I consider myself a writer, story teller or as my good friend Frank says, a spiritual publicist. So when I think about “It’s A Wonderful Life,” I am so inspired that a story can be written about someone wanting to end his life and that story becomes one of the most beloved Christmas movies.
After doing a
quick Google search, I found out that Philip Van Doren Stern wrote a story called “The Greatest Gift.” It was this story that served as the inspiration for the movie. The Wikipedia entry for Philip Van Doren Stern says that he couldn’t find a publisher for the story. I bet the publishers said to Philip that suicide and Christmas just don’t go together. So instead of just filing away the story, Philip took a creative approach and included the story in Christmas cards. One of the cards ended up with som
eone from a movie studio. What a creative solution! I now love the movie even more.
Here’s a clip from the film. It’s pretty much the entire ending.
Two things I love about this clip. I love the toast George’s brother makes. In case you haven’t seen the movie, George isn’t financially the richest person in town. Mr. Potter (the bad guy) is, but George’s brother and the rest of George’s friends and family know that George is really the richest guy in town. The second, is the inscription in the book from Clarence. Again for those of you that haven’t seen the movie, Clarence is the angel who helps George see his life and realize he sure does have a wonderful life. And if you haven’t seen the movie, why not? : )
Here’s to all my readers, my friends and family who make my life a wonderful one!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!