It’s a Wonderful Life
Whichever version you choose, Frank Capra’s classic is an exercise in depicting “the grass is always greener” proverb. Although, should you prefer the black-and-white original, “the grass is always grayer” might be more appropriate. A seminal holiday classic, it stars James Stewart as a man who gets a glimpse at what life would look like without him.
A Christmas Story
If Ralphie Parker didn’t rattle off his desire for an “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time,” did Christmas even happen? It’s become an unofficial rule—thanks in part to 24-hour airings on cable networks—that every year, we all watch the Bob Clark tale about…