So the worn out VHS tape that had Will Vinton's Claymation Christmas Carol had one other thing on it. Well... maybe a couple others. There were a ton of commercials from the '80s that I'll never forget (It's a good time... for the great taste... of McDonald's!) but beyond that, it had Garfield.
The Garfield Christmas special always held a special place in my heart. I was so downtrodden as an adult to learn that I had lost that tape, but fortunately, YouTube is a thing. Even better? YouTube apparently had scenes that were cut out of the TV version my parents taped. Imagine watching a special you knew like the back of your hand, something you watched every year for your entire childhood, just to bump into new stuff. Yeah. Blew my mind.
But more than that, it, like the Claymation special, brought me back to my childhood. I'll never had another Christmas with my mom and dad again. I'll never hug my little puppy Lucky and stare at presents in my mom's living room again. But for twenty minutes, I can recapture an ember from that Christmas flame of my youth. Garfield. I loved the cartoon. I loved the special. I loved songs, the characters, the flawed logic... it was amazing.
If you can find a legitimate copy, watch it. If not... I mean... YouTube is still a thing. So please, visit my childhood with me.
Be Excellent to Each Other
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.