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Tis the season for Christmas movies and at our house we have several seasonal favorites that we watch every December. For one reason or another each of these holiday films entertain us and make us all the more festive. But when thinking about my favorite Christmas movie one film has always instantly came to mind. It’s a movie that over time has grown into a traditional classic and you’ll always see it on television this time of the year. I’m talking about the Frank Capra treasure “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
To be honest I really don’t like restricting this film under the label of “Christmas movie”. Simply put it’s a truly great film for anytime of the year. Yet it does have those Christmas traits that have endeared it to audiences through the years. But this isn’t just a fluffy feel-good tale. Capra looks at deeper issues but never through a heavy-handed lens. These subtle motifs mix well with the film’s well used sentimentality and invigoration of the human spirit.
And then there is Jimmy Stewart. What a fantastic performance. He exudes small town Americana and paints a distinct portrait of a man shelving his dreams for the sake of others. Stewart has rarely been better. It’s a great performance in a great film that truly transcends time. For me it never grows old and I look forward to seeing it each year. In my view “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a near perfect film and it is easily my favorite ‘Christmas movie’. But now it’s time for your voices…
YOUR VOICES: What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Now it’s time for Your Voices. With so many Christmas movies to consider, which one would you call your favorite? Please share Your Voices on today’s question. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.