Years ago I put together a Christmas scene depicting Bedford Falls, the fictitious town in Jimmy Stewart’s movie classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Each Christmas I found more pieces to add to the village scene and it became the centerpiece in my home. Everyone loved it, especially in the evening when the lamps were turned down, the village lights of Bedford Falls came on and the tiny skaters circled around the mirrored skating rink. It was fascinating!
The years brought changes: a divorce; change of residence; a new wife; and a different lifestyle found me at odds with Bedford Falls and the memories it held. I decided to sell the village.
When I informed my mom she was aghast. “Get rid of Bedford Falls? Are you nuts?” she wailed. Mom and Barb encouraged me to store the village for another year.
I’m glad I saved it. My nieces and nephew are growing up and Barb’s daughter and son are already young adults. Soon they’ll all have families of their own and I’ll be the patriarch of the family setting up Bedford Falls for the next generation.
May God bless each of you and your families!