‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: How and When to Watch the Holiday Classic

by Amanda Glover

When it comes to some Christmas movies, taking them away in December would strip away part of Christmas. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of those staples.

To millions of people, Christmas movies are part of what makes the holiday what it is. They help tie the whole season together. These movies serve as reminders of why we love the holidays. It’s kind of like our traditions of gathering together as a family for dinner, baking Christmas cookies for dinner, or listening to your favorite Christmas songs.

Now, imagine if that one Christmas tradition was on hold for everyone indefinitely? Yeah, no. But, if the 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of your Christmas traditions, then you’re in luck! Here, we’ve compiled a list of ways to watch the holiday classic and when to watch it.

In November this year, NBC announced the film will be shown twice in December. One of those nights will be tonight, on Christmas Eve at 8 pm EST. Maybe you’re even luckier to own the holiday classic on VHS or DVD. If any of your favorite thrift stores are still open, you might want to make a quick run to see if there’s an “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie stashed somewhere.

Karolyn Grimes Celebrates 75 Years of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Karolyn Grimes, one of the last surviving stars of the Christmas classic, celebrated seventy-five years of the film.

In the movie, Grimes played the young Zuzu Bailey. 75-years later, the former child actress still manages to live by her famous line: “Look daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” The 81-year-old claims to have close to 300 angels all over her house. These angels were given to her by fans to who the movie still holds much meaning. It’s sweet how after decades and decades, a film can still mean so much to a person.

Grimes says the message of hope and kindness to others portrayed in the film is more important now than ever. “In the film, it shows how each person’s life is important,” she states. “Even a smile sometimes in a Starbucks store to someone who is lonely, that can make their day.”

Grimes’s message is capable of changing the world. Sometimes, a simple smile to someone who might be having the worst day of their lives could turn that entire day around for the best.