Some holiday traditions never change. Christmas decorations go up on Thanksgiving Day. Hanging the same ole stockings we have had for years, making Christmas cookies, fudge and all kinds of caloric goodies saved for this time of year. Of course there are TV moments as well: Christmas Carol, Rudolf The Red Nosed-Reindeer, Miracle on 34th Street, and of course, It’s a Wonderful Life.
Frank Capra’s 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. A sentimental, small town fantasy that still resonates just as much today as it did 68 years ago. George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, felt as if he had spent his whole life saving the lives of others at the expense of delaying his own life and dreams. It’s Christmas Eve, the night of miracles, and George Bailey needs one! He’s broke, disgraced and facing prison, and in despair over a savings and loan shortage that is truly not his fault, but in typical George Bailey fashion has taken full responsibility for the mix-up. After angrily wishing he had never been born, he’s about to take his own life by jumping off a bridge, when he is rescued by his guardian angel who temporarily grants his wish by showing him what the world would have been like without George Bailey.
George truly believes that he’s never had a lucky break. But when he steps back to reconsider his choices, he realizes that they were the right choices. There really are no wrong choices. All of our choices lead us to exactly where we are suppose to be. George is truly a rich man: he has a loving and supportive wife, healthy, happy children, work that makes a difference in people’s lives, and more friends than his house can hold.
Quite frankly, It IS a wonderful life! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Let’s celebrate tidings of good cheer, and transform the mundane into the miraculous. Give gifts that nurture the soul of both the giver and the given. Believe in Unconditional Love, Forgiveness, Second Chances, Wonder, Courage, Miracles, Trust and Faith. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without any presents.