It’s Christmas Eve. And after we get home from church tonight we’ll light a fire and settle in for what has become a family tradition: watching my very favorite movie, The Shop Around the Corner (with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan). You no doubt are familiar with the modern version, another favorite, You’ve Got Mail. The original has that Darcy and Elizabeth sparkle and even more charm.
My sons used to roll their eyes and sigh when I hauled this out each year. But apparently that was all for show, for now they won’t let me skip. Even Ben’s girlfriend comes over to enjoy it.
It’s a romance that admittedly has little to do with the Christian message of Christmas. Nevertheless, I love the camaraderie between the employees in Mr Matuschek’s shop. I suspect my storytelling style–many characters, crackling dialog, and intertwining plots–has its roots here.
If you have a chance to see this, you won’t be disappointed.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas,