Zoe has really gotten a lot better behind the wheel and is showing a great deal more confidence these days, but we still have a way to go. I still regularly shout out things like BRAKES and OH FUCKING HELL, which has to be somewhat unnerving for her without a doubt, but in all honesty 120 hours feels like a very long time when you are in the passenger seat with a 17 year old driver. I get the necessity and I support the sensibility of it all, but compared to the crappy 10 hours that I did before I got a license it seems like overkill. Oh well, you have to appreciate the lower incidence of young driver accidents these days, which is clear evidence that all those hours are indeed important, and in another 7 months this will all seem like a blip on the radar of my life - but I am sure that I will have more grey hair by then, utterly positive!
So tomorrow I am kicking off my Christmas festivities and putting up my decorations and tree. I don't go all 'Deck the Halls' bonkers or anything like that, no strobing LED's stapled to the house or gyrating santas to be seen anywhere. But I do have some special and meaningful items that I like to drag out for the season, and the tree decorating is something that we all set time aside for as a family each year. We have a pretty huge tree and a lot of ornaments that we have collected over the years, so even when we all pitch in, it's a couple of hours of decorating. I try to get a good 26 days out of my Christmas decorating efforts, or it just doesn't seem worth the effort.
And so....it begins!
Release Date: 1993
Running Time: 76 mins
Tim Burton melds the magic of Christmas with the terror of Halloween in this beautiful and somewhat macabre claymation-musical. The story revolves around the life of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King and most revered character in Halloween Town. Jack in his desire to find new thrills in life stumbles across Christmas town and causes the balance between the two worlds to shift. This is a quirky and slightly scary children's movie, but behind the horrors there is a gentle message about the comfort of home and being true to yourself that cannot be ignored.
Not for preschoolers, but primary kids will love the crazy characters and catchy tunes, it's a magical piece of work.
FINAL SAY: Claymation at its best.
4 Chili Peppers