Sunday, November 16, 2008

Adoption is Everywhere!

The girls have decided, now that Halloween is over, that it is time for all things Christmas! (We're prepared to ignore Thanksgiving since it doesn't have any good songs!) They're singing Christmas songs, and coming up with their Santa lists. We've pulled out the Christmas videos already, and a few nights ago watched Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

If it's been a while since you've seen it, the movie's premise is to explain the origins of Santa Claus. He's found as a baby on the steps of the Burgermeister's house, with a note asking that some kind soul take care of him. The mean Burgermeister orders his servants to take the baby to an "orphan asylum," but he ends up with a family of elves, the Kringles, instead. The Kringles name him Kris, of course!

Zoe asked at that point, "Did they adopt him?" I did my answer-a-question-with-a-question thiing, and asked, "What do you think?" Zoe decided they had adopted him because "they took care of him and were with him forever." That is a good point in the movie -- the Kringles are with Kris when he's an adult, too. And it's a transracial (trans-species? trans-astral plane?) adoption, since the Kringles are elves, and Kris, towering over them, clearly isn't!

Another interesting point -- the baby is found with a necklace marked "Claus." When he's an adult, Mama Kringle shows it to him when he needs an alias since he's run afoul of the Burgermeister's no-toys law, so he starts to use the name Santa Claus.

1 comment:

Wendy said...

M loves this one (although explaining the Burgermeister "throwing the baggage out" was interesting). She has a deep love for Santa that goes beyond the norm, she has really felt close to him since she saw this show and told me all last holiday time how Santa is like her. Adoption in unexpected places.