Why I also like White Christmas is because it’s a movie that centers on veterans dealing with civilian life after fighting a war of horrors fought protect freedom.
The film shows in both wartime and peacetime communal efforts coming together to appreciate the effort and sacrifice of others and to remind all they’re not forgotten.
We owe so very much to the servicemen who fought for this country’s freedom. And we owe so very much to everyone back home during wartime. It was a communal effort.
A great percentage of White Christmas is dedicated to recognizing wartime service. The film is more than just a cozy Christmas movie. Although it doesn’t delve into the horrors of war itself, it does prioritize the heroism displayed by our veterans.
It’s not just a movie that ends on Christmas Day and therefore is a Christmas movie. In symbolic ways, it gets down and dirty with the real deal of Christmas – forgiveness and sacrifice. The dirty part of forgiveness and sacrifice being bitterness, a lack of forgiveness, selfishness, not giving others a fair chance.
White Christmas is about selfishness taking a back seat. Better yet, it’s about selfishness being thrown out on the curb and left behind. But it’s not about treating selfish people like selfishness itself.
We all know how easy it is to be selfish. So, why act so high and mighty about being selfless? That’s not very selfless. That’s just selfish.
For humanity, it seems true love and forgiveness is letting go so much that you don’t even think about what you have to sacrifice to do it. You lovingly try to bring selfish people away from their selfishness and to the joy of selflessness. All the while, not becoming selfish yourself about how selfless you are.
The whole aesthetic of White Christmas is the bursting-with-color embodiment of the joys of the freedom America, her Constitution, and her Declaration of Independence stand for and her People ought to appreciate rigorously.
So, to see this film which prioritizes recognition of military service and concern for the emotional and psychological welfare of our veterans to display, celebrate, and appreciate the spirit of sacrifice so colorfully jumping off the screen is a real joy to me.
That last shot in White Christmas is more to me than just a pretty, final shot that has all the characters in it. It’s like the whole movie in one frame. You have Bob, Phil, Betty, and Judy up on stage in their Christmas outfits giving a performance that honors their military and you have the military in their uniforms, all raising their glasses and their spirits together in a celebration of sacrifice, of love.