So you all know that It’s a Wonderful Life is one of my all-time favorite films, and my favorite Christmas movie right?
I love Frank Capra in everything he directs, Jimmy Stewart is my all-time favorite actor, not to mention it has one of the best stories.
Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a troubled man. An angel, Clarence, is given the story of George’s life and sent down from heaven to help him. George has always dreamed of leaving his hometown and traveling the world. Unfortunately, no matter what he does he continues to be stuck there. He marries and helps the town in many ways, but doesn’t realize all the good he does. However, when a large sum of money goes missing and everything in his life seems to be going wrong he wishes he was never born at all. Clarence helps him by granting his wish and showing him how ugly Bedford Falls would be without him.
Now what does this have to do with a Christmas Carol? Well in the resolution they play Hark the Herald Angels Sing, the carol I have chosen for tonight.
Isn’t that fantastic?
Hark the Herald Angels Sing was written as a poem in 1739 by Charles Wesley. It went through a few changes throughout the years, being added to music by William H. Cummings and the Christmas Carol we all know and sing today.
I just love this Christmas carol as it has such a powerful message.
Here is the full version done by Celtic Woman.
For more on It’s a Wonderful Life, go to I’ll Give You the Moon: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
For more on Angels, go to Angels We Have Heard on High
For more Christmas Carols, go to I Hate Those Kinds of People