05 December 2006

I'm Dreaming of Jimmy Stewart

The holidays are a wonderful but distracting time of year for writers. I work on my WIP while trying to field questions from relatives about what my husband and kids want for Christmas. Me? I just want free time!

And then there's the problem of Jimmy (and his accomplice, Bing).

Because my parents adored It's a Wonderful Life, I grew up not only appreciating it as a fantastic film, but associating the ritual of watching it with family, happiness, and Christmas. Some people associate Christmas historical romances with the Regency Era (because those pesky Regencies are just so unavoidable!), but any thought I have of the season transports me to the WWII era.

I suddenly want to pull out my copy of "Band of Brothers." I feel like forgiving the ultimate cheesy tearfulness of The Best Years of Our Lives. I seriously need to find my copy of White Christmas. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" always makes me cry, and then my hands itch to write a Christmas story set in 1945.

No! Do not interfere with my work in progress. But Leicestershire in the year 1200 could not feel farther away from the cozy hearth-and-home feelings I associate with these traditional movies and this time of year.

And wasn't Jimmy cute? I could eat him with a spoon.


Christine Koehler said...

It was his eyes. Though I have to confess; for me, Bing's White Christmas far outshines It's a Wonderful Life. Don't know why, just does. Maybe it's the music. :) Then again, A Charlie Brown Christmas is my ultimate favorite. Don't discount it just because it's a cartoon!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. I've always loved that pathetic little tree that kept losing needles

Delia DeLeest said...

They just don't make 'em like Jimmy anymore. Loved him in non-Christmas fare like The Philadelphia Story and The Shop Around the Corner.

Jen said...

I have always thought Jimmy Stewart was handsome, even as a child. And he has such wonderful movies! My favorite is Bell, Book and Candle.

Eliza said...

My husband's playing guitar in a dinner theatre right now, and one of the stars does a great Jimmy. The other night, as we all sat down after the show for dessert, Steve did his dead-on Jimmy impression and told me to eat cheesecake.

So now, when I think of Jimmy, I think of cheesecake, too!

My favorite film of his happens to be Vertigo. Wow. And I like all the Christmas films a whole, whole lot, save for Here Comes Santa Claus and Frosty.

Karen said...

I always thought "Wonderful Life" had one of the sexiest scenes...of...all...time. Goes to show it doesn't have to be explicit to be sexy. It's when Jimmy and Donna are both on the phone talking to "Hee-haw, Sam" and they start...looking at each other. That's it. Just looking. Their faces get all trembly, and you knew that was it for poor Hee Haw Sam.

Vicki Gaia said...

I love White Christmas and just sat through Holiday Inn ~ I love all the romantic movies of the 30's and 40's. And Jimmy Stewart, what's not to love about him!

Anonymous said...

What's so ironic is that Christmas as we know it, was invented in the Victorian era!

But yes, I too love Jimmy Stewart, and I always carve time out of my schedule to watch It's A Wonderful Life every year.

carrie_lofty said...

I just watched Shop Around the Corner last night, and while about 85% of the movie is annoying, including Margaret Sullivan in many places, Jimmy is just precious. So intense! Just like that scene in It's a Wonderful Life, Karen -- watching his lady love. Yikes! And welcome, Cam! Thanks for stopping by.