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December 15th, 2015 10:36 AM

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Disney films are known the world over as the best in animation, but the studio didn’t earn that reputation easily.  One of the reasons for the level of excellence achieved was the filmmaker himself.  Walt Disney was ruthless about cutting anything that got in the way of the unfolding story he wanted to tell.  As seen recently in the ABC TV special, “Behind the Magic: The Making of Snow White,” one of the animators recalled working over 200 days on a four-minute sequence where the dwarfs made soup for Snow White, almost destroying the kitchen in the process.   Disney thought it was funny, but he decided the scene interrupted the flow of the movie, so it was edited out. 

Often we also find ourselves doing things that should be “edited out” of our busy lives.  Especially during the hectic holiday season, we sometimes find ourselves trying to do all the “good things”   the season inspires, and overextending ourselves instead of concentrating on a few things worthwhile, with the time and talents given us.  Life can become so crowded with commitments that we don’t have room for the really important tasks that involve family and friends.  We sail through the holidays, wishing them to be over so that we can get back to our “normal” lives.

This holiday season, instead of stressing over the perfect gifts or dinners, or blindly rushing through it, remember WHY we are celebrating and take time to reflect on those “scenes” that could be “edited” in order to make the holidays more enjoyable.   When the Christmas films of our lives are shown, will they be as great, peaceful and memorable as they could have been? 

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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