Admit it. No matter how many times you're flipping through the channels and stumble upon It's a Wonderful Life, you get a little tingly inside when the final scene comes on.
sure, you'll complain that you've seen the final moments where Zuzu
tells her dad about angels getting their wings when bells ring so many
times that you're sick of it. But deep down, it still gives you
USA TODAY Network looks at some other unforgettable quotes from classic holiday films.
It's a Wonderful Life
There are an almost endless
supply from the 1946 classic, but we'll just highlight a couple. First,
after George Bailey sees a grim vision of the world without him, he
prays to his guardian angel, Clarence, on the same bridge where he'd
contemplated suicide. He now wants to return to his life. Just then,
Officer Bert shows up and tells him his mouth is bleeding. After a few
moments of confusion, George says:
My mouth's bleeding,
Bert! My mouth's bleeding! Zuzu's petals. ... Zuzu. ... There they are!
Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!
It's at that moment that we know everything will be all right for our hero.
more: Shortly before Zuzu makes us all weepy, George's friends and
family converge in his living room to give them whatever money they can
to help him out of his financial predicament. They give so much that
George's brother, Harry Bailey, is moved to say:
A toast to my big brother, George - the richest man in town.
Of course, we know he means much more than just monetary riches.
The 1990 Christmas comedy dwells
largely on Kevin McCallister's efforts to thwart two robbers after he
was mistakenly left behind during a holiday trip. But at its heart, Home Alone focused on the importance of family.
one scene, Kevin's mom who earlier in the film realized after the
family had boarded a flight that they'd left Kevin alone, expresses how
any mother would feel being away from her young child on Christmas:
McCallister: This is Christmas, the season of perpetual hope. And I
don't care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it
costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil
himself, I am going to get home to my son.
A Christmas Story
Set in the 1940s, A Christmas Story
chronicles Ralphie's efforts to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for
Christmas. In one scene, Ralphie at last sees St. Nick at a local mall.
Ralphie had been warned about the dangers of owning a gun, but surely
Santa would understand, right? After first freezing under the pressure
of the moment when Santa asks him what he wants for Christmas, Ralphie
finally is able to relay his request as he's about to head down a slide,
but hears a cautionary note:
Ralphie: No! No! I want an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Santa: You'll shoot your eye out, kid.
Miracle on 34th Street
The story of an old man
named Kris Kringle whose insistence that he is, in fact, Santa Claus has
captured hearts for decades. So much so that it was remade in 1994.
Walker is a little girl taught by her mother to not indulge in
fantasies or believe in fairy tales. Eventually, though, she becomes a
I believe, I believe. It's silly, but I believe.