RTBN 25 Days of Christmas: Day One
Day One: It's a Wonderful Life
These days, the Christmas shopping season seems to kick into hyper drive some time around the beginning of October, but here at RTBN, we've restrained ourselves from really giving into holiday reverie until now. It's been a struggle, and we've held back the floodgate for as long as we could. Today, we let our Holiday Season freak flags fly.

This year, we're pulling an ABC Family and doing our own 25 Days of Christmas (But not just Christmas because we're a diverse staff of pagans, atheists, non-believers and beyond). We'll talk about our favorite holiday-themed pieces of pop culture, and we invite you to join us in the comments. Some of our inclusions might seem a bit strange but hey, we're still us. We hope you'll follow along and learn a little bit about the RTBN staff's holiday traditions and catch a glimpse of our collective soft side.

So, here we go:

Day 1: It's A Wonderful Life

Potentially the most obvious choice, nothing seemed more appropriate to kick off the holiday season right than this perennial classic. If you haven't seen the film"”take a moment to assess your clear psychological damage, or climb out from the rock you live under. Directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart, It's A Wonderful Life tells the tale of one George Bailey, a kindly small town credit union president who gets a little down and out in terms of finances and spirits. It's Christmas Eve and George decides the best thing for everyone is for him to just end it"”but a kindly guardian angel named Clarence takes the time to show him just how bad a decision that truly is. George learns the true meaning of Christmas and the meaning and value of his own life, and by the end we're all weeping along with him, for the joy of Christmas, and the joy of simply being alive.

But most importantly, It's A Wonderful Life is the movie that connects generations. During the holidays, those of us blessed (or cursed) with families, large or small, tend to come together as tradition and work holiday schedules tell us we ought to. And It's A Wonderful Life always serves to melt even the most callous of hearts. It's a movie you can sit down with your grandparents and watch, and no one escapes with a dry eye.

Tomorrow on RTBN 25 Days of Christmas:

Rachel takes a look at a modern holiday classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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