It's A Wonderful Life is also a wonderful love story.
When a young Mary whispers in George's ear . . .
"George Bailey, I'll love you till the day I die."
When they reunite, dance their way into the swimming pool and George lassos the moon.
"Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?!"
The phone scene. Never has a movie captured this much tension and passion- in 1946 for heaven's sake!
"He says it's the chance of a lifetime."
The honeymoon at the old Granville house.
"Remember the night we broke the windows in this old house? This is what I wished for. "
Fortunately for us, It's A Wonderful Life is much more than a love story. It's about regret and redemption, missed opportunities and chances of a lifetime. About counting your riches (or lack thereof) and your blessings- the best of which are, as George learns, your friends.
We used to watch It's A Wonderful Life every Christmas Eve and although that's a tradition that has fallen to the wayside, I still watch the movie at least once during the holidays. It is my very favorite Christmas movie.
Despite all of the romance, for me the best part is when, after everyone in Bedford Falls has shown up to support George, his younger brother Harry walks in.
When he toasts with "To my big brother George, the richest man in town," I cry. Every Christmas Eve.
As Christmas ends and the new year approaches, I think we could all benefit from thinking about George Bailey. We can make all of the resolutions we like for ourselves, but how does that affect our friends and family? As Clarence the angel says "Each man's life touches so many other lives." Let's do our best to make those lives wonderful too.
Merry Christmas from CFC!