A Little Christmas Cheer: It’s A Wonderful Life

Released in 1946, this American classic has become a regular visitor to the Austin home.  This fantastic film is the first Christmas movie we watch every year and this year was no exception.  We pulled out the video cassette and enjoyed our favorite Bailey family two full weeks before Thanksgiving.  It isn’t uncommon for us to watch this great film two or three times in the season and every-so-often during the remaining 10 months of the year.

I will not insult you by summarizing the film’s story line.  Let me just point out that in my darkest hours, when my own life had no meaning or purpose, this movie was a persistent reminder that life had value, even when I couldn’t find the meaning.

In truth, my life is a mirror image of George Bailey’s.  His story is my own.  The love he experiences at the end of the movie; the support of his family and community as they come to his rescue, touches my heart every time.  (That AND my wife is just as lovely as Donna Reed.)