This book just kept popping up. An author I follow, Charles French, mentioned A Christmas Carol, and my son read it for his University book club. Even a quote from a Muppets Christmas Carol showed up at work. These not so subtle hints were enough for me to finally download a copy and began to read this oh so famous Christmas classic.
For a classic, this one is short, but not lacking in character depth or growth. It is easy to despise Ebeneezer right from the beginning, yet easy to hope for his redemption. At first I wondered why he was such a greedy hateful man, but as the spirit of Christmas past takes Ebeneezer back to his childhood, you begin to see why he dislikes Christmas and poverty. This gives us the chance to feel some empathy for a man who has none…yet.
The supernatural journey through his life lends us all a reminder that Christmas is not just about anything material. It is the joy that brings us together through the holiday season. The chance to visit with those we may have missed throughout the year, the chance to indulge in treats and revelry. And mostly, the chance to remember those less fortunate. Those that will not wake up to Christmas with anything other than perhaps an empty belly. Those who will still be cold and weary from their day to day strife. Those that have no one to love them.
Not unlike the Grinch from The Grinch that Stole Christmas, Ebeneezer’s heart must have grown three sizes that Christmas day. His newfound love of Christmas teaches us all that it is never too late. Our past transgressions may be many and our lives fraught with grief and hardship. But let us rejoice in the opportunity to love those around us and away from us and remember it for what it was meant to be. A time to celebrate life and love.
Short and sweet and to the point. Happy Holidays and “God Bless Us Everyone!”