Happy Holidays

There is no more recommendable movie for the holiday season than It’s A Wonderful Life (1946). The film isn’t explicitly about Christmas or any other holiday, even though its final scenes take place on a day just before Christmas, perhaps even Christmas Eve and the cast sings “Auld Lang Syne” at the end. Themes of spirituality, end-of-the-year introspection, faith, and charity carry throughout what’s a clever retelling of the Scrooge story with an angel guiding the way instead of generic spirits. In this case, a more relatable protagonist and motivation make this a more timeless and seasonless tale. Who hasn’t considered what the world–family, friends, community–would be like without them? And what better time to consider this philosophical premise than December, as we contemplate the end of one year and the start of another and celebrate a variety of holidays with those very people we’re thinking about?

Even though the Frank Capra-directed Jimmy Stewart vehicle is not nearly as ubiquitous since NBC aquired exclusive broadcast rights, it can be found on a variety of streaming services, including iTunes and Amazon.

★★★★★

 

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