Did you know that one of the most beloved Christmas movies was based on a short story called The Greatest Gift?
Philip Van Doren Stern couldn't find a publisher so in 1943 he gave 200 copies to family and friends as a Christmas card. In 1946 Frank Capra filmed the movie version It's a Wonderful Life. It was considered a box office flop and although nominated for five Oscars it didn't win a single one.
The film is now "recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, and placed number one on their list of the most inspirational American films of all time." (Wikepedia)