Skip to comments.8 Lessons From Christmas Movie Characters (Dave Ramsey)
Posted on 12/20/2012 8:06:12 AM PST by CSM
Dont you just love Christmas movies?
Few things can get us in the Christmas spirit like a good film, whether its a cheesy love story, holiday musical or a comedy. Theres just something about this time of year that makes movie watching so fun.
With that in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the more memorable characters from Christmas movies and ask the question: What can they teach us about money and success?
Oh, you dont think you can learn anything from Buddy the Elf? Think again!
Buddy the Elf (Elf)
Famous Quote: Smiling is my favorite.
We think Buddy was on to something. Debt got you down? Tired of collector calls? Does your 401(k) keep getting smaller? All of these things can get in the way of your joy and Christmas spiritwhich, if you watched Elf, you know is what fuels Santas sleigh. So no matter whats going on in your life, remember what Buddy said: Smiling is my favorite.
Cousin Eddie (Christmas Vacation)
Famous Quote: Oh, that there's an RV. Yeah, yeah, I borrowed it off a buddy of mine. He took my house, I took the RV. It's a good-looking vehicle, ain't it?
Cousin Eddie can teach you a lot. For starters, never trade your house for an RV. And second, while you might spend a lot of time with family this Christmas, at some point they might need a gentle nudge out your front door .
Clarence (Its a Wonderful Life)
Famous Quote: Remember, George: No man is a failure who has friends.
Good old Clarence. George Bailey might have been the star of Its A Wonderful Life, but Clarence was the angel that made George shine. Clarence helped George realize that we have the ability to affect people and make a difference in their lives even when we dont realize it.
Ralphie (A Christmas Story)
Famous Quote: I want an official Red Ryder carbine-action, two-hundred-shot, range-model air rifle!
Ralphies obsession with getting a BB gun for Christmas is a great reminder of how much we like stuff, even if it might make us blind in one eye. In 30 years, that BB gun might be a new truck or designer purse.
The Grinch (How The Grinch Stole Christmas)
Famous Quote: Blast this Christmas music. It's joyful and triumphant.
The Grinch is bitter, angry and cynical. He even hates Christmas music. Gasp! But the lesson the Grinch teaches us is that Christmas is about much more than materialism and shiny gifts well forget about soon enough. Its about giving, family and friends.
Rudolph (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)
Famous Quote: Rudolph, with your nose so bright, wont you guide my sleigh tonight? Santa Claus
If your friends are making fun of you, then youre on the right track. Just ask Rudolph. Prancer and Dancer might be normal when it comes to how noticeable their noses are, but where did that get them? They ended up with a clean view of Rudolphs hindquarters for hours and hours while Santa delivered presents. Rudolph might have been the weird one, the one with the bright, shiny nose, but Santa handpicked him to lead the way on Christmas Eve.
Bob Wallace (White Christmas)
Famous Quote: May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.
Bob Wallace was played by famous crooner Bing Crosby, and some people believe its not really Christmas season until youve heard Crosby sing a tune. In the movie, Bob Wallace and his friends have to make some adjustments when they arrive in Vermont for Christmasonly to discover that theres not even a hint of snow on the ground. Bummer. The lesson? If youre traveling during Christmas, remember that a little bit of planning can save you a lot of grief.
Mr. Potter (Its a Wonderful Life)
Famous Quote: "George, I'm an old man and most people hate me, but I don't like them either so that makes it all even."
Old Mr. Potter. Some people might think hes more of a villain than the Grinch and Mr. Scrooge combined. The problem Mr. Potter has is that he puts money over people. He might be the richest man in Bedford Falls, but he has no friends, no one to drink a warm cup of eggnog with. Why? Because making a lot of money doesnt automatically make you a friendly, classy person.
Merry Christmas FRiends. Make sure you stick to your budgets! It is worth it.
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Didn’t he have remorse and apologize at the end? Yes, we should expect better behavior from Santa, but at least he had the decency to admit he was wrong.
“The Grinch is bitter, angry and cynical. He even hates Christmas music.”
I’m with the Grinch on this one, at least where secular Christmas music is concerned.
I totally agree. It starts out with Rudolf’s Dad telling Santa “don’t worry, I’m sure it’ll go away as he gets older”
Santa replies with “Let’s hope so...if he ever wants to make the sleigh team.”
Later on the reindeer start laughing and calling Rudolph names. Santa arrives on the scene. To chastise the mean reindeer? Nope, he scolds his dad for trying to sneak Rudolph in with the other reindeer.
Cousin Eddie also reminds us that we can always wish our neighbors a Merry Christmas, even when the s——er is full.
Your comments on this thread are a great example of why I like FR so much. Thanks for the chuckles.
“Yippie ka ay MF” John McClane in Die Hard.
Warm eggnog? Ewwwww!!
That was the exact quote I was thinking of too!! GMTA
Well, someone had to say it!
...for all the great posts, CSM. Keeps me on track to FREEDOM!
Merry Christmas to You & Yours!
Thank you again Dave Ramsey. This time for my new tagline.
Awww, you are a sweetheart. Thank you.
Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.