Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"What A Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong

My most favorite Christmas movie?




"It's a Wonderful Life".

I. love. George. Bailey.

George is:

kind
talented
loyal to friends
his sacrifices know no bounds [where loved ones are concerned]
modest
a family man
ambitious

Every year, I look forward to this movie being on TV. I will not buy it. I like to know I need to make time for it. Time to relax. Time to enjoy George and his message.

I adore watching him develop into an amazing man who HAS struggles. HAS challenges and personal anguish.

Only to discover the beauty of human generosity.

I love how he carries Zuzu's petals in his pocket.

His love for Mary. And how he can laugh at himself when he falls into the pool at the high school dance.

I love the quote by Clarence Oddbody, "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

Yesterday, I heard someone at the grocery store say, "if only Christmas could last two months." For a split second I silently, agreed. Decorating gingerbread houses. Driving around as a family looking at Christmas lights. The TV is "off" more. Music is played more [tons of Christmas CD's in the Juke-Box]. Trying to hide gifts around the house. Seeing family/relatives.

Then I fiercely disagreed and thought, "if only Christmas could last all year". We need a year full of George Bailey like moments/realizations.

This thought was swiftly followed by a woman carting me in my heels [ha, reason #814 why I wear heels] saying, "hun, you think you could get out of the aisle? Some of us are in one hell of a holiday hurry!"

Yes, by George, I think I'll keep it at the best freaking December, for now.

54 comments:

Aimee said...

Aww...I LOVE "It's a Wonderful Life!" I watch it every year too!

Shawn said...

I have to be in the right mood for those movies....and slowed right down......I love Elf myself

Shawn said...

ie...the basic food groups...sugar, sugar and more sugar!!!!

Colleen said...

You know, I love Christmas movies and have never seen It's a Wonderful Life. I'll check my guide to see when it's on!

I love that picture by the way...

RunningLaur said...

Hiding Christmas presents around the house was always a HUGE highlight for me!
And your dog in the photo looks almost like a christmas lamb, ala manger reenactment. I like.

JenniferLeah said...

Great post Em :) Christmas has SO much more meaning to me now that I have Lola~it really amplifies the meaning of family.
There is no gift on the face of the earth that could make me happier then to be surround by my family just enjoying this special time of year!

Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

Quinton J said...

That is gorgeous photo.
It captures the Christmas spirit perfectly.

Patrick Mahoney said...

Yeah, George Bailey is amazing. One of the greats. No joke.

Who is he again?

Julie said...

What a great picture!
I love that ol' George can laugh at himself in the pool as well ~

We should all practice laughing at ourselves more!

Emz said...

Shawn - I like me some good Elf movies too. And the Christmas Story. I'm always up for a "Double Dog Dare". ;)

RL - the dog. I wish I loved him. I'm sure I will one day when he stops acting like he's two. every. year. ;)

JL - kids really make everything "real" don't they. Not sure where'd I'd be with out my "nut". ;)

Q - thanks. YAY me! Love my non-iPhone camera.

P-Rick- the drummer for RUN DMC. DUH.

Julie - MOST agreed.

Jen said...

Some people really know how to ruin a good moment! I like It's a Wonderful Life but Elf has to be my all time favorite. "Does somebody need a hug?" and "Did you hear that?" Just can't beat it.

Kate said...

That is such a beautiful picture of Peanut! That needs to be framed. Too precious for words.

misszippy said...

It is the best Christmas show! And I'm with you...I don't buy any of the Christmas shows. There's something fun/special about having to catch it when it runs.

Jon said...

Never seen it! FAIL on my part.

The Snowman is my favorite Xmas time movie.

Marlene said...

I have NEVER seen that movie. Shame, I know. I shall endeavor to rectify that this December!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Greatness, and I love that you won't buy it so you make time for it. Awesome!

Sarah said...

I love that movie too and I do own it because I kept missing it on TV and I want to watch it over and over again. :-D

Pam said...

I'm with Marlene. I've never seen it either. A couple of commies, are we?

Emz said...

Oh man people.

It's a "must see". Promise me you'll watch it.

You.
Won't.
Regret.
It.

Carrie said...

I can't believe your post was about this movie. It's my absolute favorite!!! In fact, next Monday my husband and I are going on a much needed date night. There is this old theater in Harvard Square that plays old movies on the big screen. And just guess what it is? YEP!!! I already bought our tickets to "It's A Wonderful Life". I'm so excited I can bust!!!!

Allison said...

LOVE Christmas - LOVE Christmas Movies - LOVE Christmas Lights - LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE SEASON!!!

Christmas all year long --- YES PLEASE!!!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

That is the most wonder picture!! You should hang it up in your house:) I LOVE It's a Wonderful Life!! Great post as usual:)

PunkRockRunner said...

Fun fact - My dogs are named "George" and "Bailey".

Mandi said...

Love the photo! It is so sweet :)

Emz said...

PRR. love. that. I begged for "smith" and "wesson". didn't fly. Ya, "damm*t" didn't pass either. What could be better?! Than shouting obscenities out of need?!

Karen R said...

I love, love, love that movie too!

