults, it is one of the things I used to enjoy when watching the cartoons when I was younger, even if not fully understanding the value of Jesus and the change he could bring into my life.

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I love Tom & Jerry, I just wish that the ol cat would get the mouse at some point. This is a 1941 Christmas Classic, made during a time that all seemed to be well.

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