Monday, December 24, 2007

Mixing Christmas, Football and Pop Culture

Don't know if any of you caught the open to the Christmas Eve Monday Night Football Game or not. But it really captured the spirit of the holiday with one of America's hottest young stars.

Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana as she's known to most of her fans has been the hottest concert ticket for quite some time and she's really caught the fancy of plenty of young girls in this nation. I'm the father to one of those eight year old little girls, and there are several Miley/Hannah themed gifts under our tree for her, including those hard to get concert tickets.

So one of our fears as parents is that Miley turns into another teen superstar who ends up being exactly the role model we don't want for our children. But Miley's message mixed the season of Christmas with the season of football. It talked of the perfect season (New England), bringing hope to unexpected places (Buffalo), and the impossible dream (Green Bay), plus the anticipation of the final night (San Diego).

But it ended with this message which seemed to speak directly to all the children in the audience, particularly the little girls, and hopefully touched them as much as it touched me.

"So tomorrow morning, Go Crazy. Tear the paper off the packages. I totally hope you get everything you really want. But before we kick it off remember the best gifts are the ones that can't be wrapped."

That was the last thing my daughter saw before we put her to bed last night, where I'm certain visions of sugarplums danced in her head. I hope that the message from her idol stays with her long through the holiday season.

Merry Christmas all!

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