I love Scrooge!
“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens
One of my very favorite things to do during the Christmas season, well, other than eating all my favorite goodies, is to watch “A Christmas Carol” at least once. I’m not really picky about which one is best – but think the 1951 version with Alastair Sim rates close to the top. I remember seeing this one with my parents and was so frightened when Marley’s face appeared on the door knocker- it still gives me a start! Ronald Coleman made a sound recording in 1949 and that is definitely on my Christmas Wish List.
Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. It is thought that he based much of this story on his own unhappy childhood. When Dickens was just twelve years old, his father was put in prison and young Charles had to sell all of his books and belongings and was forced to go to work. Child labor laws did not exist in the early 1800’s so young children suffered greatly during this time.
Dickens was appalled at working conditions for the poor and in May of 1943, decided to publish an inexpensive political pamphlet titled, “An Appeal to the People of England, on behalf of the Poor Man’s Child.” He felt so strongly that education could begin to alleviate the suffering of the poor that he lobbied extensively to those he felt could help. He soon realized that one more political pamphlet would not have the impact of a sensitive impassioned narrative so, instead of the piece that he had written in May, he wrote and published in December of that year, “A Christmas Carol.”
Although the book was well received at the time, Dickens never made much money with this book. But it continues to be one of the world’s most favorite Christmas stories. “Scrooge” and “Bah Humbug” are certainly familiar to all! There have been 28 film versions, the first was a silent one produced in 1901 and Thomas Edison created another in 1910. Be sure and check your local TV listings to find showings in your location. You can be sure that I’ll be sitting here, tucked under a warm blanket doing the same with either knitting needles in hand, or picking through 25 pounds of cracked pecans.
Here’s a project, besides decorating, baking and knitting, that I’m working on this year. A group of us meet every December to celebrate our birthdays and I’m giving bookmarks this year. I know many of you enjoy reading from your Ipad, Nook or Kindle – but there are a few of us old fogies who still love the feel and smell of paper pages. And hopefully all of you with “Grands” will have an easier time getting the perfect Christmas photo for your cards. I’m ready to settle for just a shot with all of them looking in my direction!
Here’s hoping that you have a Happy Christmas!