I waited a few days to write this blog after another beloved Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was viewed this week. Today I still questioned whether I could get through typing this without crying. I am a chronic crier, and many mundane things make me tear up. Emotional crying is kind of like nature’s way of naturally regulating our moods and general health vs our modern day drug companies. I know from a personal standpoint that a good Hallmark commercial or moment cry now-and-again is a form of emotional cleansing.
Why does anything from Hallmark make you so emotional? Hallmark movies are designed to make us cry, even if we don’t identify with them. I think every marketing/advertising student should be required to study Hallmark movies and their saccharin-card-giving-commercials. When people look forward to the commercials during a television movie or program, you know you’re doing something right. Romance is honest and makes you think about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else. I know I am a better person when I let myself have the time for romance and for love. I thought there were very few of us out there until last year I met Jane Tunks of the Christmas House on Nelson Street in Carleton Place.
What makes people collect things? The most common reason is that they like the items they collect, and get pleasure from it. At Christmas there may be other reasons for collecting, such as gathering ornaments as keepsakes for your children or grandchildren. Things that bring back memories of wonderful people and wonderful times. Life is full of memories worth saving if you think about it. Jane Tunks and her family love Christmas and that is why they collect. Honestly, you would have to go to dozens of homes to see a collection like this Carleton Place family has.
In a world where there is so much sadness and so much to be afraid of, good things do happen to people. We haven’t lost romance in the digital age, but we may be neglecting it. In doing so, “out-of-date” art forms like watching Hallmark movies and collecting Christmas ornaments are taking on new importance. Romance will always be something we can find, even if we’re not consciously looking for it. Join the Carleton Place Hospital Foundation Christmas House Tour and feel the love at the Tunk’s family home. After all, it’s the house with a heart.