[December 24, 2022] Looking back on the many television shows I watched growing up, one of my favorites was The Honeymooners, starring Jackie Gleason. The show follows the lives of New York City bus driver Ralph Kramden (Gleason), his wife Alice, Ralph’s best friend Ed Norton and Ed’s wife, Trixie. Most episodes revolve around Ralph’s poor choices in absurd dilemmas.
What I liked about the show was that it portrayed working-class married couples in a gritty, non-idyllic manner, as it was primarily set in the Kramden’s kitchen in a dilapidated Brooklyn apartment building. As regular readers know, my wife Nancy spent her life in Brooklyn. In one of their episodes, the show focuses on Christmas. As Ralph, Gleason gave an outstanding performance, which is the short segment on what he said to his wife, Alice.
Christmas is just about the best time of the year. You walk down the street weeks before Christmas comes, and there’s lights hanging up, green ones and red ones. Sometimes there’s snow, and everybody’s hustling someplace. But they don’t hustle around Christmas time like they usually do. They’re a little more friendly. They bump into you, they laugh and say pardon me and Merry Christmas. Especially when it gets real close to Christmas night, everybody’s walking home. You can barely hear a sound. Bells are ringing, kids are singing, snow is coming down, and boy, what a pleasure it is to think that you got someplace to go to, and the place that you’re going to has somebody in it that you really love, someone you’re nuts about. Merry Christmas.
You can see this on YouTube here.
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