One of the relaxing things I enjoy most is watching movies. On my days off, I am always on the lookout for a good film. Each Friday, I look forward to reading film critic Joe Morganstern’s reviews and recommendations for various movies foreign and domestic. As a result, I have seen many, many movies. But out of all the films I have seen, one of my favorites remains one that I first saw long ago and have enjoyed many times since. This movie is near and dear to many, probably to a number of you as well and it is titled, “The Sound of Music” with Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews. It’s hard not to love this film’s winning combination of fun music, lovable characters, family values, and engaging plot-lines. At one point in this lovely movie, Julie Andrew’s character, Maria, sings about some of her favorite things. I won’t ruin the song forever by singing it for you, but one of them is “brown paper packages tied up with string.”
I couldn’t help but think of this image as the season of Advent begins to wind down and we look forward to celebrating Christmas in a few short days. My hunch is that most of the gifts that will be exchanged and found under trees will be wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper, full of shiny gold and silver patterns and holiday images. Some will have bows and ribbons and all will be beautiful to look at and impossible to resist opening. Very few will be brown paper packages tied up with string. And if we had a choice of which gift we would choose, based on appearances alone, most of us would prefer the one wrapped with beautiful paper and flowing ribbons. But is that a good thing?