Bill’s choice for favorite holiday escape is a beloved classic. Since it is largely set during the austerity of the Great Depression and World War II, it reflects many of the same economic hardships we’re experiencing now – and shows that there’s always something to be grateful for.
The 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life frequently appears on lists of the top 100 movies of all time (sometimes it ranks in the top 10) for a reason…it’s good. It’s a feelgood story from an innocent American age, when all that was needed was black and white celluloid and a good script. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have the Tom Hanks of the World War II era on your payroll either.
We can relate to George Bailey’s existential questioning. It has a happy ending for the holidays. Finally, its over-the-air broadcast is a free local television tradition that serves as a much-needed respite from the brutal Iowa winter, people jockeying for your last cent, and familial stresses.
And in case you were wondering, young Zuzu is no longer six years old. She will be 70 next year.