After we got tired of the usual holiday fare, we put in one of our old favorite DVDs: Christmas with the Simpsons. (Our copy is actually old enough that the title is different from this one. Spoken like a true ex-tech writer.)
This may in fact be the one that got my kids started on their Simpsons obsession. Listening to it while I wrapped presents reminded me of the brilliance of this show. They can take a topic that I would rail on and on about (boringly and shrilly) and boil it down to a hilarious 7-second quip.
For example, the sign on the rest home that says, “Thank you for not discussing the outside world.” Of course it’s just funny, but in fact it’s practical too. There are many times that I’ve wished to say that very thing to the adults coming into my day care.
Then we have Lisa’s speech to her Aunt Patty, who is “just trashing your father:”
“Well, I wish you wouldn’t. Because aside from the fact that he has the same frailties as all human beings, he’s the only father I have. Therefore he is my model of manhood, and my estimation of him will govern the prospects of my adult relationships. So I hope you bear in mind that any knock at him is a knock at me, and I am far too young to defend myself against such onslaughts.”
Rock on, Simpsons.