George Bailey. Clark Griswold. Ralphie Parker. Are you familiar with these names? They come into our homes every year right about this time in the form of classic holiday movies. They make us laugh and they make us cry, but they also can teach us some nice financial and life lessons.
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Mother of all holiday classics, this black and white gem is usually around for plenty of encores. We like this movie because it has a greedy banker. He’s after George Bailey, who doesn’t work for a credit union, but he is a lender at a savings and loan, a smaller financial institution that the evil banker is trying to eliminate as competition. Sound familiar? But lets put the credit unions vs. banks thing aside for a minute and focus on the real bottom line of this classic—the biggest gift you can receive or give is often something you can never buy in a store.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Oh yeah, he’s a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. And he thinks all those Whos down in Whoville have the holiday spirit simply because of all the jing tinglers and gar ginkers that show up in their rather small stockings each year. But his evil Christmas Eve sleigh ride to Whoville to try to steal Christmas backfires when he realizes:
Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!