Similar to a lot of people reading this, I enjoy the celebration of Christmas time a great deal.
Though I’m not a Christian (in fact, I have regularly described myself as a ‘spiritually inclined’ atheist – despite the fact that I’ve taken to observing all eight Pagan Sabbats over the course of this year), I still view Christmas time as a joyous time to be spent with family, friends and those you think as belonging to the closest ring of the ‘inner circle’.
My relatives is one with many lasting Christmas traditions, a lot of which will obviously be passed on to my family (should my girlfriend and I ever choose to have any). We bring out similarly decorations time after time (a number of which have been in the household for over a 100 years).
On Christmas Eve, my Mum will still read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement C. Moore to my brother and myself (and latterly my girlfriend too), albeit we are now in our twenties. Until lately, we would go out into the streets and sound the ‘sleigh bells’ for our neighbours’ kids to listen to from their window (just like their mom and dad did for my brother and I when we were children).
Maybe our best family tradition, on the other hand, often is the ritual viewing of the Frank Capra Christmas classic ‘It is a Wonderful Life’. The movie stars Jimmy Stewart as a perennial ‘nice guy fallen on hard times’ George Bailey, Donna Reed as his wife Mary, Henry Travers as Clarence, George’s guardian angel and naturally, Lionel Barrymore as a truly dastardly ‘Old Man Potter’.
It doesn’t matter what else goes on (or how hectic Christmas Eve could be, especially now that travel is a consideration our coming together), we ALWAYS find time to stream that exact movie on that particular evening.
By the time George runs happily through the streets of Bedford Falls shouting “Merry Christmas you wonderful old building and loan!” My Father is welling up, by the point George’s brother Harry declares him to be “the richest man in town”, I am right there with him. There’s just a certain, sparkling, honest-to-goodness enchartment to it, the script is superb, the direction is miles ahead of its time and also the performances, well, (to quote Bernard Black of ‘Black Books’ fame) “Ah, they’d melt your face”.
Why am I revealing you this?
Well, considering as there’s no way to improve upon the film itself, the event would probably only be bettered if we have a Sony 42-Inch TV. With a jaw dropping ‘X-Reality’ display, a wireless smartphone link-up feature and lots more besides, this modern 2013 model is really a doozy. It may lack some of our more compelling features of Sony’s other smart TVs, but, after considering the screen and glossy, futuristic design of this Smart tv, it hardly seems to matter.
With a new Blu Ray edition of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, a shiny Sony 42-Inch Television plus a good surround sound, you will never be happier to see an angel getting his wings.