I’m wandering around the house, sitting here-and-there, staring out the window, pondering – how do I appeal to readers to READ “The Seven Days of Christmas”? What can I do? What can I say? Hmm, any ideas, Lord, you want to toss my way? What to do, what to do? And all that’s going through my head is “try it, you’ll like it!” Now wait, wasn’t that a commercial? What was that for? Ooh, Life cereal, right? So, off on a little google searching I go.
Well, I found out a couple of things. One is that the actual dialogue for the Life cereal commercial was:
“Did you try it?”
“I’m not gonna try it, you try it.”
“I’m not gonna try.”
“Let’s get Mikey!”
“He won’t eat it. He hates everything.”
Pause for Mikey eating the cereal.
“He likes it! Hey Mikey!”
Okay, that’s right. I remember now. Hmm, are people looking at this new author and this new book and thinking, “I’m not gonna try, you try it,” as they click or scroll away from it?
The other thing I learned is that the actual “try it, you’ll like it” phrase is from an Alka-Seltzer commercial. You know, the waiter is insisting, “try it, you’ll like it” and when the man eats the food he get indigestion. After taking some Alka-Seltzer, he’s all better. At the end of the commercial words scroll on the screen, “Alka-Seltzer neutralizes all the acid your stomach churns out,” and the narrator continues “for your upset stomach and headache, take Alka-Seltzer and feel better fast.”
I have to admit, I chuckled at the two commercials as I recalled seeing them growing up. And then I began to think. Life cereal, it tastes good even though it’s good for you. And Alka-Seltzer to calm an upset stomach and help you feel better.
What do these two things and “The Seven Days of Christmas” have in common? Well, I certainly don’t think reading it will give anyone indigestion or a headache, and it isn’t a “self-help” or (at least I don’t think) preachy book, but it just might be good for you and help you feel better by encouraging you in your day-to-day life and your walk with the Lord, even in the midst of your messy days; and it might just be the respite you’re looking for during the frenzy of the holiday season or cold winter days.
So, what’s the moral of this little post? Try it! You’ll like it!