A Christmas Carol – Enduring Till Date!
The spirit of Christmas is sinking in finally! It’s time for merriment and family celebrations! Time for stories and fables for the little ones. Well, if there is one story which set the standards for the holidays, then it would be “A Christmas Carol.” It’s my personal favorite for sure! Charles Dickens’ tale of redemption and faith set against a Victorian backdrop can be called eternal, as his marvel one of the greatest influences of 20th century! Read on to re-discover the magic of the Christmas tale!
The simple tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and the visits by ghosts of Christmases past, present and future is still fresh in the memories of millions. It still makes a connection with many as when it was penned way back in the 1800s.
Dickens is synonymous with aspects linked with the festive season, even though the story itself is based on the melancholic, desperate and cold period. A period which also marked the great divide between the elite and the impoverished. For me, Dickens personifies Christmas!
A Brief Summary!
For the uninitiated, here is a brief summary of the meaningful Christmas tale. An old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, has a visitor on Christmas Eve. The visitor is none other than the spirit of Jacob Marley, his former partner. Sounds scary! In his lifetime, Jacob was as miserly and mean as Scrooge is at present. Jacob warns Scrooge to change his ‘mean’ ways or else he too will have to face the consequences in the afterlife.
However, Scrooge dismisses Jacob’s warnings and the first of the 3 ghosts, the Ghost of Christmas Past, pays him a visit as promised. He sees all those events in his past life, both good and bad, that made him the person he is today.
The second ghost, the Ghost of Christmas Present, shows Scrooge how do most people celebrate Christmas currently. The third and final ghost, the Ghost of Christmas yet to Come, shows Scrooge how he will be remembered by others once he is gone.
To Scrooge’s utmost delight, the three ghosts complete their visits on Christmas Eve, giving him the chance to mend his ways. The most important lesson which Scrooge learns is the act of benevolence!
A Christmas Tale Still Endured!
The renowned novella turned 168 years old last Saturday and it is not surprising that it is still very much relevant and ubiquitous as it was! Well, you might wonder how? The famed author’s world of child labor, pickpockets, cobbled streets, gas lamps and coal boxes seems like a fairy tale from our present lives!
Yet, here is a question which hounds all of us. Are we not every year visited by different Scrooges in different ways whose common mistake is to remind us of what we borrowed this year and what we will owe the coming year? Well, here are some reasons why I perceive the magical tale has still endured all these years.
Scary For Sure!
Just imagine if some person from your past, a person who knows your darkest and deepest secrets, just reappeared in your present life and demanded you to change your evil ways! To mend your behavior!
Now, imagine if this person is no more – to put it simply, an apparition or ghost! You might be thinking what is terrifying about it? The spirit of Jacob Marley returns to say that for some spirits, the consequences of afterlife is not so nice.
Here is one more horrible scene – Scrooge weeping over his very own grave! You definitely have an heartwarming holiday story which is packed with horror. Without the scary moments, Scrooge would not have mended or reformed.
Here is a lesson for you: It’s always darkest right before the dawn. Remember that is a good thing!
In this tale, Scrooge is shown how terrible he is in this world. This tale can never go out of style as every existing person has known someone who would have immensely benefited from being visited by the three ghosts of Christmas.
“People Who Need People Are the Luckiest People in the World,” aka “Money Can’t Buy Happiness,” aka “Carpe Diem”!
When Scrooge praises Jacob’s business acumen, his response surely annoyed magnate fetishists and wealth accumulators for years, not to forget people who wish Jesus hadn’t been unequivocal about how the needy must be treated.
“Business!” Marley says. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
To be precise, the lessons which Scrooge (and even us) learned by the end of “A Christmas Carol” are priceless and timeless:
Enjoy the moment to the core, Share what you have with others and behave in such a manner that you bring a smile to someone’s face!
I absolutely believe in the act of benevolence and charity. Be the reason for someone’s smile this holiday. Happy Holidays and A Merry Christmas!