A Christmas Message from Elaine and Jim…

It’s A Wonderful Life

Dear Friends and Family,

As we commemorate the holiday season and reflect upon the past year, our family feels privileged. When I say privileged, I’m not talking about having some sort of unfair advantage or material gain, I am talking about the privilege of acknowledging and understanding our blessings.

Our very favorite holiday movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life,” and year after year on Christmas Eve night, we sit as a family and watch it. The quote “No man is a failure who has friends,” was said by Mark Twain and used in the movie’s final scene. This quote came to mind as our family finishes out the year recognizing and embracing the value of our friendships.
Xmas card image and quoteWithout fail, as the final scene plays, we all find ourselves in a pool of tears. The scene is mesmerizingly beautiful in every sense of the word — it takes you straight into your heart. We see all of George Bailey’s friends, family members and colleagues rush in from a blizzard to show their unconditional support and love for a man who had done so much for each and every one of them. It’s here where George emotionally awakens to the reality that the only thing that truly matters in life are the people you love.

In essence, George found himself that day. A self now defined by the people he loved who loved him back, not a self defined by our successes, our failures or our everyday actions that can so easily take over one’s life.

As our family experienced some highs and some lows this year, we are held together by hope and the long lasting sustainment of our friends’ and family’s love and support.

We are privileged. May you have the most wonderful blessed holiday season surrounded by those you love.

The Turner Family