This time of year has special meaning in our society…not just because of the season, celebrations and traditions but also from the joys we get from watching Christmas movies.
Today I am going to share my favorite Christmas movie with you and its meaning…and in my next post I am going to share my husband’s favorite.
Each of us has a favorite and I’m sure if you think about it you’ll find you have one too!
It’s a Wonderful Life has been my favorite movie for as long as I can remember.
Filmed in 1946 it is a story about a desperate man, George Bailey, who is ready to throw away his life on Christmas Eve because of a crisis in his life.
In the middle of his desperation, George wishes he was never born and God sends down an Angel–Clarence–to grant his wish.
Through the magic of film we see how the lives of many people were irrevocably changed when George Bailey does not exist to save them.
It is a story of a man who spent his life unselfishly helping others–and who in the end, in the most desperate moment of his life, finds that everyone comes to his rescue.
This heartwarming story demonstrates the strength of the human spirit and the frailty of human life.
The importance of family, hard work, strong values and a love of God and country.
It’s a Wonderful Life is my yearly reminder of how fortunate we are in this life, year after year, because of the people who came before us.
While it is not a traditional Santa Claus tale–it is the recounting of the importance of the season because of the promises Jesus gave us.
Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed brought the best of the season to life–the love of community, a commitment to serving others and the importance of a miracle at Christmas.
And it really reminds us that it is a wonderful life!