|It's a Wonderful Life|
One of my favorite traditions is watching the TV classics that have become mandatory viewing at the Jones household each season. Whether it is Chevy Chase in “Christmas Vacation” or The Waltons “Homecoming” or the 1946 Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life," these shows are a part of our annual tradition. Each time I watch Chevy Chase begin his shenanigans with the house and tree decorations, I say "I’m not going to laugh." But sure enough -- when the squirrel jumps out of the tree and the resulting slapstick turmoil destroys the house, I am beside myself with laughter. Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life” has to be my favorite. When we see how George Bailey has influenced the little town of Bedford Falls through his life and how his friends come through for him, I cry, even though I’ve told myself, “This time I won’t cry.”
On Christmas day, as our family gathers around the table to celebrate our traditions and thank our creator for our blessings, I will pause to think of my family and yours and how grateful I am for all of you. But this time I won’t cry.