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My favorite Christmas movie is Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed released in 1946. To me, it’s ICONIC because it has weathered the test of time, and it is such a timeless classic, it can appeal to so many people throughout the decades. Plus, the story is inspiring and a complete tear-jerker no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
In a season that often times feels hurried, commercialized and all about the stuff, living beautifully is realizing the greatest wealth a person can have is the cherished relationships in their life.
Frustrated businessman George Bailey is at his wits end, and his business, stared by his father and to which he has dedicated his whole life, is about to shutter. In an hour of need, an angel named Clarence comes down to show him what life would be like if he had never existed. Through a series of scenes, he shows George the impact he’s had on the lives of others including his love Mary and the very community he lives in. George existed to take care of others and in the end, they took care of him. He was a man of principle who believed in people and gave opportunities to others.
It’s a message about the value of love of family and friends, and at the end of the movie, when George Bailey’s Savings & Loan is saved by the goodness of those people around him, his younger brother who returned to town to help declares George Bailey “the richest man in town.”
In a season that often times feels hurried, commercialized and all about the stuff, living beautifully is realizing the greatest wealth a person can have is the cherished relationships in their life, and I am extraordinarily grateful and inspired by the family and friends make up my wonderful life.