It’s a Wonderful Life is my favorite Christmas movie of all time. I first watched it when I was about 14. It was on late at night and I had started a new hobby of watching some old black and white films. Hitchcock movies got me started, but then I just found it fun to watch any old movies. I have always been fascinated by technology. I was amazed that these films were so good back then. So one night, late at night, It’s a Wonderful Life was on. I became enamored with it. What a great story. What if you wished that you had never been born and could see what the world and the people whose lives you have touched would be like without the imprint you left? If you have never seen this classic film, I encourage you to do so. I try to watch it every year at Christmas, especially when I need a little push to get that spirit back in my heart.
Christmas isn’t always the way we want it to be. We sometimes get too excited about it and when something goes wrong it upsets the entire apple cart. These days, the real meaning of Christmas has been lost. I miss the Christmases like I had as a kid. We celebrated at home, my parents and us kids, but we also made the trip every year (over the river and through the woods) to visit my Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. The gifts were simple, a doll, a board game, maybe a color by numbers poster or something like that. It wasn’t like the ipads or ipods or xboxes of today that are difficult to top after given. What do you do next year? The real joy was in having fun with cousins and my grandmother’s cooking and baking yummy stuff!
There is that problem now of divorce and Mom’s house, Dad’s house. Hopefully the kids get to see both parents on the holiday, but some spend every other year with one or the other. There is often a competition with the other parent, if they have a lot of money and you don’t. Well, you know what? It is better to make Christmas about the traditions, about the family, about the food. We need to value the important things in life if we are to be an example to our kids. Make your traditions revolve around friends, family and enjoying the blessings that you have, a warm house to sleep in, good food to eat and people who love you. Your kids will hopefully find more satisfaction in those things as they grow older.
No matter what, have a very Merry Christmas. I hope Santa brings you a little something special wherever you are. I’ll end with some clips from It’s a Wonderful Life. The second clip has my favorite line, “I was saving this money for a divorce if ever I get a husband.” LOL!