Winter break ended on January 2nd, 2019, and upon returning to my high school classroom, I tore away December from my school-year desk blotter. Whew! That was a hectic month. I felt cleansed to get the overbooked page into the trash and see the clean face of January.
I have been showing Frank Capra’s movie, It’s a Wonderful Life to my middle and high school English students for twenty years. This is a Christmas classic that many kids have never seen, so I feel privileged to be in a position to share this with a young, impressionable audience. I realize the timeless value of this film, it’s powerful messages, and thought provoking characters and can’t imagine a Christmas season without it.