Like a lot of people looking at this, I take pleasure in the festival of Christmas a good deal.
Though I am not religious (in truth, I have frequently described myself like the ‘spiritually inclined’ atheist – even if I have taken to observing all eight Pagan Sabbats over the course of the year), I still view Christmas as a joyous time to be spent with family, friends and those you deem as belonging to the adjoining ring of your ‘inner circle’.
My relatives is one with lots of enduring Christmas traditions, plenty of which will obviously be passed on to my children (should my girlfriend and I ever choose to have any). We bring out the exact same decorations time after time (some of which have been in the family for over a 100 years).
On Christmas Eve, my Mum will still read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore to my brother and myself (and latterly my girlfriend too), although we are now in our twenties. Until lately, we’d go out into the streets and ring the ‘sleigh bells’ for our neighbours’ children to hear from their window (just as their parents did for my brother and I when we were kids).
Possibly our best family custom, however, often is the ritual viewing of a Frank Capra Christmas tradition ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. The flick stars Jimmy Stewart as a perennial ‘nice guy fallen on misfortune’ George Bailey, Donna Reed as his wife Mary, Henry Travers as Clarence, George’s guardian angel and naturally, Lionel Barrymore as the truly shameful ‘Old Man Potter’.
No matter what else goes on (or how hectic Christmas Eve could be, especially now that travel may be a consideration our coming together), we ALWAYS find time to stream that particular film on that specific evening.
When George runs gleefully through the streets of Bedford Falls shouting “Merry Christmas you magnificent old building and loan!” My Father is crying, by the time George’s brother Harry declares him being “the richest man in town”, I am right there with him. There’s just a certain, sparkling, honest-to-goodness enchartment to it, the screenplay is wonderful , the direction is miles ahead of its time and also the performances, well, (to quote Bernard Black of ‘Black Books’ fame) “Ah, they would soften your face”.
Why am I revealing you this?
Well, considering as there is no way to boost upon the movie itself, the experience would almost certainly only be bettered if we had a Sony 42 inch TV. With a jaw dropping ‘X-Reality’ picture, a wireless smart phone link-up element and much more besides, this innovative 2013 television is really a doozy. It might lack some of the more compulsive features of Sony’s other smart TVs, but, after looking at the screen and glossy, ultramodern design of this Television, it hardly seems to matter.
With a modern Bluray edition of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, a shiny Sony 42 inch TV with a good speaker, you’ll never be happier to see an angel getting his wings.