The ghost of Christmas past.
I love old movies, especially old Christmas movies like "A Christmas in Connecticut." However, I have never been a fan of "It's A Wonderful Life". It all goes back to Christmas 1989. I was a sophomore in high school and everyone, including my parents, my aunt, my sister and most of my friends, had a nasty cold.
Everyone, except me.
It was like having Christmas in a pest house. Everyone was sick and anyone who wasn't refused to come over to celebrate.
After a sniffling round of opening presents, everyone went back to bed and I spent Christmas watching TV. "It's a Wonderful Life" was on all day on almost every channel. I watched the movie and wondered afterwards what I was missing. I have to admit I also feel that way about "A Christmas Story" but that is another blog entry. It wasn't a high school girl's disregard for the past that caused my dislike. I'd been an avid old movie fan since childhood thanks to the Tom Hatten Saturday Afternoon Movie show on channel 5.
Perhaps one of these days, when the memory of the most boring Christmas ever is finally a very, very, very dim one, I will try watching it again. In the meantime, I think I'll enjoy a little "Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Miracle on 34th Street".
Feel free to agree or disagree.