First, of course, is Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a bank officer who attempts suicide in desperation after losing a large sum of money entrusted to him. He is saved by Clarence, a guardian angel tasked with convincing George that the world would not really be better off without him.
Clarence: "We don't have money in Heaven."
George: "Well, it comes in mighty handy down here, Bub."
Second is Bob Clark's A Christmas Story (1983), about Ralphie's desperate quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, against all obstacles ("You'll shoot your eye out!").
And then, I found this at Walmart, on their $5.00 shelf ...
A Christmas Carol (1984), a made for TV movie that I saw when it was broadcast in 1984, and which I recalled as being pretty damned good, with George C. Scott just maybe being the finest incarnation of Ebeneezer Scrooge that I ever saw.
That recollection was validated when I watched this DVD. I love it when I get occasional reassurance that my memory is just fine. :-)
Although temporarily upstaged by Edward Woodward as The Ghost of Christmas Present ...
Original photo from thomasorourkeactor.blogspot.com,
but considerably brightened by me
... this is George C. Scott's movie, and he is at his best. ...
Find it, and give it a look.