A “Bear-y” Sad Ending?
Shane specifically charges Oliver with the responsibility of making sure “Bear”-thazzar makes it back to the DLO before New Year’s---but have you seen him since? I know I sure haven’t! Critical viewing of preceding films fail to reveal whether or not Oliver, or any of our other POstables, ever retrieved him. So much for family?! I guess there’s always hope the camera could pan to his current location in One In A Million. Only time will tell!
One thing that stood out to me is that everyone---Shane, Rita and even Oliver, seem to have semi-defined plans for the holiday. But when Norman gets into the Jag, one wonders where he’s going. One can assume the car was headed first to the airport, then to Albuquerque. Where was Norman going, though? In the end, it was clear they all ended up back at the DLO where they should have been, but it’s something I noticed, and therefore something I thought I would share. Perhaps that scene where Norman shares got edited out?
Comedic relief twice in For Christmas, the use of mistletoe to cause temporary tension between Rita and Norman had me wondering---who hung it? In both locations the natural ceilings are far too high for the casual decorator to have placed them at such a convenient height, let alone without wasting yards and yards of cord to do so, causing a no doubt displeasing overall aesthetic. Clearly the work of camera magic! I wouldn’t be surprised if, in real life, there was someone simply holding it from a very high ladder, haha. Whatever works!
Miracles Public & Private
Perhaps the one question everyone has asked themselves from time to time is if Oliver ever told anyone about Jordan being an angel after that no doubt life-changing reveal in the hospital chapel? I am leaning towards he kept it to himself. But what responsibility might he have to tell Shane, “Hey, you both danced, and designed a set with, a heavenly being?”
For someone hesitant---or even fully unwilling---to believe in miracles, it seems this would have been the perfect argument for Oliver to present to Shane. Also, Jordan had been carrying that letter around for the better part of 25+ years, and she didn’t stop to ask questions about that? Seems pretty un-Shane like! Then again, if I was about to have 25+ years of pain redeemed, I don’t know that I would be asking those kinds of questions either!
Is it me, or did Oliver breach protocol not once----but twice---in For Christmas? As he has made known on multiple occasions, the opening of a letter is only to be done after the careful assessment of its outer envelope. The minute Jordan hands over Shane's letter to God, Oliver is opening and beginning to read it. Only when he goes to the Mailbox Grille the next day does Oliver begin assessing the partial address visible on the outside--clearly a breach of protocol.
Those are my leftover questions/observations---what are yours? Share them with me in the comments!