Day 16 of Christmas Nightlight Readings: Miracle on 34th Street
Did you know that "Miracle on 34th Street" was also a novel? I just discovered this this evening as I watch the Christmas classic on AMC. I have not read the book, but the same gentleman who wrote the screenplay also wrote the novel, both released in 1947.
At first George Seaton was underwhelmed with the making of the movie and decided the only way for the movie to actually become a success was to release it in May, because most Americans watched movies during the summer. While promoting the movie they kept the Christmas setting a secret, as seen in the trailer, and kept Santa Claus in the background of the movie posters. Today is one of the most popular Christmas movies shown on TV during the holiday season.
“To study history is to study the motives, the opinions, and the passions of men in order to know all the successes, the initiatives and the detours, and finally all the illusions that they make known to the mind and the surprises that they make the heart feel. In a word, it is to learn to known oneself in others.”—Jean Mabillon, 15th c. Benedictine scholar.