I would say that these objectives are crystal clear. Perhaps you could clarify. The ELTons judges said the following: The lessons do promote critical thinking in the language classroom, and do encourage learners to reflect on values while learning a language.
Each year the media world is starving for new holiday stories. They want them for the bookshelves, for the TV screens, and the cinemas. It pays the bills and, maybe, you will unwrap the golden present. In other words, create a holiday tale that becomes a classic, one that audiences return to yearly… which can also pay the bills yearly as well.
The problem is that for all of the attempts to make that blessed holiday classic it so, so rarely happens. Most holiday tales disappear at the end of the year. The books and the DVDs end up in the bargain bins, and the TV specials and movies are shown at random times in the early morning if they are shown at all.
Not exactly a Christmas feeling, I know, and probably not the one most of those contributors were hoping for. But it is a common feeling for me each year as I dare to check out the new holiday samplings from my fellow writers. So why is it so difficult to write a good Christmas story?
Basically, it is because most holiday writers seem to forget four important stocking-stuffing-ho-ho-ho points. These points are what separate the classics from… well… anything on the Hallmark Channel.
The Dark Side The reason why most religions have holidays around the Winter Solstice is that cultures want to celebrate the return to light. For after the darkest day, there is hope. That period is rich in symbolism and it works for stories as well.
This is an important point, because all of the classic holiday tales recognize this darkness. Let me repeat that- a suicide attempt. Our hero, George Bailey, has a lot of darkness in his life from the death of his father, the loss of hearing in one ear, a beating from the pharmacist, never succeeding in his dreams, etc.
To make it even more bleak we have Tiny Tim, a poor crippled child who will die if the funds are not supplied to save him there is a strong argument for universal health care.
And that is not even with discussing the lost dreams and loves of Scrooge. Miracle on 34th Street has Santa almost committed for attacking a man. Do I need to go on? What these writers recognized is that the darker you go, the brighter the light is at the end.
Just like the Winter Solstice. So if you want your story to strum the heart-strings, make people care, take them to the dark side first! No Cynics Allowed It is so easy to be cynical about Christmas.
I think a part of that is we all have in us a little bitter child remembering that moment when they discovered that Santa is not real. One of the things I found very annoying in many of the stories of My True Love Gave to Me is the amount of cynicism of the characters. Everyone seemed to want to put down the holiday and the man in the red suit.
Yeah, overall, the first film is a disaster and has possibly one of the evilest Christmas stories I think I have seen. You ready for this? And the rest of the short follows this depressed child dealing with it, much like someone does around the loss of a friend. Seriously, I was watching this with my kids, horror-stricken that Mickey Mouse just ruined Christmas for my little children.
It is followed by a tale of Mickey and Minnie being poor in a variation of O. Like I said, bad film, avoid it. See, there is a difference between darkness and just being evil. Chances are, the audience that want to see Santa taken down a few notches are not tuning in or opening the pages of your book anyway.
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Write Christmas card quotes to share the magic of the season. Don't forget to sign your Christmas cards.
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