Hey all....the Christmas spirit came winging it's way to our house tonight in the form of It's a wonderful life.
It's another tradition in our family.
We own the movie...and before Christmas every year, we sit down and watch it all together as a family.
It never fails to put me in a good mood.
My childhood was less than stellar. I never watched it when I was young.
I started watching it as a 19 year old bride with my first subscription to cable.
When you're young, you have a bunch of roads and a ton of options.
Then you choose one not realizing you are picking a path...you think you can back track...or start over.
When you can to a certain degree, but never totally.
Picking is picking....I think that's why God gives young people so much idealism, optimism and blind faith. You need it.
As you get older, you start to realise that some of the choices you made..consciously or unconsciously, affect what you will or won't do in this life.
The older you get, the more meaningful the movie becomes.
I swear....From the opening scene with the sledding and George saving his little brother, who then saved a troop transport...to old Mr. Gower losing his son during the war and George saving some other little boy and then saving Mr. Gower...to George wanting to get out of that little town and see the world, but unable to leave Mary because he loved her, unable to just flush the business his father built because it gave people homes.
The more of life you live, the more this movie touches on everything in you.
It touches on that part of you that wonders if you are really making a difference to anybody or anything. Then you look at your kids, and know that you are.
You never know who you have touched...who you have saved in some way.
That is why every single seemingly mundane task IS important.
Every kind word or act of generosity.
That movie always gets me ready for Christmas....
Merry Christmas to everyone out there,
your spirit filled blogger,