Today is the Epiphany, the end of the Christmas season, if you’re Catholic or a Victorian. It’s time to take down your Christmas tree, if you haven’t already, and look forward to a season of springtime and sacrifice. It’s time to start thinking about Lent.
While you enjoy not eating chocolate for a few weeks, however, I will be watching movies, as has been my tradition these past eleven years. Something about this year in particular makes me want to shut myself up in a dark room and watch fanciful bouts of escapism. Who knows what that could be about.
Today, I officially start my planning. As of this writing, none of the movies have been decided. Suggestions are always welcome, with my only requirement being that I can’t have seen the movie before to include it for Lent.
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, will be on March 1. For my first movie, I like to do something very old and/or especially significant.
Holy Saturday, the final day of my celebration, will be April 15. For the final film, there will be a small party, with wine and bread and fish and pizza or something. The film itself will be something appropriately holy, like The Passion of the Christ, Godspell, or Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter.
Let’s do this thing.
Oh, and one more thing. It is, as always, my father’s birthday. Today is also, for the first time, my father-in-law’s birthday. So happy birthday to you both.