Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, hosted another great event for mommy bloggers and press on December, 6. This time it was a screening of the recently released movie “Fitzgerald Family Christmas”, with a question and answer session featuring the film’s star, Ed Burns. I must say, when I’ve had the opportunity to get a picture with a celeb in the past, I’ve been shy. I couldn’t resist this time around, however, as Ed Burns is one of my favorite actors. Sometimes I can’t help but think how everything relates to how we can help save a life. Even when the body is giving out, there are still ways to save someone else’s soul, as well as our own, and that to me was the heartfelt message of this movie. In the film, a dying father returns to his estranged family after abandoning his wife and children many years prior. The mother and children have to choose whether or not to let this horrible father spend his last Christmas in their house, as a family, before he dies. Throughout the course of the movie, each member of the family grapples with the meaning of forgiveness, from the son who’s the recovering addict, whose battles with addiction clearly stemmed from his abandonment issues, to the middle-aged sister who kicks out her husband for the young twenty something mowing her grass, to the responsible sister who seems to have it all together. This is not a feel good movie. This is one of those movies that challenges you to think who you want to be in life when all is said and done. In the film, each member of the family, explores these issues in their own time — anger, abandonment, detachment and orgiveness. And at the end of the day, what we realize is when we offer forgiveness to others, the one we’re really saving is ourselves. To watch the Moms interview with Ed Burns click here: