Christmas is almost here! As we all know, the three wise men travelled a long way to bring baby Jesus some Gold, frankincense and myrrh.
If you search Christmas Gold a lot comes up about Christmas TV, those classic Films and TV shows that come around every year, sometimes the originals sometimes kids adaptations etc. As this week's ‘Talk Tuesday’ is meant to be about wealth I thought it would be fun to talk about Gold, but instead of talking about the obvious value of gold the metal that the Magi were giving to Jesus, I’m going to talk about two of my favorite Christmas films which are generally aired each year and the messages we should hold in our hearts all year round.
If you are interested – gold is valued at £995 per ounce at the time of writing!
Film ‘It’s a wonderful life’ 1946
The main character George is a businessman who wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent to earth to make his wish come true, along the way George begins to discover how many lives he has had an impact on and how things would be different if he had never existed, the most poignant example being that if he had not saved his brother's life, his brother would not have been able to save so many other people. The angel says to George at one point ‘Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.’ There are plenty of other great messages in this film but the one which stands out for me is not to underestimate the power that one small act of kindness you show can have and the ripple effect that can flow from it. The power to have a positive impact on others is a true wealth that cannot be taken from you.
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens, 1843
Again we are looking at a businessman who needs to reassess his life. Scrooge is a miserable miserly penny pincher who is visited by three ghosts. The first ghost is of Christmas past, this ghost reminds Scrooge that used to be kind and have friends as well as a great boss who set a good example. The next ghost, the ghost of Christmas present shows Scrooge how lucky he is in comparison to others but they still manage to be happier than he is, a lesson in gratitude. The last ghost, ‘Of what is yet to come’ shows Scrooge that he will die miserable and lonely unless he changes his grumpy penny pinching ways. The lesson to be taken from this film is that the greatest gift is giving, that is where true happiness comes from. So when the chips are down and you aren’t always getting what you want through life and business, family and friends are more important.
What is your favorite Christmas Film/TV episode and why does the sentiment mean so much to you?