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It's a Wonderful Life--A Movie for Christmas

Updated on September 23, 2015

Why I Love This Classic Movie

It's a Wonderful Life is one of the all time favorite Christmas movies ever made. I look forward to watching it each year at Christmas time. It provides a great reminder of the profound difference one life can make. If you have never watched this movie starring the lovable Jimmy Stewart, maybe the Christmas of 2013 would be a good time to see what you've been missing. Here are some of my favorite highlights of this treasured, timeless film.

Life Lessons Discovered

It’s a Wonderful Life enjoyed now for over sixty-five years, portrays the positive results of caring and loving others day after day, and year after year. The law of sowing and reaping becomes very apparent in the life of George Bailey, but as always, the hardest part of the process is having the patience to endure the adversity. After putting his dreams aside, George Bailey’s seemingly mundane life was actually reaping him a form of abundant treasure that turned out to be much more valuable than mere monetary gain. Proving that no matter how routine life may feel, there is real value in an ordinary life lived in serving others.

Damage Done by Just One Hurting Individual

Comparing George Bailey’s actions to Mr. Potter’s (the Scrooge-like banker), it is clearly an example of good prevailing over evil. George Bailey spent his life helping others to grow and succeed and built many solid relationships with those he helped. But Mr. Potter spent his time squeezing the life out of people just to satisfy his greed. He cared for no one but himself and he would come to learn that this choice makes for one very lonely life. Mr. Potter, out of spite and just plain meanness told George Bailey that his measly life was not even worth the face value of his life insurance policy. And that he was a failure, just like his father was. At this point, George Bailey felt his life mattered none, which brought him to the place where he believed ending his life would be best for all.

George Learns of the Profound Difference He Made

While trying to accomplish his undesirable mission, George meets a delightful angel named Clarence. Clarence, sent on a mission to save George, helps him realize the enormous difference his life had made for so many people. Clarence gave George Bailey the gift of seeing how the world would actually be had he never lived. This special insight allows George to learn a valuable lesson about life in general. Every life counts and has a difference to make. It would seem that a person actually makes the biggest difference during the times that feel they are accomplishing the least. Through ordinary, seemingly mundane, meaningless days of choosing to do the right thing, when selfish desires are put aside and a determined focus is placed on the needs of those you love, caring spreads to more and more people. It can even spread to an entire town!

George Benefits from His Years of Sacrifice

What could be more important than family and friends sticking by your side and praying on your behalf during a time of such great need as faced by George Bailey? George Bailey reaped the reward of caring for others when all those he helped along the way returned the favor, at just the time when he felt all was lost. The townspeople came to George’s house and contributed to his need. That sounds like a great community to be a part of!

It's a Wonderful Life is the perfect Christmas story to share with family and friends.

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Part of the final scene where daughter Zuzu shares with her dad that "Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings."

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      amandascloset0 3 years ago

      It is my favorite Christmas movie! I love it!

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      I love "It's a Wonderful Life" most definitely one of my most favorite movies! Looking forward to watching it soon as the holidays are nearing. :)