One of the best Christmas films that I've seen is It's a Wonderful Life with the brilliant James Stewart in the lead role. If you haven't heard of this film, it tells the story of a good man, brought to his knees by worries, who considers committing suicide just before Christmas. Life grinds George Bailey down to the point where he thinks that everyone would be better off if he'd never been born. An angel called Clarence shows him how important he is to all those who lives he has touched. I love the ending and yes, it is incredibly soppy and emotional but if we can't get like that at Christmas when we have our loved ones around us, then when can we?
I've always liked the thought of angels looking after us, popping by now and then to make sure we're okay. The longer I live, the more I think that angels exist, if not in spirit then in the people around us, even the strangers who steady us if we trip. Maybe George is as much an angel as Clarence is.