THE GREATEST GIFT
by Philip Van Doren Stern
My family and I love to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" and every Christmas we pull out our DVD and sit back with a bowl of popcorn to enjoy the show!
There isn't a single part of the movie that I don't absolutely love, but the most beautiful part of the story for me is the simple message that ordinary people can have a profound influence without even knowing it.
~ORIGINAL MOVIE GRAPHIC~
Did you know the now iconic movie was actually a short story written by Philip Van Doren Stern? Unable to find a publisher for his original work "The Greatest Gift," Mr. Stern printed two hundred copies of his story in booklet form and used them as Christmas cards in 1943. From this humble beginning, a classic tale was born.
Van Doren Stern's story captivated Frank Capra, who said he "had been looking for [it] all [his] life." Capra's beloved adaptation, It's a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore, was released in 1946, and while the film, which received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director, didn't take home an Oscar, it has secured its place in the American holiday tradition.
~ORIGINAL CAST PHOTO~
What a fabulous thought that we don't need to be rich or famous to make a difference in our world. Every single day and without even a hint of fanfare, we can contribute goodness and decency to the people who live around us.
Maybe being 'ordinary' is a good thing.
Love to you...