‘Well, Mr. Potter, In My Book He Died A Much Richer Man Than You’ll Ever Be.’


Sixty-seven years ago on Christmas eve, George Bailey was at the end of his rope and was about to jump off a bridge in Bedford Falls, New York. So began the beginning of the end of It’s A Wonderful Life, a movie that I never tire of seeing this time of year.

Even when I was at my most cynical, It’s A Wonderful Life was never corny. On one very lonely Christmas Eve, it helped me through a long night, while with every passing year its message — considered too simplistic by the movie’s few critics — continues to humble and inspire me.

That message reverberates even more strongly in the wake of the Newtown massacre: Each of us, no matter how insignificant we may seem, has the power to make a difference. Think meaningful gun control. And that the true measure of our humanity has nothing to do with fame or money, but with how we live our life.

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen It’s A Wonderful Life, check your TV listings or download it from Amazon or Netflix. If you’ve never seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so.

Oh, and have yourself a happy holiday.

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  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Merry Christmas, Shaun.

  • SteveK

    Merry Christmas Shaun… Merry Christmas Dorian. Y prospero año nuevo to the both of you and to yours.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Feliz Navidad y un muy próspero Año Nuevo a ti también, Steve, y tu familia — y a todods aquí en TMV.