Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Christmas Carol For Everyone

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, I am sure you know of it and I'm sure most of us have watched it...but which one have you seen? This Book has been turned into a movie 17 times, and into Theatrical productions more then you can count! The versions range from strict interpretation to simplified 1/2 hour animation for children, and from a "dark" to a "light" (this difference in the strict interpretation). Here are a couple examples (which are my two favorites):

A Christmas Carol: 1938 staring Reginald Owen

Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983

A Christmas Carol is probably one of the most well known and loved stories ever, but how many of you have actually read the book? This story is so set in our minds from viewing productions of it, that we feel there is no need to read the book. If you do sit down and read the book you will be rewarded, for it is quite a surprise. Yes it is the same plot of course, but it takes you so much deeper into Scrooge's world. It actually makes Ebenezer look even worse then anything you have watched, which in turn makes his change of heart even more joyful. You will also be surprised by the subtle humor throughout the book.

No matter your age there is a version of Scrooge for you. And if you wish to expand your enjoyment of this wonderful story, read the original version yourself...written in 1843 by Charles Dickens.

To close this properly, and in honor of the great author Charles Dickens, let me quote the last line of his book A Christmas Carol:

"It was always said of Scrooge, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!
And so, as Tiny Tim observed,
God Bless Us, Every One!"