I wasn’t planning to post anything until after the New Year but feel moved to share this. Last night Wayne and I watched the 1972 Lawrence Welk Christmas special, and we actually watch Lawrence Welk on Saturday “nights” (5:00 p.m.) when it’s on Maine PBS. I’ve had a rough week but watching this last night was so helpful in rekindling the Christmas spirit. Unapologetically*, here are the top six reasons why I think this show is balm for the soul:
Everyone on the show brought their kids on the set to sing Christmas carols and it was so freaking sweet. The kids were allowed to be kids in their little holiday outfits. It wasn’t a fashion show nor were they expected to be snarky or edgy.
It’s from a time when “corny” and exuberant optimism wasn’t seen as the enemy of intelligent people. It was even a possibility. It wasn’t irony. Camp wasn’t camp. It was hip to be square!
The sparkly colorful sets, hair styles and makeup from the 1960s and 70s episodes are epic: epically awesome or terrifying is in the eye of the beholder. I would love to walk around my house in a sherbert colored gown with sequinned curtains and big ol chandelier in every room. Yes, I’m a kook.
I love the happy older couples dressed up and dancing in the audience! They remind me of my grandparents whom I miss dearly and most this time of year.
The band is always wearing the same pastel or earth tone colored suits. This is a good look.
The men are very wholesome-looking and wear Andy Williams and Mr. Rogers type sweaters. Wayne refuses to dress like this despite it being the best look ever. (Heads up, Wayne. Maybe Santa doesn’t care this year! ha!)
*This from someone who spent time in mosh pits in the 1980s, loves old school hip hop (“rap” to us back when), hardcore punk, Sinatra, classic rock, 60s psychedelia, 70s pop and more! Anything with soul and flavor.