‘Banning the Bullshit’ Sunday ~ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (sort of) by Philip Van Doren Stern

Okay. Guess what? In case you hadn’t noticed yet, it’s Chriiiiiiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaas!

Isn’t it Noddy?

Awesome! What better way to get you feelin’ festive than a good old blast of a true Christmas song from Slade.

Well, there is another way. I could play my ALL.TIME.FAVOURITE.CHRISTMAS.SONG.EVER!

Ahhh, that’s better.

Right, so before you start effing and jeffing, I know that I have cheated a bit today. ‘It’s a wonderful life’ isn’t exactly a book, but, in my defence, it was based on a short story and seeing as this blog is moving to a bi-monthly look at all-things-entertainment in 2013 with ‘TiLiiT’ (Tell it like it is Tuesday), then I thought I would get away with it.

Hands up who thinks this is the greatest Christmas film EVER!


I have this poster on my office wall and it reminds me of Christmas every time I look at it.

See. (Just so you know, no bullshit here M’lad!)


I also have a confession:

I didn’t watch this film until two years ago.

Yup, you heard right. I was an actual proper grown up before I saw it. Shocking.

Sure, I had seen it on the screen many times, but I am not a fan of black and white movies and therefore, avoided it like the plague. Until the Christmas of 2010.

It was on Sky Movies and I was flicking through trying to find something to watch. After passing up on the shopping channel, Babe Station and Luxury TV, I decided to give it a go.

What a brilliant film! Even in black and white!

I have now bought a digitally re-mastered DVD version that is in colour and I love it, BUT, I must say, there is something very magical about the original still.


It has everything you could wish for in a Christmas movie:

Snow – check

Christmas lights – check

Drama – check

Family – check

A happy ending – check

I now watch it faithfully every year (sometimes more than once if I have had one too many Snowballs) and will do forever. It IS Christmas.

This year, I will be watching it in my favourite place on earth. Did I mention I was going to the lakes for Christmas?? 😉

Anyho’, must dash (pun intended), lots to do. Oh, hang on, no, wait. Oh yeah, NOTHING to do for Christmas. It’s all done and on the 21st December, we’ll be out of here heading for the peace and tranquility of Ambleside.


What will you be doing? 😉

Tata for another week and remember: when you come in from the snow, check the bottom of your boots for brown bits.



Writer, dreamer, pantser.

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3 comments on “‘Banning the Bullshit’ Sunday ~ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (sort of) by Philip Van Doren Stern
  1. annerallen says:

    Don’t forget it also has a message about community and the big bad banker getting defeated by the little guy with honesty and integrity. I’m surprised It’s a Wonderful Life hasn’t been banned by right-wingers in the US for being “socialist.” 🙂 it’s one of my favorites, too, although my new favorite is Love, Actually. The commentary on bad Christmas songs alone is worth watching it once a year.

  2. Okay – so now how to make the hubby agree to watch it with me… Our tradition is to Watch “A Christmas Story” but you have to start it in the middles and have it loop so you can end it in the middle where you started. Thank you to TBS or what ever channel it was that does 24 hours of that movie on Chrsitmass day. *grins*

    Oh well maybe I can just watch it this week while he’s not in. Must learn how to use the new TV… netflix will have this right?

    :} Cathryn

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