This was made back in 1984, I think, and wound up being played for years. It’s the strangely touching tale of a little boy who can’t ice skate and feels left out by all the mean older kids and then Ronald McDonald shows up and everyone’s like “Hello, Clown! It’s so normal you’re here, in the woods, with a bunch of kids!” and Ronald shows the little boy how to skate, and the modern viewer is reminded of the really horrible joke with the blood in the clown suit. Or maybe that’s just me. Merry Christmas, everybody!
McDonald’s and Christmas are two things that have very little in common, at first glance. However, if you think about it, it makes sense. Both are things you loved and looked forward to as a child, and both are things that usually disappoint you and give you indigestion as an adult. Both things make you fat, and both are things where, when you’re young, you’re really there for the free toys.
Also, sometimes, when you’re young, you find yourself dragged along for Christmas shopping trips with Mom and Pop, and at the end of the day, you wind up there. Mom and Dad, by this point, have probably spent as much money as they’re willing to spend, and yet are too worn out by the holiday shopping experience to cook anything at home. So, sometimes, you end up at McDonalds. It’s a nice reward for behaving yourself when you’re seven, especially if they’re serving eggnog shakes.
Ohhhhh how I miss you, eggnog shakes…
Next up: it’s not a bad tree, it just needs a little encouragement.