Did you see the photo of me with George Baily on the left side of my blog? (taken at the hollywood wax museum - they look so real!)

Picture of Peanut is adorable :)

Matty O said...

WOAH! hold up girl... what happened to your dog?! it used to be cute and big... but now its small and curly haired?! Did you swap it for a small little yippie dog thing?

Jill said...

I smell a Tucson PR in the best freaking December ever!

Emz said...

MO - that white fluffy thing is "chuy" [indoor Maltese, that was gifted to me by the Pita. I cried in anger when I was given it..... almost two years ago] HE IS AN AWESOME dog. Doesn't yap. No crazy barking. No Chewing up anything. I have that boy trained to an absolute T. but still ---- not a dog lover.

Mase [pitbull, outside dog]. And the non-runner. He owns whatever dog-ish heart I have. He too is wicked scared of me. But I like it this way. They don't mess with me. He jumps all over the Pita [to his face - that's pretty dang high] but never so much as a "bounce" by me.

Can You tell I'm a little proud of my [DOG] training techniques?!

Emz said...

Jill.
ohhhhhhhh
I
so
freaking
hope
so!!!!!

sniff, cough, sniff. ugggg.

The weather will be IDEAL though. 80 is the high. 35-39 at the start. Could not have prayed for anything better. THANK YOU!!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

This post is a good example of KISS.

Shellyrm said...

Great movie!

I love that you won't buy it so you have to make time for it! It is worth watching again and again but keeping it special for Christman time makes it better.

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I missed it this year on Thanksgiving - can't wait for it to be back on though.

ShutUpandRun said...

Don't kill me. I've never seen that movie start to end. It always loses over Christmas Vacation. Need to watch it. In honor of you.

Love that picture of Ms. Peanut by the tree.

XLMIC said...

We do own it... a favorite for sure. We can watch it ANYtime and get that George Bailey/Christmas/Wonderful Life feeling! Year 'round! And we do just that.

Love that pic of your girl... truly lovely!

April said...

Gorgeous picture!

That's a great movie. When my brother was little he would watch it over and over and then do his George impersonation for weeks!
Personally my favorite is Christmas Story...

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Is that b&w photo a pic of Peanut? Gorgeous!

I love me some Chevy Chase i Christmas Vacation!

Lee said...

Love it too! Stayed up late last Christmas Eve until the wee hours watching it on television with hubby. As for Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World -not to be morbid- but great funeral song, I think, you know, during the video recap of the person's life, just sayin'.

racing dawn said...

Love this post! It's pretty amazing during the Christmas season that people can fo from one extreme to another. Deep breathing people, count to ten... :)

Love Christmas movies. I have to agree with others, ELF is right up there at the top. 'Singing is my favorite...Make work your favorite...' and '6 inch curls, honey, 6 inches.' Hahaha. So great...

And ummm... we need to make some plans here! Meet up????

Emz said...

RD. Yes!! I'll be at the rp pick up around 2. You?
Email me!!
Queenofjean at gmail.

DRog said...

have never seen...and always turn the channel when I see it on during holidays - doees that make me a bad person?

you have 26.2 this wknd? lucky YOU!

DR

Jason said...

The holidays just bring out the best in people don't they?

I can't understand it. I don't understand it during the rest of the year let alone now. Supposed to be festive and loving and all I hear is woman trampled at Wal-Mart trying to get to the Snookie Doll that has high Jersey hair and an accent. I mean really? c'mon!!!!!

Stacie said...

That's my husbands favorite Christmas movie, too. I have to go with National Lampoons Christmas Vacation :) Love it!!!

Emz said...

Jason. Please. Tell me. You. Are. Joking. A snookie doll?!

DRog. You bet cha. I. Am. Not. Sick. & you better watch that movie. Threat for sure!!

Heather said...

What a sweet picture!! love it.

Angie Bee said...

Amazing photo!!
I like that movie but I don't watch it every year.
I do watch elf though :)
I like to say "son of a nutcracker" often. Holidays or not it rolls off the tongue so well.

Erika said...

I really love that song...I didn't realize it was a movie though;)

MCM Mama said...

I love that movie. I'm not sure I've seen it since college though.

Amazing picture!! Love it!

Laurie said...

Love the picture. I've seen the end of that movie a million times but never the whole thing from the start... maybe this year.

My mom used to hide our Christmas presents in random places then forget where they were only to find them later in the spring or the following Christmas... not all of them but one or two here & there.

Trish said...

You should totally come over for Christmas! Mike's family freaks over It's a Wonderful Life. We have to play a trivia game every year on Christmas day about the movie! They know every tiny detail :)

Silly Girl Running said...

I'm slowly getting into something you might call 'Christmas spirit'... Slowly, baby steps. I even considered buying a tree. Next thing might be watching Christmas movies. ;)

Johann said...

Another thing I like about Christmas is that it is global. We all have Christmas together, no matter where we are on our planet.

Jason said...

yes I was joking and no I am not going to google snookie doll. Don't want Karen to get on this laptop and find that in the auto-fill

Barbie said...

Have not seen this movie. But any Xmas movie is good.