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Best Christmas Movie Ever - "It's a Wonderful Life"
Have You Seen It?
If you've never seen this classic Christmas movie, you really are missing out. First of all, Jimmy Stewart is one of the best actors of all time, that in itself is reason enough to watch. Second, the message is timeless and thought provoking.
If you've ever thought that your life doesn't matter, you will be able to identify with Stewart's "George Bailey."
What Would It Be Like?
George had grown up dreaming of leaving his hometown of Bedford Falls. He was going to explore the world and build skyscrapers. But just as those dreams were about to become a reality his father dies and George feels obligated to take over the family business and send his brother to college.
George never leaves Bedford Falls. He marries and has children and continues to run the family business.
When his absent-minded uncle loses a large deposit for their business; George is threatened with jail and losing everything that's important to him. At the end of his rope, he crawls to the richest, meanest man in town to beg for a loan just to be ridiculed and told he would be worth more dead than alive.
George is contemplating the unthinkable, when he meets Clarence, his guardian angel, who decides to give him the opportunity to see what the world would be like if he had never existed.
George believed everyone would be better off without him. But when he is presented with this alternate reality he discovers that he has had a much larger and positive impact on his family, friends and community than he could have ever imagined.
He realizes that it truly is a wonderful life.
If you have never seen "It's a Wonderful Life," I hope that I have piqued your interest and that you will take the time to check it out for yourself. You won't regret it.
If you have seen the movie, I encourage you to watch it again. Not just because it's that time of year and it's a Christmas movie; but because it's message really does cause you to think about your life and what you have to be thankful for.
As Clarence says, "Know one is a failure who has friends."