Uncle Jack's Blog
Disclaimer: this particular blog entry has absolutely, positively nothing to do with produce.
What makes a good Christmas movie? Well, if you’re anything like me (I’ve been watching them
for eleven years and counting), you readily have the answer to that very poignant question:
A college girl moves to the big city and, within in a few short years, becomes a very successful
event planner / businesswoman / veterinarian. Through an overwrought series of career
misunderstandings / mishaps / perceived slights, she returns (disillusioned and disenchanted) to
her small town only to bump into her high school sweetheart who never left and now runs the
family Christmas tree farm / bed and breakfast / candy cane factory.
Hilarity ensues. Fate brings them (close) together. Perhaps they are ice skating / dancing /
giftwrapping, and just as they are about to kiss, they are interrupted by a sibling / friend / co-
worker, none of whom are aware of the unfolding drama.
Undeterred, our two star-crossed lovers carry on and eventually their lips do indeed lock. Re-
energized, and with her Christmas spirit restored, our protagonist returns to the place she should
have never left and becomes a very successful event planner / marketing executive / legal
counsel for her one true love and his Christmas tree farm / gingerbread bakery / reindeer ranch.
Why do I watch (sometimes) two to six hours a night for a couple of months leading up to
December 25th? If each story is basically the same, if every plot is paper thin and if the final
scene has been replicated dozens and dozens and dozens of times, what do these admittedly fluff
pieces have to offer?
They offer hope.
The hope that, after all, we’re human and need to love and be loved. The hope of a better today.
I know this firsthand…
The founder and owner of Tailor Cut Produce, David, died suddenly and unexpectantly
on September 12, 2012. Although many others within my inner circle were greatly more affected
than I was, we all faced bleak weeks, months and years, and I was shaken to the core.
Without going into great detail, the months following David’s death were the darkest times
we’ve ever experienced.
How did I move forward?
The “Hallmark” channel.
"Uncle" Jack is the most creative person on our staff, and the perfect person to blog. He tries to write at least once per quarter.