Thought for the Week

Argyllshire Advertiser - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

WELL, have you seen it yet?

I’m re­fer­ring to the new Padding­ton Christ­mas ad­vert which I think is ab­so­lutely en­chant­ing.

I am an avid Padding­ton fan and can’t wait for Padding­ton 2 to hit the screens.

How­ever, the ‘Christ­mas Vis­i­tor’ ad will keep me go­ing. The lit­tle bear is as de­light­ful as ever and cap­tures our hearts with his in­no­cence and naivety.

The Christ­mas scene is set amidst houses that re­ally only ex­ist in our misty-eyed nos­tal­gia.

Snow cov­ered streets let us peep into houses where ev­ery­thing is per­fect and ev­ery­one is happy.

Christ­mas lights and trees twin­kle round the vil­lage, and Santa’s sleigh drifts through a starry sky across snowy rooftops. It is an idyll. Some would say it’s sen­ti­men­tal fan­tasy. Well of course it is! But is a lit­tle of that not just what we need to es­cape to in this world to­day?

I wish this Christ­mas that ev­ery­one could feel a bit of the magic we felt as chil­dren, and which, in truth, some of us still do.

But more than that I wish ev­ery­one could know safety, have enough food, have a warm home and know real love.

Yes, Padding­ton is part of the idyll, but Padding­ton is also more than that.

Padding­ton is kind, con­sid­er­ate and sees the best in ev­ery­one - even the rogue try­ing to steal the Christ­mas gifts.

The lit­tle bear en­sures that ev­ery­one has a gift and fi­nally he melts the tough­ened heart of the thief by giv­ing him his last mar­malade sand­wich.

It’s not much to give, but it’s all he has. Is that not the real mean­ing of Christ­mas?

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