Life Lessons Learned From My Favorite Holiday Movies

One of my favorite ways to spend time during the holidays is to kick back with family and watch a good holiday movie. When I reflect back on some of my favorite movies I can appreciate some valuable life lessons and how wonderfully illustrated they are in these classic films.

• It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). This movie is about an angel who helps a desperate man see how valuable his life is by showing him what life would be like had he never been born. The holiday season doesn’t go by without watching this classic movie at least once. It’s a great reminder to appreciate and be grateful for all that you have and all that you are. Don’t take anything for granted. Consider maintaining a daily gratitude journal where you record everything you are grateful for on a daily basis.

• Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (1964). This was a TV movie about a misfit reindeer looking to be accepted. I grew up watching this wonderful animated film about Rudolph; a reindeer who felt like an outcast and yet his oddity was truly a gift. It reminds me of just how different we all are as individuals. It’s our individuality that makes us both unique and special at the same time. Honor your uniqueness and your special talents and treat them as the gifts they are. Acknowledge others as well for their unique and special talents.

• A Christmas Carol (1938). This classic follows Ebeneezer Scrooge, a cruel man who is visited one Christmas Eve by 3 ghosts guiding him through his past, present and future. It’s been remade several times over the years and the story still warms my heart. It’s about self reflection, recognizing that you have choices and that it’s never too late to change your ways. No matter who you are, what you’ve done, you can change.

• White Christmas (1954). Who doesn’t love Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. This movie is about expressing generosity, lending a helping hand and appreciating old friends. It’s a terrific reminder to reflect on the spirit of the holiday season, remembering what the holiday season is really about. For me that means staying in the present moment and taking time to appreciate those around me and to share valuable time with friends and family.

In summary, as you navigate through the holiday season this year remember some of life’s simple lessons:

1. Be grateful and don’t take anything for granted

2. Honor your unique skills and talents

3. Choose to change the things you don’t like about yourself

4. Remember the spirit of Christmas – be generous , lend a hand and appreciate your friends and family

From my home to yours, Happy Holidays everyone!

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