Keeping a Christmas tradition alive, one last time

It's a Wonderful life Screenshot of FamilyIn spite of how awesome I am, I have never seen the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.  I don’t know how I managed that feat, but over the past few years it got to be kind of a tradition, where I vowed I would not watch the movie until I finally met the girl of my dreams.

I’ve experienced and seen a lot of amazing things over the course of my life, experiences that all had one thing in common: I had no one to share those precious moments with.  Whether it was watching a great movie, or standing at the edge of the Grand Canyons, they all came and went without… her.  Moments that are now gone forever.

But It’s A Wonderful Life is one of those few moments left that I can still share with her for the first time.  Once that’s gone, it would really feel like I’ve given up for good.  I was actually planning to watch it this Christmas but my heart’s just not into it.  That leaves me one more year to see a dream fulfilled.

One last time.

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11 Responses to Keeping a Christmas tradition alive, one last time

  1. Carnivore December 2, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

    Leave it be. Challenge yourself to watch “The Cheaters” from 1945, if you can find it. Much more relevant these days than “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the plot is tied more into Christmas as well.

    • Frank Swift December 2, 2013 at 9:52 PM #

      It’s not available on Netflix, but it looks like YouTube has a version:

      I’ve got it bookmarked for now in case I find one that’s properly subtitled.

    • Carnivore December 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM #

      Excellent! That’s it! I looked for it a few years ago and couldn’t find it anywhere. Nice that it’s available. Enjoy. Let me know if you like it or not. That family could easily fit in today’s world. I’ll leave it at that. ;)

    • Frank Swift December 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM #

      Will do. *thumbs up*

  2. Kelly Lynn Keltz December 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

    Frank, You and I are very similar. Except I believe that if I am alone than that is how I am to be. And yes it is many times very lonesome. There are so many beautiful places, and things we have been blessed with. And like you I very much dislike doing them alone. I pray one day to meet my one, my soul mate. But until then I do things alone, and lonesome thinking . If only that special man was by my side so we could be making traditions, memories and share our <3 and joy together. I hope that one day we will both have that come true for us in our lives..Kelly Lynn…

    • Frank Swift December 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM #

      Kelly, that’s one of the reasons I’m waiting for a dog. It may not be the same as human companionship but I think it would mitigate the loneliness to a significant extent, especially when it’ll be the kind of dog I can take anywhere on my travels. I hope you find what you’re looking for too.

  3. Kelly Lynn Keltz December 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM #

    Frank I am so happy that you will be getting your beautiful Bonnie Lee. A dog can be a comfort, companion, and bring such joy, love and happiness. And people whom don’t have the unconditional love of an animal. People may think that I am probably crazy because I love animals so much and do and have had many. And the reason is simple. I love them as they do me. And our love is unconditional. Yes, they depend on me for food, shelter, vet care. But most important a forever home. Which they will have until they are called home. I find such joy watching Denali our Collie be a goof ball and think he is a lap dog. Or when one of my cats cuddles up to me and looks into my eyes and then dart off with a jump straight up in the air onto my 4 foot headboard. How funny chasing their tails, talking and playing. Just as Denali when I am feeling down he comes to comfort me. He lays beside me and will gently lay one paw upon my shoulder. So for now I feel very blessed. Until that one I am suppose to spend my life with comes along if he does. Until then i will spend my days filled with the furry companions God has blessed me with..Kelly Lynn..

    • Frank Swift December 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM #

      Kelly, thanks, although I won’t know for sure yet if it’s meant to be for a while. There’s a lot of hurdles that need to be cleared before I get an answer, and I might have to brace myself for the real possibility that it won’t work out for us after all. I’ll still hope for the best, but I’m expecting the worst.

    • Kelly Lynn Keltz December 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM #

      I will keep you and Bonnie being together in my prayers..And if it is meant to be. Then it shall be..

  4. Maeve December 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM #

    Frank, I was never a huge fan of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, however, the two movies I recall being shown at Christmas time when I was considerably younger were “The Best Years of our Lives” (one of my top 10 movies of all time) and “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (and, ahem, I love Laurel & Hardy). I’m also not a huge fan of “White Christmas” (go ahead and shoot me”, but will drop everything for “The Bells of St Mary’s”. I’d go with the Caveman’s advice and forget about “IAWL” – there are better things out there.

    • Frank Swift December 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM #

      March of the Wooden Soldiers is also a fave of mine, but was always more of a Thanksgiving tradition for me, I think partly because that’s the movie they’d show after the Thanksgiving Parade in NYC. I’ve pretty much seen all the others, so IAWL is the only one left.

      Although my hands down favorite Christmas movie: David Copperfield (TNT version). It was the kind of movie I needed to see during a truly dark period in my life, so it will always have a special place on my Christmas list.

      This year though, I think Mouse Hunt is a more befitting Christmas film to describe the kind of year I’ve had…

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