I’ve had a Christmas tradition for about 33 years now. I’m not religious, nor is my family, who I am often separated from this time of year by an ocean. However, I’ve been watching the Sound of Music every year since I was in kindergarten. My Mom was a huge fan of all of the great musicals – something she passed on to me – and this one was often on television in the winter. I watched our VHS version so much that I remember where all of the tv ads fell…and the snowy screen that appeared when Mom had pressed pause while she was recording it. In my 20s when I was travelling home / back to my home in Ireland at Christmas, I’d often watch it on my laptop in the airports. And, here I am, in my cottage, putting on the DVD. I don’t think there is any other film that brings so much comfort.
Julie Andrews is simply an ANGEL. That is all. I adored her as a child, no matter what the film (Mary Poppins, hello???). And now, at 36, I am altering my adoring gaze from her to the Von Trapp children; the way they look at her mirrored my awe as a little one. She really must be as wholesome and beautiful as I imagined her to be. Kids aren’t THAT good at acting. 😉
Merry Christmas from my fireside to all. I am about to Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do into the evening! xx