Christmas Eve for me just wouldn’t be complete without a hearty serving of manicotti and a teary viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” I love Capra’s mushy masterpiece and can now proudly recite large portions of it by heart. Still, there are a few things about it that really bother me. 1) I hate that song “Buffalo Gals.” 2) I know it’s about the season of peace and joy, but I would like to punch that Mr. Potter right in the schnoz, and that moron Uncle Billy too. And while I’m at it, that ingrate brother Harry who took his sweet time coming home. And 3), there’s that whole scene when George sees what Bedford Falls would be like if he had never existed. I simply don’t buy it.
Alas, as irritating as it is, I will watch and weep again this year and remember that no matter how tough life gets, “No man is a failure who has friends,” which makes me “the richest man in town.” Fade to Auld Lang Syne… Hugs to wifey and Zuzu. A bell rings, and an angel gets its wings.
p.s. Check out our wine pairings to complement this dish.