This past weekend I was able to do something that I haven’t been able to make myself do for the past 4 years. A Christmas tradition that I love and have been looking forward to sharing with my kids. A tradition that was shared with me by my father. Something that has been incredibly hard for me to think about since he passed away. But the time has come and I thought I could actually face it without tears.
This weekend, we watched It’s a Wonderful Life. The best Christmas movie ever made. It stars James Stewart (oh! I love a good Jimmy Stewart movie!) and Donna Reed. It’s a movie that was made about 60 years ago and has become one of the most beloved American films of all time. If you have never seen it, you need to go find yourself a copy right now!
This movie was a particular favourite of my dad’s and we would watch it together every year. It just wasn’t the Christmas season without at least one viewing of this film! The last Christmas my dad was alive, he was stuck in the hospital in isolation while he was receiving a stem cell transplant. Though we didn’t get to watch it together at Christmas, we did still watch it that year. After he died, I just couldn’t bring myself to watch it.
Until this weekend. And the kidlets loved it! I’m so glad — I love the idea of continuing the tradition with them! Maybe I’ll be able to gift them with the same love of black and white films my dad gave me. And the added bonus will be that I’ll always have someone who enjoys a Jimmy Stewart flick as much as I do!