Don't let it's season pull make you think this is a fluff film. Like, 'It's a Wonderful Life,' this film came out in the postwar years when cynicism, disillusionment, and sorrow marked the zeitgeist world-wide.
Strong-single mother, with an executive job in 1947 - that's the first of many miracles here. Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn and the underrated John Payne all shine. William Farley as the political advisor to Gene Lockhart's judge, jockeying with Jerone Cowan's District Attorney - hilarious. And the actual Macy's parade makes a cameo.
The film's wry take on commercialism, pop psychology, politics and the legal system is still shrewdly funny. In this context, the theme of believing in people and in "magic" is not a hollow platitude.
It's been remade, but for various reasons, the remakes just couldn't touch the sincerity and charm of this one.