Like lots of people reading this, I like the festival of Christmas a good deal.
Although I’m not a Christian (in truth, I’ve regularly described myself like the ‘spiritually inclined’ atheist – despite the fact that I’ve taken to observing all eight Pagan Sabbats over the course of the year), I still view Christmas time as a joyous time being spent with family, friends and people you think as belonging to a adjoining ring of the ‘inner circle’.
My relatives is one with lots of lasting Christmas traditions, lots of that will obviously be passed on to my family (should my girlfriend and I ever choose to have any). We bring out the same decorations time after time (a few of which have been in the family for over a century).
On Christmas Eve, my Mum will very much read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore to my sibling and myself (and latterly my girlfriend too), albeit we are now in our twenties. Until recently, we’d move out into the road and sound the ‘sleigh bells’ for our neighbours’ kids to listen to from their window (as their mother and father did for my brother and I when we were children).
Possibly our best family tradition, yet, is the ritual viewing of a Frank Capra Christmas classic ‘It is a Wonderful Life’. The film stars Jimmy Stewart as the perennial ‘nice guy fallen on hardship’ George Bailey, Donna Reed as his wife Mary, Henry Travers as Clarence, George’s guardian angel and of course, Lionel Barrymore as the truly dastardly ‘Old Man Potter’.
No matter what else goes on (or how hectic Christmas Eve might be, especially now that travel is a consideration our coming together), we ALWAYS find time to watch that exact movie on that particular evening.
When George runs cheerfully through the streets of Bedford Falls shouting “Merry Christmas you magnificent old building and loan!” My Dad is crying, by the time George’s brother Harry declares him to be “the richest man in town”, I’m right there with him. There’s just a specific, sparkling, honest-to-goodness magic to it, the script is glorious, the direction is miles before its time and also the performances, well, (to quote Bernard Black of ‘Black Books’ fame) “Ah, they’d soften your face”.
Why am I revealing you this?
Well, seeing as there’s no way to improve upon the movie itself, the event would probably only be bettered if we had a Sony 42 inch TV. With a jaw dropping ‘X-Reality’ picture, a wireless smart phone link-up feature and lots more besides, this modern 2013 smart tv is really a doozy. It might lack some of our more attention grabbing features of Sony’s other smart TVs, but, after looking at the screen and glossy, ultramodern design of this TV, it barely does matter.
With a brand new Blu Ray edition of ‘It is a Wonderful Life’, a shiny Sony 42 inch Television and a good surround sound, you will never be happier to view an angel getting his wings.