By Kris Jackson
I love the holiday season, beginning with the gathering of family and friends during Thanksgiving and concluding with the celebration of a new year.
One of my favorite traditions at Christmas is to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Clarence is trying to earn his wings, George has sacrificed his whole life for others but has lost the vision of the value of his own service, and Mary has been devoted to George since childhood.
I envision Mary walking home from the dance with George, singing:
Buffalo gals, won’t you come out tonight?
Come out tonight, come out tonight?
Buffalo gals, won’t you come out tonight,
And dance by the light of the moon.
There is a sweet innocence to their romance. They truly believe they can lasso the moon.
And then life changes in an instant for George as he hears about his father having a stroke. George gives up his dream to see the world in order to take care of his family and manage the family business.
To me, this movie is a holiday classic because it shows that wishes do come true. Through his experiences, George learns that the greatest gift of all comes from the love of his family and the community he has touched through his service.
We here at FamilySearch indexing understand the importance of family. We are very appreciative of the time you have dedicated not only around Christmas but throughout the year to index records, thereby allowing individuals from all walks of life, backgrounds, and areas of the world to find their own family.
We would like to take a moment in the hustle and bustle of the season to wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Some of you may have noticed our messages of “thank you” in the My Messages section of the FSI program. We know many of you, because of the busy season, will pause from your indexing efforts, and many others will continue your dedicated service. Know that either way, your volunteer time is a gift that is recognized by those who, with joy beaming from their faces and tears in their eyes, have found on FamilySearch.org a loved one that they have been seeking for years. Several of you have had similar experiences yourselves as you’ve researched your own family on our site.
We are looking forward to 2012, and we want to ring in the new year with enthusiasm as we look forward to new projects. George Bailey said in It’s a Wonderful Life, “I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that.” We hope that one of your endeavors for this next year will be to continue to give to FamilySearch by indexing records that will help researchers for generations to come.