Similar to lots of people reading this, I take pleasure in the festival of Christmas time a great deal.
Though I’m not religious (actually, I have regularly described myself like the ‘spiritually inclined’ atheist – albeit I’ve taken to observing all eight Pagan Sabbats over the course of this year), I still view Christmas time as the joyous time being spent with family, friends and those you think as belonging to the adjoining ring of the ‘inner circle’.
My family is one with many continuing Christmas traditions, lots of that will no doubt be passed on to my family (should my girlfriend and I ever choose to have any). We bring out the exact same decorations year after year (a number of which have been in the household for over a century).
On Christmas Eve, my Mum will still read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore to my sibling and myself (and lately my girlfriend too), although we’re now in our twenties. Until recently, we’d go out into the road and ring the ‘sleigh bells’ for our neighbours’ children to listen to from their window (just as their mother and father did for my brother and I when we were kids).
Possibly our best family custom, on the other hand, is the ritual viewing of the Frank Capra Christmas classic ‘It is a Wonderful Life’. The flick stars Jimmy Stewart as the perennial ‘nice guy fallen on hard times’ George Bailey, Donna Reed as his wife Mary, Henry Travers as Clarence, George’s guardian angel and of course, Lionel Barrymore as a truly shameful ‘Old Man Potter’.
No matter what else goes on (or how frantic Christmas Eve might be, especially now that travel may be a consideration our coming together), we ALWAYS find time to stream that exact film on that particular night.
By the time George runs cheerfully through the streets of Bedford Falls shouting “Merry Christmas you superb old building and loan!” My Dad is crying, by the point George’s brother Harry declares him to be “the richest man in town”, I am right there with him. There is just a specific, sparkling, honest-to-goodness enchartment to it, the screenplay is wonderful , the direction is miles before 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 improve upon the movie itself, the experience would most likely only be bettered if we have a Sony 42-Inch TV. With the jaw dropping ‘X-Reality’ picture, a wireless smartphone link-up feature and much more besides, this innovative 2013 model is a doozy. It could lack some of our more attention grabbing features of Sony’s other smart Televisions, but, after considering the display and sleek, futuristic design of this Television, it barely does matter.
With a new Bluray edition of ‘It is a Wonderful Life’, a lustrous Sony 42 inch TV with a good surround sound, you will never be happier to see an angel receiving his wings.