The Festive Season

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Thanksgiving” by Archbob is licensed under CC by 2.0

We were just clearing the remains of our Thanksgiving feast from the table once family and friends left and hadn’t even taken down the decorations put up on the walls yet when my little one loudly exclaimed: “Now it’s time for Christmas! Let’s get the Christmas tree out and do it up!

Me and the wife stared at each other in disbelief for a moment. Alright, in a way the little tyke was right; November and December are meant to be holiday season for this precise reason that Thanksgiving and Christmas come one after the other. But then, when you’re literally bursting at the seams with perfectly roasted turkey and sweet potato casserole, corn pudding and pumpkin pie, it does become very difficult to conjure up visions of cold ham and roast chicken, Christmas cake and gingerbread. (Please don’t ask me why I relate any and every festival with food. I have no clue.)

So it was a firm ‘No’ for the disappointed boy. We will do up the Christmas tree in a couple of days from now, but not at the moment. No way. For right now, all I need is a siesta for a few hours after the exquisite food on the occasion.

Festive times at their best!

Mickey Mouse turns 88

Just last month we talked about our favorite cartoon pair Tom and Jerry turning 76 years old. It seems to be the season of birthdays since the much-loved official mascot of The Walt Disney Company – Mickey Mouse – also turned 88 this November 18! His cheerful countenance doesn’t look a tad older than it did 88 years ago, does it?

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Mickey” by Skitterphoto is licensed under CC by 2.0

What would you think of Mortimer Mouse as a name? Because Walt Disney had initially decided on this name for his creation, that is before his wife stepped in and suggested Mickey Mouse that ‘sounded more fun’.  The immense popularity of this fun guy can easily be gauged from the fact that he can boast of his very own star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The little mouse which is believed to ‘represent the world of animation’ has a fascinating story to tell of its initial years – greater than 10,000 drawings which took almost up to two years to complete made up a Mickey Mouse cartoon back when it started, and that too for a short seven and a half minute of film screen time! What’s more, I was very surprised to learn that Charlie Chaplin acted as an inspiration for the character of the jolly mouse. In Walt Disney’s own words:

“We wanted something appealing, and we thought of a tiny bit of a mouse that would have something of the wistfulness of Chaplin… a little fellow trying to do the best he could.”

And thus our dashing and heroic little mouse was born, and how!