By Karen V. Wasylowski
I have always thought of Christmas time…as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they were really fellow-passengers to the grave and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
- Nephew Fred from 'A Christmas Carol'
There is nothing in this world that evokes Christmas more for me than Victorian England and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. How many times have I seen this movie, and in how many versions? Well, it's hard to keep track - the story is similar to Pride and Prejudice in that Hollywood feels the need to keep retelling the tale, change the locale, modernize the message. My brother and I watched and waited each year for it, hoping for the 1951 version starring Alastair Sims and complaining bitterly if it was the 1938 Reginald Owen film. In 1970 Albert Finney starred in 'Scrooge' but I never did take to his performance. It was like Tom Jones on crack cocaine or something and then in 1988 Bill Murray got 'Scrooged' and that just made me nervous. I never for one moment believed Scrooge was reformed in the end. I mean, it was Bill Murray after all.
...in fighting for Christmas [Dickens] was fighting for the old European festival, Pagan and Christian, for that trinity of eating, drinking and praying which to moderns appears irreverent, for the holy day which is really a holiday.
And still it grows - there are new traditions added every year, cultural preferences, family blending. Christmas itself remains the same though, a blessed time of peace, family and remembrance. I pray you have a joyful day, but remember others less fortunate. May you help the poor, love your neighbor, forgive your enemies.
And settle in for another year of "A Christmas Carol."
Preface to A Christmas Carol
"I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.
Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D. "
Merry Christmas, and God Bless us,
One and All
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