The Greatest Gift

Poor, poor George Pratt.  It seems he is down on his luck.  There he is standing on the bridge and wanting to jump.  If only a guardian angel would come by and grant his wish to erase his birth.

Does this story sound familiar?  It should.  You probably know the story of George Bailey and his angel Clarence.  In fact, I bet you can picture Jimmy Stewart on that bridge.

Well, all stories start somewhere and “The Greatest Gift” started as a short story by Phillip Van Doren Stern.  Unable to sell the story, he sent the story as a Christmas card to some friends.

As luck sometimes happens to those who share their creations, film director Frank Capra read the story and loved it.  Capra expanded the story and created the film we all know today.  And who can’t agree that “It’s a Wonderful Life“?

Enjoy this short story that inspired the movie by following the link…  http://www.all-story.com/issues.cgi?action=show_story&story_id=132

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About Christopher Hessenflow

Christopher Hessenflow is a financial planner in the Chicago area. He works with all sorts of people who are much more interesting than he is. He enjoys his career which lends him time to think and, sometimes, be creative. Chip was born bald.
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